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Published on : Monday, June 1, 2015
Delta Air Lines partnered with KaBOOM! Saturday to build a playground at Woodbridge Community Youth Center, which serves more than 4,500 kids in the Detroit area. The build marks Delta’s first playground build in Detroit and the airline’s seventh build in partnership with KaBOOM!.
“Delta is proud to partner with KaBOOM! as we positively impact the lives of children nationwide and inspire communities to promote and support play,” said Tad Hutcheson, Delta’s Vice President of Community Affairs. “At Delta, we proactively address overall well-being at the core, and KaBOOM! elevates our mission of investing in global health and wellness efforts in the communities where we live, work and serve.”
More than 280 volunteers, including 180 Delta employees and residents of the Detroit community, mixed 20,000 pounds of concrete, shoveled mulch, installed a fence surrounding the playground, painted art work and assembled a new playground structure in just six hours as part of the one-day build. The new playground is exclusively designed from drawings by children in the community.
At the ribbon cutting, Andrea Newman, Delta’s Senior Vice President of Government Affairs, surprised attendees when she presented a check to the Woodbridge Community Youth Center for $10,000, which will assist the organization with long-term maintenance of the playground and support the programs it provides.
Isaiah McKinnon, Deputy Mayor of Detroit, attended and thanked Delta and KaBOOM! for the new playground.
The airline has built previous playgrounds in Atlanta, Los Angeles, Minneapolis and Seattle and is scheduled to build two additional playgrounds this year in Atlanta and Seattle.
Through its community outreach, Delta works to promote an improved quality of life for everyone in the communities it serves. Delta’s more than 6,500 Detroit-based employees are active and involved in the community by participating in activities such as building homes with Habitat for Humanity Detroit and playgrounds with KaBOOM!, collecting pints of blood for the American Red Cross, teaching financial literacy to students at Junior Achievement of Southeastern Michigan, walking in support of Motor City Pride, the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life and AIDS Walk Detroit, serving the children at C.S. Mott’s Children’s Hospital, North Star Reach, Marine Toys for Tots and the YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit, feeding the hungry through Gleaners Community Food Bank, serving the troops at the Michigan Freedom Center, promoting the arts at the Detroit Institute of Arts, and serving the homeless youth through Covenant House of Michigan.