As a part of Hyatt Community Grants, a philanthropic program that empowers Hyatt colleagues to guide charitable giving, Hyatt Regency Baltimore Inner Harbor announced today that it has awarded Baltimore Outreach Services with a $20,000 to further the organization’s efforts in operating a 40-bed emergency shelter and services program that works with homeless women and children to move them to independence.
The Hyatt Community Grants program, which is now in its eighth year, encourages hotels around the world to identify and nominate local nonprofits for funding consideration. The program builds on Hyatt’s belief that no one better understands a local community’s most pressing issues – and their solutions – than those who live and work there. Since 2008, colleagues at Hyatt hotels have helped direct more than $2.35 million to 197 nonprofits in 43 countries around the world.
“We are honored to support Baltimore Outreach Services and their valuable contributions to our community,” said Kevin Kennedy, General Manager. “It is so important for us to care for and make an impact in in the cities we call home, and this program gives us the great opportunity to give back to the local organizations that do so much for our city. Ten years ago, in cooperation with local Chef Connie Crabtree, the organization began an 8-week culinary job training program to teach the women in the shelter basic skills needed for employment in a commercial kitchen. Today, over 125 students have graduated the culinary program and more than 60 percent have secured jobs with Baltimore-area employers. Although training is crucial, as important to the program’s success are partnerships with local businesses to provide internships and jobs for the graduates. The Hyatt Regency Inner Harbor is a valued community partner that offers both on-the-job training experiences for BOS culinary graduates and considers them for full-time jobs in food service. To date the Hyatt has hired five graduates from the BOS culinary job training program.
All participating nonprofits must have a significant local presence and must support one of Hyatt’s four philanthropic pillars – Environmental Sustainability, Education & Personal Advancement, Economic Development & Investment, or Health & Wellness.
“Receiving this grant is a great honor, and we are thankful that Hyatt Regency Baltimore Inner Harbor nominated our organization to be the recipient of this generous donation,” said Donna Rich, Deputy Director. “We know this grant will go a long way in helping us achieve our goals of helping move women to work”.
Funding for the Hyatt Community Grants program is provided by Hyatt. Hyatt Regency Baltimore Inner Harbor will be among 31 Hyatt hotels around the world that will award grants totaling $350,000 to nonprofits in their local communities in 2015.
“By giving our colleagues the opportunity to determine where the greatest needs are in their cities, Hyatt is able to invest in our communities accordingly and through local nonprofit organizations help them advance and meet these needs, which often vary across different regions,” said Brigitta Witt, global head of corporate responsibility, Hyatt. “This program is a part of our commitment to the success and prosperity of the communities around the world that we call home and I am thrilled that we have reached such a significant milestone of giving more than two million dollars throughout the last eight years of our grant program. I look forward to continuing this positive momentum in the future to help many more of these well-deserving non-profit organizations.” Hyatt Community Grants