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Hilton Worldwide Awards Travel with Purpose Action Grants

Strengthening our Global Communities at the Local Level

April 16, 2014
 

MCLEAN, Va. - Hilton Worldwide today announced it is awarding more than $150,000 to 62 Hilton Worldwide properties and community organizations around the world as part of the Travel with Purpose Action Grant program. The grants are intended to support the development of local solutions and strengthen the quality of life in the communities Hilton Worldwide hotels and corporate offices serve.

For the second year, all of the more than 4,000 managed, franchised, owned and leased hotels and timeshare properties as well as corporate offices were eligible to develop and submit a project for consideration.  This year, nearly 400 properties and offices developed proposals to support projects that reinforced strong Team Member engagement, creativity and alignment with Hilton Worldwide's four focus areas:

Creating Opportunities: includes programs focusing on youth opportunity; career and workforce development in hospitality with a focus on underserved populations; promotion of diversity in our workplace, marketplace and communities;

Strengthening Communities: includes projects that support sustainable economic growth by increasing opportunities for emerging local businesses to succeed in the global value chain; disaster support; critical services including housing and hunger/food insecurity; prevention of child trafficking and support services for survivors;

Celebrating Cultures: includes projects that welcome and bridge diverse cultures and foster inclusiveness and exchange; cultural programs and local experiences at our hotels;

Living Sustainability: includes projects that assist in the protection, conservation and restoration of the natural resources and habitats needed to sustain our business; projects that educate and inform our team members, guests and communities about sustainability; support for sustainable sourcing and purchasing.

The winning projects feature creative ways to engage Team Members, reflecting the unique talent and passion of local teams. Leveraging a network of more than 1,100 community and sustainability champions around the world, Team Members worked together to research and develop a project that would benefit the local community and drive business objectives. Several Hilton Worldwide properties, including hotels in Denver, Bangkok and Dubai, combined efforts to submit a project that would allow for greater impact with local organizations and communities. The scope of winning projects range from reducing waste on-property, providing hands-on sustainability education to guests and the surrounding communities, developing communal farms to support hotel culinary and Team Member needs and creating mentorship programs for young people entering the hospitality industry.

"We are a global company that depends on the strength of our local communities," said Jennifer Silberman, vice president of corporate responsibility for Hilton Worldwide. "For nearly 100 years we have been extending our spirit of hospitality beyond our hotel walls, and this program builds on that legacy. Our Team Members know their communities better than anyone, and our job is to help them apply their expertise and passion for hospitality in innovative ways to meet global and local challenges."

The 2014 Travel with Purpose Action Grant Recipients are listed below.

Office/Property Community Partner
   
$5,000 Awardees  
   

Conrad Bangkok

Khlongteay Nai Kindergarten School

Doubletree Beach Resort by Hilton Tampa Bay North
Redington Beach

Keep Pinellas Beautiful

Doubletree by Hilton Aqaba

Al Khalidieh School

Doubletree by Hilton Grand Junction

On-site Sustainability Project

Embassy Suites Denver Tech and Denver SE

Inter-Faith Community Services (IFCS)

Hilton Garden Inn Gurgaon Baani Square

Going to School Fund

HIlton Garden Inn Hanoi

REACH Organization

Hilton Naples

Collier County School District

Hilton Papagayo Costa Rica Resort & Spa

Colegio Tecnico de Sardinal

Hilton Pyramids Golf Resort

I the Egyptian Foundation

Hilton Ras Al Khaimah Resort & Spa

Project Aware

Homewood Suites Atlanta Peachtree

The Sheltering Arms

 

$3,000 Awardees


Conrad Centennial Singapore

Association for Persons with Special Needs (APSN)

