April 2, 2012

Today is World Autism Awareness Day

The United Nations recognizes today as World Autism Awareness Day to “highlight the need to help improve the lives of children and adults who suffer from the disorder so they can lead full and meaningful lives.”

Our third annual Wings for Autism event will be held in Boston on May 19 with the goal of helping to create a safe environment for families taking on the challenges of traveling with an autistic child. By practicing the airport and flight experience, including going through TSA security and boarding an aircraft (without actually leaving the airport!), both parents and their children with special needs can gain the familiarity and confidence needed to fly for real when the time comes.


Learn more about Wings For Autism

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November 22, 2011

Wings for Autism Event In Boston Helps Families Fly

More than 400 people turned out for our second Wings for Autism event at our Boston station this past Saturday. For many families, this was the first time they stepped inside an airport, let alone onboard a plane (which meant 10 years for some people).

The idea behind Wings for Autism was to create a safe environment for families to take on the challenges of traveling with an autistic child and be surrounded by those in similar situations. By practicing the airport and flight experience (without actually leaving the airport!), both parents and their children with special needs can gain the familiarity and confidence needed to fly for real when the time comes. Families, alongside our crewmembers, practiced:

  • The check-in process
  • TSA screening
  • Boarding
  • Preparing for take-off
  • Deplaning

The families also received a safety briefing and toured the flight deck with one of our captains and first officers!

Below is a sample of the positive feedback our Boston team received after participating in Wings for Autism, just one of many more rave reviews that have come through:

“I cannot thank you enough for your assistance in making our ‘surprise’ trip to Disneyworld so successful, especially for our son. From the guided tour and plane visit on 10/1 to the ease of going through security and getting settled on the plane on the day of our trip, our vacation was amazing and we have you (and countless other JetBlue employees) to thank. For an autistic child the unknown can be very scary and stressful, and because of you our son was excited and ready from the start. I have been sharing our story with friends and family and encouraging them to fly JetBlue when they travel in the future – I know we will.”


Thank you for our Boston Crewmembers for their  outstanding support of this cause!

Learn about our first Wings for Autism event held in Boston back in May, 2011.

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May 17, 2011

Crewmembers support Wings for Autism Day at BOS

As Boston’s largest carrier and a company known for its caring Crewmembers, we were the obvious choice when Massport was looking for an airline partner for a special community service event it was planning. On Saturday, May 14, we participated in Massport’s first ever “Wings for Autism Day” supporting the Charles River Center for Autistic Children. The event centered on a field trip to Boston Logan for families with autistic children, which allowed them to get familiar with air travel in a realistic, but low pressure setting.

To facilitate the special day, a group of Crewmember volunteers checked in the families to a faux flight. Then, after the families had passed through security, Crewmembers boarded them on a parked aircraft that had been reserved for the occasion by System Ops.

The day proved to be incredibly moving and was an excellent experience for both the volunteers and the participants.

“Wings for Autism Day” was conceived after the Littlejohn family had an unfortunate experience en route to Disney World last year. After getting through security, the Littlejohns’ autistic son Henry became extremely agitated, and he and his mother were unable to fly and join the rest of the family on the vacation. Thanks to Saturday’s practice run and our compassionate Crewmembers, the Littlejohn family and many others who participated should feel a lot more comfortable next time they fly.

Related:
Boston Globe recap
The Charles River Center

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January 21, 2013

Honoring National Day of Service

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!.

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May 18, 2012

JetBlue Is “Doing Good in the Neighborhood”

In addition to flying people to their friends, family for work and for play around our 71-city network and providing excellence in customer service, part of our mission to “bring humanity back to air travel,” involves engaging our crewmembers to do acts of volunteerism in their communities and the communities that we serve.

Our Boston crewmembers deliver the $10,000 check to The Jimmy Fund

In the spring of 2011, our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) team (who works to identify and organize support for worthy causes like our One Thing That’s Green environmental initiatives, our Soar With Reading campaign to promote children’s literacy, and Race for the Cure to support breast cancer awareness, to name a few), launched JetBlue Community Connection to reward and recognize crewmembers for their volunteerism, and to align our corporate giving with crewmembers’ passions. For every 25 hours any crewmember volunteers, we will donate one round trip flight to the non-profit organization of their choice. In addition to flight rewards, crewmembers can earn grants and be recognized for their efforts at the annual Community Connection crewmember awards dinner.

On March 7, 2012, we hosted the first annual event, with more than 100 crewmembers from across the JetBlue network gathering to celebrate the volunteer accomplishments of the past year. In addition to the individual awards, we presented one team, or BlueCity, with an award for their outstanding efforts. The 2011 award went to Boston, for their Wings for Autism program which benefited the Charles River Center for Autistic Children. The event centered on a field trip to Logan Airport for families with autistic children, which allowed them to get familiar with air travel in a realistic, but low pressure setting.

For their efforts, we awarded the team a $10,000 grant to the non-profit of their choice, and they selected The Jimmy Fund, which supports the fight against cancer in children and adults at Boston’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

“We are thrilled to be the beneficiaries of JetBlue’s generosity,” said Suzanne Fountain, Director of the Jimmy Fund.  ”The Boston crew’s hard work, commitment, and devotion to the community and our cause is inspiring.  On behalf of all of our patients, families, caregivers and researchers, we thank everyone at JetBlue for their support.”

Learn more about JetBlue’s commitment to the communities we serve

 

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May 21, 2011

Las Vegas Crewmembers tackle challenge course for charity

A team of Las Vegas Crewmembers got muddy for charity this month, participating in the 2011 Gladiator Rock’n Run.

The Rock’n Run is an event benefitting the non-profit organization Talk About Curing Autism, and is organized by Dan Clark, who was Nitro from the TV show American Gladiators.

The very wet and dirty 5K run includes obstacles such as swinging wrecking balls, tire pits, mud slides, an 8-foot high wall, cargo nets, a rope climb and multiple deep mud pits.

Airports Crewmembers took on the challenge in Irvine, Calif., and all finished with huge smiles and super-muddy clothes. It was a great time for a great cause. The LAS team is definitely looking forward to participating in another Gladiator Rock-n-Run!

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