When you participate in a Disney Program there’s a world of opportunities that become available to you! Of course, there are some exciting perks like free access to Disney parks, invitations to exclusive housing events and the ability to network with Disney leaders. However, there’s also the chance to represent The Walt Disney Company in the community by VoluntEARing! In honor of Volunteer Recognition Day on April 20, here are a few reminders of why you should VoluntEAR during your program.

Bring Disney to the Community
While many guests travel from another state or even another county to enjoy Disney Parks, there’s also a significant amount of Disney supporters in the local community. You can give thanks to this community by extending your cast member expertise to efforts outside of work! You’ve probably heard a leader or peer mention that you’re always representing the Walt Disney Company, whether you’re working or not. VoluntEARing is a great example of how the cast member expectations don’t end when your shift does. Remember, you don’t need to be in a Disney Park to spread Disney magic! 

Grow your Disney Family 
Often times, participants refer to their co-workers as their work family. The use of the word family is no accident! It illustrates a high level of trust and support among fellow cast members, which is just one of the reasons why working for the Walt Disney Company is so great! VoluntEARing is a chance to grow that family by meeting cast members in different roles that you may not meet otherwise. Each cast member has a story to tell and learn from!  

Be a part of Disney History
Last year the company celebrated the 35th anniversary of the Disney VoluntEARS program! The program began after an already long history of service. By joining the VoluntEARS efforts, you’re also joining a legacy of community service that has become a staple of the Disney brand. Throughout its years, cast members have contributed millions of volunteer hours through the VoluntEARS program. Your contribution to this program, whether it be small or large, leaves a mark on the history of the company! 

There’s plenty of other reasons why you should don that signature VoluntEARS shirt! That’s one of the best parts about supporting the VoluntEARS program – the rewards are different for each person. I encourage you to seek out these opportunities and live out the four keys in your surrounding community. You never know what type of impact your efforts will have on the community around you, and you may be surprised at the impact on your own program experience! 

KristinaDisney Housing Service Center
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