The six chosen charities are: Give Kids The World Village, Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida, Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, Heart of Florida United Way, Hope Partnership and ELEVATE Orlando!
The “Give Kids The World Village” is crucial to Disney World’s Wish Granting; “during a transformative week at Give Kids The World Village, Wish families are able to laugh, play and create priceless memories together away from hospital visits and medical procedures, helping children build the physical and emotional strength needed to fight a critical illness”. There are also Disney VoluntEARS in the Give Kids The World Village that are a big help! Meanwhile, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida “empowers children with the confidence they need to stay out of trouble, make good decisions and chart a course toward a healthy and productive life”. This is done “through after-school activities, including events and programs with…Disney VoluntEARS”.
The third charity is the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, which has “a powerful hunger relief network”. Disney World helps this charitable organization through the Disney Harvest Program, “serving more than 40 Orlando-area nonprofits”, and there’s even a Disney mural in the Second Harvest warehouse. The fourth charity, Heart of Florida United Way, “improves the lives of individuals and families, building strong communities by uniting people and organizations to create measurable results and a lasting impact”.
The last two charities are also very worthwhile: Hope Partnership “provides a pathway to employment, healthcare and housing through its Hope Works Program”, while ELEVATE Orlando helps “urban youth” with “job shadowing, personal introductions and in-class speakers’ series”.
Are you familiar with Disney World’s charitable efforts and Disney’s focus on giving back?