Conrad Koh Samui

Samui Learning Center for Special Needs

Doubletree by Hilton & Hilton Sukhumvit, Bangkok

Ark International

Doubletree by Hilton Guangzhou

Guangdong International Volunteer  Expatriate Service

Doubletree by Hilton Milton Keynes

Lions Clubs International

Doubletree by Hilton Putian

Meizhou Travel Bureau

Doubletree by Hilton San Jose

Walter L. Bachrodt Elementary School - Bachrodt Charter Academy

Doubletree by Hilton Wuxi

Wuxi Big Bridge Experimental Primary School

Doubletree by Hilton Murfreesboro

Rutherford County 4-H Club

Embassy Suites Greenville

Harvest Hope Food Bank

Hampton Inn & Suites Downtown Knoxville

Beardsley Community Farm

Hilton Buenavista Toledo

On-site Sustainability Program

Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort & Spa

On-site Sustainability Program

Hilton McLean Tysons Corner

The Alternative House

Hilton Northampton

Onsite Sustainability Program

Hilton Paris ORLY Airport

Pôle Emploi

Hilton Sao Paulo Morumbi

Acorde

Hilton Worldwide Corporate office Dubai and Hilton Dubai
Jumeirah Resort (Dubai cluster including Hilton Dubai
The Walk & Hilton Dubai Creek)

National Charity School, Dubai

Homewood Suites by Hilton - North Charleston/Airport

HALO

Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund

Shanghai Youth Technical School for the Deaf 

$1,000 Awardees


Conrad Beijing

China Environmental Protection Foundation

Double Tree By Hilton Resort, Zanzibar-Nungwi

Nungwi Kindergarten School

Doubletree By Hilton Chicago - Schaumburg

Main West High School

Doubletree by Hilton - Colorado Springs

Springs Rescue Mission

Doubletree by Hilton Kuala Lumpur

House of Joy

Doubletree by Hilton Pittsburgh - GreenTree

On-Site Sustainability Project

Embassy Suites Memphis

Madonna Learning Center

Embassy Suites Portland - Airport

Northeast Emergency Food Program

Hampton Inn & Suites Kansas City - Country Club Plaza

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City

Hampton Inn & Suites Swansboro

Friends of the Hammocks and Bear Island

Hilton Bandung

FootballPlus

Hilton Budapest

Gyermekétkeztetési Alapítvány (Children's Nutrition Fund) (GyEA)

Hilton Cartagena

Jesus Fundación

Hilton Garden Inn Queretaro

Instituto de Rehabilitación Al Maltrato Infantil

Hilton Garden Inn Richmond Downtown

Richmond Technical Center

Hilton Garden Inn Tucumán

Hogar Agricola San Agustin

Hilton Guadalajara

Complices AC

Hilton Hurghada Plaza

Hope Village Society

Hilton Kuwait Resort

On-Site Sustainability Project

Hilton Milan

Farsi Prossimo Onlus

Hilton Sydney

On-Site Sustainability Project

Hilton Tokyo Bay

Second Harvest Japan

Hilton Warsaw Hotel & Convention  Centre

Stowarzyszenie ASLAN

Home 2 Suites by Hilton Austin - Cedar Park

Heroes Night Out

Homewood Suites by Hilton Binghamton/

Vestal, NY

Family Enrichment Network

Homewood Suites Newtown Pennsylvania

The Center of Autism

HRCC - Tampa

Bridging Freedom, Inc.

Parc Soleil Suites by Hilton Grand Vacations

Orlando Day Nursery

The Boulders, A Waldorf Astoria Resort

Children First Academy

Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah

International Centre for Culinary Arts Dubai 

Contact:
Sarah Lipman
+1 703 883 5315
sarah.lipman@hilton.com

About Travel with PurposeTM
Travel with PurposeTM is Hilton Worldwide's corporate responsibility commitment to providing shared value to its business and communities in four areas - creating opportunities for individuals to reach their full potential; strengthening communities where Hilton Worldwide operates; celebrating cultures and the power of travel; and living sustainably through the measurement, analysis and improvement of the company's use of natural resources.