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Community Affairs & Grassroots Partnerships

The Southwest Airlines Community Affairs & Grassroots Team works tirelessly to build strong, mutually beneficial, strategic relationships. By fostering these true partnerships, the Company proves its commitment to People in diverse groups. In addition, Southwest Airlines demonstrates its dedication to maintaining the "hometown carrier" position in every one of our U.S. destinations.

Below is a sampling of some national, regional, and local community partnerships through which the Southwest Airlines Core Values strategically extend to benefit the Company and to support our Communities.

  • Ascend

    Ascend is the largest, non-profit Pan-Asian organization for business professionals in the United States. Offering both student and professional chapters the opportunity for specialized development and career enhancement programs, Ascend reaches over 60,000 from the United States to Canada. They seek to advance the current and future Pan-Asian business leaders in a dynamic, growing market around the world.

  • Asian Americans for Community Involvement (CA)

    In 1973, a group of citizens of Santa Clara County gathered to express discontent and share common concerns about their experiences as Asian Americans. These community leaders founded an organization committed to the belief that diverse members of the euphemistically labeled “Quiet Minority” could unite, that their individual experiences and strengths could combine to advocate for the betterment of all Asians. Learn more

  • Asian Business Association

    ABA represents Asian American business owners and creates business opportunities for its members and their diverse communities. Learn more

  • Asian Business Association of Orange County

    The Asian Business Association of Orange County (ABAOC) was founded in 1992, as a non-profit business under IRS 501(c) (6), to meet the needs of the growing Asian businesses in Orange County.  Its vision was to build an organization that would provide all Asian Americans the opportunity to gain access to economic advancement through networking, education and community representation. Learn more

  • Asian Corporate & Entrepreneur Leaders (PHX)

    The Asian Corporate & Entrepreneur Leaders (formerly NAAAP Phoenix), is a non-profit organization providing Asian American professionals across the Phoenix metropolitan area opportunities to work together to enhance Asian American leadership in our careers, communities and the local government that we live and serve in. Learn more

  • Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS)

    APAICS is dedicated to increasing participation of individuals of Asian and Pacific Islander heritage at all levels of the political process, from community service to elected office. Founded in 1995, APAICS was created to promote, support, and conduct non-partisan education and informational activities, research, and programs designed to effectively enhance and increase the participation of the Asian Pacific Islander American (APIA) community in the democratic process at the national, state, and local levels. Learn more

  • Asian/Pacific Islander American Chamber of Commerce & Entrepreneurship (ACE)

    ACE's mission is to serve as a strong advocate of AAPI business interests and effect positive change on all issues that enhance and advance the goals and aspirations of AAPI business owners, entrepreneurs and corporate leaders. We strive to do this through supporting and promoting issues that impact the AAPI business community, improving the economic development and economic impact of the AAPI community, advancing coalitions and enhancing community building, and fostering the next generation of AAPI entrepreneurs and CEOs. Learn more

  • Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association Community Education Foundation (APAPA)

    Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association Community Education Foundation works to promote the advancement of Asian and Pacific Islander (API) Americans through active participation and leadership in civic and public affairs. APAPA educates the public about public policy and provides opportunities for our youth to gain firsthand knowledge and experience in governmental and public affairs. Learn More

  • Asian Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF)

    Our mission is to make a difference in the lives of AAPI students by providing them with resources that increase their access to higher education which serves as the foundation for their future success and contributions to a more vibrant America. Learn more

  • Asian Pacific Islander American Vote (APIA)


    APIAVote is a national nonpartisan organization that works with partners to mobilize Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in electoral and civic participation. Learn more

  • Asia Society of Northern California

    Drawing on its strength as one of the nation's premier educational and networking links between Americans and Asians, the Asia Society in Northern California strives to offer fresh perspectives on the forces and issues that are shaping Asia's relations with California, the Silicon Valley, and the rest of the world. Through lectures, panel discussions, exhibitions, conferences, cultural events, and country briefings, the Northern California Regional Center presents the uniqueness and diversity of Asia to the Bay Area community. As technology and Asia's growth and development continue to change the face of the world we live in, the Northern California office presents timely and relevant forums for enhancing public understanding of these developments and their impact on the local community.  Learn More 

