Wyndham Vacation Ownership (WVO) (Wyndham Worldwide is No. 27 on the 2016 DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity list) recently presented a $25,000 donation on behalf of the Wyndham Worldwide Charitable Foundation to The Center an LGBT+ support organization in Orlando responsible for spearheading remarkable resources and local recovery efforts in wake of the June 12 tragedy. The Center offers various support channels and social programs while increasing understanding and acceptance in the Central Florida area. Wyndham associates additionally contributed personal donations of more than $6,500 to The Center.
The Wyndham Worldwide Charitable Foundation also donated $10,000 to Zebra Coalition, an Orlando-based organization which provides services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and all youth (LGBT+) ages 13 24. Zebra Coalition offers support and individualized programs to guide young people to recovery and stability in the wake of homelessness; bullying; physical, sexual and drug abuse; and isolation from their families. For many years, Wyndham has partnered with Zebra Coalition in educating associates on the unique needs of LBGT+ youth. Outreach efforts include clothing donation drives, fundraising events, and providing professional services to support the development of resources to offer community education.
“We are humbled and inspired by the efforts made by The Center and Zebra Coalition to support Pulse survivors, LGBT+ and youth in our local community. It is our sincere pleasure to contribute support on behalf of Wyndham Worldwide and our associates, and it’s heartwarming to realize the impact our contribution will have on their efforts,” said Sarah King, executive vice president, human resources at Wyndham Vacation Ownership.
“Through the incredible support of Wyndham Vacation Ownership, we are not only able to supply basic needs for our youth but we are also able to continue providing a safe space for anyone that walks through our door,” said Earl Johnson, development manager at Zebra Coalition. “Their time, love and dedication directly supports our mission of fostering hope, dignity and self-respect in LGBT+ youth and to provide them an opportunity to grow up in a safe, healthy and supportive environment.”
Wyndham Vacation Ownership (WVO), the largest vacation ownership company in the world and part of the Wyndham Worldwide family of companies, is headquartered in Orlando. WVO cultivates a workplace that encourages and embraces diversity and inclusion in every aspect of the business. Among many engagement initiatives, WVO supports Associate Business Groups (ABGs) that foster a culture of camaraderie, growth and teamwork and leverage the wide range of experiences, perspectives and talents of a diverse workforce.
About Wyndham Worldwide:
Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE: WYN) is one of the largest global hospitality companies, providing travelers with access to a collection of trusted hospitality brands in hotels, vacation ownership, and unique accommodations including vacation exchange, holiday parks, and managed home rentals. With a collective inventory of more than 120,000 places to stay across 100 countries on six continents, Wyndham Worldwide and its 38,000 associates welcomes people to experience travel the way they want. This is enhanced by Wyndham Rewards, the Company’s re-imagined guest loyalty program across its businesses, which is making it simpler for members to earn more rewards and redeem their points faster. For more information, please visitwww.wyndhamworldwide.com.
About Wyndham Vacation Ownership:
Wyndham Vacation Ownership, a member of Wyndham Worldwide’s (NYSE: WYN) family of companies, is the world’s largest vacation ownership business, as measured by the number of vacation ownership resorts, individual vacation ownership units and owners of vacation ownership interests. Wyndham Vacation Ownership develops, markets and sells vacation ownership interests and provides consumer financing to owners through its seven primary consumer brands, CLUB WYNDHAM, WorldMark by Wyndham, CLUB WYNDHAM ASIA, WorldMark South Pacific Club by Wyndham, Shell Vacations Club, Margaritaville Vacation Club by Wyndham and WYNDHAM CLUB BRASILSM. As of December 31, 2015, we have developed or acquired 213 vacation ownership resorts in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, South America and the South Pacific that represent more than 24,000 individual vacation ownership units and nearly 900,000 owners of vacation ownership interests. Wyndham Vacation Ownership is headquartered in Orlando, Fla., and is supported by approximately 17,700 associates globally.