EMPLOYEE VOLUNTEERISM AND GIVING
Volunteerism is an enduring part of Disney's legacy and culture. Our cast members and employees in countries around the world consistently inspire with their passion and commitment to give back to their local communities. Disney continues to support the community work of our cast members and employees through dedicated programs and resources.
Employee VolunteerismThe signature Disney VoluntEARS program provides opportunities for cast members and employees to give their time, treasures and talent back to local communities. A dedicated staff organizes and manages VoluntEARS opportunities around the world, arranges team-building events and provides a VoluntEARS online website that matches employee skills and interests with volunteer opportunities.
VoluntEARS activities feature a range of social service issues and types, including working with and helping children, collecting and delivering toys, preserving the environment and supporting arts and culture. In 2010, Disney cast members and employees gave more than 548,000 hours of volunteer service in their communities.
In addition to VoluntEARS, Disney's EARS to You program recognizes employees' volunteerism through financial contributions to the eligible charities of their choice. We also honor VoluntEARS of the Year annually in recognition of their outstanding contribution to the community.