  • Center for Asian Americans United for Self Empowerment (CAUSE)

    CAUSE is a nonprofit, non-partisan, community-based organization with a mission to advance the political empowerment of the Asian Pacific American community through non-partisan voter registration and education, community outreach, and leadership development. Founded in 1993 as Chinese Americans United for Self Empowerment to promote civic and political participation in the Chinese American communities, CAUSE expanded its mission to serve the larger Asian Pacific American (APA) communities in 2003; thus, becoming Center for Asian Americans United for Self Empowerment. Comprised of committed professional, business, community, and political leaders, CAUSE has established itself as a prominent APA community-based organization in the Greater Los Angeles area, with influence and reach throughout California. CAUSE is a unique nonpartisan, community-based organization, dedicated to promoting APA civic and political participation. Learn More

  • The Center for Asian Pacific American Women

    The Center for Asian Pacific American Women helps to develop Asian Pacific women nationwide to achieve success and fulfillment in their personal and professional lives, and to lead positive change in their workplace and communities. Learn More

  • Chinatown Partnership

    The Chinatown Partnership began as a local initiative to rebuild Chinatown following September 11, 2001 by connecting residents, business leaders, and local officials together. Since then, Chinatown Partnership has teamed up with the Chinatown Business Improvement District to rejuvenate, reconnect, and reinvent the community. Their local efforts have laid the ground work for preserving the unique culture, enhancing improvements around the Cityscape, and providing provisions when natural disasters strike to residents.

  • Japanese American Citizens League (JACL)

    Japanese American Citizens League, founded in 1929, the JACL is the oldest and largest Asian American civil rights organization in the United States.  The JACL monitors and responds to issues that enhance or threaten the civil and human rights of all Americans and implements strategies to effect positive social change, particularly to the Asian Pacific American community. JACL constantly assesses the effectiveness of its role in Japanese American, Asian Pacific American and civil rights communities, and what infrastructure is necessary to effectively support our mission and efficiently achieve our goals. Today, with inter-racial and multi-ethnic marriages changing the face of the Japanese American community, the JACL faces additional challenges in looking to its future and to the future of the Japanese American community. Learn more

  • Las Vegas Asian Chamber of Commerce

    LVACC mission: To serve as a forum to understand current business issues and help people expand their horizons in the society; To offer social/networking opportunities and increase referrals/business for members.; To give the Las Vegas Asian business community the opportunity to address important business and ethical issues; To give members opportunities to serve the community. Learn more

  • LEAP

    Since its founding in 1982, Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics, Inc. (LEAP) has been intent on growing leaders within Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities across the country. When LEAP opened its doors 25 years ago, it was founded on a simple yet powerful idea; that in order for AAPI communities to realize their full potential and to foster robust participation in the larger democratic process, those communities would have to begin producing leaders who could advocate and speak on their behalf. A national, nonprofit organization, LEAP works to achieve full participation and equality for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders through leadership, empowerment, and policy. Learn More

  • Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA)

    OCA is a national organization dedicated to advancing the social, political, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans in the United States. Founded in 1973 as the Organization of Chinese Americans, OCA aims to embrace the hopes and aspirations Asian Pacific Americans in the United States. OCA is engaged in organizing its over 80 chapters and college affiliates across the nation to develop both leadership and community involvement. OCA chapters and college affiliates are establishing strong local programs in all parts of the county. Learn more
     

  • Pacific Arts Movement

    Pacific Arts Movement (Pac Arts) is one of the largest media arts organizations in North America that focuses on Asian American and Asian international cinema. Learn more

  • Pacific Asian American Women Bay Area Coalition

    The Pacific Asian American Women Bay Area Coalition (PAAWBAC) was founded in 1980 by women representing Chinese, Chomorro, Filipino, Hawaiian, Japanese, Korean, Samoan, Tongan, Vietnamese and other Asian and Pacific communities.  Among its goals are to promote the personal, professional and political development of Asian and Pacific women, and to increase their visibility and participation. Learn more

  • The Sacramento Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce

    The Sacramento Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce (SACC) is dedicated to promoting, nurturing and propelling economic growth in the Sacramento Region. Learn more