“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing for others?”
— Martin Luther King, Jr.
Throughout our twenty-five-year corporate history, we have always given back to the communities in which we serve. This aligns with our company mission of caring for our communities in order to always leave places better than we found them. We’ve been honored and delighted to support a handful of outstanding organizations throughout our history to fulfill this part of our mission.
During this unprecedented time of COVID-19, our focus at Robinson Hill has changed. We have always prioritized the well-being of our guests and team members and made their health and safety a top priority. We are closely following public health recommendations of state health departments and the Center for Disease Control & Prevention and have followed federal guidelines to close down our airport locations to ensure that our guests and team members remain safe and healthy.
During this crisis, Robinson Hill has turned its primary attention to two very important initiatives - Fighting Hunger and Supporting our Team.
We’ve even developed a toolkit to make joining the hunger fight simple, with a helpful email template for asking friends and neighbors to donate along with a sample flyer, please download a copy here.
Please join the movement and post your pictures on social media, with the hashtag #ProjectCleanPantry. Click here to learn more.
Supporting Our Robinson Hill Team
Our Ben & Jerry’s, Lalo’s Mexican, Lebanese Taverna Express restaurants and our partners at tourist and airport locations will not open any time soon. The travel and tourist industries have been decimated, with restaurants shuttered and tourist destinations abandoned. We project not re-opening until late September or later, missing the 2020 peak travel season entirely. Nonetheless, Charity Starts At Home.
We want to continue to support our Robinson Hill family during these extremely difficult and uncertain times. We have set up an emergency relief fund to raise money for these deserving staff members and their families. Our goal is to raise $45,000 for 45 families. We would love to give each $1000 to help them through this crisis. 100% of donations go directly to them. We know this is ambitious, but these are difficult times. They will certainly need more, but this gift will provide hope. If you are able to donate, anything you contribute is greatly appreciated. Travel and industry employees help and serve us during good times; during these uncertain ones, we must work to help them.
Combatting Hunger In Our Communities
Hunger is a complex problem. It can mean lacking food for a day or two on an occasional basis when paychecks don’t stretch, or it can mean habitual food insecurity, leading to malnourishment, impaired development, and chronic disease. Hungry kids cannot learn; hungry adults cannot prosper. One in eight families are hungry, making up a staggering 12.3% of all U.S. households. Many people must choose between purchasing food and covering rent, mortgages, transportation, utility bills, medical fees. Hunger is closer than you think.
Why are so many people hungry, especially in a country that is prosperous? For many, unexpected life events, medical crises or un- and under-employment can contribute to food insecurity. The COVID-19 crisis is exacerbating these factors.
At Robinson Hill, we are compelled to respond. We have developed Project Clean Pantry to support Feed America and help stock shelves local food banks. Project Clean Pantry is a grass-roots effort that encourages people to kick off their own Project Clean Pantry campaign. By reaching out to neighbors, family members and friends – which can be done on a virtual basis during social distancing – these individuals establish community groups that clean out their pantries and collect non-perishable items for group donations. These items are then brought to community food pantries to help stock shelves. We’re spreading the word on Project Clean Pantry through email campaigns and social media. Please learn more here.
Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day – An Annual Tradition.
Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day is an international celebration that happens in almost every Ben & Jerry’s scoop shop around the world; it’s been a company tradition for more than 40 years. On this magical day, the chain gives out free ice cream cones from noon until 8pm. Robinson Hill’s Ben & Jerry’s location on Chicago’s Navy Pier is no exception; we’ve been celebrating this illustrious annual event for many years, selecting a worthy local charity which then receives all donations at our Ben & Jerry’s location. In the past, we’ve been able to raise significant funds for Save Abandoned Babies Foundation.
Free Cone Day is normally celebrated during the second week of April. Please check in with us here as we post additional information once it becomes available.
Our Promise To You.
We will continue to monitor this unfolding pandemic situation, and as developments occur and we are able to return to more regular travel and tourism activities, we are committed to adapting quickly and returning to business-as-usual so we can quickly resume serving you and your families. Thank you for being a loyal guest, a joyful and curious leisure traveler, a dedicated business traveler, an adventuresome tourist, a connoisseur of friendly service and reliably delicious food. While we miss our guests during these strange times, we are grateful for the opportunity to serve you in the future, and we truly look forward to seeing you again soon.
ROBINSON HILL HELPS
We launched Project Clean Pantry to help area Food Banks restock their shelves so they can feed the hungry. Hunger is closer than you think: many people right in your community are making tough choices between buying food and paying medical bills or rent, and nobody can thrive when they’re hungry.
The good news? You can make a meaningful difference! Join us at Project Clean Pantry:
- Grab a big box, survey your pantry.
- Deposit the nonperishables you can spare into box.
- Send an email to friends, family and neighbors asking them to do the same or to drop off items to you in the box you placed on your porch or outside your door.
- Gather the generous donations and drop them off to your local food bank. You don’t even have to get out of your car; mask-wearing helpers will happily remove the items for you.
Easy right? We’ve even developed a toolkit to make joining the hunger fight simple, with a helpful email template for asking friends and neighbors to donate along with a sample flyer, please download a copy here.
Please join the movement and post your pictures on social media, with the hashtag #ProjectCleanPantry. Take a look at our own pictures below!
At Robinson Hill, we’re joining in to help the fight against hunger in Washington, DC to benefit the Capital Area Food Bank, a Feeding America partner. The need has never been greater. Please come join the fight!