Last month, during the Hilton Hotel’s Global Week of Service, employees from Hilton’s Shanghai office were determined to support the Shanghai Healing Home, a project that provides pre- and post-surgical care to abandoned babies suffering from surgically correctable medical conditions like cleft palates.
Hilton employees were motivated to do more than just painting a wall or spending time with children. They wanted to develop a transformational project that could truly impact Shanghai Healing Home and the assisted children; however, they did not have the necessary funds.
Julia Zhu, a corporate volunteer leader, didn’t let that stop them. She motivated her colleagues to bring items to be auctioned at the office – they raised 70,000 RMB or $10,000 though the silent auction of more than 100 items.
This money was used to build a “House of Light & Warmth”, a special room for newborns at Shanghai Healing Home. When the construction was complete, almost 60 Hilton employee volunteers assembled furniture and decorated the new room.