Take a moment to think about why you want to participate in the Disney College Program. For many of you, taking part in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity fulfills a lifelong dream of working for The Walt Disney Company.

For others, this program gives you the perfect chance to help create unforgettable moments for guests and make a difference in their lives; similar to the experiences you had at a Disney theme park as a child.

dlr_voluntears_shirt_hatHere at the Disneyland Resort, our participants have a chance to do all of those things (and more) every single day, and thanks to our Disney VoluntEARS program, they get to share the Disney magic with others outside of the theme parks!

Every month during the program, we give our participants at least one opportunity to volunteer their time to help others in the local community. In the last several months, we’ve done everything from building a safe playground for children in La Habra, California to creating military packs for our heroes stationed overseas. We even had the chance to help out with the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles by making signs and cheering on the athletes competing.

Our Disney VoluntEARS program is a company-wide organization that has been helping others for decades. When our California-based participants sign up for an activity, they quickly learn that just an hour or two of their time each month can make a huge difference and bring so much joy to someone’s life. Plus, they are truly part of a Disney legacy and one that we are extremely proud of.

dlr_voluntears_cardsThis month, our California-based participants will have the chance to support the Orange County Child Abuse Prevention Center by running an activities booth for Inspire Artistic Minds at the Santa Ana Zoo. At the booth, they’ll interact with the kids and help them create and decorate their very own pair of Mickey Mouse ears! When you volunteer at an activity like this, you get to see firsthand how inspiring the Disney brand can be; especially our beloved Mickey Mouse.

If you participate in the Disney College Program, make sure to stop by the Programs Office and ask us how you can get involved in our Disney VoluntEARS program. It’s a very rewarding experience and the perfect way for you to make a difference in the community. Being able to share some Disney magic and pixie dust with others outside of the theme parks is something you’ll never forget.

Remember, just a few hours of your time could bring a lifetime of happiness to someone who needs it the most.

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