The Comfort Inn Auburn – Seattle has been chosen as one of the five standout recipients of the Your Community, Your Choice. Choice Hotels Local Business Grant Program from Choice Hotels International, Inc. Each of the five franchisee recipients will receive a portion of the $25,000 to make a positive difference in their community.
The Comfort Inn Auburn – Seattle, located in Auburn, Washington, currently distributes 500 hot meals to local food banks and shelters every Saturday to feed those in need. The hotel will use the grant money to double their distribution to 1,000 hot meals each week and continue their collaboration with Degh Tegh Community Kitchen to provide non-perishable food products to those less fortunate.
“I’m always proud—but never surprised—by the stories I hear of our hotel owners supporting the places where they and their families live, work, and play,” said Pat Pacious, president and CEO, Choice Hotels. “We’re launching the ‘Your Community, Your Choice.’ grant program on the eve of National Small Business Week to highlight the many ways our franchisees extend hospitality’s concept of ‘service’ beyond the hotel and into the local community.”
According to the Choice Hotels website, “this grant program will reward initiatives that benefit the communities that welcome Choice-brand hotels, such as those that:
- Rebuild a community affected by natural disasters;
- Care for those less fortunate with food or clothing drives;
- Mentor community youth or young professionals;
- Honor local heroes;
- Support other local businesses or organizations, such as schools, parks, etc.”