CHART has been incorporating community service projects into its semi-annual conferences since 2002. That's the CHART way of giving back to the host community, while creating bonds among members and giving trainers an example of how they can take this type of effort back to their restaurants and hotels.
Giving Back is Part of CHART
CHART Community Service Events in the past have included providing general cleaning, repair and painting to shelters, youth group community shelters, and entertainment centers for people with disabilities; sorting and stocking in food banks; clearing and weeding in community gardens; building bee hives for donation to communities working to support themselves; making and donating sandals for poverty stricken people in all parts of the world, and many other causes. It is a wonderful way for conference attendees to network and grow, help those in need in the communities we visit, and get ideas for service event to bring back to their own companies.
CHART Past Community Service Events
91st Hospitality Training Conference
February 20 - 23, 2016
ServicePalooza: In honor of starting our tradition of incorporating service events 16 years ago in Seattle, CHART members selected three organizations to help; including our original FareStart.
FareStart: FareStart helps the most pressing challenges of homelessness, joblessness, poverty and hunger. CHART members assisted with prepping food for shelter meals.
Immanuel Community Center: ICS operates four programs: a Food Bank, a Community Lunch, a Hygiene Center, and a residential Recovery Program. CHART volunteered by doing cleaning, prepping and painting their main gathering hall. In addition, the CHART volunteers prepared a family meal and ate lunch with the clients that ICS supports.
YouthCare: YouthCare builds confidence and self-sufficiency for homeless youth by providing a continuum of care that includes outreach, basic services, emergency shelter, housing, counseling, education, and employment training. CHART supported YouthCare by organizing their shelter boutique which is where the homeless youth they support can "shop" to collect items and essentials to assist them. They are able to shop there with dignity and respect.
90th Hospitality Training Conference
New Orleans, LA
July 18-21, 2015
Café Reconcile: Cafe Reconcile is an organization committed to addressing the system of generational poverty, violence, and neglect in the New Orleans area by assisting at-risk young people with life skills and job training. CHART members recommended ways to enhance their curriculum and training models, and made improvements to the property, including cleaning, painting, and general maintenance.
89th Hospitality Training Conference
February 21-24, 2015
Samaritan Family Center: Giving back to the community was even more meaningful as the area was rebuilding after the August 24, 2014 magnitude six earthquake. In the lobby of the hotel, CHART members volunteered by making comforting fleece blankets for the Samaritan Family Center, which provides shelter services for families in need.
88th Hospitality Training Conference
July 26 - 29, 2014
The Furniture Bank of Metro Atlanta: The Furniture Bank helps over 3,000 people in metro Atlanta every year by outfitting individuals and families moving out of homelessness, fleeing domestic violence and living with HIV/AIDS with the necessary furniture to live safely and securely. CHART volunteers worked in groups building coffee and dining room tables for those in need.
87th Hospitality Training Conference
March 1 - March 4, 2014
Colorado Springs, CO
Soles4Souls: Conference attendees gave back by collecting shoes for Soles4Souls, a global not-for-profit dedicated to fighting the impact of poverty through recycling gently worn footwear. The shoes collected were then donated/sold to carefully selected non-profit and private companies who provide training and support to ultra-small businesses in countries like Haiti where there are virtually no jobs to generate personal income. Shoes provide a second chance at life by proving a hand up to those in need.
86th Hospitality Training Conference
July 20 - July 23, 2013
Shake-a-Leg Miami: Situated in the beautiful waterfront town of Coconut Grove, in the heart of Miami, Shake-A-Leg Miami is a not-for-profit which works with children & adults with physical, developmental and economic challenges in a marine environment, utilizing Biscayne Bay to teach environmental lessons, therapeutic sailing, swimming & kayaking. Our volunteers spent the morning picking up debris to create a safe and clean environment so all participants could enjoy.
85th Hospitality Training Conference
February 23 - February 26, 2013
San Diego, CA
The New Roots Community Farm: This former vacant 2.3 acre lot in San Diego's densely populated City Height’s neighborhood is a project of the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in San Diego, which provides farming space and opportunities. CHART volunteers assisted with various tasks such as gardening, planting, weeding, mulching, composting, etc. The farm provides an opportunity for recently resettled refugees to become self-sufficient and contribute through community gardening, nutrition education and small-business farming.
84th Hospitality Training Conference
July 21 - July 24, 2012
Helping Hand Center: Helping Hand Center, a nonprofit organization assisting over 500 people with developmental disabilities become independent, was where CHART volunteers spent the morning working on an assembly line shrink-wrapping and packing envelopes and putting together various car components. The packing & assembly operation provides a unique supervised environment for real-world vocational training and also functions as a revenue-generating job-shop.
83rd Hospitality Training Conference
March 3 - March 6, 2012
City of Austin’s Fire Department, Ladder 8: The Austin Fire Department was the recipient of over 250 teddy bears donated by CHART conference attendees. The collected bears were given to fire personnel to distribute and provide comfort to a scared child
82nd Hospitality Training Conference
July 30 - August 2, 2011
Las Vegas, NV
Opportunity Village: Opportunity Village is a not-for-profit organization serving children and adults in the southern Nevada community with intellectual disabilities, to enhance their lives and the lives of the families who love them. One of their largest events is Magical Forest, a small amusement park open during the holidays. CHART volunteers spent the day painting, clean and making small repairs at the park.
