Marriott International has today announced it raised €400,000 last year to support youth employability charities across Europe, taking the total amount raised since 2012 to €2.5 million.
The money, raised through its restaurant promotion, You Eat, We Give, saw the company donate a pound or euro for every lunch and dinner served in its restaurants throughout September and October. The initiative is part of Marriott’s wider World of Opportunity programme, which aims to find and nurture the wealth of talent that currently lies untapped in 15-24 year olds throughout Europe.
Reiner Sachau, Chief Operations Officer for Marriott International in Europe, commented: “Marriott has a long history of investing in programmes that help young people. It’s been amazing to see the results of our You Eat, We Give fundraising campaign and we look forward to supporting young people as they move into the world of work. Since 2012, our associates have volunteered over 70,000 hours of their time and we’re proud of their commitment to helping young people in Europe realise their full potential and open the doors to meaningful employment.”
Marriott will use the money to support two charitable partners: In the UK, the money will be donated to The Prince’s Trust to fund employability programmes such as Get into Hospitality. Across Continental Europe, funds donated will be used by SOS Children’s Villages International to support young people in their programmes into independent life and careers. Working in partnership with both organizations, Marriott’s World of Opportunity training courses develop employment skills and “life skills” that help young adults from challenging backgrounds take their first step into work and independent living. This initiative supports the company’s sustainability and social impact platform, Serve 360: Doing Good in Every Direction, and its commitment to Empower Through Opportunity.
Patricia Molano, head of International Corporate Partnerships and Philanthropy at SOS Children’s Villages International said: “A core part of our work at SOS Children’s Villages is to support young people on their journey to self-reliance and finding decent work. Corporate partners such as Marriott International are invaluable in helping us to ensure that young people in our care have the skills and knowledge they need as they launch their careers and follow their dreams. Since 2012, Marriott International has shown an important commitment to the young people in our care, for which we are profoundly grateful.”
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About The Prince’s Trust
Youth charity The Prince’s Trust helps young people to develop the confidence and skills they need to realise their ambitions, so that they can live, learn and earn. Founded by The Prince of Wales in 1976, the charity supports 11 to 30-year-olds who are unemployed, struggling at school and at risk of exclusion. Many of the young people helped by The Trust are in or leaving care, facing issues such as homelessness, mental health problems, or have been in trouble with the law. The programmes offered by the charity give vulnerable young people the practical and financial support needed to stabilise their lives, helping develop self-esteem and skills for work. Three in four young people supported by The Prince’s Trust move into work, education or training. The Trust has helped over 900,000 young people to date and supports over 100 more each day. Further information about The Prince’s Trust is available at princes-trust.org.uk or on 0800 842 842.
About SOS Children’s Villages
SOS Children’s Villages is the largest non-governmental organisation focused on supporting children without parental care and families at risk. Founded in 1949, the organisation today runs 2,300 programmes reaching more than a million children and adults in 135 countries and territories. We adhere to the principle that every child grows best in a family environment, with loving parents or caregivers, living together with their siblings, in a place they can call home. We work with communities, local partners and authorities to support disadvantaged families to prevent family breakdown. We aim to influence decision-makers to promote the well-being of children, especially of those without parental care. We also help care for and protect at-risk children and families in more than 20 humanitarian emergencies.
More information on SOS Children’s Villages can be found at www.sos-childrensvillages.org