Being a good neighbor to the communities surrounding the Bob Hope Airport has been a priority for more than three decades. So far the Airport has spent over $80 million insulating homes and schools in Burbank and Los Angeles, having a positive effect on thousands of lives in the process. In addition, by working closely with local schools, civic and community groups, elected officials as well as local businesses and residents, the Airport has been able to reach out in many ways to improve the quality of life of families and individuals who live and work near the Airport. Below are the major health, educational, civic and community organizations, and events the Airport is proud to support.
Robert Gross Park "Summer Daze" Camp Visits Airport
The Airport hosted 65 grammar school-age children from the City of Burbank’s Gross Park Summer Camp on July 19, 2012. At the Airport Fire House the children observed aircraft arrivals and departures, static aircraft displays, and a demonstration of equipment by Airport Fire and police personnel. In addition, Southwest Airlines employees spoke to the children about their jobs at the Airport and careers in aviation. Afterward, the children were treated to pizza and drinks in one of the Airport’s hangars. This is the sixth year in a row hosting the campers from Robert Gross Park.
(Photo credited to News-Press and Burbank Leader.)
‘Tower Banner’ Art Contest
The Airport sponsors an annual “Tower Banner” art contest for high school students in the Burbank, Glendale and Pasadena unified school districts. Based on a particular theme, school art educators and city public art commissions pick the winners, which are hung 16-by-26-feet- size on the Airport main tower where they are seen by millions of travelers and Airport visitors. Second- and third-place winners are displayed in a busy hallway. In addition, the Airport presents each school district with a $3,000 check to promote and enhance art education.
Click here to view all nine 2011 winning images.
Airport District Blood Drive
The Airport District Blood Drive draws over 100 people who donate blood every summer to replenish badly needed supplies at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills and Providence Tarzana Medical Center. Airline employees, hotel workers, parking attendants, travelers and others roll up their sleeves to give blood.
Read Across America Day
As part of the National Education Association’s Read Across America Day, the Airport recruits airline employees and Airport tenants — including pilots, flight attendants, airline station managers and ramp workers, and Transportation Security Administration agents — to read to students at Bret Harte Elementary School. The employees also talk about how important reading is to their particular jobs and lives.
Boys and Girls Clubs
In partnership with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), the Bob Hope Airport supports the Boys & Girls Club of Burbank. Club members’ artwork is displayed on the tops of the stanchions at the security checkpoint, allowing passengers to admire the drawings while in line waiting to proceed through security. The Airport also conducts tours for the club, highlighted by the numerous display cases in the terminal illustrating Airport’s colorful history since 1930.
‘Burbank on Parade’ Festival
For the yearly “Burbank on Parade” festival, the airport wheels out one of its aircraft rescue firefighting vehicles along the parade route. It also holds a summer Airport fieldtrip for 80-plus Express Campers from Robert Gross Park in Burbank with a full-bore demonstration of firefighting and police vehicles, along with a chance to see jet aircraft and helicopters up close. And all this is topped off with a pizza party in a real airplane hangar.
‘Healthy Kids Day’
The Airport supports the Burbank YMCA, especially during the organization’s “Healthy Kids Day,” by providing information and tips on traveling with children. It also works with “Leadership Burbank,” an organization that holds a nine-month course centered on learning leaderships skills and the ins and outs of city hall, nonprofits, and numerous community resources including the Airport. It supports the “Starlight Bowl” summer concert series. And it backs the Family Service Agency “Care Walk of Burbank,” which provides free or low-cost counseling and other psychological services to adults and students.
'Wings for Autism'
In May 2013, jetBlue Airways hosted a Wings for Autism event at the Airport. The Wings for Autism program, which originated in Boston, offers families with children with autism the opportunity to practice air travel in a realistic way. Families practiced checking in at the ticket counter, going through TSA security, boarding a jetBlue aircraft, and listening to onboard safety instructions. The families also had the opportunity to see the inside of an Airport fire truck. The Burbank Channel spotlighted the program in a short news segment.