One of our favorite parts about being Disney Ambassadors is getting to go out into the community and make a difference along with our fellow Disney VoluntEARS. Since it’s still January, and New Year’s resolutions are still top of mind, here are a few ideas we have for you to get involved in your community, too.
Start with small acts of kindness.
The smallest actions can make a big impact on another person. Try to be on the lookout for simple ways you can help those around you, wherever you may go. Pay it forward by covering the next person in line at your coffee shop. Give a stranger a compliment. Do a favor for a coworker (or fellow cast members, as we call them).
Help the people around you.
Your community includes your friends, family, coworkers and neighbors. Maybe a friend needs a hand moving into a new apartment or a family member could use help cleaning up after dinner. Perhaps a busy parent you know would appreciate if you offered to babysit their kids for a few hours. Like with our first tip, small acts of kindness can go a long way.
Clean it up.
One of the easiest ways to get started making a difference in your community is to help clean up the spaces around you. Head to the beach or a local park to pick up trash. Even when you’re out and about, running errands, pick up a piece of trash you see and throw it away. As cast members, we never leave a piece of trash on the ground at the resort. You, too, can bring this Disney Difference into your own community.
Donate what you can.
If you have an organization that is important to you, any little bit you can donate helps. You can also make a difference by donating your time to that organization—ask if they have a need for a new volunteer! Another way you can donate is by giving away gently used clothes, shoes or household items you don’t want anymore. Here at the Disneyland Resort, we regularly hold clothing and food drives to benefit local nonprofits. You, too, can find an organization near you that will take your donated items and find them a new home.
Find your passion.
It’s easy to spend your time volunteering if it’s for a cause you care about. Our Disney VoluntEARS program offers cast members many opportunities to volunteer with organizations they care about. Find something that interests you personally and look for ways to get involved. Maybe you love working with children, the elderly or animals—whatever you may have a passion for, there are many local organizations that need volunteers. As Disney Ambassadors, these are some of our favorite, simple ways to make a difference in the community. Like all of our Disney VoluntEARS, we hope you’re inspired to make your community a better place.
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