— On #GivingTuesday, Winners of JetBlue’s #CheckInForGood Contest Depart for a Four-day Volunteer Trip to Destination Good on the Airline’s Newest Livery —
— JetBlue Debuts Its Latest Branded Aircraft, JetBlue For Good, Marking ItsCommitment to Community Service —
Today in celebration of #GivingTuesday and JetBlue’s commitment to volunteerism and community service, the airline flew a plane full of do-gooders to “Destination Good,” the Dominican Republic. Winners of JetBlue’s #CheckInForGood contest were so committed to good, they agreed to join JetBlue on a volunteer trip during JetBlue For Good Month without knowing the destination. Volunteers arrived at New York’s JFK International Airport and were surprised with the reveal of the location just moments before boarding JetBlue’s newest special livery – JetBlue For Good.
JetBlue reveals the surprise location of Destination Good as the Dominican Republic to its nearly 50 #CheckInForGood contest winners and their guests at JFK International Airport Terminal 5 on Giving Tuesday. Just moments later, they boarded the new JetBlue For Good aircraft to embark on a four-day service trip to volunteer alongside the airline’s crewmembers and non-profit partners.
Nearly 100 volunteers including contest winners and their guests took off for the Dominican Republic to participate in a four-day service trip alongside some of JetBlue’s crewmembers and non-profit partners, with projects taking place in La Romana and Punta Cana. JetBlue is the largest airline serving the Dominican Republic since it first started service to the island destination in 2004.
Volunteers were surprised with a special send-off at JetBlue’s Terminal 5, as the airline also revealed its new JetBlue For Good aircraft. This plane celebrates the hundreds of thousands of hours JetBlue crewmembers have dedicated to doing good in the airline’s 100+ communities.
“We’re excited to celebrate and empower our customers and crewmembers to join us in doing good,” said Icema Gibbs, director of corporate social responsibility, JetBlue. “We picked Giving Tuesday, the international day of giving, to send volunteers on a service trip to give back in one of our key communities – the Dominican Republic – to symbolize all of the good we do throughout the year.”
On the ground in “Destination Good” – Once the JetBlue For Good aircraft lands in the Dominican Republic, volunteers will take part in three days of volunteerism with each day dedicated to one of JetBlue For Good’s pillars: youth and education, community and the environment. Activities will include projects ranging from renovating a local school, to beautifying a community play space and building buoys to protect coral reef beds.
JetBlue is New York’s Hometown Airline®, and a leading carrier in Boston, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood, Los Angeles (Long Beach), Orlando, and San Juan. JetBlue carries more than 40 million customers a year to 100+ cities in the U.S., Caribbean, and Latin America with an average of 1,000 daily flights. For more information please visit jetblue.com.
ABOUT THE DREAM PROJECT
The DREAM Project provides more than 800,000 hours of quality education to more than 7,500 children through 14 different programs across 27 communities in the Dominican Republic. DREAM’s programs focus on early childhood education, high quality primary education, and holistic youth development and consist of neonatal education, preschools, after school supplemental and remedial education, at-risk youth programs, summer schools and camps, fixed and mobile libraries, computer labs, age-appropriate free books for thousands of children, vocational training and more.
The DREAM Project works closely with community members and public school staff to assess local needs, establish quality education programs that address those needs, and provide continuous support to schools, teachers and community members to ensure success over the long-term. In addition, DREAM programs indirectly benefit thousands more each year by reaching our students’ family members, social networks and their extended communities. For more information, visit www.dominicandream.org.
FUNDEMAR is an organization dedicated to the promotion of the sustainable use of marine resources and ecosystems through research, education, and the development of conservation projects. Staffed with a multidisciplinary team of biologists, ecologists, and educators capable of acting with scientific rigor and a network of service-minded local and international volunteers, the organization is able to mobilize its knowledge, resources, and efforts in support of its goals.
FUNDEMAR possesses the ability to influence and mobilize actions and opinions in key aspects of its missions such as national marine resource and ecosystem conservation and the protection of coastal resources alongside local communities. For more information, visit www.fundemardr.org.
ABOUT PARADISUS BY MELIÁ
Paradisus by Meliá is a luxurious, all-inclusive hotel brand owned and managed by Meliá Hotels International, one of the most successful family-owned hotel companies worldwide. The properties are located in some of the world’s most breathtaking destinations, as well as emerging hotspots, offering the ultimate guest experience. The luxury hotel brand currently has 11 hotels in Cuba, Dominican Republic and Mexico, such as Paradisus Palma Real and Paradisus Punta Cana (Dominican Republic), Paradisus Cancun, Paradisus Playa del Carmen and Paradisus Los Cabos (Mexico), all surrounded by stunning gardens, with beach-front views that reflect the natural beauty of the destination. 2018 and 2019 will see new openings in Mexico, Costa Rica and Cuba. Committed to health and well-being and environmentally conscious, each resort offers a range of authentic, personalized, Life Enriching Experience activities such as yoga, YHI Spa treatments, water sports and cooking classes. Guests are encouraged to immerse themselves in local experiences, from guided tours and offsite excursions to a superior culinary program available at each resort. Paradisus by Meliá offers unique room categories and luxury upgrade options, including Royal Service (adults only) and Family Concierge (families only), which are ideal for a wide range of guests: couples, family holidays, weddings and business trips.