HMSHost Foundation Makes $20,000 Grant to Charlotte’s Grace-Mar Services

June 15, 2017

HMSHost Foundation, in its continued efforts to fight poverty, presented a $20,000 grant June 15, to Grace-Mar Services Inc., building on a relationship that HMSHost Corp. established with the organization to provide those in need with employment opportunities at Charlotte Douglas International Airport. An official check presentation with HMSHost Foundation, airport, and Grace-Mar Services
representatives took place at 1897 Market in the airport.

The mission of HMSHost Foundation is to fight poverty in local communities across the United States with food, shelter, education, and workforce development. Grace-Mar Services is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit with a mission to provide education, counseling, and professional networks to displaced workers, minorities and low to moderate income families. This grant supports both organizations’ missions, and their future of working together to make a difference in the lives of many in the Charlotte area communities.

“We are committed to the city of Charlotte, where HMSHost has 1,215 associates who call this community home,” said HMSHost Foundation President Paul Mamalian. “Working with Grace-Mar we hope to change the lives of our neighbors in this community while building upon the great activity the HMSHost team has already done at Charlotte Douglas International Airport.”

HMSHost Corporation’s operations team at Charlotte Douglas International Airport is an active supporter of Grace-Mar Services’ Upward Mobility programs and services, which has created multiple employment opportunities for associates at HMSHost-operated dining venues at the airport. Together, Grace-Mar Services and HMSHost are giving these individuals an opportunity to achieve financial literacy, job readiness, placement opportunities, and self-empowerment.

“Our relationship with HMSHost Foundation and HMSHost Corporation has allowed us to have a tremendous impact on the community and with those individuals that we serve,” said Grace-Mar CEO Kenneth Smith. “I truly believe that our success comes from the fact that our organizations share the same core value, in making the world a better place, by empowering the individuals we serve, one community at a time.”

Recently marking its first year of operations, HMSHost Foundation has quickly grown, and through activities such as strengthening its involvement with organizations like Grace-Mar Services, is actively pursuing its mission to fight poverty and expanding the positive impact it is making in communities across the country. Since its establishment, the foundation has made nearly $300,000 in grants to poverty-fighting organizations.

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