Hilton employees have a month of serving their communities
Vernon Strachan, Michael Jones and Santhosh Ravimony
Hilton Worldwide employees have been impacting their local communities around the world during the group’s Global Month of Service.
The event is Hilton Worldwide’s global and annual sustainability and responsible tourism drive, when Hilton employees across the world support a wide range of projects, including creating amenity care packages for communities in need, collecting surplus food and distributing it to underserved communities and aiding local communities devastated by disaster.
Sometimes the impacts spread beyond the month itself and DoubleTree by Hilton used the event to announce that five London DoubleTree hotels will offer chef apprenticeships to Londoners at risk of homelessness, supported by the Beyond Food Foundation’s training curriculum.
The programme already supports over 300 homeless and at-risk Londoners each week, making up over 10% of those in the UK. This extended commitment will impact the lives of considerably more people at risk across the capital, helping to tackle the issue and get more individuals off the streets and back into work.
The announcement was made during an event at St. John at Hackney Church, London where Vernon Strachan, Head Chef at DoubleTree by Hilton Tower of London, Michael Jones, Trainee Chef from Beyond Food Foundation and Santhosh Ravimony, Head Chef at DoubleTree by Hilton London Westminster showcased their skills to celebrate the existing partnership between DoubleTree Tower of London and Beyond Food Foundation, training people at risk of homelessness to become chefs.
Worldwide other events and projects throughout the month included:
- Dubai: Hilton team members showcased the Middle East and Africa-wide success story of Soap for Hope, recycling bars of soap to be donated locally, and running waste awareness activities with the Dubai National Charity School.
- Nairobi: Hilton Nairobi welcomed the global brand head for Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Rob Palleschi, for a celebration of RePurpose, Hilton’s approach to waste management. This included an exploration of the city in tuk-tuks running on the hotel’s used cooking oil, with charity partners at the Nairobi Technical University.
- Americas: One of Hilton Worldwide’s Global Month of Service signature projects was celebrated in Honolulu, Hawaii, honouring nearly 300 families of deployed U.S. military service members. Team Members from Hilton Hawaiian Village, DoubleTree by Hilton Alana and Hilton Grand Vacations Club hosted a Fall Festival where children of service men and women created super hero capes, wrote letters for their parents stationed abroad and most importantly, had fun making memories and just being kids. Hilton Worldwide is proud to recognise and support service men and women and remains deeply committed to showing appreciation for military service members and their families during Global Month of Service and throughout the year.
Hilton Worldwide team in Beijing
- Asia Pacific: In Beijing, Lawrence Lee on behalf of Bruce McKenzie led 80 team members from six hotels to dedicate an afternoon at the Beijing Star School. The school provides children of migrant workers from rural China a safe haven to learn, which will form a foundation for a better future. In addition to giving the building exterior a cheerful facelift, the team installed bookshelves in the classrooms. They offered life skills training to the teachers and taught 200 students first aid and food safety, as well as the importance of environmental protection. There was much laughter and warmth as students and team members bonded over the activities.