Room to Rebuild

Room to Rebuild

As a lodging company, Choice’s core mission is to provide shelter to guests who are traveling away from home. As a foundation, The Choice Hotels International Foundation’s mission is to provide food, clothing and shelter to those in need; to support the educational efforts of schools, workforce entry organizations and the hospitality industry, and to promote the growth and development of tourism.

In 2009, Choice launched the Room to Rebuild program, in partnership with Rebuilding Together, to ensure that our mission became an intrinsic part of our corporate social responsibility efforts. For 20 years, Rebuilding Together has rehabilitated homes for the most vulnerable of our population – the low-income elderly, disabled veterans, and families with children – all at no cost to the homeowners.

Rebuilding Together partner and Plan!t Now’s co-founder, Morgan Freeman talks about Rebuilding Together.

Here are some of the highlights from our Room to Rebuild program:

Choice Privileges
After Choice’s partnership with Rebuilding Together was formed in 2009, Choice announced that the members of its Choice Privileges rewards program could redeem points for donations to Rebuilding Together. 

October 29, 2013 - Monrovia, CA

Rodeway Inn® & Rebuilding Together are teaming up for the 4th Annual Rebuilding Dreams Project. Learn more about this project here.

Share with us how you giving back to the community, using the hashtag #HowIRebuildDreams.
November 12, 2012 – Washington, DC

Choice Hotels International employee resource group, VALOR (Veterans Are Loyal Organizational Resources), honored Veterans Day by rehabilitating the home of a veteran in Washington, DC.  Volunteers demolished the rear deck, painted the interior and exterior portions of the home, renovated the bathroom, organized storage areas, and repaired the front porch.  The Room to Rebuild program also provided the homeowner with a new, safe deck and roof.
October 25, 2012 – Sacramento, CA

For the 3rd consecutive year, the Choice Hotels International Foundation, Econo Lodge and Rodeway Inn have teamed up with Rebuilding Together, the signature cause partner of Choice Hotels International, for the Rebuilding Dreams project.  

With thousands of votes tabulated, Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services (SFBFS), won the 2012 Rebuilding Dreams project.  Choice Hotels, Econo Lodge and Rodeway Inn volunteers rehabilitated SFBFS on October 25, 2012, kicking off national "Make a Difference Day".


October 19, 2012 – Rockville, MD

Over 75 Silver Spring associates joined Rebuilding Together on October 19 in giving back to the Rockville community by volunteering at Interfaith Works, a nonprofit facility near our new headquarters. Interfaith Works is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency working to meet the needs of the poor and homeless in Montgomery County, Maryland. Their programs provide shelter, clothes, and food to our neighbors in need and provide supportive services with the goal of helping them achieve self-sufficiency.  Associates assembled shelves, sorted and packed school supply donations, organized clothes, and provided customer service directly to the Interfaith clients.
April 20, 2012 – Washington, DC

In April, Choice associates from the Silver Spring campus joined NFL linebacker, London Fletcher, for a Room to Rebuild project in honor of National Rebuilding Month. Associates provided critical renovations to the Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington, a community center in Washington, D.C. offering services to local homeless and others in need. Samaritan Ministry annually serves 350 clients, and provides them with housing, employment assistance, and a variety of social and professional services. Work completed on this project included interior and exterior painting, installation and repair of windows, landscaping, and interior clean up.
March 1, 2012 – Scottsdale, AZ

On February 29, nearly 100 Choice Hotels Phoenix Associates volunteered to help revitalize the Scottsdale Training and Rehabilitation Services (STARS) facility.  Since 1973, STARS has provided exceptional services for individuals with developmental and cognitive disabilities from Scottsdale and throughout the metro-Phoenix area.  Volunteers spent the day painting, paving & installing a shade structure, moving and planting pots, heavy lifting, and gardening.
June 14-16, 2012 – Philadelphia, PA

Choice Hotels Internationals associates, Philadelphia-area franchisees, hotel employees and their family members joined hundreds of volunteers for Rebuilding Together’s Building a Healthy Neighborhood project in Philadelphia.  The project helped to rehabilitate over 30 homes in the Overbrook neighborhood of Philadelphia.  Volunteers from Choice Hotels focused their efforts on revitalizing one home which included replacing the kitchen floor, installing insulation, repairing a ceiling, painting and making improvements in the bathroom during the three day project.
Kansas City, MO; Nashville, TN; Duarte, CA; Chapel Hill, NC

Throughout the year, franchisees from all over the country stepped up to lead Room to Rebuild projects in their local neighborhoods and give back to the communities where they own and operate.  Franchisees hosted projects in 2012 include Kansas City, MO, Nashville, TN, Duarte, CA, and Chapel Hill, NC.

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