Another Thanksgiving is upon us and there is much to be grateful for this year. IHG® Army Hotels continues to grow thanks to your support and will soon be celebrating an important milestone: 15 years of business. It’s been an honor to provide excellent service and accommodations to all our guests, especially to those in the military and their families. But our commitment to service doesn’t end at checkout. As part of IHG’s True Hospitality initiative, we’re dedicated to making a difference in our communities across the country. As we get ready to give thanks, we’d like to share a few of the ways we’ve been privileged to give back to our communities, our colleagues, and their families.
Giving for Good Month
September is always a special time for IHG Army Hotels. It’s our Giving for Good month, when we join thousands of IHG colleagues around the world in helping communities through service projects of all kinds. Here are just a few of the many ways our hotels gave back not just this past month, but throughout this year:
• IHG Army Hotels Corporate Team
Cleaned the gym, repaired resident lockers and built a new shed for Covenant House Atlanta, a shelter for homeless youth ages 18-26.
• Fort Eisenhower, GA
Donated personal care items, snacks and cleaning supplies for Safe Homes Augusta, a shelter for victims of abuse.
• Fort Drum, NY
Packed food items and delivered them for Feed our Vets, a pantry in Watertown, NY.
• Fort Gregg-Adams, VA
Collected and delivered toiletries and socks to residents of an assisted living facility.
• Fort Moore, GA
Donated gently used blankets to a local women’s shelter in Columbus, GA.
• Joint Base San Antonio, TX
Collected and packaged diapers as well as other baby products for the Texas Diaper Bank.
• Fort Sill, OK
Cleaned up parks and playgrounds located on post.
• Yuma Proving Ground, AZ
Delivered food and toiletry items for YPG Elementary School James D. Price,
Right Turn for Yuma Veterans and Crossroads Mission.
• IHG Army Hotels total portfolio
We met a new goal of $200,000 raised for the Tunnel to Towers Foundation, which helps provide homes for veterans, Gold Star families, and the families of fallen first responders. Corporate colleagues and the highest hotel team fundraisers by region participated in the annual Tunnel to Towers 5K Run & Walk in New York City on September 24th.
Celebrate Service Week
September was also the month when, each year, we take the time to recognize hotel colleagues across the IHG Hotels & Resorts family. In gratitude for their excellent service, our team members were treated to several events from September 11 – 15 in what we call Celebrate Service Week. This year’s theme was “Honoring Hospitality Heroes” and included luncheons, picnics, bowling, carnival-style games and other fun outings. Representatives from the corporate offices also stopped by to join in the fun.
Teen Academy 2023
A look back at our annual community service accomplishments would be incomplete without mentioning our continued investment in the next generation. Our 2023 Teen Academy
Summer program was a great success, with nearly 100 teens learning skills to give them a head start in the hospitality industry. The program is open to the children of our colleagues at our hotels across the country. In addition to their paid internships, these students participated in several on-post service projects that included fundraisers and collections for food banks, animal shelters and more.
Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at IHG Army Hotels. Whether you’re with your family or serving abroad, we hope you have a safe and wonderful holiday. Thank you for your support and your sacrifice.
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