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The JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort recently announced that they have been selected as a Hall of Honor recipient of the Alice S. Marriott award for Community Service.

Each year, this prestigious accolade is presented to a Marriott International property in recognition of its extraordinary volunteering and fundraising efforts. The nominating committee is honoring the JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort for their significant impact in the local community through the resort’s Spirit to Serve program. With a total donation of $238,499 in 2016, the resort participated in countless activities that created an authentic daily Spirit to Serve culture in the community.

Last year the property addressed housing and hunger needs by volunteering weekly with the Harry Chapin Mobile Pantry, helping to distribute and purchase food for families in need. This volunteer work was especially important over the summer months when some children do not receive meals, as they would have during the school year. The team also worked with Habitat for Humanity to provide homes for deserving families.

Addressing education-centered volunteerism, the resort supplied children in the local homeless shelter backpacks full of school supplies, as they do each year, in addition to providing new shoes to these children in 2016.

The Marriottalso partners with the Marco Island Academy on a scholarship fund that supports students that may not be able to afford college classes. In addition, the resort hosts annual events supporting Tommie Barfield Elementary and Marco Island Charter Middle School, with the funds raised put toward providing playground equipment and computers.

The JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort is also active in the J1 internship program that brings students from many cultures into the hotel, providing them with résumé-building work experience.

To serve the environment in 2016, the resort recycled 100 tons of materials, eliminated the use of Styrofoam products and was the first business on the island to use paper straws instead of plastic. The resort actively participates in beach clean up activities throughout the community and adopted a portion of highway as part of the Collier County Adopt-A-Road Program.

In addition to the other community engagements, the JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort also actively participates in Relay for Life with the American Cancer society. The property has been involved with the event for 15 years and is ranked #3 in the state of Florida and #30 in the Nation for the Relay fundraising efforts.

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