Disney VoluntEARS


Disney Cruise Line Crew Members Create Special Holiday Moments in Port of Call

The holidays are a season of giving and recently Disney Cruise Line crew members took time off the ships to help create magical moments for kids in need at select ports of call in the United States and Caribbean.

Disney Parks VoluntEARS Help with Back-to-School Drives

It's back-to-school time and recently Disney Parks VoluntEARS and cast members partnered with local organizations to support back-to-school fundraisers and to collect and distribute school supplies around the country.

Disney VoluntEARS Continue Season of Sharing throughout the Holidays

Disney VoluntEARS around the world worked to share holiday cheer with families and children in their communities around the world throughout the holiday season. The special events included hospital visits, continued support for Toys for Tots, and more.

Walt Disney Parks and Resorts VoluntEARS and Families Join Forces for Family Volunteer Day

Disney Friends for Change recently sponsored the annual Family Volunteer Day when families volunteer their time to support projects in their communities. This was the 22nd year for the event.

Disney VoluntEARS Create Handmade Items for Central Florida Hospitals and Other Groups

A group of Disney VoluntEARS known as BlanketEARS are working hard to make handmade items to donate to local organizations in Central Florida.

The VoluntEARS dedicate their time to knit, crochet, and stitch baby hats, scarves, pillowcases, and blankets for babies, kids, and other residents in the area.

The BlanketEARS have been working together in the group for the past seven years and the group was initially formed to knit caps for soldiers who were stationed overseas.

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.

Walt Disney World Works to Share the Magic Beyond the Theme Parks in Central Florida

Walt Disney World Resort employs nearly 70,000 cast members in Central Florida and they are committed to investing in the community and improving life in the area.

The contributions to the local community include millions of dollars in taxes for local governments, leadership on community issues, and support of non-profit organizations through thousands of volunteer hours by cast members.

Disney VoluntEARS Are Making a Difference Around the World

Disney VoluntEARS are continuing to work hard and have a positive impact in communities around the world.

Recently in Argentina, VoluntEARS were joined by children at the Garrahan Hospital for a screening of Violetta in Concert as part of a program that bring Disney theatrical releases into children's hospitals.

Disney VoluntEARS Help Build a New Playground for Kids in Central Florida

A group of Disney VoluntEARS recently helped build a new playground that provides a safe place to play for the kids of Oakland, Florida.

The VoluntEARS worked with a KaBOOM! construction crew and representatives from the town of Oakland to place 48,600 square feet of safety surfacing and assemble new playground equipment. In all more than 200 volunteers took part in the project.

2013 was Landmark Year for Disney Citizenship Performance

The Walt Disney Company is reporting that 2013 was a "landmark" year for citizenship performance.

In 2012, Disney published a series of time-bound, measurable targets to track citizenship performance, and the 2013 Disney Citizenship Summary is the second published disclosure of progress toward those targets.


Disney and the Toys for Tots Foundation

Toys for Tots has been around since 1947 and has served tens of thousands of children in need over the last 64 years. In 1948, Walt Disney and his animators designed a logo for Toys for Tots that is still used to this day. This magical team designed the first poster used and distributed to promote awareness of the foundation.

Walt Disney World Cast Member is 2014 Disney VoluntEAR of the Year

A Walt Disney World cast member has been named the 2014 Disney VoluntEAR of the Year.

Kristen Lehrer, a resource manager at Disney's Animal Kingdom, was chosen by her fellow Disney cast members. She received a surprise celebration, a trophy, a handshake from Mickey Mouse, and a $2,500 contribution to the charity of her choice.

Disney VoluntEARS Show Character in Central Florida

Disney's outstanding commitment to the communities of Central Florida not only brings magic to families through the Disney Parks and Resorts but through a vast array of charitable giving programs and Disney VoluntEARS. The Cast Members are truly the ones who bring the magic home and in 2012, Disney Cast Members dubbed "VoluntEARS" gave upwards of 216,000 hours toward improving the lives of Central Floridians.