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Hilton Worldwide Awards First TravelTM with Purpose Action Grants

Local Community Impact Supported Across the Global Footprint

September 19, 2013  |  This information originated in American English.

MCLEAN, Va. - Hilton Worldwide today announced the recipients of the Travel with PurposeTM Action Grants, which have been awarded to 26 community partners around the world. The Travel with PurposeTM Action Grants are part of a global effort to recognize and encourage the development of local solutions and support organizations in the communities Hilton Worldwide and its portfolio of hotels serve. Hilton Worldwide launched the grant competition this year to award a total of $130,000 to 26 deserving Hilton Worldwide offices and properties and their community partners.

Every office and property within the Hilton Worldwide portfolio had the opportunity to help award a $5,000 grant to a local organization in their community. Grants are being awarded to projects that are aligned with Hilton Worldwide's four areas of focus:

  • Creating Opportunities: includes programs focusing on youth development, career mentoring and workforce development in hospitality training with a focus on disadvantaged populations; promotion of diversity in our workforce, owners, and suppliers;
  • Strengthening Communities: includes projects that support sustainable economic growth by increasing opportunities for emerging local businesses to succeed in the global value chain; disaster preparation and resiliency; critical services including housing and hunger/food insecurity; prevention of child trafficking and support services for survivors;
  • Celebrating Cultures: includes education programs that foster cultural heritage, preservation and restoration of historic or cultural monuments; projects that bridge diverse cultures and foster inclusiveness and diplomacy; support for local sourcing and goods;
  • Living Sustainability: includes projects that assist in the protection, conservation and restoration of natural resources and habitats; projects that educate and inform the public about sustainability; support for sustainable sourcing and purchasing.

The winning projects are highly creative and hands-on, leveraging Team Member engagement and reflecting the diverse interests and needs of Hilton Worldwide's operating communities. These programs help improve the economic conditions of small farmers sourcing to Hilton Worldwide hotels, support services for child trafficking survivors, provide hands-on sustainability education and create mentorship opportunities for young people entering the hospitality industry.

"The Travel with PurposeTM Action Grant program is an excellent example of a global initiative making local impact," said Jennifer Silberman, vice president of corporate responsibility for Hilton Worldwide. "Every day our Team Members deliver hospitality to millions of guests around the world and extend their passion and spirit of service beyond our hotel walls. This program allows them to support the needs of the communities where they live, work and travel by working with local community organizations." 

The 2013 Travel with PurposeTM  Action Grant Recipients are listed below. 


Community Partner 

Conrad Miami

Southside Elementary School 

Conrad Seoul    

Yeongdeungpo-gu Volunteer Center

Dallas Commercial Services Center

Metrocrest Social Services

DoubleTree by Hilton Resort Paracas

INDECI (Instituto Nacional de Defensa Civil)

DoubleTree by Hilton Beijing

Bethel Foundation

DoubleTree by Hilton Manchester - Piccadilly

The Willows Primary School

DoubleTree by Hilton Zagreb

Dječji dom Zagreb (Children's Home Zagreb), Section Nazorova

Embassy Suites Newark/Wilmington South

Service Source Delaware

Embassy Suites Omaha - La Vista & Embassy Suites Omaha -Downtown/Old Market

Papillion-La Vista School District

Hampton Inn & Suites Carson City

Western Nevada College

Hampton Inn Wheeling

Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley - Capitol Theatre Preservation Trust

Hilton Abuja

ACE Africa

Hilton Athenee Palace & Hampton Cluj - Napoca

The Duke of Edinburgh International Award Romania

Hilton Orlando/Altamonte Springs

Winter Springs High School

Hilton Bogota

Association of Rural Farmers

Hilton Guam

Hurao Inc.

Hilton Nanjing Riverside

BN Vocational School Nanjing

Hilton Wilmington Riverside

The Centre of Redemption

Hilton Garden Inn New Delhi/Saket


Hilton Garden Inn Tuxtla Gutiérrez

Casa Hogar Alegre

Hilton Grand Vacations Las Vegas

We Care, We Share Foundation

Homewood Suites by Hilton Tulsa South

Surayya Anne Foundation

King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre Managed by Hilton

INJAZ Jordan

The Roosevelt New Orleans, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel


Waldorf Astoria Panama

Casa Esperanza

Watford Corporate Office

Practical Action


About Travel with PurposeTM
Travel with PurposeTM 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.

Sarah Brown
Hilton Worldwide
(703) 883-5315

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