Daily Point of Light # 3023 Sep 6, 2005

The Do Crew, America West’s employee volunteer corps, began in Phoenix in 1997 with just a handful of people who wanted to give back to the community and have fun at the same time. That simple purpose stood the test of time and by July 2001, the Do Crew had expanded to the airline’s hub in Las Vegas.

The Do Crew gives America West employees and their family members an opportunity to get involved in the community. Members can volunteer with nonprofit organizations in the arts and culture, health and human services, education and civic sectors. Do Crew members are proud to say they “do” get involved, “do” have a lot of fun and “do” make new friends at America West and in the community.

Over the years, the Do Crew has participated in a variety of community events, such as Relay for Life, Boys Hope Girls Hope, Light the Night Walk for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Susan G. Komen Race for Cure, Lied Animal Shelter, Habitat for Humanity, quarterly blood drives with United Blood Services and the Magical Forest at Opportunity Village. With the goal to improve the quality of life in the markets served by the airline, America West believes volunteering is the key to making our community a better place to live and work. The company is extremely proud of the Do Crew’s efforts and continues to seek new opportunities to enhance employee volunteerism.

The Do Crew is fulfilling a need in the community by donating time and resources to a variety of non-profit organizations. Today, more than 1,780 employees are Do Crew members and the group contributes over 2,229 hours annually to non-profit organizations in Phoenix, Las Vegas and Reno.

Not only does America West believe in giving back to the community through employee volunteerism, the airline is also committed to providing financial resources to nonprofit organizations in its hub markets. On behalf of the airline’s corporate giving programs and foundations, $2.5 million is donated annually to organizations in the arts and culture, health and human services, and education and environment sectors.