Disney VoluntEARS donate more than $200,000 worth of school supplies, more than 2,000 VoluntEAR hours during the annual Back-to-School Supply Drive.
Students of Central Florida are back in school and ready to learn, and Walt Disney World Resort is happy to help them along the way. A collective donation of more than $200,000 worth of school supplies was announced and given to local nonprofit organization A Gift For Teaching.
Disney VoluntEARs spent three weeks coming together to donate school supplies and volunteer at various events in support of the supply drive, including a sorting day for VoluntEARS and their families and VoluntEARing at A Gift For Teaching’s First Teacher Shopping Day. More than 2,000 VoluntEAR hours were donated by Disney Cast Members throughout the drive, in addition to the more than $200,000 worth of supplies collected that the students in Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Polk and Lake counties will put to use throughout the year.
“The support of Disney VoluntEARs have gotten us to where we are today,” said Marisa Worley, director of development for A Gift For Teaching. “Year after year, their ongoing support continues to make a difference for local teachers and students in our community.”
Walt Disney World Resort has a longstanding commitment to supporting education and volunteerism in classrooms around the Central Florida community. This year’s Back-to-School Supply Drive complements the $75,000 donation made each year to A Gift For Teaching as part of Disney Grants, the company’s signature community giving program.
Walt Disney World Resort supports the Central Florida community in many ways, including through annual contributions to local school districts, grants to educational nonprofit organizations, individual recognition of outstanding teachers and students through the Disney Dreamers and Doers program and Teacher of the Year, and ongoing volunteerism in classrooms around Central Florida.