Somewhere at the bottom of every Empire Hospitality email, you’ll find five little words that play a big part in how we do business: “Serving Those Who Serve Us.” Sure, it’s a catchy slogan. Yes, it’s a cool idea, but it’s actually much more than that to us. Over the years, Empire Hospitality has donated thousands of dollars to veteran-based charities across the country, each chosen by our employees. In an effort to formalize its giving approach, Empire started the Full Circle Foundation, a 501c3 Non-Profit with the goal of honoring veterans through donations and awareness programming.
The Full Circle Foundation uses two distinct approaches to achieve this goal:
Fund Matching from Partner Hotels
Empire Hospitality asks its hotel partners in the MEPS program to donate to Full Circle
Foundation through a fund match based on consumed room nights. When a Hotel
chooses to participate they donate a predetermined amount for every room night
consumed annually, which Empire then matches. The aggregate amount will be donated
to a veteran-based charity in that local market.
Here is an example of how it works:
Jacksonville MEPS produces 8000 room nights per annum. Hotel and Empire each
commit to $.50 per room night for each night. Full Circle receives the donation of $4,000
from each entity, and donates $8,000 to veterans-based charities in Jacksonville Florida.
Hospital Recognition Program
This program aims to recognize hospital patients who are veterans. In conjunction with
local hospitals, we provide an American flag to be prominently displayed outside the room
of any veteran patient (if they would like it). We also donate a burial quality flag for each
floor to be used when a veteran passes away while at the hospital. These flags are draped
over the gurney during transport from the hospital to their transitional resting place. We
are honored to contribute in this small way to the dignity and recognition each veteran
After favorable feedback from the pilot hospital, The Full Circle Foundation is excited to
implement this program with more hospitals, locally and nationally.
Employee Designated Donations.
Empire also makes regular donations to Full Circle Foundation and gives opportunity for its
employees to choose a charity to support each month.
It is a privilege to stand beside these great organizations as they identify and meet the
needs of veterans. Here are some of our employee chosen charities:
Partners in Careers: Providing services to Veterans as they reenter the workforce.
Columbia River Mental Health Foundation: Annual Gala for Veterans mental health issues.
Roots to Road, Heritage Farm: Helping Veterans learn small scale farming for employment.
Operation Heal our Patriots, Alaska: Enabling Wounded Soldiers and their wives to spend
time in beautiful lodge facilities.
K9s for Warriors: Veterans training service dogs to help other Veterans suffering from PTSD.
Family Readiness Group: Providing meals for Soldiers.
Lewis and Clark Young Marines: National effort to ensure every deceased Veteran receives
a wreath on their grave.
USO of Georgia: Providing services to troops and their families.
Veteran’s Assistance Center: A place for Veterans to find food, clothing, advice, and
AMVETS: Supporting Veterans healing at Walter Reed Medical Center.
Jacksonville USO: Helping on the home front with family and active military programs.
Army Emergency Relief, Fort Campbell: Provides 0% loans to Soldiers for various needs
including airfare home for the holidays.
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