Across the world this October, our corporate partner Hilton Worldwide ran its fourth annual Global Month of Service, putting its amazing team members to work with the community.
The Foundation assisted the EMEA Corporate Responsibility team to deliver two of the events; one in Milan, Italy and one in Watford, UK.
In Milan, the focus was on food and food waste, working with local partners Farsi Prossimo and Banco Equovento Lombardia. Dominique Lorent and the Hilton Milan team hosted a special competition event, with Hilton’s senior executives producing a range of delicious dishes under the watchful eye of Chef Paolo Ghiardi and his kitchen team. Representatives from Farsi Prossimo’s ‘Mama Food’ project shared their recipes from across North Africa and the Middle East. After the cooking, food was packed to donate to the local foodbank, an ongoing initiative for Hilton Milan and food for thought for the attendees.
In Watford, the GMS event built on Hilton Worldwide’s relationship with Watford Works, a local into-work support and training programme for young people facing various disadvantages, to help them overcome barriers and find employment. Watford Works is a project of the Watford Football Club Community Trust, which uses the power of football and appeal of the Premiership to engage with youth.
Team member volunteers led a ‘skills share’ event with young people, who also joined the day from West Herts College and YMCA Watford. Watford FC stadium on Vicarage Road played host to the special event, at which senior Hilton figures shared their career stories and volunteers led CV clinics and skills-building tasks. A further group of volunteers worked with Watford FC Community Trust staff to explore various business challenges and contribute towards a strategy for the charity’s growth and development.
Aimee Lowrie oversaw the event, which pulled together over 100 volunteers from different departments including RMCC, HR, Communications, Engineering and Procurement, among others.
Team members also rolled up their sleeves, helping to clear, clean and paint areas of a nearby community centre, which will be used for a range of new activities such as sports training on a new all-weather pitch. Hilton Worldwide’s Engineering department was at the centre in force, using its core skills to construct a bespoke casing for a gas generator and ensuring the message of Reuse, Recycle was paramount as the centre was cleared. LightStay guidance was used to ensure waste was minimised, for example filing cabinets were recovered and painted to become unique plant holders, brightening up a plain terrace. Biowaste from a previous gardening project was used as pulp for the holders.
Katherine Sammons of Watford Works said after the day: “Thank you to all of you who worked so hard to make this project happen! The feedback from the Watford Works group was great and they all took something valuable away from the day. Yesterday they were all very motivated to make improvements to their CVs and send them out to employers.”