Jet Blue Gives Away Flights to Do-Gooders

I love Jet Blue.

The month of November is the JetBlue For Good Month. To commemorate JetBlue’s continued commitment to giving back and doing good, the carrier is adding a new mystery destination to its network this November, dubbed, “Destination Good.” From October 16 through October 26, those who are keen on joining JetBlue for a volunteer experience can #CheckInForGoodOnline at https://jetbluecheckinforgood.com or at JetBlue’s pop-up kiosks in surprise locations in Los Angeles and New York City to enter for a chance to partake in the service trip.

This will be a 4-day service trip to Destination Good, scheduled to depart on Giving Tuesday, November 27, from New York’s JFK International Airport. To up the fun factor, contest winners will not know where they are headed until the morning of November 27. JetBlue will be picking up to 50 do-gooders to volunteer alongside some of JetBlue’s crewmembers and non-profit partners. Successful contest entrants will be notified by November 20, 2018. The chosen do-gooders can each bring a guest along.

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During their stay in Destination Good, all participants will engage in daily volunteer and service activities that emphasize on the three pillars of the JetBlue For Good platform: (i) youth and education; (ii) community, and (iii) the environment.

No purchase is necessary for one to enter the Destination Good contest. Keep in mind the contest is open only to legal residents of the 50 U.S. states and D.C. who are 18-years-old or older and have a valid passport.

Those who enter the contest are required to answer philanthropic-related questions and their answers will be judged to determine who the winners will be. Contest entrants have to fill out a short questionnaire about what ‘Good’ they have to declare. For starters, JetBlue is looking for passionate souls who enjoy philanthropy and volunteering – regardless if one is a newbie or experienced volunteer.

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October 11 – The Day of The Girl

Everyone get ready for the Day of the Girl.

Taking place on October 11, and with ads and content aimed at encouraging education, career-role models and mentoring, organizations hope to bring awareness to the many ways the world needs to uplift young women.

Mattel’s Barbie is introducing the Dream Gap Project, an initiative it hopes will raise awareness of ways girls are blocked from reaching their potential. The company cites research showing that by age 5, girls are less likely to view themselves and other girls as either smart or competent.

A launch video stars a handful of young girls talking about the many ways they inadvertently undermine daughters: They are twice as likely to Google “Is my son gifted?” than they are “Is my daughter gifted?” for example, and far less likely to give girls science-related toys.

The effort also includes a collaboration with New York University associate professor Andrei Cimpian for a two-year post-doctoral fellowship, focusing on the Dream Gap in girls between the ages of 5 and 7. And the brand, which generated plenty of buzz with the launch of its “Inspirational Women” collection earlier this year, including fencers, boxers, snowboarders and artists, says it plans to highlight at least 10 “empowering female” role models around the world each year.

Meanwhile, Unilever’s Dove is debuting The Girl Collective, “a sisterhood on a mission to raise the self-esteem of girls everywhere,” with a vow to reach an additional 20 million girls with messages “that can protect them from the outside voices that influence how they feel about their appearance.” Shonda Rhimes, the filmmaker who has been partnering with the brand on Real Beauty Production videos, hosted the kickoff event on Facebook Live.

Nonprofits are talking about Day of the Girl, too. Girls Inc., citing research that a third of girls between 7 and 10 say their appearance is the most important thing about them, is celebrating the day with the launch of “Pretty,” a book that urges girls to be pretty brave, pretty confident and pretty strong.

It’s also got a social component, using #theprettyconversation and #selfworthies, pointing out that 35% of girls worry about being tagged in photos that make them seem unattractive, and 65% agree that ads and media set unrealistic standards.

And Plan International is sponsoring girls’ takeovers around the world, including a #DayOfTheGirl emoji for Twitter. Its U.K. division is using the occasion to launch a new video campaign aimed at preventing street harassment.

Lacoste adopts temporary logo to help endangered species

Lacoste temporarily replaced its polo shirts’ crocodile logo with the images of 10 endangered species to help counter the threat of extinction.

The shirts, which are part of a limited run supporting the “Save Our Species” campaign that launched during Paris Fashion Week on March 1, have sold out.
Replacing the crocodile above the left breast of the shirt are the Gulf of California porpoise, the Burmese roofed turtle, Sumatran tiger, the Anegada ground iguana and the northern sportive lemur, among others.
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The French clothing company calibrated the number of shirts produced for each series to the population of the remaining animals in the wild. Of the 1,775 shirts available, the Gulf of California porpoise had the smallest print run, with just 30 shirts available.
The Anegada iguana, by contrast, was the most available, with 450 editions. Proceeds went to International Union for Conservation of Nature, an international advocacy organization working to protect nature that sponsored the campaign.
The US Fish & Wildlife Service has placed 1,459 animals on its threatened and endangered list. Lacoste’s crocodile logo was introduced in 1936, and the company has never before sold shirts featuring other animals.

