Each year thousands of Walt Disney World cast members give their extra time and expertise on behalf of the Disney VoluntEARS program to positively impact the community around them. “VoluntEARS” who dedicate at least 10 hours of their time are honored by Disney every year with “Ears to You Grants,” which are financial contributions of up to $1,000 to the non-profit organization of their choice. This year, The Walt Disney Company is donating $627,050 to the Central Florida community in recognition of the 251,000 hours given by Walt Disney World Resort VoluntEARS in 2009. Some of the top recipients of the donations will be Orange County Public Schools, local chapters of the American Cancer Society, A Better Life Pet Rescue, and approximately 250 other local non-profits.
This year alone, Disney recognized 800 cast member recipients of the “Ears to You” grants including Steve Luttrell who was named the “2009 VoluntEAR of the Year.” Mr. Luttrell, who is a member of Disney’s Engineering Services team, helps children learn the values of teamwork and sportsmanship on local baseball fields. Thanks to his hard work & dedication Disney issued a donation of $2,500 to the Dr. Phillips Little League in honor of Luttrell.
“Disney VoluntEARS enjoy sharing their time and talents and have a vested interest in making Central Florida an even better place for all who live in our community,” said Nancy Gidusko, director of community relations, Walt Disney World Resort. “The collective contributions of these Cast Members are impressive and impactful; they are truly making a difference during a time when it’s needed most.” (-WDW Public Affairs)