SILVER SPRING, Md., Sept. 6, 2012 // PRNewswire // - For the third consecutive year, Econo Lodge and Rodeway Inn franchisees are giving back to the community by helping to rehabilitate old buildings for use by deserving non-profit organizations. And they've left the selection process entirely up to website visitors.
This effort, dubbed the Rebuilding DreamsProject, is in collaboration with Rebuilding Together, the signature cause of Choice Hotels International (NYSE: CHH), the franchisor of Econo Lodge and Rodeway Inn branded hotels. Rebuilding Together is the largest non-profit organization in the country that focuses on preserving affordable housing and rehabilitating the homes of low-income homeowners and non-profits nationwide.
"True hospitality should extend far past the front doors of our hotels, into the communities where we live and work," said Stephen P. Joyce, president and chief executive officer for Choice Hotels International. "Our involvement with Rebuilding Together at this event is reflective of the work we've been able to accomplish with our larger commitment with them in giving back to help families in need across the country."
Four organizations represented by Rebuilding Together affiliates from all over the United States are now left as finalists for the $20,000 grant. The group that receives the most votes will have its facility repaired and renovated on October 25, 2012 as part of national "Make a Difference Day." Voters can read each group's story and situation then vote at: www.choicehotels.com/rebuildingtogether.
For taking part in the selection process, voters may also enter a sweepstakes for the chance to win a travel package to pitch in on the Rebuilding Dreams Project. The package will include airfare for two, participation on the project, hotel accommodations for two nights and $500 spending money.
Rebuilding Together is the nation's leading nonprofit organization working to preserve affordable homeownership and revitalize neighborhoods by providing extensive rehabilitation and modification services to those in need at no cost to those served. With the help of everyday citizen volunteers, skilled trades people, the support of local business and major corporate partners, Rebuilding Together affiliates in America's largest cities and smallest towns make life considerably better for thousands of low-income homeowners and the communities in which they live by completing 10,000 projects per year. Rebuilding Together has programs dedicated to, energy efficiency, veteran's housing, aging in place and gulf coast reconstruction.
For more information, visit www.RebuildingTogether.org. You can also follow Rebuilding Together on Twitter @rebldgtogthr or become a fan on Facebook at Facebook.com/RebuildingTogether. Media Contact: BCarter@rebuildingtogether.org (202) 518-3500.
Choice Hotels International, Inc. franchises approximately 6,200 hotels, representing more than 495,000 rooms, in the United States and more than 30 other countries and territories. As of June 30, 2012, more than 375 hotels were under construction, awaiting conversion or approved for development in the United States, representing more than 30,000 rooms, and approximately 75 hotels, representing approximately 6,700 rooms, were under construction, awaiting conversion or approved for development in approximately 15 other countries and territories. The company's Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality, Sleep Inn, Clarion, Cambria Suites, MainStay Suites, Suburban Extended Stay Hotel, Econo Lodge and Rodeway Inn brands, as well as its Ascend Hotel Collection membership program, serve guests worldwide.
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Choice Hotels, Choice Hotels International, Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality, Sleep Inn, Clarion, Cambria Suites, MainStay Suites, Suburban Extended Stay Hotel, Econo Lodge, Rodeway Inn and Ascend Hotel Collection are proprietary trademarks and service marks of Choice Hotels International.
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