MCLEAN, Va. - November 06, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Hilton Worldwide (NYSE: HLT) recently celebrated Global Week of Service, the company's worldwide annual volunteer event. Now in its third year, the company's largest expression of community service included more than 3,500 projects designed to address the social, economic and environmental needs in 86 countries.
Global Week of Service provides Team Members and franchise partners with the opportunity to showcase the company's culture of service and community hospitality. This year's theme focused on two company commitments – youth opportunity and living sustainably. More than 1,100 properties and corporate offices in more than more than 900 cities around the world completed a wide array of projects, including resume building workshops with underserved young people, soap recycling, refurbishment of schools and community centers, park and seabed clean-ups and the creation of social enterprises.
"Service is at the heart of our organization, and every day our Team Members and franchise partners devote countless resources to strengthen our global communities," said Christopher J. Nassetta, president and CEO, Hilton Worldwide. "Whether it's teaching young people about careers in hospitality, sharing customer service skills with community organizations or preserving the natural habitats surrounding our hotel communities, volunteerism gives us the opportunity to enrich the lives of others while also developing our teams and creating a vibrant culture."
Hilton's Global Week of Service supported more than 3,200 volunteer projects representing more than 150,000 hours of service in 2012 and 2013 combined. Other annual initiatives include the Living Sustainably Campaign, EarthHour, Careers@HiltonLive and Nelson Mandela Day. Throughout the year, Team Members and franchise partners participate in a full spectrum of community engagement initiatives in the 93 countries Hilton Worldwide hotels serve.
Throughout Global Week of Service, Hilton worked with an international network of community-based organizations, including FareShare, Feeding America, Global Soap Project, Hilton in the Community Foundation, Playground of Hope, Points of Light, Room to Read, SOS Children's Villages and Stop Hunger Now in addition to more than 2,800 local organizations selected by hotels and offices.
Photos and stories from the events are now posted at www.hiltonworldwide.com/serve, on the Hilton Worldwide Facebook page and on the @HiltonWorldwide Twitter account.
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 95 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 4,250 managed, franchised, owned and leased hotels and timeshare properties, with more than 700,000 rooms in 93 countries and territories, including Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Curio - A Collection by Hilton, Canopy by Hilton, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Hotels, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages an award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton HHonors®. Visit news.hiltonworldwide.com for more information and connect with Hilton Worldwide at www.facebook.com/hiltonworldwide, www.twitter.com/hiltonworldwide, www.youtube.com/hiltonworldwide, www.flickr.com/hiltonworldwide and www.linkedin.com/company/hilton-worldwide.
Travel with Purpose is Hilton Worldwide's corporate responsibility commitment to providing shared value to its business and communities in four areas - creating opportunities for individuals to reach their full potential; strengthening communities where Hilton Worldwide operates; celebrating cultures and the power of travel; and living sustainably through the measurement, analysis and improvement of the company's use of natural resources. Visit http://cr.hiltonworldwide.com/ for more information.
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