WestJetters Build 5 New Homes In The D.R.
WestJet’s annual humanitarian trip just wrapped up (26OCT-3NOV) and this year 50 WestJetters built homes for five families living in extreme poverty in the community of La Union in Puerto Plata.
Since the company’s first humanitarian trip in APR 2012, more than 400 WestJetters have volunteered their time to build 38 new homes for deserving families, with extra fundraising efforts also contributing to various community enhancement projects. This year, participants raised over $17,000 of extra funds that were topped up to $22,000 by WestJet and used to create paved pathways throughout La Union, improving walkability, water dispersion and the overall health and safety of the community.
"WestJet's caring culture has always extended beyond our aircraft and we're incredibly proud of the WestJetters who volunteer their time and talents to make this important annual trip possible," said Richard Bartrem, WestJet vice president marketing communications. "By working together with Live Different [WestJet's on-the-ground charitable partner in the Puerto Plata area] and the La Union community, we are able to enrich the lives of deserving families in the WestJet world."