WASHINGTON, Sept. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- More than 4,000 votes were cast for Choice Hotels and Rebuilding Together's Rebuilding Dreams Project, and voters have chosen the Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services to receive the $20,000 grant. Through this grant, Rebuilding Together Sacramento and volunteers from Econo Lodge and Rodeway Inn will provide critical repairs and renovations to SFBFS at no cost to them on October 25, 2012.
Rebuilding Together, Econo Lodge and Rodeway Inn volunteers will build a new outdoor kitchen, assemble shelves for the library and seed bank, and paint the outside beams and interior rooms of the garden center. Volunteers will also help with SFBFS's gardening needs. They will lay soil, plant fruit trees, and plant a garden in the garden center.
"We are thrilled to partner with Choice Hotels and their volunteers to make the dream of an outdoor kitchen a reality for the Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services," said Cindy Spackman, Program and Development Director at Rebuilding Together Sacramento.
SFBFS is a non-profit agency committed to serving individuals and families in need. With a staff of 40 and a volunteer force of over 4,000, SFBFS provides free emergency goods and services to nearly 20,000 unduplicated men, women and children each month. Their current programs include helping families make healthier food choices through lessons on nutrition, clothing those in need with school uniforms, suits for job interviews, and seasonal weather attire, and educating both adults and youths for personal, social, and professional success.
"True hospitality should extend far past the front doors of our hotels, into the communities where we live and work," said Stephen P. Joyce, president and chief executive officer for Choice Hotels International. "Our involvement with Rebuilding Together at this event is reflective of the work we've been able to accomplish with our larger commitment with them in giving back to help families in need across the country."
This is the third year that Rebuilding Together and Choice Hotels partnered to help revitalize local communities. Voting began on Aug. 21 and closed on Sept. 12. The three other finalists were C.E. McGruder Family Resource Center, Urban Underground, and Helping Abused Neglected Disadvantaged Youth (HANDY). These other nonprofits will receive a $1,000 donation for making it to the final round.
About Rebuilding Together
Rebuilding Together believes that everyone deserves to live in a safe and healthy home. Our focus provides critical repairs, accessibility modifications and energy efficient upgrades to low-income homes and community centers at no cost to service recipients. Our impact extends beyond the individuals served to revitalize and stabilize vulnerable neighborhoods and communities across the country. Our 200 local affiliates complete 10,000 rebuild projects a year thanks to the efforts of nearly 200,000 volunteers from corporate partners, skilled trades professionals and everyday good citizens. Join us – visit www.RebuildingTogether.org.
About Choice Hotels
Choice Hotels International, Inc. franchises more than 6,000 hotels, representing more than 490,000 rooms, in the United States and more than 35 other countries and territories. As of June 30, 2010, more than 580 hotels are under construction, awaiting conversion or approved for development in the United States, representing more than 47,000 rooms, and approximately 100 hotels, representing approximately 8,700 rooms, are under construction, awaiting conversion or approved for development in 20 other countries and territories. The company's Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality, Sleep Inn, Clarion, Cambria Suites, MainStay Suites, Suburban Extended Stay Hotel, Econo Lodge and Rodeway Inn brands serve guests worldwide. In addition, via its Ascend Collection membership program, travelers in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean have upscale lodging options at historic, boutique and unique hotels.
Additional corporate information may be found on the Choice Hotels International, Inc. Web site, which may be accessed at www.choicehotels.com.
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