Two weeks ago, over 100 crewmembers spent the afternoon with 300+ energetic children from the Boys & Girls Club of Central Florida in Orlando. Together we planted flowers, read books from Mary Pope Osborne’s Magic Tree House series as part of our Summer Soar with Reading campaign and painted a backdrop of a New York City subway for an upcoming play at the Clubhouse. Of course, we also saved some time for some of our favorite games— foosball, bumper pool and a particularly intense game of soccer. With the children as the soccer team captains, our crewmembers had to bring their best games!
These crewmembers represented a diverse cross section of the company, from Pilots, Flight Attendants, System Operations, Reservations, Technical Operations, and Airport Operations, and were in Orlando as part of a “Values Committee Summit” where they gather to work directly with each other, and with leadership to collaborate on making JetBlue a place where crewmembers want to come to work and an airline customers want to fly.
“What a great opportunity we had to work with these fabulous kids at the Boys and Girls Club. Interacting with them and seeing their smiles was such a rewarding experience. It was a day I will remember for a long time,” says crewmember Melinda P. in our Salt Lake City Support Center.
When the Florida heat got too hot to handle, we all headed inside for choreographed dancing to Beyonce’s Single Ladies and V.I.C’s Wobble. It was a great way to end a day filled with fun, service and making a difference in the community.
Kevin A., a crewmember in Long Island City, captured the event perfectly, “What I liked most about working with the Boys and Girls Club was that we were able to see the results of our efforts. The time that we spent with the children hopefully impacted them for not only the present but for the future. The look on their faces was priceless and getting to work with them on activities did not feel like work at all—we were having fun together.”