Giving During COVID-19
The world has felt so many ripples from today’s global health crisis—among them an increased demand on food banks. Schools and their lunch programs are closed, unemployment has reached a record high, and stay-at-home orders have changed the way people access food. As a result, nearly 17 million more people are experiencing hunger during COVID-19.
Thanks to a generous donor and friend of DuVine, we’re turning the desire to travel into a way to support those most in need. We are pleased to announce that $100 will be contributed to Feeding America on your behalf for every new reservation, towards a total gift up to $50,000.
If you wish to join us in supporting this essential cause, we invite you to make an additional contribution to Feeding America.
DuVine is committed to a social impact philosophy that brings tourism income into small communities and lesser-known regions. Our tours stimulate local economies by visiting independent artisans, dining at family-owned restaurants, employing local guides, and partnering with small businesses for activities that uphold the unique heritage of each destination. We strive to invest the majority of our tour costs in local businesses.
We also believe bike travel should leave little behind. Even with our support van, a DuVine bike tour is a lower-impact alternative to other modes of group travel. On our tours, we take small measures to be greener—like eliminating single-use plastic water bottles, replacing paper maps with GPS where available, returning your pedals in cloth bags, and offering snacks in reusable containers rather than disposable plastic.
Climbing the Mountain of Change
DuVine’s mission is for everyone to experience the feeling of freedom that comes with riding a bike. We’ve seen firsthand how bike travel can dismantle the barriers between cultures. But in the United States—our own backyard—it’s painfully clear that these fundamental freedoms are not readily available to all, and barriers remain very much in place.
Our company is positioned at the intersection of cycling and travel: two industries that have struggled with lack of access. We have miles to go towards improving our sport and our space. In July 2020, we began to cover this ground by riding in support of Outdoor Afro, an organization that ensures Black Americans can safely access, enjoy, thrive, and heal in nature—on bicycles and in countless other capacities.
We are proud to report that our guides, staff, and community rode over 19,000 total miles, climbed 1 million+ feet, and met a $15,000 fundraising goal benefitting Outdoor Afro. We invite you to learn more about Outdoor Afro or make an additional donation.
Our company is founded on a culture that instills the values of giving back. Our founder Andy Levine rides over 1,000 charitable miles annually to champion the causes closest to DuVine: ending child poverty and hunger, shedding light on bike and cycling advocacy, and raising funds for life-saving cancer research and healthcare. As a small business, DuVine is also passionate about meeting needs within our community, including local arts organizations, charity events, and community sustainability. Please contact us with inquiries about philanthropic opportunities for our company, staff, or travelers.
We are proud to support the following organizations: