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September 2, 2015

Disney Parks VoluntEARS Help Families Prepare For Back-to-School

By Rachel Green, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts

At Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, we are committed to supporting our local communities and this time of year, we’re proud to set students up for success at school. Cast members across the U.S. partnered with local organizations to support back-to-school efforts in a variety of ways—from volunteering at fundraisers to collecting and distributing school supplies.

 

 

July 29, 2015

ESPN Employees Are Honored to be Among 30 Disney VoluntEARS at 2015 Special Olympics

By Sheldon Spencer, ESPN

Of the 30 Walt Disney Company VoluntEARS selected through an application process to work at Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015, eight are ESPN employees.

Topics: ESPN
July 9, 2015

Shanghai Disney VoluntEARS Promote Summer Fun in Local Communities

By Rachel Green, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts

As Shanghai Disney Resort gears up for a grand opening next spring, the team is spending time in their local community to organize fun and educational activities for children and their families this summer.

February 19, 2015

Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Celebrates Lunar New Year

By Rachel Green, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts
Last week, just in time for Chinese New Year, we shared some exciting news from Shanghai Disney Resort and its Garden of the Twelve Friends—a whimsical area of the theme park that recasts twelve favorite Disney and Disney•Pixar characters as members of the Chinese zodiac. “Jolly Holiday” lambs from Disney’s "Mary Poppins" were selected in honor of the Year of the Sheep. The Garden of the Twelve Friends will feature a garden wall decorated with flowering vines and colorful mosaic vignettes created in collaboration with local Chinese artists and craftsmen, and will resemble a classic Chinese garden where families can gather and relax together.
February 18, 2015

Disney Teams Up with KaBOOM! on New Playground in McFarland, California

By Janelle Tipton, The Walt Disney Studios
It started out as a few concrete slabs and a mountain of mulch in the middle of a grass and dirt tract running along Highway 99 in the heart of Central California’s agricultural corridor. But in just five-and-a-half hours on a bright Sunday in mid-February, the town of McFarland had a new playground, thanks to a team effort by hundreds of Disney VoluntEARS, partners from nonprofit KaBOOM! and members of the McFarland community.
February 2, 2015

Disney Celebrates Compassion Month

By Cynthia Momdjian, The Walt Disney Company
People typically display their admiration for a loved one by way of roses or chocolates this month. However, around the Company, Disney employees are finding more meaningful ways to spread love and compassion to kids, communities and organizations that need it most during Compassion Month.
November 25, 2014

Disney Employees "Share the Joy" at Family Volunteer Day

By Cynthia Momdjian, The Walt Disney Company
November marks the beginning of the most wonderful time of the year, especially at Disney. Our VoluntEARS are kicking off the season with the “Share the Joy” campaign, which provides volunteering opportunities for Disney employees across the country. The first “Share the Joy” event took place this past Saturday, on Family Volunteer Day, where employees and their families got a head start on spreading holiday cheer in their neighborhoods. Disney Friends for Change—a global initiative that inspires kids and their families to make a lasting, positive change by helping people, communities and the planet—and Points of Light’s generationOn initiative invited mom, dad and kids of all ages to come together for a fun-filled day of service.
November 3, 2014

Disney VoluntEARS Build New Playspace for Veterans' Families

By Cynthia Momdjian, The Walt Disney Company
Last week, 140 VoluntEARS—a team that consisted of senior leaders, including Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger, Heroes Work Here veterans and Golden Oak Ranch staff members—helped transform an empty lot in Santa Clarita, California, into a kid-designed playspace in less than eight hours. Habitat for Humanity volunteers, along with local residents and organizers from KaBOOM!, also lent a hand to make the project come to life. Located on a campus that’s home to veterans’ families, the playground was designed to help former service members and their loved ones make the transition to civilian life.
Topics: Citizenship
October 16, 2014

Back to School with Disney Parks

By Rachel Green, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts
At Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, we are committed to giving back to the communities we serve. This year, many of our sites teamed up with schools and teachers in local communities to make a difference as students zipped up their backpacks in anticipation of the back-to-school season.
August 27, 2014

A Great Day to Be Inspired

By Robert Koontz, Disney/ABC Television Group
Disney/ABC Television Group’s (DATG) commitment to philanthropy and being a good corporate citizen is an important part of who we are and what we stand for. The Company has a rich history of giving, and through the ongoing efforts of our citizenship teams, VoluntEARS initiatives and employee engagement, that legacy carries on and grows stronger with each hour of service.

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