Disney VoluntEARS Earn $1 Million for Central Florida Nonprofits

In recognition of the ongoing efforts of the Disney VoluntEARS, the Walt Disney World Resort has announced plans to give more than $1 million to Central Florida nonprofits.

The monetary donations are being made through the company's EARS to You grants.

So far this year, The Walt Disney Company has given more than 1,500 EARS to You grants to nonprofits in honor of the 308,000 hours of community service that were donated by VoluntEARS in 2013.

When a VoluntEAR has provided at least 10 hours of service they can apply for the EARS to You grant of up to $1,000 to the nonprofit of their choice.

The current grants are for more than 500 Central Florida nonprofits including Give Kids the World, the Pet Alliance of Central Florida, A Gift for Teaching, and Central Florida Community Arts.

"By opening their hearts and devoting their time to local community groups, Disney VoluntEARS make Central Florida an even better place to call home," said Nancy Gidusko, director of corporate citizenship for Walt Disney World Resort. "We're proud of our Cast Members' service and humbled by their dedication to our community."

Disney also recently celebrated more than 800 cast members who earned the President's Volunteer Service Award. This award is for Americans who donate more than 100 hours of annual community service.


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