LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL – April 22, 2017 – In celebration of Earth Month and reflecting Disney’s longstanding commitment to conservation, VoluntEARS from Walt Disney World Resort joined friends and family in a variety of service projects that took them outside, around their communities to give back to Mother Nature.
“At Disney, we’re committed to using resources wisely and protecting the planet throughout all aspects of our business,” said Frank Santelli, environmental integration director for Walt Disney World Resort. “As we observe Earth Month, our VoluntEARS are working to conserve nature and inspire kids and families to join us in caring for our planet.”
This Earth Month, Disney VoluntEARS, friends and families have donated more than 500 hours of time participating in a range of environmentally conscious projects. Activities included building fences and weeding gardens at several state parks and nature preserves, guiding children in creating nature-inspired arts and crafts at The Boys and Girls Club of Central Florida, and helping make a “greener” environment at the Pet Alliance of Orlando by enhancing the group’s pet enrichment herb garden.
Other Cast Members also donated time and resources to local groups such as Second Harvest Food Bank and Clean the World, two Orlando nonprofits Disney VoluntEARS support throughout the year. At Clean the World, VoluntEARS helped recycle used soap and hygiene products donated from area resorts. The nonprofit collects items such as shampoo, body wash and bar soap, then sterilizes and recycles them for donation. In addition to diverting these items from the landfills, Clean the World helps save lives around the world by promoting cleanliness, which reduces hygiene-related illnesses.
While Disney VoluntEARS participate in environmentally friendly service events all year long, Cast Members focused even more of their efforts on keeping nature beautiful through many service opportunities in April.