In 2019, the AHLA joined forces with Goodwill Industries of Alberta to implement two outstanding projects to divert tens of thousands of kilograms of waste from entering the landfill and to create jobs for people with disabilities in the hospitality industry.

Hospitality Works

The AHLA will work with Goodwill’s Career Connections department to create awareness for disability employment, customize employment opportunities, and provide on-the-job training.

To ensure hired individuals are successful, Goodwill will provide an employment coach to help the individual become fully independent at their job. Additionally, Goodwill will offer training to hotel leaders to enhance their understanding of inclusion.

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Goodwill will accept a wide variety of donations from hotels that will be sold in Goodwill Stores, where 89% of revenues are invested in career development initiatives. Accepted items include:

  • Couches, chairs, tables
  • Nightstands, side tables, coffee tables
  • Linens and textiles (sheets, towels, bathmats, robes, etc.)
  • Lamps
  • Electronics and electrical appliances
  • Glassware and ceramics

Not accepted:

  • Pillows
  • Mattresses
  • Wet or heavily soiled linens and textiles
  • Construction materials (Drywall, toilets, insulation, etc.)
  • Chemicals

We hope to collect 50,000 kg of donations from member hotels!

Watch how Goodwill uses donations to divert items from the landfill.

Thank you to the following hotels for their donations:

  • Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Edmonton International Airport (2,041 kg)
  • Hampton Inn & Suites Edmonton West (272 kg)
  • Sandman Hotel Edmonton West (1,045 kg)
  • Staybridge Suites Calgary Airport (3,283 kg)
  • Wingate by Wyndham West Edmonton (621 kg)

Follow our progress with our donation meter!

Interested in getting involved?

Please inquire with Matthew Rowlette to find out how to donate or to inquire about employing an individual with a disability at your hotel.