HandsOn Greater DC Cares Awards Hilton Worldwide's Commitment to Community Service

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HandsOn Greater DC Cares Awards Hilton Worldwide's Commitment to Community Service

Volunteer Impact Award Recognizes Company’s Community Partnerships and Philanthropy Efforts
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Press Release
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 - 2:40pm

(3BL Media) McLean, VA - April 25, 2012 - Last week, HandsOn Greater DC Cares presented Hilton Worldwide with the Volunteer Impact Award for Community Impact, highlighting the company's significant work in addressing the critical community needs of nonprofits, schools and community-based organizations through the strategic integration of philanthropy, team member volunteerism and in-kind support.

"We are gratified to receive this honor from Greater DC Cares," said Jennifer Silberman, vice president, corporate responsibility at Hilton Worldwide. "As a global hospitality company, Hilton Worldwide's more than 3,800 properties work together to strengthen communities everyday in 88 countries around the world.  The greater DC area is not only the home of our global corporate headquarters but also over 80 properties, and our team members are passionate about service and extending the culture of hospitality beyond our hotel walls. Organizations such as HandsOn Greater DC Cares are vital to supporting the private sector's ability to make meaningful contributions to local community needs."  

The award highlights a variety of Hilton Worldwide's recent partnerships, including its work with Global Kids, to help support global education and develop the next generation of youth leaders for the global stage. The partnership directly impacts students and teachers at Columbia Heights Educational Campus and Friendship Collegiate Academy Public Charter School, The Academies at Anacostia, and Maya Angelou Public Charter School (MAPCS) and Evans High School through a range of programming.

Hilton Worldwide also partners with Alexandria, Virginia-based Good360, to support its 20 percent waste reduction goal by connecting hotels with opportunities to donate gently-used and surplus goods to organizations in need.

Finally, the award also recognizes Hilton Worldwide's corporate employees, who have been actively volunteering in the DC community with hundreds of team members participating in a variety of service events in the past year. 

Hilton Worldwide team members are regular volunteers in the annual HandsOn DC Cares Servathon event and Hilton Worldwide was the title sponsor of the 2012 HandsOn Greater DC Cares Servathon.  On Friday, volunteers from Hilton Worldwide spent the day beautifying the Armed Forces Retirement Home, a community offering residential care and support services for retired veterans. Photos from the service event can be viewed here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/hiltonworldwide/sets/72157629530250986.

In 2011, Hilton Worldwide launched Travel with Purpose, its commitment to providing shared value to its business and communities around the world. Travel with Purpose is built on four areas of focus -- creating opportunities for individuals to reach their full potential; strengthening communities where we operate; celebrating cultures and the power of travel; and living sustainability through the measurement, analysis and improvement of its use of natural resources. For more information on Hilton Worldwide's corporate responsibility initiative, visit www.HiltonWorldwide.com/corporate-responsibility/

Contact:
Dasha Ross
(703) 883-5805
dasha.ross@hilton.com

About HandsOn Greater DC Cares
HandsOn Greater DC Cares is the leading and largest coordinator of volunteerism in the DC region. With 23 years of community volunteerism experience, HandsOn Greater DC Cares mobilizes volunteers and strengthens nonprofits to better impact communities and the key issues in the Washington, DC region.

HandsOn Greater DC Cares works with a network of more than 900 nonprofits, 43,000 volunteers and a host of corporate and foundation partners to positively impact the region through one-time projects, skilled volunteering, board leadership, and more!

For more information, please visit greaterdccares.org or call 202.777.4462.

About Hilton WorldwideHilton Worldwide is the leading global hospitality company, spanning the lodging sector from luxurious full-service hotels and resorts to extended-stay suites and mid-priced hotels. For 93 years, Hilton Worldwide has offered business and leisure travelers the finest in accommodations, service, amenities and value. The company is dedicated to continuing its tradition of providing exceptional guest experiences across its global brands. Its brands are comprised of more than 3,800 hotels and timeshare properties, with 630,000 rooms in 88 countries and include Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, 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 the world-class guest reward program Hilton HHonors®. Visit www.hiltonworldwide.com for more information and connect with Hilton Worldwide at www.facebook.com/hiltonworldwidewww.twitter.com/hiltonworldwidewww.youtube.com/hiltonworldwidewww.flickr.com/hiltonworldwide and www.linkedin.com/company/hilton-worldwide.