The innovative programme has raised USD1 million in proceeds for Habitat since 2007, when flight attendant Susan Powell first started the initiative. To reduce waste on Delta flights, paper, plastic and aluminium from food and beverage products are collected and transported to recycling centres in 36 cities worldwide. The programme has recycled over 230 tons of aluminium thus far, which is enough to make five Airbus A350 aircraft.
In a quaint neighbourhood, miles from the Atlanta airport, two single-mothers and their children stood misty-eyed on the porches of their new homes at the dedication.
The next-door homes were numbers 260 and 261 Delta has built with Habitat in 12 countries. In 10 short days, Delta employees volunteered 4,800 hours building alongside the future homeowners. Volunteers were led by Kim Mills-Smith and Scott Meader, build coordinators and husband and wife, who met onsite at a Delta-Habitat build. And, among the volunteers was a band of Delta employees who travel the world together building Habitat homes.
Each year, over 2,500 Delta employees volunteer their time and talent with Habitat to build homes in the US and internationally to offer families safe and affordable homes.