Hundreds of Volunteers Flooded Interfaith Social Services’ Offices
At the beginning of this year The Walt Disney Company launched “Give a Day, Get a Disney Day,” this program was designed to inspire families to volunteer in their communities. Disney pledged one million passes to people who volunteer for a participating nonprofit organization, in return they received a free, one-day admission ticket to a Walt Disney World Resort or Disneyland Resort theme park.
“‘Give a Day, Get a Disney Day’ fits perfectly with our long history of supporting and participating in volunteer efforts”, says Bob Iger, president and CEO of The Walt Disney Company. “It’s a great way to honor guests who are making a positive contribution to their communities.”
“This program has been incredible” said Interfaith Social Services Executive Director Rick Doane “Volunteers are the life blood of our organization; we couldn’t fulfill our mission without them. I am so grateful that corporations like Disney are recognizing the dedicated service of volunteers. Our organization has seen a phenomenal outpouring of support from the community. Since January over one hundred people have traveled to our volunteer with us from as far away as Western Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
One of the volunteers who helped distribute food at Interfaith Social Services is Michael Surprenant from South Boston. While many people have heard about this program through the television spots featuring The Muppets and the cast of Grey’s Anatomy. Michael heard about the program from family members in New Hampshire. “I’ve volunteered through work a number of times” said Michael, “but I preferred this setting. We actually got to know the people.” Volunteer Caroline Reid from Milton had never volunteered at a food pantry before “This was very fulfilling” she said “I just wanted to get a discounted pass to Disney so when this opportunity popped up in my internet search I thought how much better it would be to earn my trip by volunteering.”
Disney had planned on running the promotion until December of this year, or until they reached one million volunteers, after only three months they have already almost filled their quota. “We are very excited at how successful this program has been” said Interfaith Director Rick Doane. “We sincerely hope that Disney will run promotions like this in the future, and that more people will be inspired to volunteer. Now more than ever we need the community’s support to assist all of our neighbors in need.”
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