Volunteer With Disney, Get A Free Disney Theme Park Ticket

I've never met anyone who's said, "Volunteering your time to help other people is a bad thing."

Have you?

But I do know a lot of folks who'll readily admit they need a slight
incentive to get them volunteering. So, how's this for an incentive: Disney's beginning a new volunteerism campaign called "Give a Day, Get a Disney Day"!

Beginning January 1, 2010, the first million people to sign up for a volunteer opportunity, complete it, report it and get it verified will receive a FREE ticket for either Disneylan
d or Disney World. Even kids, ages six and up, can sign up to volunteer and then get the free ticket!

Can I say it again? FREE TICKET! In this economy when funds are tight for everybody, is that enough incentive to volunteer? I sure hope so!

Last week I was honored to be invited to Lynwood, CA for the Give a Day, Get a Disney Day kickoff event. Volunteers from the Walt Disney Company, including Disney president and CEO Bob Igor, as well as folks from Habitat For Humanity of Greater Los Angeles and the HandsOn Network came together to build some much needed new homes right across from Lynwood High School. Here's Mr. Igor chatting with Miss Piggy and Kermit about the importance of volunteering:
I wonder if Miss Piggy will go on Oprah to share her hair secrets. C'mon, tell us! Is it a weave or is all that your hair, Miss Piggy?

Desperate Housewives stars James Denton and Teri Hatcher also came to talk up the importance of volunteering and giving back to your community. Look at James' hot self looking over in my direction:
He's thinking, "If I hadn't come out to volunteer, I would've never laid eyes on Los Angelista I wouldn't feel so good about myself!"

But the best part of the morning was getting to talk to some of the young men who came out to help build the house.

Next time someone tries to tell you that young African-America and Latino men are only doing negative things in their communities, you have them come watch that video, OK?

These guys came out to volunteer because they genuinely want to make the lower-income areas of greater Los Angeles better. What I really love is that they had no idea that Disney was going to announce a huge surprise -- everyone who came out to volunteer in Lynwood got a free Disney theme park ticket! I wish I could've caught their surprise and excitement on camera as well. They were pretty psyched!

I'd also love for every reader of this blog to be like those young men and commit to volunteering. Maybe building a house is not your thing but there are SO many ways to get involved. And I'd love for you to get a free Disney theme park ticket as a reward.

I'll definitely remind you before the end of the year to get ready to sign up but you can also sign up now to get an email reminder when the volunteer registration on the Disney site opens.

What do you think? Are you in? I hope so!


Oh, I love Habitat and what they do sooooo much. There is just nothing like helping a family build their own home!
Liz Dwyer said…
It was a VERY cool event. Loved it.

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