Disney Parks, Experiences and Products and nonprofit organization, Points of Light, will host “Family Volunteer Day” activities on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019, at Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort. The event will celebrate the power of volunteerism and encourage families to volunteer in their communities in Central Florida or back home.
The event kicks off at 10:30 a.m. with an inspiring ceremony hosted by Bob Chapek, chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products. Honored guests will include the Aguirre family of McAllen, Texas, who were recently named the first ever Disney and Points of Light Volunteer Family of the Year following a nationwide search conducted on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”
Following the ceremony, Disney Springs guests can participate in hands-on, family-service activities from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in the Marketplace at Disney Springs. Guests who participate in these activities will receive discounts or special offers at select Disney Springs retail and dining locations on Nov. 23.
Disney is a long-time sponsor of “Family Volunteer Day,” an annual day of service that takes place on the Saturday before Thanksgiving.
Disney and Points of Light have inspired more than three million hours of service through the Disney Family Volunteering Reward Program, which rewards eligible U.S. nonprofits and schools with Disney theme park tickets for hosting family-friendly volunteer projects.
Since the program launched in January 2018, nearly 700,000 people have volunteered, representing more than 8,500 nonprofits and schools. Of these, more than 1,700 organizations were introduced to family volunteerism because of the program.
To learn more about Disney Family Volunteering Reward Program, visit www.pointsoflight.org/disneyrewards.
ABOUT DISNEY SPRINGS
Disney Springs is a one-of-a-kind retail, dining and entertainment district located in the heart of the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. With its namesake springs, beautiful open-air promenades and lakefront setting, Disney Springs evokes the charm of Florida waterfront towns at the turn of the 20th century. It’s also home to a collection of more than 150 shops, entertainment venues and restaurants, including top-name retail brands, specialty boutiques and dining experiences created by celebrity and award-winning chefs. Located in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Disney Springs is open daily.
ABOUT POINTS OF LIGHT
Points of Light is a global nonprofit organization that inspires, equips and mobilizes millions of people to take action that changes the world. We envision a world in which every individual discovers the power to make a difference, creating healthy communities in vibrant, participatory societies. Through affiliates in 200 cities across 37 countries, and in partnership with thousands of nonprofits and corporations, Points of Light engages 5 million volunteers in 14 million hours of service each year. We bring the power of people to bear where it’s needed most. For more information, go to www.pointsoflight.org.
ABOUT DISNEY PARKS, EXPERIENCES AND PRODUCTS
Disney Parks, Experiences and Products brings the magic of The Walt Disney Company’s powerful brands and franchises—including Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, ESPN, 20th Century Fox and National Geographic—into the daily lives of families and fans around the world to create magical memories that last a lifetime.
When Walt Disney opened Disneyland in Anaheim, California, on July 17, 1955, he created a unique destination built around storytelling and immersive experiences, ushering in a new era of family entertainment. More than 60 years later, Disney has grown into one of the world’s leading providers of family travel and leisure experiences, with iconic businesses including six resort destinations with 12 theme parks and 52 resorts in the United States, Europe and Asia with approximately 160,000 cast members; a top-rated cruise line with four ships and plans for three more to be completed in 2021, 2022 and 2023; a luxurious family beach resort in Hawai‘i; a popular vacation ownership program; and an award-winning guided family adventure business. Disney’s global consumer products operations include the world’s leading licensing business; one of the world’s largest children’s publishing brands; one of the world’s largest licensors of games across platforms; more than 300 Disney store locations around the world; and the shopDisney e-commerce platform.
These experiences are created by Disney Imagineers, the creative force behind experiences found in Disney theme parks, resort hotels, cruise ships and consumer products—including books, games and merchandise.