In celebration of Hilton Worldwide’s second annual Global Week of Service, October 6 – 12, more than 50 volunteers from Hilton Worldwide’s regional office in Dubai are renovating and refurbishing two science laboratories at Al Garhoud National Charity School in Dubai.
Community service is a tradition embedded in Hilton Worldwide’s culture, and acts of volunteerism occur year-round across ten distinct brands and 4,000 properties. Hilton Worldwide’s efforts are a part of the company’s week-long celebration of the company’s commitment to serving the communities where we live, work and travel, which this year includes hundreds of hands-on service projects globally.
“Al GarhoudNational Charity School is an ideal partner for company volunteers to demonstrate their commitment to the local community in which they both live and work” said Rudi Jagersbacher, president, Hilton Worldwide Middle East & Africa. “As the school serves a large community,I am delightedour efforts, to renovate and upgrade key facilities, will deliver a real benefit to the students and teachers in the school.”
Over two days, the team of Hilton Worldwide volunteers will roll up their sleeves, pick up their brushes, hammers and paint and remove all of the old laboratory benches before thoroughly cleaning the rooms, laying new floors and preparing for a repaint and touch up. After which,the team will bring in new furniture, including new laboratory benches, courtesy of Hilton Worldwide Middle East & Africa.
Leila Kablaoui, Principal, Girls School at Al GarhoudNational Charity School said: “We very much appreciate the time and effort taken by the Hilton Worldwide team to totally transform our science block into this remarkable new facility. Theimprovements will help to make an enormous difference to the students and staff and for that I am extremely grateful to the company and to the hard working team members.”
Global Week of Service is Hilton Worldwide’s largest annual volunteer service initiative and brings together Team Members from across Hilton Worldwide's corporate offices and hotel properties, helping to strengthen the company’s connections with its communities and bringing it closer together as a global team. Follow this link to watch a short video on Global Week of Service: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gAGjV-6MJZA7hd=1 .
During Global Week of Service, Team Members will be encouraged to share their personal stories of service and hospitality through a variety of channels. Photos and stories from Hilton Worldwide’s Global Week of Service events will be posted at www.hiltonworldwide.com/serve , on the Hilton Worldwide Facebook page and on the @HiltonWorldwide Twitter account throughout the week.
In 2012, during Hilton Worldwide’s inaugural Global Week of Service, Team Members at more than 600 properties and offices completed more than 800 volunteer projects in 401 cities across the company’s global footprint. The projects focused on engaging Team Members and delivering on Hilton Worldwide’s commitment to Travel with Purpose by creating opportunities, strengthening communities, celebrating cultures and living sustainably. This year, the company aims to build upon this community engagement and is striving to complete more than 1,200 service projects.