Spirit Airlines pledged $250,000 of airline travel to nine social justice and civil rights organizations around the country. The donation is part of Spirit Airlines’ mission to give back to the communities they live and work in.
“At Spirit, we promote diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging and strongly support the Black community, because Black lives matter,” said Laurie Villa, senior vice president and chief human resources officer, Spirit Airlines and president of The Spirit Airlines Charitable Foundation. “We are proud to partner with these great organizations and admire how tirelessly they work to advocate for social justice and civil rights.”
Spirit Airlines donated to accredited organizations within the communities the airline operates, including The Urban League of Broward County in Fort Lauderdale, Florida; The Urban League of Detroit & Southeastern Michigan in Detroit; The Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce in Texas; The NAACP in Las Vegas, Nevada; The Thurgood Marshall College Fund in New York City; The Common Ground Foundation in Chicago; The African American Chamber of Commerce of Central Florida in Orlando; The National Council of Negro Women in Washington, D.C.; and The National Black Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C.
“The Urban League of Broward County is incredibly grateful to be one of the organizations receiving this generous donation from Spirit Airlines,” said Dr. Germaine Smith-Baugh, president and CEO, The Urban League of Broward County. “During these challenging and uncertain times, we applaud Spirit for stepping up to strengthen our longstanding efforts to advance racial equity and social justice in our community.”
Spirit Airlines strives to inspire positive change while supporting local communities through several charitable organizations and efforts of its own, including the Spirit Airlines Charitable Foundation’s partnership with Jack & Jill Children’s Center, the YMCA of South Florida, No Kid Hungry and Feeding South Florida, as well as various educational scholarships made to the Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals and Broward College.
“It is our commitment to continue to make a difference in the communities where we live and work,” said Villa.
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