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COVID-19 Community Support Resources

Tap the links below to support these local organizations and the work they’re doing to ensure the communities we call home receive the support and resources needed during the coronavirus pandemic.

Philadelphia

Philabundance – the Delaware Valley’s largest hunger relief organization, acquiring, rescuing, and distributing food to help feed those in need and advocating for policies that increase access. They are accepting cash donations and new volunteers to prepare meals.

Kisses for Kyle – offers a variety of services to families fighting childhood cancer in the Delaware Valley, many of whom need sanitation supplies. Donate extra cleaning supplies if you are able.

Philadelphia School District – Philadelphia students can get up to two grab-and-go meals and utilize drop-in activity spaces.

Project Home – a non-profit organization empowering individuals to break the cycle of poverty and homelessness through affordable housing, employment, health care, and education. They are accepting cash and in-kind donations.

Women Against Abuse – Philadelphia’s leading domestic violence advocate and service provider and among the largest domestic violence agencies in the country. Make a cash donation and share the Philadelphia Domestic Violence Hotline number on social media channels: 1-866-723-3014.

Boston

The Greater Boston Food Bank – works to end hunger across Eastern Massachusetts by providing healthy food and resources to thrive to those in need. Consider a cash donation, volunteering as an individual, or starting a group fundraiser.

Boston Resiliency Fund – the city’s effort to coordinate fundraising and philanthropic efforts to provide essential services to Boston residents whose health and well-being are most immediately impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, particularly first responders and critical care providers. They are accepting monetary donations.

Feeding the Frontline – Boston area restaurants are asking consumers to buy gift cards or leave extra tips when ordering food from participating establishments that they can then distribute to people in need. The restaurants will also be distributing food to health care workers, first responders, and vulnerable populations.

The Boston Globe – has a running list of organizations in need of donations and support.

Women’s Lunch Place – a safe, welcoming day shelter community, providing nutritious food and individualized services for women who are experiencing homelessness or poverty. See their website for in-kind donation items.

Durham

Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina – a nonprofit organization that has provided food in 34 counties in central and eastern North Carolina for 40 years. They are accepting cash donations.

Durham Public Schools Foundation – support critical needs identified by DPS and community partners such as meals and remote learning resources for students.

Inter-Faith Food Shuttle – operating across 7 counties in central NC, they recover and distribute nearly 6 million pounds of food per year, and teach skills for self-sufficiency including culinary job skills, shopping and cooking healthy on a budget, and how to grow food. Consider a cash donation.

NorthStar Artists Fund – funds donated go directly to artists and arts presenters who have been financially impacted by cancellations, with priority given to BIPOC artists, transgender and nonbinary artists, and disabled artists.

London

The Trussell Trust – a nationwide network of food banks that provide emergency food and support to people locked in poverty, and campaign for change to end the need for food banks in the UK. Consider volunteering your time as many of their usual staff are members of at-risk populations.

COVID-19 Mutual Aid UK – a group of volunteers supporting local community groups organizing mutual aid throughout the COVID-19 outbreak in the UK. Look for a community group in your area to see what they need most.

CRISIS – the national charity for homeless people, they help people directly out of homelessness and campaign for the changes needed to solve it altogether. Get involved with a cash donation.


Choose Your Own Community Adventure

Vynamic gives back to the communities in which we live and work through our spotlight program, Choose Your Own Community Adventure (CYOCA). Vynamic supports our team members’ individual passions to engage with the Philadelphia, Boston, Durham, and London communities and celebrates the team’s volunteering by making a financial contribution to each individual cause. CYOCA grows each year, exposing us to new and rewarding experiences along the way.

Thrive London

For their first ever “Choose Your Own Community Adventure”, the London team volunteered with Thrive, a charity that uses gardening to bring about positive changes in the lives of people living with disabilities or ill health, or who are isolated, disadvantaged, or vulnerable. By helping in the Old English Garden at Battersea Park the team gained great insight into social and therapeutic horticulture while positively impacting their community.

Children’s Village

Vynamic Philadelphia was proud to partner with Children’s Village for a 5th CYOCA event with this impactful organization. On that day, students from Children’s Village received a tour of the Vynamic offices and were then paired up with Vynamic Volunteers for a minute to win it challenge! In keeping with their summer theme of “Sports from Around the World”, students learned teamwork, bracket style tournaments, learning (and challenging) game rules, and friendly competition. Mary Graham, Executive Director of CV says, “Vynamic continues to offer engaging experiences to our students, including welcoming them into its incredible Center City Philadelphia workplace. The children and teachers are still abuzz about how much fun they had. Many of our students are from low-income families and we know that these children are much less likely than their more affluent peers to benefit from quality academic enrichment. Vynamic is enhancing the lives of our students in such a meaningful way.” Thank you so much to all who participated!

