The “Your Community. Your Choice.” local business grant program was designed to recognize and empower Choice franchisees to care for their communities. After reviewing more than 80 applications from owners across the country, we’re pleased to announce the five hotels selected to receive a $5,000 grant to augment their planned initiatives.


Meet the Winners

Comfort Inn and Suites – Murrieta

Owner: John Wang

This hotel is a proud sponsor of Linens N Love, a student-run nonprofit dedicated to collecting and donating gently used blankets, sheets, pillows and towels to animal shelters, women’s homes and children’s outreach centers. The hotel will use the grant funds to support the transportation, and event costs of Linens N Love’s 2020 Social Impact Bootcamp — an intensive full-day leadership seminar that teaches student leaders in Southern California how to start and sustain their own successful community initiatives.

Comfort Inn and Suites – Lynchburg

Dave Francis

The Comfort Inn and Suites – Lynchburg is committed to helping hometown heroes succeed in their local communities. The hotel will use the grant funds to support Providence Veterans Farm — a nonprofit dedicated to supporting veterans, first responders and their families — as they renovate a space to help military families thrive.

Clarion Inn Seekonk – Providence

Owner: David Darling

The Clarion hotel will use the grant to grow their collaboration with the Northern Rhode Island Collaborative, a nonprofit that advocates for students and young adults with disabilities. In addition to providing program participants with job-exploration opportunities and community-based work experiences, the hotel will use its grant funds to provide transition services, uniforms and personal items for their students.

The Oasis Hotel and Convention Center, an Ascend Hotel Collection member

Darrel Hopkins

Through its own community-outreach taskforce, the Oasis Give Squad, the hotel and its staff frequently engage in numerous volunteer opportunities throughout the community and proudly sponsor several nonprofit organizations, including Harmony House. The nonprofit strives to end domestic violence by providing shelter, advocacy and education to survivors, and the hotel will use the grant funds to help Harmony House further this work.

Comfort Inn Auburn – Seattle

Owner: Amandeep Ghag

The Comfort Inn Auburn – Seattle currently distributes 500 hot meals to local food banks and shelters every Saturday to feed those in need, working with Degh Tegh Community Kitchen, a nonprofit organization. The hotel will use the grant funds to double the distribution to 1,000 hot meals each week and continue their collaboration with Degh Tegh Community Kitchen to provide non-perishable food products to those less fortunate.