“The Sandals Foundation, the non-profit arm of Sandals
Resorts International, was created to help make a
difference in the lives of our people. The culmination of
more than 30 years of giving back to the communities
where Sandals Resorts International operates, the Sandals
Foundation undertakes sustainable initiatives under the
pillars of Education, Community and Environment.”
From my very first encounter with Sandals Resorts CEO, Adam Stewart, I knew what he did, he did with heart. The Stewart family’s caring and giving spirits can be felt throughout their resorts and in all they do. They are dedicated and determined.
When Butch and Adam Stewart say they are family men, they don’t just mean those within their household. Family to them is anyone and everyone who surrounds them: co-workers, community, friends, etc. The Caribbean is their family.
“…we all have a responsibility – as individuals, as companies,
as communities and nations to do what we can to help each
other no matter where we are in life.”
-Sandals Resorts CEO, Adam Stewart
The current education, environmental and social statistics in the Caribbean are far from ideal. They are however, better than they were just a few years ago. The Sandals Foundation puts their heart into bettering the Caribbean as a whole. They do much more than “give money”. They work at targeting the underlying issues. And they do it in a big way!
The Sandals Foundation fronts the cost of administration fees, etc so that 100% of donations go right into making a difference. But they can’t do what they do alone. They reach out to their guests and those who can to help. Of course donations are welcome, but the foundation provides multiple ways for you to not only help, but to give back and get involved.
1. Pack For A Purpose
Before leaving for #BeachesMoms 2014, we were given the opportunity to “Pack For A Purpose”. The resorts encourage guests to pack up to 5 pounds of school supplies in their luggage for donation to the Caribbean community. (learn more)
2. Reading Road Trip
This is my favorite way to support the Caribbean community! On a Reading Road Trip, you are invited to be a part of a structured reading lesson at a local Caribbean school. What a wonderful, hands on opportunity! This is on my MUST DO list next time. (learn more)
3.Care For Kids
Through the Care For Kids program, you are given the opportunity to sponsor a child through a scholarship program. (learn more)
4.Buy A Brick
Buy A Brick and your name will forever be engraved on an adopted school’s property. (learn more)
5.Travel Agents Giveback
The T.A.G. Program allows travel agents to donate a portion of their commissions from a Sandals Resorts. (learn more)
6. Wedding Gift Registries
Couples getting married and/or honeymooning at a Sandals Resort have the opportunity to add The Sandals Foundation to their gift registries. (learn more)
7. Retail Merchandise
A portion of sales from all retail merchandise is put back into the foundation to make a difference.
8. Sesame Street
Additional Sesame Street experiences (like the group picture below) are available for a set donation to the foundation. (learn more)
9. Cash Donations
Cash donations are accepted on your vacation, on a scheduled basis, or right now!
10.Learn About The Need & Action
Want to know more about the issues and what actions are being taken to address them? Just ask. ANY Sandals Resorts employee would be more than happy to chat with you. Most are from the communities the foundation supports and can provide you with first hand knowledge. (learn more)
After our presentation on The Sandals Foundation, 2 children from a local school came to sing for us. The gratefulness in the voices and on their faces radiated. They know what a difference the foundation is making in their lives and are thankful to all who help make it possible.
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Beaches Resorts Are About Giving Back: The Sandals Foundation