Evans Mission Bay Magazine Issue 3 Summer 2022 | Page 49

At the farmers market , staff are encouraged to fill up baskets of fresh produce to take home .
hotels are both ‘ of the community ’ and ‘ for the community ,’ ” Butler says .
One way the company gives back through WE CARE is via its partnership with local community organizations that enrich the lives of residents and guests .
In 2021 , the company supported and gave more than $ 225,000 in cash and in-kind donations to 76 community organizations .
EMPLOYEE-DRIVEN With more than 1,000 employees — and 11 percent holding a tenure of 20 + years — the hotel ’ s leadership knows the importance of investing in their workforce .
Harin ’ s story is just one example among the numerous employees who have benefited from WE CARE ’ s New American Workforce program , which helps eligible immigrant workers with their citizenship process . Since the program ’ s inception in 2017 , 158 Evans Hotels employees became U . S . citizens through this program .
But this isn ’ t the only way that Evans Hotels gives back to its staff . Employee training is paramount to the hotel ’ s operations , with many of its managers receiving leadership development training . In fact , the company has a full-time manager who oversees its 30 plus learning and development programs for staff , so they can continue to grow and develop personally and professionally .
Not all business , Evans Hotels ensures that employees have a little fun , too , with employee appreciation lunches and other events to recognize a job well done .
“ The WE CARE program cannot be successful without the help and support of each of you ,” wrote Cherashore and Gleason in a company-wide letter to employees before the launch of the program . “ Whether it ’ s ensuring that waste
is properly recycled , attending a training class to enhance your skills , or donating time to a local not-for-profit organization , each of you contributes to our success and , in turn , the success of our community .”
COMMUNITY-FOCUSED Evans Hotels was founded in 1953 by San Diego natives and entrepreneurs William and Anne Evans . From then through today , the company takes great pride in being a family-owned hospitality leader in America ’ s Finest City . “ We believe our
ENVIRONMENTALLY MINDED Evans Hotels is also dedicated to making the oceans , beaches and parks healthier and trash-free . In partnership with nonprofit I Love A Clean San Diego , which coordinates the Adopt-A-Beach program in San Diego , Evans Hotels employees have removed nearly 1,500 pounds of waste in local beaches since WE CARE ’ s inception in 2017 . In fact , around 400 hotel staff have donated a total of more than 1,300 hours of their time to collecting waste from San Diego ’ s beaches .
While Evans Hotels supports its local community in many ways , it also has


Guests of Evans Hotels properties , including Bahia Resort Hotel and Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa in Mission Bay , plus the AAA Five Diamond-rated The Lodge at Torrey Pines in La Jolla , California , can contribute to sustainable initiatives from the comfort of their hotel rooms . Through a partnership with The Good Traveler , a sustainabilityfocused nonprofit founded by San Diego International Airport , guests can purchase a “ carbon footprint offset .” When guests purchase these offsets from The Good Traveler , 100 percent of the funds go toward San Diego-based and nationwide projects aimed at reducing greenhouse gases and restoring wetlands and forestry . Each offset of $ 2 reduces emissions equivalent to 1,000 miles of flying , 400 miles of driving or as much as five nights in a hotel room . In more precise numbers , this means as much as 344 pounds of carbon dioxide is eliminated and 50 gallons of water is restored . ( thegoodtraveler . org )