Though the end of the COVID-19 pandemic is unclear, our team at Valor Hospitality Partners believes that there are still plenty of things to celebrate, smile, and be positive about.
Embracing a new normal can be daunting but we think that it’s how you choose to embrace these changes that will determine your outcome in the future ahead.
Whether it’s doing good in your local community, coming together as a team for a common goal, or adapting to a new way of doing things, positively acting can help you take your mind off of the doom and gloom of the media, even just for a minute.
We’ve asked our friends from around the world to share their stories of philanthropy and embracing a new normal. Read on to be inspired by their stories and add a little good news to your day.
1. Growing for Good: Helping Families Learn and Grow
The Lynedoch Valley Collaborative, a partnership between Spier and the Sustainability Institute (SI), has been providing weekly food, hygiene, and education relief packs to almost 400 vulnerable families in the Lynedoch Valley (where both Spier and the SI are located) every week since the start of lockdown. Each week the boxes, which feed between 1,800 to 2,000 family members, have included fresh vegetables and eggs, soup made by the Spier chefs, and staples. They also contain seedlings for families to grow their own greens at home and customized education packs for each child depending on their age and needs. If you would like to learn more and/or donate to the collaborative, click here.
2. Supporting the Community One Care Package at a Time
Earlier this month, our friends at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis began giving away care packages consisting of basic food items and necessities to their local communities. So far, they have delivered at least 1,000 bags to various hospitality workers and their families! They have also delivered over 40 cases of Girl Scout Cookies to local adult centers and the Teacher’s Association.
3. Creating a Safe and Comfortable Living Spaces for the Homeless
Spier has donated various linen items, such as bedding, bath towels, mats, gowns, and slippers from the Spier Hotel, to the Stellenbosch Municipality in support of the temporary homeless shelter at the Van Der Stel Sportsground as well as the Stellenbosch night shelter.
4. Coming Together to Make a Difference
The team at Central Station Hotel in Memphis, Tennesee embarked on an ‘Outdoor Clean and Maintain Campaign’ in order to save a little money on outdoor landscaping costs. They tirelessly worked all day but still had smiles on their faces!
5. Meeting in the Middle
With strict lockdown guidelines in South Africa, it makes it hard to meet potential clients. Michael Pownall, Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Valor Hospitality Partners, applied for a permit that would allow him to go 545 km away from Cape Town to have some client meetings. Pictured above is Michael’s office space for the day.
We want to know, How is your team embracing and adapting to change during this period?