If you know a WestJetter, you know that we are highly engaged individuals who are passionate about making a difference in the lives of our guests. What you may not know is that we are equally excited and committed to making a difference in our communities. Operating out of 100 airports throughout our network means WestJet’s brand of care extends far beyond the places where we land our planes, to make positive differences to the communities where our WestJetters call home. Our Airport Community Giving program allows us to do just that.
Through WestJet’s Airport Community Giving program, our employees are empowered to meaningfully invest in the communities where they live and work. The program allows WestJetters to review and support donation requests based on their community’s local needs and priorities. Once a decision is made, the requesting organization is provided the gift of flight vouchers to be used to enhance fundraising activities.
“Since 2007 the IWK Foundation has been a grateful recipient of WestJet’s Airport Community Giving program,” said Kathryn Levandier, Relationship Manager, IWK Foundation “In the last year alone, WestJet’s gift of flight vouchers helped our annual fundraising partners raise over $400,000 to help support the IWK Health Centre’s most urgent priority needs.”
Over the last five years, WestJet has helped 1,147 charities and non-profit organizations by donating over 30,000 one-way flights! What does this big number really mean? It means we’ve helped raise funds for community organizations and programs including children’s hospitals and pediatric wards, social services, humanitarian, sport and recreation, animal welfare and arts and culture, to name a few.
“We are so grateful for WestJet’s ongoing support of the kids and families at the Alberta Children’s Hospital,” said Liz Ballendine, Vice President, Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation “Their gift of flight vouchers through their Airport Community Giving Program helps us raise funds at our events which go towards family centred child health programs, specialized life-saving equipment and advanced pediatric research and education.”
If you are involved with an event, program or organization you can apply for a gift of flight donation through WestJet’s online application, please visit WestJet Airport Community Giving.
WestJet community investment programs also include WestJet Cares for Kids, WestJetters Caring for Our Community, WestJet Live Different Builds and WestJet’s support of the Canadian Cancer Foundation.