Jeff Bezos Sends Dreamers To College

Amazon CEO, Jeff Bezos and his wife, MacKenzie, donated $33 million to TheDream.US, a national scholarship fund for undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children and are protected from deportation under the DACA program.

The grant is the largest in the organization’s history. It will go to DACA-eligible graduating high school students around the country. Each student will get $33,000 in aid over four years to help pay tuition and fees. The students will be eligible to attend one of 76 colleges and universities in 15 states that partner with the scholarship fund. At present, nearly 3,000 undocumented students are enrolled today through TheDream.US.

Bezos is the richest person in the world. The Bloomberg Billionaires Index puts his wealth at $108 billion. “MacKenzie and I are honored to be able to help today’s Dreamers by funding these scholarships,” he said.

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In 2015, Mark Zuckerberg gave $5 million to TheDream.US to fund college scholarships.

Bezos’ donation is the latest step by the nation’s top CEOs to protect Dreamers. Donald Trump moved to rescind DACA in September, and it is set to end March 5.

More than 100 business leaders, including Bezos, signed a letter to Congress this week urging Congress to pass legislation preserving provisions of the program. Failure to act will cost businesses valuable employees and hurt the economy.

JetBlue For Good Encourages Customers and Crewmembers

Y’all know I stan for JetBlue. Their JetBlue for Good is another reason why.

The company is celebrating November as Philanthropy Month, recognizing those who actively volunteer in their communities. To kick off this month of giving, JetBlue is launching a contest inviting customers and crewmembers to join the JetBlue For Good Crew. Volunteers who work to make their communities a better place can enter at JetBlueForGood.com for a chance to win $1,000 for the charity of their choice.

Customers and crewmembers can enter by uploading a photo or video highlighting their community service and sharing their volunteer efforts using #JetBlueForGood. The contest begins today, November 1st. Winners, one customer and one crewmember, will be selected daily until November 30, 2016.

Since 2011, JetBlue crewmembers have volunteered more than 500,000 hours of service. To honor JetBlue’s Philanthropy Month efforts, the airline is encouraging customers and even more crewmembers to participate in acts of service.

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Tumblr Gets Into the Election Mix

Recently Tumblr launched a new social impact campaign designed to get more millennials to vote.

Tumblr, in partnership with MTV’s Elect This voting initiative, is hosting a series of virtual Q&As called IssueTime, a spin-off of Tumblr’s AnswerTime Q&As. Each IssueTime brings together a panel of experts to answer users’ questions about a different social issue, including gun violence prevention, immigration reform, women’s health and empowerment, mental health, LGBT equality, climate change and national security.

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The first panel was held on June 27 and focused on the history of the LGBT movement and featured experts from the Transgender Freedom Project and the National Center for Transgender Equality.

Tumblr also will sponsor “Day of Action” takeovers with various advocacy and nonprofit organizations, posting content about these organizations and encouraging users to volunteer there.

The goals of the campaign are to drive more users to Tumblr and get more young people to vote.

I’m here for it; this election is an important one, guys.

Jet Blue #StandsWithOrlando

Here’s one more reason to join me in loving Jet Blue.

Today the company announced it will offer immediate family and domestic partners of Orlando shooting victims free seats on available flights to and from Orlando.

On the airline’s blog, Out of the Blue, Jet Blue officials wrote of their close ties to the city and of their sorrow as details of the shooting rampage have continued to emerge. In all, 49 were killed and more than 50 injured in the worst mass shooting in U.S. history:

Like many of you, we continue to watch reports of the Orlando nightclub shooting with great sadness. Our thoughts are with the victims and their loved ones.

This weekend’s events are felt by all of our 19,000 crewmembers, many of whom live in, work from and travel through Orlando – one of our focus cities – at Orlando International Airport, our Orlando Support Center and JetBlue University.

We want to do our part to help the victims of this tragedy, as well as support the Orlando community through this difficult time.

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Jet Blue will offer immediate family and domestic partners of victims who were killed or injured in the shooting free seats on flights to or from Orlando. Those needing assistance with arrangements should call 1-800-JETBLUE (538-2583) for details.

In addition, the airline instituted a fee waiver for customers traveling to or from Orlando who need to make last-minute changes to their travel plans.

The airline also is offering special resources to employees who have been affected by the event. Crewmembers are encouraged to check the company’s internal website for more details.

Lastly, JetBlue officials said they will make a charitable contribution to support the victims and their families.

Not surprising, the company has gone above and beyond to do its part and demonstrate yet again why they lead in the space as far as CSR is concerned.