The American Airlines Do Crew, at Regan National Airport (DCA) are changing lives for some individuals on the autistic spectrum.
The Madison Fields Farm and Madison House Autism Foundation teach life skills and develop employment opportunities and increase housing options for adults on the spectrum to increase housing options.
“It became clear this cause had a touch point to many of our American Airlines families,” said Brandon Duggins, former manager on duty at Reagan National Airport and current general manager for American in Rochester, New York. “Many of us have a family member or a friend who have been faced with autism.”
American Do Crew employee volunteers have increasingly become involved with Madison House. In fact, American is the largest airline to join up with the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority to sponsor local families through this organization.
“My godson is autistic,” said Renee Drayton, Premium Customer Service representative, DCA. “This cause is very near and dear to my heart. Plus, this is a lot of fun and such a beautiful place.”
Do Crew volunteers paint living quarters, clear horseback riding trails, build picnic tables
Because of the partnership with American, the farm is now home to an eight-acre corn maze in the shape of the American Airlines flight symbol.
The Maryland farm and corn maze also happens to be directly below the southbound flight path into Washington Dulles International Airport.
“We’re excited to share some of its beauty with our American Airlines volunteers, by land and by air,” said James Baird, Madison Field’s new farm director.