PARSIPPANY, N.J.—Ten years ago, the launch of Wyndham Worldwide created a new type of hospitality company—one that brought together some of the most iconic travel brands, united by a set of core values, and a vision to create great experiences for every type of traveler. To recognize its first decade serving travelers, Wyndham Worldwide announced a new global philanthropic partnership with Save the Children.
“For the past 10 years philanthropy and volunteerism has been central to our culture and we have consistently strived to do business in a way our associates, partners and shareholders can be proud of,” said Stephen P. Holmes, Chairman and CEO. “It made sense to us to celebrate our anniversary with a focus on serving others, especially children and families.”
With operations in over 120 countries including the United States, Save the Children is the leading global nonprofit organization focused exclusively on the wellbeing of children around the world. In its first global philanthropic partnership, Wyndham Worldwide will support Save the Children across its corporate locations around the world through workplace giving events, disaster relief and emergency fund raising, and promotion of the Save the Children signature child sponsorship program. The Company’s initial donation of $250,000 will be focused on educational programs, helping to transform over 7,500 classrooms with learning materials to reach 250,000 students globally.
‘Wish Day’ Since 2006
While this new partnership will create a way for all Wyndham Worldwide associates to make a more collective impact on a global scale, it’s only the latest in the company’s history of community support and volunteerism. Since 2006, the company has provided its U.S.-based associates with a paid day off “Wish Day” to volunteer in the community, as well as a company match for personal charitable donations. Most notably, the company holds annual campaigns and volunteer efforts supporting Christel House International, founded by Wyndham’s RCI brand Founder Christel DeHaan; made community support a centerpiece of the annual Wyndham Championship on the PGA TOUR, and supported local efforts for Big Brothers Big Sisters, Special Olympics, community food banks, and more. Recently, the company also launched a youth scholarship program in the United States.
To kick off the new Save the Children partnership, associates at the company’s New Jersey headquarters will assemble hundreds of emergency preparedness kits for Save the Children, as well as clothing, food, and school supply drives for various local organizations.
When the company was launched in 2006, it was instantly one of the largest hospitality companies in the world, and the only company providing travelers with access to a collection of local and global hospitality brands in hotels, vacation ownership, as well as unique accommodations, such as vacation exchange, holiday parks, and managed home rentals.
Over the past 10 years the company has successfully grown its core businesses by “embracing the everyday traveler,” and maintaining focus on making travel more accessible to more people in more places than any other hospitality company.
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