Maria H. (ndm#130) (3788 Posts)

A Disney blooded, crafty, fun-lovin' wife/mom/organizer/planner, etc who is obsessed with all things Disney 🙂 Maria grew up with the Magic Kingdom and has loved watching WDW evolve into what it is today. A firm believer in the Power of Pixie Dust, she is the owner of The Disney Driven Life - A Community for Neurotic Disney People & a d.i.y. crafty blog, Carousel of Projects - create~inspire~share.


disney-voluntearsWhether tutoring children as a part of an after-school program, preparing meals for those in need, or supporting other non-profit organizations, Disney VoluntEARS continuously demonstrate the meaning of inspiration, compassion and commitment to their Central Florida neighbors, as well as others across the country.

Recently the dedicated Disney Cast Members who volunteered 157,000 hours during 2015 at eligible nonprofit organizations were awarded over $1.2 million to benefit the organizations they supported through the company’s EARS To You program.

“The generosity of Walt Disney World Cast Members is truly inspirational,” said Nancy Gidusko, director of Corporate Citizenship for Walt Disney World Resort. “The EARS To You grants earned by these individuals are a testament of the many selfless acts made throughout the year that collectively add up to make a significant difference in our communities.”

The 2015 EARS To You grants recognized Disney Cast Members who gave 10 or more hours of VoluntEAR service in the calendar year and submitted an application on behalf our their chosen nonprofit. Based on the number of hours volunteered, individuals earned grants ranging from $100 to $2,000 for an eligible organization of their choice.

More than 1,300 Cast Members are being recognized with an EARS To You grant, and among this group, over 700 Cast Members are receiving The President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA). This honor was established in 2003 by President George W. Bush to recognize the valuable contributions of volunteers. The PVSA is awarded to individuals who gave a minimum of 100 hours of volunteer time in a calendar year.

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