The Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services is this year’s winner of Rebuilding Together, a nationwide contest sponsored by Choice Hotels International to select charities that need their offices rehabilitated.
The non-profit was one of four finalists in the contest, which involves volunteers at Choice brands Econo Lodge and Rodeway Inn.
The SFBFS was selected in a voting competition that drew thousands of visitors to the Choice Hotels website to vote for the four finalists, which included Helping Abused Neglected Disadvantaged Youth in Florida; the Urban Underground in Milwaukee; and the E. McGruder Family Resource Center in Nashville. Four organizations were represented by Rebuilding Together affiliates from all over the US.
Econo Lodge and Rodeway Inn volunteers will begin a $20,000 rehabilitation of SFBFS, kicking off national ‘Make a Difference Day’ on October 25.
This is the third year that Econo Lodge and Rodeway Inn franchisees are giving back to the community by helping to rehabilitate old buildings for use by deserving non-profit organizations. The effort, dubbed the Rebuilding Dreams Project, is in collaboration with Rebuilding Together, the signature cause of Choice Hotels International, the franchisor of Econo Lodge and Rodeway Inn branded hotels.
Rebuilding Together is the largest non-profit organization in the country that focuses on preserving affordable housing and rehabilitating the homes of low-income homeowners and non-profits nationwide.
‘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.’