Delta Air Lines: Volunteers Serving Their Communities for Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2022
On January 17 and before the holidays, the people of Delta honored Dr. King and our commitment to DCI by saying, doing, and learning more to expand our understanding, increase our ability to empathize, and serve our community. .
Delta Employees Across the Company Are Putting Words into Action to Honor 37and annual holiday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The federally designated day of service is dedicated to Dr. King’s work to drive nonviolent systemic change to eliminate poverty, hunger and bigotry, in search of a “beloved community” where all people have equal access to their full potential.
Dr. King was an inclusive leader before there was language to describe him as such, and Delta aspires to bring to life many of the central themes of his legacy, as reflected in our Diversity, Equity and Inclusiveness Strategy. inclusion to actively seek diversity, boldly pursue equity and consciously foster inclusion. On January 17 and before the holidays, the people of Delta honored Dr. King and our commitment to DCI by saying, doing, and learning more to expand our understanding, increase our ability to empathize, and serve our community. .
With the commitments set out in Delta CEO Ed Bastian’s August 2020 memo to advance racial justice and diversity within our company, Delta will continue to share updates and progress on our goal of becoming a fair and anti-racist organization.
In Atlanta, people at Delta volunteered with Hosea Helps to serve those experiencing food insecurity and homelessness. In years past, the annual event included an indoor hot meal service. Due to COVID-19, this year’s format was different: drive-thru food distribution outside the organization’s headquarters.
Wearing masks and practicing social distancing, 150 Delta volunteers helped distribute grocery boxes containing fresh produce, poultry, staple foods, water and personal protective equipment to approximately 6,000 people.
“I heard someone in the crowd say, ‘Look at Delta, they’re still coming through!’ and it’s a huge source of pride for me to be a part of this and to represent a company that is so visible and gives to the community in such a big and visible way,” said Maryanne Padilla, Learning Facilitator at ACS & Cargo, through tears of joy. “That means everything to me.”
Hosea Helps, now in its 50sand year of service, raises awareness and provides direct support to prevent or alleviate poverty, hunger and housing insecurity for over 50,000 people each year. The organization was founded in 1971 as Hosea Feed the Hungry and the Homeless by the Reverend Hosea Williams, a trusted associate of Dr King and longtime civil rights leader, philanthropist and politician.
“Dr. King’s legacy reminds us of his teachings about a ‘beloved community’ in which everyone is cared for, free from poverty, hunger and hate,” said Tad Hutcheson, Managing Director – Community Engagement. “As a company dedicated to building a more equitable world, we have honored his vision by living the Delta difference with our long-time partner Hosea Helps by helping to meet a basic need for all members of a community – access to healthy food.”
Although the pandemic curtailed many in-person plans, Delta volunteers across the company participated in a variety of activities to honor Dr. King’s legacy, including sponsored virtual learning and celebration events by the King Center for Nonviolent Social Change, virtual reading events with local schools, and “Time for Understanding” sessions at train stations and engagement centers.