Delta celebrates Global Build with Habitat for Humanity
MAR 20, 2015: Delta Air Lines in partnership with Habitat for Humanity International is helping build six homes in the Los Ceibos neighborhood of Buenos Aires, Argentina. The build runs from March 17 through March 21and marks Delta's 11th Global Build. "As a global company, Delta is committed to giving back to the communities where our employees live, work and serve," said Tad Hutcheson, Delta's Vice President of Community Affairs. "I am proud of our employees for living out the Delta brand and donating their time and resources to improve the lives of others." "Delta has been serving Buenos Aires, Argentina, for 10 years and we are strongly committed to the region," said Nicolas Ferri, Delta's Vice President of Latin America and the Caribbean. "For the first time we are working on a build with our alliance partner GOL and we are excited to work together to make a difference." For the fifth consecutive year, Delta volunteers are joined by SkyMiles customers who bid for the opportunity to participate through Delta's SkyMiles Experiences online auction. Platinum Medallion member and Million Miler Flora Carruthers from Tallahassee, Fla., won the experience with a record bid of 601,000 miles, and is joined by her husband, Kent, who is a Platinum Medallion and a 4 Million Miler. In addition to the Carruthers, Diamond Medallion member Nhai Cao from Stoneham, Mass., also joined the build with his guest, Rick Cura, as he placed second and agreed to match the winning bid. Through local and national support, Delta employees have helped build or rehab 207 Habitat homes in 11 countries around the world. Habitat is one of Delta's core community partners in its Force for Global Good, a program that encourages employees to make a difference in the communities where they live, work and serve. The homes in Argentina will mark Delta's 208 through 213 home builds in partnership with Habitat. Delta employees from around the globe use vacation time and pay a portion of their expenses to volunteer on the Global Build and help those in need of simple, decent and affordable housing, while learning more about the country and its culture. Delta employees have previously participated in Global Build events in Chile, China, the Dominican Republic, Ghana, India, Mexico, the Philippines, South Africa and Thailand.