Doing Good in a Big Way In the Big Apple
Located next to one of the world’s busiest airports in the heart of “the city that doesn’t sleep,” the Courtyard New York JFK Airport and its team of dedicated associates are committed to “Serve Our World,” one of Marriott’s five core values.
Through the National Academy Foundation’s Internship Program, the hotel introduced junior and senior high school interns to the world of opportunity that Marriott offers. The hotel hired two students who participated in a series of work-based learning activities while gaining experience cross-training in multiple hotel departments over the course of eight weeks. The team also hosts the JFK Airport Career Day program to introduce intermediate and high school students to careers in hospitality. Nearly 450 students representing 12 schools participated in 2012.
As part of the team’s commitment to promoting and protecting the health and well-being of children in their community, the hotel contributes to The Big Apple Circus, a nonprofit organization that brings the joy of the circus to hospitalized children in pediatric facilities, as well as youth and adults with vision and hearing impairments and other disabilities. The hotel also supports Snowball Express, a charitable organization that arranges complimentary air transportation, hotel stays and events for children and families of fallen military personnel. For more than three years, the hotel has supported Dartmouth students who volunteer with a dental and medical brigade serving families in remote villages in Ecuador, Peru and Haiti.
This year, the hotel’s Green and Sustainable initiative adopted an important new practice of replacing disposable cafeteria plates with washable ones, which significantly reduced the amount of waste sent to landfills while saving money. They also collected and donated over 150 gallons of waste vegetable oil for alternative fuel to power Dartmouth’s Big Green Bus.
The property had an impressive 100 percent associate participation during its 2012 fundraising drives. Says Area General Manager Timothy McGlinchey, “Our associates worked to support their neighbors and friends affected by Hurricane Sandy, donated Thanksgiving meals for the homeless, and contributed to many local charities, including the Alzheimer’s Association of Long Island and The Angel in Queens Foundation, which provides daily hot meals for out-of-work New Yorkers.”
“The strong support of the hotel’s leadership and the purpose-filled participation of the terrific associates at the Courtyard New York JFK Airport make them most deserving of Marriott’s highest honor for community service,” says Mari Snyder, Vice President, Social Responsibility and Community Engagement.