FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jersey City, New Jersey (December 2, 2014) As a part of Hyatt Community Grants, a philanthropic program that empowers Hyatt colleagues to guide charitable giving, Hyatt Regency Jersey City on the Hudson announced today that it has awarded KidsGardening.org with a significant grant to further the organization's efforts to establish a Garden in Every School® . For the past 30 years, KidsGardening.org has provided funding and support for over 10,000 schools and community gardens. KidsGardening.org is on a mission to put a Garden in Every School®.
The Hyatt Community Grants program, which is now in its seventh year, encourages hotels around the world to identify and nominate local nonprofits for funding consideration. The program builds on Hyatt's belief that no one better understands a community's most pressing issues and their solutions than those that live and work there.
All participating nonprofits must have a significant local presence and must support one of Hyatt's four focus areas Environmental Sustainability, Education & Personal Advancement, Economic Development & Investment, or Health & Wellness.
″We are honored to support KidsGardening.org and their valuable contributions to our community,″ said Michael Hickey, General Manager, Hyatt Regency Jersey City ″It is so important for us to be active participants in our area, and this program gives us the great opportunity to give back to the local organizations that do so much for our city. The team at KidsGardening.org has already helped hundreds of youth in our community access health and nutrition education and environmental stewardship opportunities through the establishment of school gardens. We are excited to contribute to an additional school garden installation in Jersey City at Dr. Lena Edwards Academic Charter School,″ continued Hickey.
″Receiving this grant is a great honor, and we are thankful that Hyatt Regency Jersey City for nominating our organization to be the recipient of this generous award,″ said Jennifer Tedeschi, Chief Operating Officer at KidsGardening.org. ″We look forward to establishing a youth garden with volunteers from Hyatt Regency Jersey City at Dr. Lena Edwards Academic Charter School. We know this grant will go a long way in helping us to achieve our goal of a Garden in Every School® in Jersey City.″
Celebrating A Milestone
Funding for the Hyatt Community Grants program is provided through Hyatt. Hyatt Regency Jersey City will be among 31 Hyatt hotels around the world that will award grants to nonprofits in their local communities in 2014.
This year, the grant program is celebrating a significant milestone as it's reaching two million dollars in grant funding since its inception in 2008 to nonprofit organizations in 123 communities and 38 countries around the world.
″It's inspiring to see how far we've come and how the program has evolved over the years. Year after year, we are impressed by the growing partnerships that our hotels have developed with their local nonprofit organizations. To know that we've helped so many organizations that are committed to the success and prosperity of our communities is motivating,″ said Brigitta Witt, global head of corporate responsibility for Hyatt. ″I am thrilled that we have reached such a significant milestone of giving more than two million dollars throughout the last seven years of our grant program, and I look forward to continuing this positive momentum in the future to help many more of these well-deserving nonprofit organizations.″
Making a Difference on #GivingTuesday
Hyatt is one of the newest companies to join the #GivingTuesday social movement, a global day dedicated to giving back around the world. On December 2, 2014, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world come together for one common purpose to celebrate generosity and to give back.
Hyatt has joined the social giving movement by announcing the recipients of the Hyatt Community Grants program on #GivingTuesday and by encouraging all of its hotel colleagues around the world to join the conversation and engage in giving back throughout the entire holiday season.
For more information on the recipients of the Hyatt Community Grants program, please click here .
The term ″Hyatt″ is used in this release for convenience to refer to Hyatt Hotels Corporation and/or one or more of its affiliates.
About Hyatt Community Grants Hyatt Community Grants is a key component of Hyatt Thrive, the company's global corporate responsibility program. Hyatt Thrive is designed to help make the communities in which Hyatt operates places that associates are proud to work, guests want to visit, neighbors want to live and hotel owners want to invest. Hyatt Thrive harnesses the power of more than 95,000 Hyatt associates at over 570 properties around the world, to focus on positive local efforts that create a significant global impact. For more information about Hyatt Thrive, please visit www.HyattThrive.com.
About #GivingTuesday #GivingTuesday, December 2, 2014, follows the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, kicking off the holiday giving season with a global day dedicated to charitable giving, combining the power of social media and the generosity of people around the world to bring about real change in their communities. Now in its third year, #GivingTuesday is a worldwide movement that celebrates the power of giving in all its forms.
This effort builds on the collective power of a unique blend of partners charities, families, businesses and individuals to transform how people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season. #GivingTuesday inspires people to take collaborative action to improve their local communities, give back in better, smarter ways to the charities and causes they celebrate and help create a better world.
For more information, visit www.givingtuesday.org .
For more information on Hyatt Community Grants, please visit www.HyattCommunityGrants.com
About Hyatt Regency Jersey City Hyatt Regency Jersey City is surrounded by breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline with well-appointed accommodations. Located near easy transportation and just minutes from New York by ferry or the PATH train - located right next door - Hyatt Regency Jersey City on the Hudson offers a collection of amenities you've come to expect from Hyatt - great dining, luxurious rooms and unparalleled service.