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Michael Franco

Giving Back

By December 13, 2012

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Bedandbreakfast.com has just announced that it will be participating in Passports With Purpose, an organization that uses donations from businesses to create a prize list on which people bid to raise money for good causes (this year, it's wells in Haiti).

This got me to thinking about how owning an inn offers you not only the chance to nurture your guests, but also the opportunity to give back in other ways. For example, Lynnette Scofield at the recently reviewed William Henry Miller Inn in Ithaca, NY operates "Animeals," a program that collects and provides free pet food it to animal shelters.

With Hurricane Sandy having blown through the Northeast, many B&B owners who weren't affected by the storm opened their doors to other displaced innkeepers and/or agreed to take in their guests.

When we owned our B&B and found ourselves with a last-minute cancellation, we'd often phone up guests who were fans of the inn but couldn't afford to come often and offer them the newly abandoned room free of charge. We also donated used -- but still in good shape -- blankets and pillows to a nearby women's shelter whenever we did a room upgrade.

I know this is just a small example of the big hearts innkeepers possess, so during this season of goodwill, I'd love to hear from other innkeepers about how you use your B&B to help give back. Just leave your comments below.

December 17, 2012 at 2:59 pm
(1) Fran Ambroselli says:

When our church hosts a group for special events we always open our door and our hearts by providing free accommodations and breakfast to the traveling group. It is a small gesture and costs us so little yet is appreciated so much. Another thing we do here at the Barber-Tucker Inn,LLC is to sponsor Christmas Family Portrait Photo Shoots with a local photographer to raise money for Serenity House, our Family Violence Shelter. This year it was such a success we raised $525.00 for the shelter. A huge amount for such a worthwhile cause and it brought us so much foot traffic we know we will benefit in the long run as well.

December 18, 2012 at 1:34 am
(2) Cycle-Inn Bed and Breakfast says:

Hi – we do this kind of thing too. In face we have a little cardboard house- bank in which we collect loose change, which all goes to the Canadian DIabetic Society. As one of the athletes, after whom we named the Al Howie Room, contracted diabetes at a later stage in life, it seems appropriate. Thanks for all that you are doing towards humanity. Joanne.

December 19, 2012 at 3:44 pm
(3) Lynn Hunt says:

We do a Twelfth Night Party and invite our civic league to bring a covered dish “fit for a King” and come in costume. We hold the party on a Sunday night as to not interfer with guests…
I invited my “doctor” and his wife to be our overnight guest during the Christmas holiday as a “thank you” for taking such good care of me. He was so overwhelmed by the gesture and he and his friend had a lovely time. “The best gift of all…is Love”…
I really like the Photo shoot idea. We have a “Tara” staircase and a Christmas Shoot would be a great fund raiser idea…thanks for sharing!

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