CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
Feed the Need
Our Feed the Need initiative was launched in April 2009 to help provide homeless and low-income families in Charleston with nutritious hot meals. On our first day, staff of Belmond Charleston Place created over 400 meals, which were distributed by one of our area’s shelters—and the program has continued and expanded ever since.
Numerous other Charleston restaurants have since joined in and more than 125,000 meals have been served over the last five years.
Teach the Need
Our Teach the Need program was launched in October 2012 by Charleston Grill General Manager, Mickey Bakst. This eight-week course trains high school students from the area in skills needed by the hospitality/restaurant industry, and then helps them to obtain jobs.
Each semester 12-15 students from severely disadvantaged backgrounds are selected by their school to take part. They learn presentation skills such as how to interact with guests and succeed in job interviews (led by the Belmond Charleston Place Human Resources department) and how to set a table and work in a restaurant (led by Belmond Charleston Place Food & Beverage teams).
We currently have 120 students from eight local high schools enrolled and to date have placed over 40 students in jobs.
I Will Reflect
The Spa at Belmond Charleston Place is a major supporter of the “I Will Reflect” Melanoma Prevention Initiative. Among other events it has hosted a fashion show and sells hundreds of the “I Will Reflect” glowing bracelets, with all proceeds going to the Medical University of South Carolina Research Foundation.
Other charitable and non-profit work has included spearheading the fundraising efforts in Charleston for Hurricane Katrina relief (2005), Dine for the Nine, a 2009 fundraiser for the Charleston firefighters who lost their lives in the line of duty and the 2015 Emanuel AME Church Fundraiser—a silent auction that raised over $600k for families impacted by the tragedy.