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The Need for Social Connection during Our Pandemic Crisis

Our nation is facing a crisis of a lifetime, of a century. Our health and financial future depends on each person committing to social distancing. But social connection is fundamental to who we are as a nation and how we will move forward together.

The CDC offers in their guides the following to cope with the crisis and something Odyssey’s work can deliver:

“Connect with family, friends, and others in your community.”

Americans thrive being together – from congregating on the sabbath or Sunday, to social justice events, to friends and family get togethers.

Connecting is critical now to balance our lives, support each other and celebrate the power of humanity.

As we navigate our new world, Odyssey Impact is creatively finding ways to connect us and share hope through film resources, hosting Live Town Halls, and creating a special series focused on healing the health care heroes.

Shared experiences keep the sense of community and compassion alive.

As all of us are faced with the economic impact of this crisis. If you are able, supporting a non profit like Odyssey Impact is so important to sustain our needed mission through the crisis.

Please consider supporting Odyssey, and know that your consideration, your friendship and gift are all important to us. If you cannot give right now but wish to stay connected with Odyssey Impact, let us know and email [email protected].

The Compassion Fund


Human connection is fundamental to who we are as a society. When we learn about one another’s story, share our hopes and dreams, and allow people to know us, we create compassion and mutual understanding that, when nurtured, can grow for years to come.

Through documentaries and engagement programs, Odyssey Impact’s work offers insights into stories of social injustice and racial divides while our engagement campaigns help people have brave and healing conversations. Designed to inspire and empower our nation’s changemakers, our work connects communities, drives social change, and, ultimately, heal.

This is our time. We must continue telling powerful, human stories that connect us and empower changemakers to sustain critical conversations and movements. We want to catalyze these actions, support this work, and navigate this new world – together.

Your donation will support The Compassion Fund, a newly launched initiative helping to ensure our much-needed resources will be available for our communities and you. The stories, campaigns, and programs you support are vital to the thousands of community and faith leaders working to heal society amidst the most urgent issues. Your gift will directly help:

Your consideration, friendship, and gifts are critical to our mission, and we appreciate every one. Thank you

OUR MISSION: Odyssey Impact drives social change through innovative storytelling and media, connecting faith and secular communities.

Founded in 1987 as the National Interfaith Cable Coalition, Odyssey Impact is an interfaith 501c3 that harnesses the goodwill of faith based and secular organizations to build awareness, change attitudes and catalyze actions for social change through award-winning films, powerful stories, impact campaigns and coalitions of change makers.

Thank you for caring and our best wishes for your health in every way.

For stock donations or donations via wire transfer and ACH, please contact our Advancement Director for instructions:

Ann O’Leary
Director of Advancement
[email protected]
(203) 368-8649


To make a gift by check, please make the check payable to “Odyssey Impact” and mail to:


Odyssey Impact
12 West 31st Street, 8th Floor
New York, NY 10001
Attn: Advancement


If you have any questions or need Odyssey Impact’s 501(c)(3) letter, please email [email protected] or call (929) 379-3410.


Donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Thank you for considering a donation to help connect communities and heal!


Host a Screening and discover the value of using Odyssey Impact’s diverse resources to extend your organization’s work.


Odyssey Impact’s films and accompanying resources help secure grants for organizations, build new grassroots and national coalitions and inspire action.


Our impact campaign for Milwaukee 53206 helped criminal justice reform organizations advocate for the release of the film’s main subject, Mr. Baron Walker, who is now reunited with his community and family.


Contact Evy Constantine, our Screenings Strategist, to learn more about hosting a film screening in your own community, place of worship or campus.


The Recy Taylor viewing and panel merged both digital media and public discourse, two mediums that are deeply reflective of how I like to engage. Sensory learning merged with the opportunity to talk through thoughts and ideas offers such a meaningful experience.

— Rev. Alisha Gordon, Executive Minister of Programs at The Riverside Church

A screening of Odyssey’s Milwaukee 53206 film lent experiential weight to our decision to apply for (a grant) that funded a Restorative Justice program. In that grant, we began to experiment with a hybrid field education placement, which brought together an Louisville Seminary student, a local congregation, Louisville Seminary faculty members, an expert in Restorative Justice from another local university, and a program that created a Circles of Support and Accountability for a returning citizen.”

— Marcus Hong, Louisville Seminary Field Education Director & Prof. of Practical Theology

The Rape of Recy Taylor was more powerful and moving than I could have ever imagined. I've never been in a class where a film had that kind of effect on the students. I've never experienced this in my life. From day one, as a teacher, I have been an advocate of digital learning. I've always used film. I've never experienced this in my life.

— Rev. Dr. Ralph Basui Watkins, Columbia Theological Seminary


At the heart of Odyssey’s Impact mission is to connect people, communities, and organizations to powerful stories about the issues shaping our daily society, including racial justice, gender justice and mass incarceration. Partners are vital to all our work.


Please contact Jenise Ogle at [email protected] or Anne Faustin-Davis at [email protected] if you feel you have:


  • Expertise on one of the social issues at the heart of a current film campaign.
  • Influence in driving audiences to connect through social media and marketing.
  • Skills that help drive strategic development.
  • Interest in supporting a campaign with a charitable gift.


Our MILWAUKEE 53206 Partners


  • Healing Communities
  • Prison Fellowship
  • Wisdom
  • Union Theological Seminary
  • ACLU
  • McAfee School of Theology, Mercer University
  • Candler School of Theology
  • Urban Institute
  • Ebenezer Baptist Church


Our The Rape of Recy Taylor Partners: 


  • NAACP Youth and College Division
  • Connect NYC
  • Wall Street Alphas
  • The Park Avenue Christian Church
  • Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.
  • The Center for Anti-Violence Education
  • Faith Matters Network
  • NYC Allaince Against Sexual Assault
  • Columbia Seminary

If you’re a member of the press seeking information about Odyssey Impact, please contact:


Melissa Potter
Head of Social Impact and Communications
[email protected]


Strategic Heights Media
14 E. 34th St., 5th floor

New York, NY 10016, US

[email protected]

(212) 634-7176