Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) completed its 13th Global Build with Habitat for Humanity with the construction of six homes in Chulavista, a small community 35 miles north of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, the company said.
Sixty-five volunteers participated in the joint build with Delta´s alliance partner Aeromexico — a lineup of 45 Delta employees from 23 stations across five countries, two SkyMiles customers, two Delta retirees and 16 Aeromexico employees.
The effort marks the first in a series of 2017 Delta and Habitat for Humanity initiatives, including a second Global Build in Mexico slated for October, where a volunteer team will return to the community of Chulavista to build six additional homes.
The joint Delta and Aeromexico team worked alongside future Habitat homeowners in Chulavista to begin the early construction of six new homes. Volunteers constructed the foundation, bathroom, kitchen facilities and two rooms. Habitat for Humanity Mexico will provide families with the training and guidance to complete their new home with help from local volunteers, architects and engineers.
For the seventh consecutive year, a SkyMiles customer who bid for the opportunity to participate through Delta´s SkyMiles Experiences online auction was embedded as a volunteer. Diamond Medallion member Ron Berg from Edina, Minn., won the experience with a bid of 321,000 miles, and was joined by his wife, Julie Berg.
Delta Air Lines serves nearly 180 million customers each year. Delta and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to 323 destinations in 57 countries on six continents. Headquartered in Atlanta, Delta employs more than 80,000 employees worldwide and operates a mainline fleet of more than 800 aircraft.
Habitat for Humanity is a global nonprofit housing organization in nearly 1,400 communities across the US and in over 70 countries. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. The organization provides financial support, volunteers, or adds a voice to support affordable housing.