The MGM Resorts Foundation awarded nearly $2 million in grants to nonprofit organizations located in communities around the country in which MGM Resorts operates, including Nevada; Michigan; Mississippi; New Jersey; New York; Ohio; Washington, D.C.; and Massachusetts. The foundation granted funding to organizations that provide basic needs services to community residents.

The funds are the result of contributions made to the Community Grant Fund by MGM Resorts International employees as well as guests. Grant decisions are made by the company’s Community Grant Councils, a voluntary committee of employees who represent their respective regions. The committee distributes donations not earmarked for specific nonprofit organizations or programs into a grant fund with awards based on a competitive proposal process.

“Year after year we are amazed at the generosity of our employees and now guests,” says Maria Jose Gatti, executive director of community engagement for MGM Resorts International. “In 2022, MGM Resorts International employees gave to 82 nonprofit organizations that serve the communities where we live and work. On behalf of our grant recipients, thank you to those who gave to the Community Grant Fund, providing vital assistance to our communities, including medical care, mental health counseling, food, and shelter.”

The MGM Resorts Foundation was established in 2002 as an opportunity for MGM Resorts International employees to contribute to important charitable causes. Since inception, the foundation has raised more than $100 million and supported more than 1,500 charitable organizations.

More and more awareness is being brought to the issue of emotional wellness in the workplace. Hardly immune from the challenges of stress and burnout, the hospitality industries have some of the highest rates of work-related mental health issues.

 

Staffing issues remain a key concern in the hotel industry. In a new member survey conducted by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA), 87% of respondents reported that they are experiencing a staffing shortage, 36% severely so.

As bad as these numbers are, they’re actually an improvement.  Back in May when the same questions were posed, 97% of AHLA members said they were short staffed, 49% severely so.  Then as now, the most critical staffing need is housekeeping, 43% ranking it as their biggest challenge in the recent September survey, 58% in May.  

 

Conference center concludes largest humanitarian mission to date.

The National Conference Center, a 265,000-square-foot meeting and conference facility in Loudoun County, Virginia, near Dulles International Airport, completed its contract with the U.S. government supporting the second phase of the Operation Allies Welcome (OAW) mission. In March 2022, The National Conference Center (NCC) began performing a contract with the U.S. Department of Defense providing lodging and food to Afghan allies looking to resettle and start new lives in the United States.