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Take 5: VoluntEARS at Disney Parks

Thomas Smith

by , Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks


Here at Disney Parks, upholding the ideals of Walt Disney by creating a positive community impact is something that we hold very near and dear. In 1992, the Disneyland Community Action Team (DCAT) transformed into a company-wide community outreach team called the Disney VoluntEARS. As a community partner, Disney VoluntEARS have given nearly 6 million hours of volunteer service since their founding, supporting charitable organizations around the world and helping others with everything from building playgrounds to teaching kids about the environment. Read the posts below to get a glimpse into the many ways that our cast members collaborate and inspire to give back to their communities.

Take 5: VoluntEARS at Disney Parks

  1. Disney VoluntEARS Create Play Space in Santa Ana, California – This past week, cast member Adrian Garcia, along with members of the Disneyland Resort College Program, Boys & Girls Club volunteers and KaBOOM! organizers, helped to build a new playground and garden in Santa Ana, California.
  2. Walt Disney World Resort Donates Record 3.1 Million School Supplies to Students – In August, Disney VoluntEARS helped with back-to-school efforts for kids, donating a record 3.1 million supplies and 13,000 backbacks to schools in Central Florida.
  3. Disney Cruise Line Builds a Nautical Playground in One Day! – More than 150 Disney Cruise Line VoluntEars teamed up with 150 volunteers from the City of Rockledge to construct a shiny, new playground in just six hours!
  4. Disneyland Resort Cast Members Educate Local Students About Water Conservation – Did you know that the Disneyland Resort recycles enough aluminum each year to make a soda can five times taller than Mount Everest? In March, 5000 third-, fourth- and fifth-grade students gathered to learn about the environment and protecting water supplies.
  5. 400 Children in Germany Attend Disney Cruise Line Community Event – Back in February, the Disney Cruise Line said “thanks” to a community in Germany that many cast and crew members have called home by sharing Disney characters and a movie screening with nearly 400 children.