For our seventh annual Light Up a Life campaign we’re partnering with two fantastic organizations: Together We Rise and Soaringwords. The next few months are all about bringing the holiday spirit to children across the cities we serve, and each year, our crewmembers go above and beyond to bring our airline’s culture of giving to those in need.
Together We Rise is a non-profit organization that works with foster children across the nation. It develops programs and activities to enrich their lives, and also offers one-on-one support. From sports camp and music to mentoring and counseling, Together We Rise aims to help these children feel connected during tough times.
Soaringwords also works with youth, but in the capacity of helping children who suffer from a serious illness—and their families. It’s all about connecting these children and loved ones with volunteers who communicate a “never give up!” attitude. Through creative and educational activities—both in person and online—Soaringwords tries to heal by providing hope and a few laughs.
What we’re doing
For the Light Up a Life season, our crewmembers will be channeling their creative side. In partnership with Together We Rise, we’ll be making Sweet Cases, which are decorative suit cases and duffel bags filled with new supplies (stuffed animals, coloring books, hygiene kits, etc.) for children who are moved around the foster care system, sometimes with little or no notice. Also, just like last year, we’ll be making and delivering SoaringQuilts to children in hospitals.
Last week our Crewmembers in White Plains participated in the Soaringwords “Light Up a Life” campaign by decorating quilts with inspirational artwork and donating them to Blythedale Children’s Hospital in Valhalla.
Our Las Vegas crewmembers recently delivered Sweet Cases to Olive Crest, a center that provides safe homes and counseling for youth. Check out the below images from the group’s efforts and learn more about our Light Up A Life campaign.
Our Oakland crewmembers recently participated in our annual Light Up a Life campaign by delivering Sweet Cases to a local school—but for OAK, the caring didn’t stop there. The team was so touched by the school’s gratitude, that our crewmembers collectively decided to keep the relationship going with these children, many of whom come from at-risk households. As their first activity, the team collected more than 600 pairs of socks, which according to the school, are much needed and much appreciated by the children. OAK plans to keep supporting the school through other volunteer activities, and it’s great to see them building ties with the community.
In observance of National Day of Service, we’re encouraging our crewmembers across our 75 city network to make a positive impact in their local communities through volunteer service. This year’s “Light Up A Life” campaign will provide resources and support to children in foster care in partnership with Together We Rise (TWR), a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of children in the foster care system.
During January and February, our crewmembers will decorate and deliver close to 2,000 “Sweet Cases” with TWR. “Sweet Cases” are decorative suit cases and duffle bags filled with stuffed animals, coloring books, hygiene kits and other items. Foster children are often forced to move with a moment’s notice and many times are only provided with a trash bag for their belongings. JetBlue partnered with the TWR to donate personally designed “Sweet Cases” to children ages 4-10.
JetBlue displays its “Caring” and “Passion” values by encouraging crewmembers to volunteer every day through our ‘Community Connection’ program. This volunteerism platform acknowledges and rewards our 14,500 crewmembers for their community service both as individuals and as teams. For every 25 hours a crewmember volunteers, JetBlue donates one roundtrip flight to the non-profit organization of the crewmember’s choice. Some volunteers have amassed more than 500 volunteer hours for causes including Making Strides for Breast Cancer, Charles River Center for Autism and KaBOOM!.
As the airline that takes caring to heart today along with our friends the Providence Bruins and T.F. Green International Airport we delivered more than 650 books to the Hasbro Children’s Hospital. JetBlue crewmembers joined players from the city’s famed ice hockey team in the hospital’s library for a special “story time” as part of the hospital’s Read To Me program.
The books were donated by generous citizens of Rhode Island via a donation drive organized by JetBlue. In a fun twist, JetBlue tweeted its location at the Bruins home arena, Dunkin’ Donuts Center, calling on people to bring three new or gently used books and dress in their best Floridian attire to win flight certificates and other goodies and enjoy treats from our partner Dunkin’ Donuts.
The airline that holds “caring” as one of its core values, JetBlue supports many causes in the communities in which it serves. Our most recent venture includes the launch of our seventh annual Light Up A Life campaign in honor of Monday’s National Day of Service. Crewmembers across JetBlue’s 75-city network have joined together to decorate and deliver 2,000 Sweet Cases with community partner Together We Rise (TWR), an organization that improves the lives of foster children across the nation. Crewmembers will also adorn 200 SoaringQuilts with SoaringWords, to deliver to children who suffer from serious illnesses to aid the healing process with creative and educational activities.
More and more crewmembers are breaking out their markers and gluesticks to design sweet cases for foster children as part of our annual Light Up a Life campaign. We’re proud to support our new partner, Together We Rise, a nonprofit organization that supports kids in the foster care system. Sweet Cases are chock full of the essentials for children who are often moved between different homes at a moment’s notice. Here are some photos of our Long Island City support center crewmembers in action:
A few members of our Finance team recently took a break from crunching numbers to spend some time supporting one of our Corporate social Responsibility campaigns, Light Up a Life. The group designated one of our conference rooms at our Long Island City Support Center as their studio, and created “Sweet Cases,” bags filled with necessities for young children. They’ll be delivered to the nonprofit organization Together We Rise, our new partner that will give them to foster care children who are moved between homes, often with little or no notice.
To support this year’s Light Up a Life campaign, our crewmembers at New York’s LaGuardia decorated sweet cases for foster children in collaboration with Together We Rise. This non-profit organization is our new Corporate Social Responsibility partner and focuses on improving the lives of foster children. One way we’re getting involved is through sweet cases, which are made by volunteers and contain the necessities for children who are moved throughout the foster care system often with little or no notice.
Our Crewmembers in Aguadilla helped to “Light Up a Life” by decorating and donating “Soaringwords” quilts to kids at Hospital Perea located in the city of Mayaguez not far from their station. They produced a slideshow video to highlight their efforts.