ORLANDO, Fla. (May 4, 2015) — Wyndham Vacation Ownership (WVO), the world’s largest vacation ownership company and a member of the Wyndham Worldwide family of companies (NYSE: WYN), was recently awarded the “Outstanding Business Volunteer” award by Zebra Coalition, an Orlando-based organization which provides services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and all youth (LGBT+) ages 13 – 24, at their annual Volunteer Appreciation Night. The Coalition assists young people facing homelessness; bullying; physical, sexual and drug abuse; and isolation from their families with individualized programs to guide them to recovery and stability. The “Outstanding Business Volunteer” award recognizes a business or corporation that regularly provides people, resources and opportunities from its company to help Zebra Coalition fulfill its mission.
“Each year Zebra Coalition honors individuals and groups for their outstanding efforts in volunteerism and service during National Volunteer Appreciation Week,” said Dexter Foxworth, director of Zebra Coalition. “Selecting Wyndham Vacation Ownership as this year’s “Outstanding Business Volunteer” was an easy choice. Volunteers from Wyndham developed and launched an employability workshop series for youth at Zebra Coalition. Every month, employees from Wyndham Vacation Ownership share their skills and expertise with youth at Zebra Coalition to help equip them with the right tools and knowledge to land and keep a job. We are grateful for Wyndham’s continued support for the youth in our Central Florida community and for supporting our mission at Zebra Coalition.”
Over the years, Wyndham Vacation Ownership’s associate business group for employees in the LGBT community and their straight allies, WYNPride, has partnered with Zebra Coalition in educating Orlando-based WVO employees on the unique needs of LBGT youth, delivering clothing donations, hosting fundraising events and making available professional services to support the development of resources for educating the community.
“Wyndham is proud to support on various levels the important work Zebra Coalition provides the LGBT youth within our community,” said Brian Gray, vice president of organizational capability at WVO. “Our employees are passionate about getting involved and helping our local community. Last year, many of our WYNPride members at Wyndham volunteered their time and used their “WISH” Day — a benefit that provides one day of paid time-off annually for community service to Wyndham employees — at Zebra Coalition.”
Diversity and inclusion are at the core of the Wyndham Worldwide culture. Wyndham Worldwide was recently recognized among the DiversityInc. Top 50 Companies for Diversity for the third year in a row.
About Zebra Coalition®
Zebra Coalition is a network of organizations that provide services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and all youth (LGBT+) ages 13-24. The Coalition assists young people facing homelessness, bullying, physical, sexual and drug abuse, and isolation from their families with individualized programs to guide them to recovery and stability.
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 five primary consumer brands, CLUB WYNDHAM, WorldMark by Wyndham, Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific, Shell Vacations Club and Margaritaville Vacation Club®. As of December 31, 2014, we have developed or acquired more than 200 vacation ownership resorts in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and the South Pacific that represent approximately 24,000 individual vacation ownership units and more than 900,000 owners of vacation ownership interests. Wyndham Vacation Ownership is headquartered in Orlando, Fla., and is supported by more than 17,000 associates globally.
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