BBBS & Hyatt Community Grant Announcement
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Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront awards Community Grant to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Florida
Hotel awards $12,000 grant to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Florida for its positive community impact
JACKSONVILLE, FL, Dec. 5, 2018 – As a part of Hyatt Community Grants, a philanthropic program that empowers Hyatt colleagues to guide charitable giving, Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront announced today that it has awarded Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Florida (BBBSNEFL) with a $12,000 grant to further the organization’s efforts in enriching and preparing students by providing meaningful and relevant workplace mentoring experiences.
The Hyatt Community Grants program, which is now in its eleventh year, encourages hotels around the world to identify and nominate local community-based organizations 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 nearly $3.5 million to 260 nonprofits in 52 countries around the world.
“We are honored to support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Florida and their valuable contributions to our community,” said general manager, Luis Aloma. “We consider the members of our community an integral part of the Hyatt family, and through our relationship with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Florida, we have seen first-hand the way its work enables our city to thrive.”
All participating community-based organizations must have a significant local presence and align with Hyatt’s new global program, RiseHY, which is designed to pair the hospitality industry’s career opportunities with young people who need them.
“Receiving this grant is a great honor, and we are thankful that Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront nominated our organization to be the recipient of this generous donation,” said Chief Executive Officer, Sara Alford. “We know this grant will go a long way in helping us continue our mission of empowering children to reach their full potential by placing a caring adult mentor in their life.”
Funding for the Hyatt Community Grants program is provided by Hyatt. Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront will be among 29 Hyatt hotels around the world that will award grants totaling $365,000 to nonprofits in their local communities in 2018.
“At Hyatt, we believe that fulfilling our purpose starts with understanding the needs of others. This is at the core of our Hyatt Community Grants program, because no one is better suited to identify what our communities need than our colleagues who live and work there,” said Jessica Schultz, senior manager of community engagement, Hyatt. “Hyatt Community Grants celebrate and build upon our hotels long-standing engagements with local community-based organizations providing on-the-job training and paths to employment for Opportunity Youth and under-resourced youth across the globe. We look forward to continuing this positive momentum in the future to help many more of these well-deserving community-based organizations impact lives of youth.”
Giving Back #HyattThrive
From December 3 to December 14, Hyatt colleagues worldwide will use social channels to celebrate Hyatt Community Grants recipients and the way they give back to communities #HyattThrive.
For more information on the recipients of the Hyatt Community Grants program, visit https://about.hyatt.com/en/risehy/community-grants.html
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 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. For more information about Hyatt Thrive, visit http://thrive.hyatt.com.
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