Disney VoluntEARS Make a Difference

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VoluntEARS (credit: The Walt Disney Company)

VoluntEARS (credit: The Walt Disney Company)

Disney News: Cast Members spend time on Charities within the community

Disney Cast members spend a great deal of their time bringing smiles to people visiting theme parks, but there are also thousands more who are proud “Disney VoluntEARS”. These special people embrace the true spirit of Disney by donating their skills, time and resources for community and charitable organizations. In 2011, for example, cast members clocked more than 208,000 hours in charitable time and raised over $800,00 in grants for nonprofits in central Florida. Almost 700 Walt Disney World VoluntEARS  were awarded special recognition from the White House with the President’s Volunteer Service Award that recognized donating over 100 hours of service.

Charity Spotlight: Give Kids The World Village (GKTW)

This non-profit resort in Kissimmee gives kids who are experiencing life-threatening illnesses,  free, weeklong vacations in central Florida with their families. Since GKTW started in 1986, over 115,000 families across the United States and from more than 70 countries have benefited from the experience. Its volunteers that make the organization run smoothly with more than 1,500 shifts each week that are filled.

“I’m one of the facilitators of new volunteer orientation,” said Brian Reif, “which gives me the ability to use my Disney storytelling skills to get new volunteers excited about joining the team.” An information technology specialist , Reif has been with Disney since 2002 and spends many hours each week at GKTW.

VoluntEAR efforts

These are some of the activities where cast members made a difference for 2012:

  • September 2012: Over 800 VoluntEARS  raised almost $33,000 in the 2012 Greater Orlando Heart Walk to support  the American Heart Association
  • August 2012: Donate 3.1 million school supplies to central Florida students
  • May 2012: built a playground at the Boys & Girls Club of Lakeland

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