Our community EPIC value helps us connect and give back to the communities where we live and work. We are committed to being a responsible global citizen and to making a difference in the communities where we do business through financial support, partnership and volunteer service.
Host supports organizations that promote increased public awareness and participation, develop leadership skills and cooperate rather than compete with similar organizations. Special attention is given to activities with broad-based human impact that are not heavily supported by public funds, and programs that support the educational and basic needs of underserved local children. Most of our giving is focused in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area where Host is headquartered and in the areas where our hotels are located.
Visit this link for more information about submitting a corporate giving request.
We demonstrate our EPIC community value not only through financial support but also through volunteer service. Our Team EPIC Service, comprised of members from across the company, helps us connect with our local community and select service events throughout the year.
In 2012, Host employees supported over 140 charities and philanthropic organizations, such as Stop Hunger Now, National Kidney Foundation, Alzheimer’s Association, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, National Center for Children and Families and Most Valuable Kids, through sponsorships, contributions and community service programs; and received the 2012 Corporate Volunteer Service Award from the Corporate Volunteer Council of Montgomery County. Additional community service activities included serving meals, putting together care packages, collecting food and school supplies, donating toys, books and clothing, participating in 5k walks and cleaning up the environment.
Other Charitable Giving Programs for Our Associates
We support our associates’ charities of choice through our Denim Day program, annual charity walk and matching gift program. The Denim Day program allows our associates to select 12 charitable organizations – one for each month of the year – and wear jeans and sneakers every Friday in exchange for their contributions.
Employees also select the company-sponsored walk organization. In 2013, we raised more than $90,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light The Night walk and received top fundraiser recognition.
Through our matching gift program, we match employee donations, dollar for dollar, up to $500.
Host has organized special donation funds in response to a disaster or tragedy to support our global community. Typically, our donations are directed to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.
Less than 250 Employees Make an Oversized Impact: Community Service Highlights
Volunteered over 250 service hours in one day to the National Center for Children & Families
Helped build the first lot of 19 affordable homes in Montgomery County with Habitat for Humanity
Served more than 300 meals to homeless guests of So Others Might Eat
Hosted two events benefiting the American Red Cross, donating blood and collecting change for disaster relief efforts
Packed 750 boxes of food for the Capital Area Food Bank to be donated to nonprofits and local residents in need
Hosted a clothing drive with Interfaith Works, collecting 80 bags of clothing and shoes for the homeless in Montgomery County.
Participated in the Baltimore City and Chesapeake Bay Clean Up, filling 26 garbage bags with trash and debris, in addition to donating to The National Aquarium
Raised over $90,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light The Night Walk—recognized as top fundraising team
Donated gifts to 75 less fortunate children for the holidays in partnership with the City of Gaithersburg
Removed 3,000 pounds of trash and litter and pulled invasive plants from the Anacostia River Watershed with Anacostia Riverkeeper
Assembled 2,500 healthy meals for hungry kids in two hours with Feeding Children Everywhere
Supported employees’ charities of choice through our Denim Day program, donating to a different charity each month
Host’s Service team of employee volunteers helps select, organize, and lead service activities and events for the company.