Team Members help strengthen our community with an afternoon of service in support of the U.S. military and local homeless population
Hilton Grand Vacations (HGV) is proud to again celebrate as part of Hilton Worldwide’s annual Global Month of Service, hosting more than 150 Team Members for an afternoon of service in support of Operation Shoebox and Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida. Led by HGV President Mark Wang, Team Members will assemble 1,250 care packages containing essential items often taken for granted.
During the event, Team Members will take part in three distinct service projects, which include the assembly of 500 care kits for local homeless, assembly of 750 care packages for members of the U.S. military serving overseas, and tying of paracord survival bracelets, which will be included as part of the military care packages.
Representatives from Fairways for Warriors, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting combat wounded veterans through golf, will also be in attendance to share their personal stories and highlight the importance of supporting those serving in the military.
“Our culture is one of service – both to our members and guests, as well as to one another. So, we naturally have a passion to also serve our communities,” says Mark Wang, president of HGV. “We’re 6,500 people strong and growing, and as our business grows, so do our opportunities to make an even larger collective impact that is significant and lasting.”
Since the inaugural service celebration in 2012, HGV volunteers have provided support to more than 80 projects worldwide contributing more than 5,000 hours of community service. Last year in just one week, HGV hosted more than 50 projects in three countries, volunteering more than 3,200 hours. Hilton Worldwide aims to complete 3,750 projects across its global footprint.
“Now in my fourth year as Community Champion, I continue to be amazed by the passion with which our Team Members volunteer,” says Neil Peraza, vice president of resort operations for HGV. “Global Month of Service expands its reach each year and truly is reflective of HGV’s dedication to our Orlando community as well as the diverse communities globally in which our Team Members live and work.”
Global Month of Service is Hilton Worldwide’s largest annual community service initiative and mobilizes hundreds of thousands of Team Members from every region to engage in numerous volunteer events and activities happening around the world. Throughout the month, more than 1,000 HGV Team Members will participate in more than 30 volunteer events around the globe. Photos, videos and stories will be posted on the Hilton Grand Vacations Facebook page and on the @HiltonGrandVac Twitter account.
About Operation Shoebox
Operation Shoebox was founded in 2003 by Mary Harper, a military mother of five living in Central Florida. Operation Shoebox embraces a practical mission of providing hands-on support for our troops deployed overseas and returning home. It is the mission of Operation Shoebox to meet the needs of every hero with dignity and appreciation. Whether it looks like packing coffee, socks, toothpaste and sports gear into care packages or sending letters of encouragement, whether it looks like organizing fundraisers or collecting supplies for homeless veterans, Operation Shoebox is committed to treating every hero with care and honor.
About Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida
Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida (Coalition), a private nonprofit organization, is the largest provider of homeless services in Central Florida. The Coalition’s mission is to transform the lives of homeless men, women and children by providing crucial services to end their crisis of homelessness. The Coalition operates two campuses, both located in downtown Orlando. The main campus includes the Center for Women & Families (CWF) and the Men’s Service Center (MSC). A separate campus is home to the Women’s Residential and Counseling Center (WRCC).
About Fairways for Warriors
Fairways for Warriors provides golf equipment, instruction and outings to wounded warriors and their family members. Golf has proved to be an excellent tool for mental and physical rehabilitation. Fairways for Warriors gives these brave men and women the opportunity to heal from their most significant injuries – the injuries that can’t always be seen such as depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury and others. Fairways for Warriors is a 501(c) (3) non-profit charity and is dependent on tax-deductible financial donations, with 96 percent of funds put toward the program.
About Hilton Grand Vacations Company, LLC
Hilton Resorts Corporation, dba Hilton Grand Vacations, is a division of Hilton Worldwide, recognized as the leading global hospitality company. Headquartered in Orlando, Florida, Hilton Grand Vacations develops, markets and operates a system of brand name, high-quality vacation ownership resorts in select vacation destinations. The company also manages and operates two innovative club membership programs: Hilton Grand Vacations Club® and The Hilton Club®, providing exclusive exchange, leisure travel, and reservation services for more than 245,000 Club Members. For more information, visit http://www.hiltongrandvacations.com, news.hiltongrandvacations.com or connect at clubtraveler.com.
About Hilton Worldwide
Hilton Worldwide (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company, spanning the lodging sector from luxury and full-service hotels and resorts to extended-stay suites and focused-service hotels. For 96 years, Hilton Worldwide has been dedicated to continuing its tradition of providing exceptional guest experiences. The company’s portfolio of twelve world-class global brands is comprised of more than 4,440 managed, franchised, owned and leased hotels and timeshare properties, with more than 730,000 rooms in 97 countries and territories, including Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Canopy by Hilton, Curio – A Collection by Hilton, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages an award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton HHonors®. Hilton HHonors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to benefits including free standard Wi-Fi, as well as digital amenities that are available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton HHonors app, where HHonors members can check-in, choose their room, and access their room using a Digital Key. Visit news.hiltonworldwide.com for more information and connect with Hilton Worldwide at facebook.com/hiltonworldwide, twitter.com/hiltonworldwide,
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About Travel with Purpose
Travel with Purpose is Hilton Worldwide’s commitment to provide shared value to its business and communities around the world. As the driving strategy for Hilton Worldwide’s corporate responsibility efforts, Travel with Purpose focuses on creating opportunities for individuals to reach their full potential; strengthening local communities where Team Members live, work and travel; celebrating cultures and the power of travel; and living sustainably through the measurement, analysis and improvement of the use of natural resources. Visit www.hiltonworldwide.com/corporate-responsibility and www.hiltonworldwide.com/sustainability for more information