Hotel staff signs on as mentors at Big Brothers Big Sisters

The Best Western PLUS Lakeway Inn and Conference Center in Bellingham recently announced that 15-20 management staff members will become mentors for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Washington.

Starting in September, the staff will serve as “bigs” for a child through the Bellingham-based nonprofit organization. “Bigs” spend 6-12 hours each month with children, giving them adult mentors who offer emotional support, guidance, consistency and friendship.

The Lakeway Inn is the second business to join the nonprofit’s new Workforce Buddies program.

“We’re so excited that the Lakeway Inn is leading the charge in the hospitality industry by providing mentors,” said Bliss Goldstein, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Washington, in a press release. “They have so many fun, energetic employees and children love fun, energetic people.”

Larry MacDonald, general manager of the Lakeway Inn, said the hotel has been seeking more hands-on involvement in the community.

“Marketing director Christine Jenkins and I agree that building our relationships in the local community means being truly vested in a variety of community needs,” MacDonald said. “It’s easy to migrate to social clubs and boards at the corporate levels. We wanted to reach where there is an immediate need and not just focus on corporate relationships.”

Jenkins said the staff wants to see a long-lasting commitment and a return on its involvement.

“A win in this would be to have these young mentorships turn into individuals working with us down the road, maybe even managers in the future,” Jenkins said.

The Lakeway Inn can be reached at 360-671-1011 or 888-671-1101.

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