May 21, 2013

Images: KaBOOM! Playground Build in Long Beach, NY

Thanks to the 200 volunteers who joined us this weekend for the Magnolia Park Rebuild. With your help, we built a playground in six hours and brought back play to the kids of Long Beach! As New York’s Hometown Airline we are committed to rebuilding post-Hurricane Sandy, and will build two more playgrounds this year.

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March 25, 2013

KaBOOM! Design Day in Long Beach, NY

Our Corporate Social Responsibility team and members of our partner KaBOOM! hosted a design day for our upcoming playground build in Long Beach, NY – our first build in a Sandy impacted community. We’ll be building two more playgrounds later this year to help other communities hard hit by Sandy, our show of support for rebuilding New York’s neighborhood’s as the state’s Hometown Airline.

To kick off the planning process, our crewmembers sat down with more than 40 children, ages three through 14, and discussed the playground of their dreams; something we plan to make a reality for this struggling local neighborhood that was hard hit by the storm.

The build will take place on Saturday, May 18. We’re still finalizing locations and dates, so stay tuned for details.

Check out coverage of the day from LongBeachNY.TV

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February 24, 2013

After Sandy: Help us rebuild with KaBOOM! and NYRP

Following Hurricane Sandy, we told you about a few ways we’re planning to help rebuild our local communities. As promised, we have some details to share. We’re partnering with KaBOOM! to build three playgrounds in areas affected by the storm. You, along with friends and family, can head to KaBOOM!’s website to nominate an affected area. The building will take place between May and September, so once the locations are decided, we’ll let you know how you can volunteer to help!

As part of our rebuilding efforts we’re also dedicating our Annual One Thing That’s Green New York event to a neighborhood that has been impacted by Hurricane Sandy. For this event, we will once again be partnering with New York Restoration Project (NYRP) to plant trees on Saturday, April 20. Stay tuned for more!

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November 24, 2012

Photos: Fort Lauderdale KaBOOM! Playground Build

Last weekend, we completed our 16th playground build with our partner, KaBOOM! More than 200 volunteers turned out to construct a dream playground for the children of charter school Kathleen C. Wright Leadership Academy. Before our build, the children were bussed to an offsite location to play, since there was no grounds or facilities to accommodate recess. The teachers and children were incredibly moved by the turnout of volunteers and their dedication to the project; in fact, our speedy team completed the build in approximately five hours—way ahead of schedule!

Joining our crewmember volunteers and KaBOOM! representatives were fans of the Florida Panthers, the professional hockey team we sponsor. Approximately 60 members of the Panthers staff came out to participate in the playground build, making this the first time we’ve ever KaBOOM!-ed with one of our sponsor partners.

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August 26, 2012

Oakland KaBOOM! Build A Success!

More than 300 volunteers from as far as England came to help build our 15th playground with our partners at KaMOOM! and a dozen other playground structures for the students of Oakland’s Community School for Creative Education.

Everyone pitched in to build, organize and clean. The KaBOOM! team had organization and logistics down to a science. Crewmembers from different cities and departments and even JetBlue pilot, Captain Russ showed up to help. All the General Managers from all the Bay Area cities, San Jose, Oakland, San Francisco and Sacramento came early and stayed late to finish their projects. It was specially fun to watch SFO’s GM, Ken get covered in concrete dust as they mixed it for some of the play structure’s foundation.

KPFA DJ, Jose Ruiz set up his gear at 7am. He got there early and full of jokes. He and DJ Scott Manley played throughout the day. Music made the task lighter and time fly faster; their music selection was worldly, fun and upbeat.

Joi Glass from High Street’s 24-hour fitness did not disappoint. She had the volunteers’ adrenaline going before the building started and to get everyone stretched and limber for the day’s work.

People from the community, school, all walks of life and great distances came to help each other and create a good environment for kids. Everybody was dirty, sweaty yet smiling and laughing knowing that their contribution, no matter how big or small, will leave an indelible mark in the future of the school and its students.

Perhaps best summarized by CSCE’s principal, Becky Westbrook, in her speech during the ribbon-cutting ceremony, with her voice cracking, her eyes swelling with tears she thanked everyone from the bottom of her heart and ended that, “it’s all for the kids.”

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August 18, 2012

Building Our 15th Playground With KaBOOM!

We’re proud to announce a partnership with the Community School for Creative Education and KaBOOM! to build our next playground in Oakland, CA today. We’ve worked with our long-standing partner KaBOOM! over the last seven years to build playgrounds for children across our network. The playground location was determined in February by our customers who were invited to vote on the next playground location on our Facebook page. The Bay Area was the lucky winner and will have a brand new park this summer, the 15th playground built through the partnership and the third in California.

As the funding partner for this build, JetBlue volunteers and community residents will work side-by-side to create a new playground for the children of the Community School for Creative Education. This will be our second playground built in California this year and record fourth playground built in 2012 (Long Beach, CA; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Boston, MA: San Francisco, CA; and New York, NY). In seven years, JetBlue and KaBOOM! have built 15 playgrounds, engaged more than 3,000 volunteers and served more than 8,000 children every year by providing a safe place to play.

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June 21, 2012

14th Playground Build in Partnership with KaBOOM! A Success!

Despite the heat, throngs of volunteers turned out yesterday to build a playground at Costa Park in Revere, Massachusetts. The venture was a team effort with our partners at KaBOOM! as well as The Neighborhood Developers and the City of Revere to build our 14th playground.

This is our fourth playground build in Boston and the second built in Costa Park. This past October, we built the 5-12 year olds of Revere a playground; this new play space is for 2-5 year olds. The new playground will provide a safe play space for 500 children. Crewmembers from our station at Boston Logan International Airport, where we’re the largest airline with more than 45 destinations, volunteered our efforts to help build the playground in just one day’s time. We’ve helped to build playgrounds in Kissimmee and Orlando, Florida, Long Island City, New York, Long Beach, California, San Juan, Puerto Rico, Salt Lake City, Utah, and Washington D.C., among other cities.

Learn more about our previous playground builds

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February 21, 2012

KaBOOM! Playground Build In Long Beach A Success!

Our A320 soars above the new playground! Captured by our crewmember and photographer Stephen Tornblom

Our first playground build of 2012 took place in Long Beach, California last week Thursday was a great success! More than 200 volunteers, including our Long Beach crewmembers and our community partners at KaBOOM! and elsewhere joined forces to build local kids a safe place to play in just one day!

Check out the below images from the build and vote for the home of our next KaBOOM! playground!

Learn more about our partnership with KaBOOM! and past playground builds.

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February 11, 2011

Kissimmee KaBOOM! playground build a success

On Thursday of last week Crewmembers teamed up with The Boys & Girls Club and KaBOOM! in Kissimmee to help build a playground.

See below for photos from the event.

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October 14, 2015

Play Matters: New Playground On The Way For Fort Lauderdale Community

On Friday, October 16, more than 200 volunteers from JetBlue, The Pride Center, organizers from KaBOOM! and residents of the Wilton Manors community in Fort Lauderdale, FL will join forces to help restore play for more than 4,500 local kids and families.

This joint task force will help give local kids the childhood they deserve by building a new playground at The Pride Center, the first LGBTQ Center in the nation to have a playspace on their campus. This playground will provide the kids and families who utilize The Pride Center, as well as those in the surrounding community, with a safe and accessible place to socialize, grow and thrive together. The design is based on children’s drawings created at a special design event in August.

As we prepare for this build, take a look at our previous work with KaBOOM! to restore play to children in need in 22 communities to date.

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