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HandsOn Greater DC Cares Awards Hilton Worldwide's Commitment to Community Service

Volunteer Impact Award Recognizes Company’s Community Partnerships and Philanthropy Efforts

April 20, 2012  |  This information originated in American English.

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MCLEAN, Va. - HandsOn Greater DC Cares today presented Hilton Worldwide with the Volunteer Impact Award for Community Impact, highlighting the company's significant work in addressing  the critical community needs of nonprofits, schools and community-based organizations through the strategic integration of philanthropy , team member volunteerism and  in-kind support.

"We are gratified to receive this honor from Greater DC Cares," said Jennifer Silberman, vice president, corporate responsibility at Hilton Worldwide. "As a global hospitality company, Hilton Worldwide's more than 3,800 properties work together to strengthen communities everyday in 88 countries around the world.  The greater DC area is not only the home of our global corporate headquarters but also over 80 properties, and our team members are passionate about service and extending the culture of hospitality beyond our hotel walls. Organizations such as HandsOn Greater DC Cares are vital to supporting the private sector's ability to make meaningful contributions to local community needs. "  

The award highlights a variety of Hilton Worldwide's recent partnerships, including its work with Global Kids, to help support global education and develop the next generation of youth leaders for the global stage. The partnership directly impacts students and teachers at Columbia Heights Educational Campus and Friendship Collegiate Academy Public Charter School, The Academies at Anacostia, and Maya Angelou Public Charter School (MAPCS) and Evans High School through a range of programming.

Hilton Worldwide also partners with Alexandria, Virginia-based Good360, to support its 20 percent waste reduction goal by connecting  hotels with opportunities to donate gently-used and surplus goods to organizations in need.

Finally, the award also recognizes Hilton Worldwide's corporate employees, who have been actively volunteering in the DC community with hundreds of team members participating in a variety of service events in the past year. 

Hilton Worldwide team members are regular volunteers in the annual HandsOn DC Cares Servathon event and Hilton Worldwide is the title sponsor of the 2012 HandsOn Greater DC Cares Servathon.  Today, volunteers from Hilton Worldwide will clean up and beautify the Armed Forces Retirement Home, a community offering residential care and support services for retired veterans.

In 2011, Hilton Worldwide launched Travel with Purpose, its commitment to providing shared value to its business and communities around the world. Travel with Purpose is built on four areas of focus -- creating opportunities for individuals to reach their full potential; strengthening communities where we operate; celebrating cultures and the power of travel; and living sustainability through the measurement, analysis and improvement of its use of natural resources. For more information on Hilton Worldwide's corporate responsibility initiative, visit www.HiltonWorldwide.com/corporate-responsibility/

Contact:
Dasha Ross
(703) 883-5805
dasha.ross@hilton.com

About HandsOn Greater DC Cares
HandsOn Greater DC Cares is the leading and largest coordinator of volunteerism in the DC region. With 23 years of community volunteerism experience, HandsOn Greater DC Cares mobilizes volunteers and strengthens nonprofits to better impact communities and the key issues in the Washington, DC region.

HandsOn Greater DC Cares works with a network of more than 900 nonprofits, 43,000 volunteers and a host of corporate and foundation partners to positively impact the region through one-time projects, skilled volunteering, board leadership, and more!

For more information, please visit greaterdccares.org or call 202.777.4462.

About Hilton Worldwide Hilton Worldwide (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company, spanning the lodging sector from luxury and full-service hotels and resorts to extended-stay suites and focused-service hotels. For 95 years, Hilton Worldwide has been dedicated to continuing its tradition of providing exceptional guest experiences. The company's portfolio of eleven world-class global brands is comprised of more than 4,100 managed, franchised, owned and leased hotels and timeshare properties, with more than 685,000 rooms in 92 countries and territories, including Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Curio - A Collection by Hilton, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Hotels, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages an award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton HHonors®.