Miriam’s Kitchen Receives Community Grant from Park Hyatt Washington
Hotel awards $14,000 grant to Miriam’s Kitchen for its positive community impact
December 1, 2015 (Washington, D.C.) As a part of Hyatt Community Grants, a philanthropic program that empowers Hyatt colleagues to guide charitable giving, Park Hyatt Washington announced today that it has awarded Miriam’s Kitchen with a $14,000 grant to further the organization’s efforts to addresses both the short and long-term needs of Washington, D.C.’s chronically-homeless guests through four key programs—Healthy Meals, Case Management, Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) and Advocacy. All of these services treat guests with dignity, give them a sense of belonging, and serve as a catalyst for change so that they can be placed into and stay in housing.
The Hyatt Community Grants program, which is now in its eighth year, encourages hotels around the world to identify and nominate local nonprofits for funding consideration. The program builds on Hyatt’s belief that no one better understands a local community’s most pressing issues – and their solutions – than those who live and work there. Since 2008, colleagues at Hyatt hotels have helped direct more than $2.35 million to 197 nonprofits in 43 countries around the world.
“We are honored to support Miriam’s Kitchen and their valuable contributions to our community,” said Andrew Davidson, Park Hyatt Washington General Manager. “It is so important for us to care for and make an impact in the cities we call home, and this program gives us the opportunity to give back to the local organizations that do so much. Since 2007, Miriam’s has served over half a million meals and helped 350 individuals move into permanent housing. They have said that genuine hospitality makes the biggest difference and we completely agree. We have seen firsthand, in our local Foggy Bottom community, that investing in Miriam’s Kitchen garners both short and long-term change.”
All participating nonprofits must have a significant local presence and must support one of Hyatt’s four philanthropic pillars – Environmental Sustainability, Education & Personal Advancement, Economic Development & Investment, or Health & Wellness.
“Over the past couple of years, Park Hyatt and its employees have extended the hospitality and care they give their clients to our guests experiencing homelessness. They have done so by helping us cook high-quality meals and serve them with dignity. We are honored to receive this grant and build upon our partnership to create a community where every person has a safe place to call home,” said Scott Schenkelberg, President & CEO of Miriam’s Kitchen. “Park Hyatt’s support is timely and helps us get one step closer to ending veteran and chronic homelessness in D.C.”
Funding for the Hyatt Community Grants program is provided by Hyatt. Park Hyatt Washington will be among 31 Hyatt hotels around the world that will award grants totaling $350,000 to nonprofits in their local communities in 2015.
“By giving our colleagues the opportunity to determine where the greatest needs are in their cities, Hyatt is able to invest in our communities accordingly and through local nonprofit organizations help them advance and meet these needs, which often vary across different regions,” said Brigitta Witt, global head of corporate responsibility, Hyatt. “This program is a part of our commitment to the success and prosperity of the communities around the world that we call home and I am thrilled that we have reached such a significant milestone of giving more than two million dollars throughout the last eight years of our grant program. I look forward to continuing this positive momentum in the future to help many more of these well-deserving non-profit organizations.”
Giving Back #InAHyattWorld
Hyatt will be launching a social campaign on #GivingTuesday by sharing 31 stories in 15 days about how Hyatt is caring for and giving back to the communities that the company is in around the world.
Hyatt has joined the social giving movement by announcing the recipients of the Hyatt Community Grants program starting on #GivingTuesday, revealing grant winners everyday through December 15th on hyattcommunitygrants.com and Hyatt’s social channels. Hyatt colleagues will join the conversation by sharing how they give back #InAHyattWorld and are impacting their communities throughout the entire holiday season.
For more information on the recipients of the Hyatt Community Grants program, please click here. [http://www.hyattcommunitygrants.com]
The term “Hyatt” is used in this release for convenience to refer to Hyatt Hotels Corporation and/or one or more of its affiliates.
About Hyatt Community Grants
Hyatt Community Grants is a key component of Hyatt’s global corporate responsibility platform, Hyatt Thrive. Through the Hyatt Community Grants program, Hyatt expands and deepens the company’s community ties by empowering colleagues to act as local philanthropists. The Hyatt Community Grants program brings together teams of colleagues to support the prosperity and well-being of their communities.
About Hyatt Thrive
Hyatt Thrive, Hyatt’s corporate responsibility platform, translates the company’s purpose – caring for people so they can be their best – into a shared vision and common focus through four pillars: Environmental Sustainability, Education and Career Readiness, Economic Development and Investment, and Health and Wellness. Hyatt Thrive is designed to help make the communities in which Hyatt operates places that associates are proud to work, guests want to visit, neighbors want to live and hotel owners want to invest. Hyatt Thrive harnesses the power of more than 97,000 Hyatt associates at over 600 properties around the world, to focus on positive local efforts that make a significant global impact. For more information about Hyatt Thrive, please visit www.HyattThrive.com.
#GivingTuesday, December 1, 2015, follows the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, kicking off the holiday giving season with a global day dedicated to charitable giving, combining the power of social media and the generosity of people around the world to bring about real change in their communities. Now in its fourth year, #GivingTuesday is a worldwide movement that celebrates the power of giving in all its forms.
This effort builds on the collective power of a unique blend of partners – charities, families, businesses and individuals – to transform how people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season. #GivingTuesday inspires people to take collaborative action to improve their local communities, give back in better, smarter ways to the charities and causes they celebrate and help create a better world. For more information, visit www.givingtuesday.org.
For more information on Hyatt Community Grants, please visit http://thrive.hyatt.com/en/thrive/our-communities/investing-in-our-communities.html.
About Park Hyatt Washington
Park Hyatt Washington combines dynamic modernism with classic American style. Located in the fashionable West End Georgetown neighborhood, near Embassy Row and the Smithsonian Museums, Park Hyatt Washington affords guests convenient access to shopping, dining, and cultural attractions of the nation’s capital. With 216 guestrooms and suites, a Tea Cellar offering rare and vintage tea selections, and an intimate Spa Room, Park Hyatt Washington provides a truly unique experience. The hotel is home to the award-winning restaurant, Blue Duck Tavern, an elegant neighborhood tavern offering menu selections focusing on the freshest ingredients available from regional purveyors. Park Hyatt Washington offers flexible meeting and event space, The Gallery, with seasonal catering by Executive Chef Franck Loquet. To make a reservation for Park Hyatt Washington in the U.S. or Canada, please call +1 800 778 7477 or visit www.parkhyattwashington.com.
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