Our Closet

The Philadelphia team partnered with Our Closet for a rewarding CYOCA event. Our Closet collects clothing donations and creates pop up shops where community members can shop for clothing and accessories for free. In addition to setting up, "selling", and cleaning up, the team met some amazing folks who were able to walk out with interview clothes, work bags, and new sneakers. Everyone left with a smile on their face.

A. I. duPont Children’s Hospital

Vynamic team members donated their time at AI duPont Children’s Hospital, one of the safest children's hospitals in the country, with some of the best doctors, nurses, and pediatric specialty care available. While there the team toured the new Kids Clubhouse, an amazing destination for patients filled with activities and games to keep them occupied and entertained during their sometimes long stays at the hospital. The Vynamic team donated new board games, slime-making kits, and puzzles for the kids to play with.

Franciscan Children’s Hospital

The Boston team came together to host a craft party for our first ever Choose Your Own Community Adventure (CYOCA) event benefitting Franciscan Children’s Hospital. The opportunity to spend time with the incredible staff and fiercely brave patients at Franciscan’s was deeply inspiring.

Career Collaborative

This year our Boston team had the opportunity to return to Career Collaborative for not only one but two CYOCA events, helping this organization achieve its mission of teaching unemployed and underemployed adults with low-income jobs how to build careers that change their lives and strengthen their families.

Girl’s Inc.

This summer's CYOCA (Choose Your Own Community Adventure) program kicked off with an energizing event with Girl's Inc. Vynamic hosted our second-ever Consulting Career Exploration workshop at our Philadelphia office, where close to 30 girls ages 10-15 had a chance to learn more about consulting, present their ideas, and choose their own Vynamic color with the help of 21 Vynamic team members.

Penn Vet Working Dog Center

For the second year in a row, the pet-loving community at Vynamic spread the love at Penn Vet Working Dog Center, a national research and development center for detection dogs, to learn about the amazing work their trainers and dogs do and help with various projects at the center.

Cradles to Crayons

This year, Vynamic's annual Cradles to Crayons "Choose Your Own Community Adventure" team helped Philadelphia-area children living in poverty by volunteering at their Giving Factory and making cards to be included in backpacks distributed at their annual Backpack-A-Thon at Lincoln Financial Field. As always, Vynamic was well represented with smiles and helping hands for such a great cause.

BINA Farm Center

Vynamic team members helped out with various projects at BINA Farm Center

Philabundance

Vynamic team members quality checked produce at Philabundance

Community Servings

Vynamic team members portioned meals, labeled food, and chopped vegetables at Community Servings

Philadelphia City Rowing

The Vynamic Philadelphia team returned to Philadelphia City Rowing this year to paint their indoor facility, an essential part of the PCR experience that is used to help students excel in the classroom, prepare for the SATs, supplement rowing training with strength training, and continue building endurance throughout the winter.

Team Choice Awards

Team members are able to further give back to our communities through the Team Choice Awards. Each year, the team nominates and votes for two non-profit organizations to receive financial sponsorship contributions for an upcoming event. This year, Vynamic is honored to announce the following Team Choice Award winners:

Philadelphia Veterans Parade

The Tour of the Litchfield Hills

Sponsorships

Malcolm Gladwell “Talking To Strangers” Event Sponsor

Vynamic CEO, Jeff Dill had the honor of introducing author Malcolm Gladwell at his "Talking to Strangers" event at University of Pennsylvania's Irvine Auditorium.

The evening was both thought-provoking and humorous, and explored the pros and cons of innate human trust across a wide range of recent cultural events. Listen now at https://libwww.freelibrary.org/podcast/episode/1864.

Crisis UK Sponsor

Vynamic has donated to Crisis - a national charity based in East London, whose bold mission is to end homelessness in the UK. Vynamic’s donation will reserve places for guests at Crisis providing safety, companionship and essential support services to help over 4,000 people leave homelessness behind for good.

Fred’s Footsteps: 2019 Presenting Sponsor

A collage of smiling faces at Vynamic's 2019 Sponsored Event for Fred's Footsteps

Vynamic co-sponsored the 14th Annual Fred’s Footsteps Party in the Yard event.

Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program

Vynamic co-sponsored the 2017 Emerging Leaders Fall Soirée

The Bee Foundation: Bumble Bee Sponsor

Vynamic co-sponsored the 5th annual Bee Foundation Honey Bash supporting brain aneurysm research and awareness.