81st Hospitality Training Conference
February 5 - February 8, 2011
Lake Buena Vista, FL
Orlando Police and Fire Department: CHART conference attendees donated more than 550 teddy bears to the Orlando Police and Fire Departments who will distribute to children involved in traumatic events, such as fires, domestic violence and car crashes.
80th Hospitality Training Conference
July 24 - July 27, 2010
New Orleans, LA
Habitat for Humanity: Since its inception in 1983, the New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity has been working in partnership with hard working, low-income families in New Orleans to build and finance new, safe, affordable homes. CHART attendees spent all-day working directly with a homeowner painting, digging fence posts, putting up a fence and installing insulation.
79th Hospitality Training Conference
March 6 - March 9, 2010
San Francisco, CA
San Francisco Fire Department and Emergency Services: During this conference, CHART attendees presented over 300 teddy bears to area’s emergency personnel who will share with kids to help make a frightening situation a little less traumatic. Ronald McDonald House of San Francisco: CHART attendees also provided over $500 in restaurant gift cards for families who are staying at the local Ronald McDonald House to use while their children are in area hospitals.
78th Hospitality Training Conference
July 25 - July 28, 2009
Transitional Housing, Inc. of Cleveland: More than fifty women from transitional housing programs in Cleveland, Ohio joined CHART members for a sit down dinner and one-on-one coaching on job search and interviewing skills. This community service event was unique in that it utilized the professional skills of CHART members, many of whom are the ones responsible for interviewing and training mangers how to hire. Dining together created an atmosphere of hospitality and mutual respect and allowed CHART members to share interviewing skills and interpersonal communication.
77th Hospitality Training Conference
March 7 - March 10, 2009
Boys and Girls Club of Portland Metropolitan Area: This hands-on service event provided an opportunity for conference attendees to work together in teams and follow instructions to put together bicycles. In addition, attendees were surprised when local children (the recipients of the new bicycles) were on hard to receive their new gifts along with a backpack filled with a lock and helmet.
Portland Fire & Rescue Toy N Joy Makers: A retired area firefighter is now the president of this non-profit organization that has been giving toys to children in need since 1914. CHART members presented the group with more than 220 teddy bears.
76th Hospitality Training Conference
August 9 - August 12, 2008
Capital Area Food Bank: The Capital Area Food Bank is the largest organization in the Washington metro area working to solve hunger and its companion problems: chronic undernutrition, heart disease, and obesity. CHART volunteers sorted and packed over 14,000 pounds of food and created over 1,000 lunch bags.
75th Hospitality Training Conference
March 1 - March 4, 2008
Hope for the City: CHART attendees gave back by helping at Hope for the City with tasks such as boxing, sorting and organizing corporate surplus products to fight poverty, hunger and disease.
Minneapolis Ronald McDonald House: To aid those living away from home as their children get care at an area hospital, CHART conference attendees donated over $1000 in gift cards for restaurants and hotels. This provides families alternative places to eat and stay.
Minneapolis Fire Department Firehouses #4 and #7: Conference attendees donated more than 400 teddy bears to fire personnel to distribute to children who they encounter in the field who need comfort during a traumatic situation.
74th Hospitality Training Conference
August 4 - August 7, 2007
New Beginnings: CHART volunteers painted, landscaped and did repair work at New Beginnings, a local housing, counseling and support center for homeless women and children.
73rd Hospitality Training Conference
February 24 - February 27, 2007
Annapolis Homeless Shelter – canceled at last minute due to snowstorm as the shelter needed to open up early to let people get out of the snow.
72nd Hospitality Training Conference
July 29 - August 1, 2006
Las Vegas, NV
Clark County Foodbank: The Clark County Foodbank serviced 125 charities that served 50,000 people each month.
71st Hospitality Training Conference
February 25 - February 28, 2006
Habitat for Humanity Nashville: Participants renovated training classrooms in the habitat for Humanity offices.
70th Hospitality Training Conference
July 23 - July 26, 2005
Greater Boston Food Bank: This food bank is one of the largest Share Our Strength recipients in the Boston area. CHART volunteers sorted and repackaged food to be distributed to needy local families.
69th Hospitality Training Conference
February 26 - March 1, 2005
The Spot: Downtown Denver's award-winning, nonprofit, drop-in urban youth center held a Spot Pride Day where CHART attendees swept, mopped, cleaned and moved furniture alongside Spot youth participants to help keep the center a safe and clean environment.
67th Hospitality Training Conference
February 28 - March 3, 2004
San Diego, California
Los Ninos: CHART attendees built beehives for donation to Los Ninos, who will distribute them to a cooperative of women who use honey to make food, candles and other products. This nonprofit organization educates disadvantaged women in Mexico.
65th Hospitality Training Conference
March 8-12, 2003
St. Louis, MO
Share Our Strength and Operation Food Search: CHART attendees volunteered their time and efforts for an afternoon at Operation Food Search, a non-profit organization that distributes free food for hungry families and helps build self-sufficiency through job training and placement in the foodservice industry.
63rd Hospitality Training Conference
FareStart: A nonprofit that ran a restaurant used to train unemployed, underemployed and at risk individuals, providing them the work and life training and skills needed for a career in the hospitality industry.