Recently, Disney Cruise Line cast members and crew who usually work on the Disney Wish cruise ship took to dry land to volunteer their time to help some young people in Brevard County, Florida.
Though the holiday season is full of fun and festivities for many people, it can also be a challenging season for school-aged children who count on receiving meals from their respective schools. To help with that challenge, Disney recently partnered with The Children’s Hunger Project to bring meals to students in Brevard County, Florida.
Disney Cruise Line cast members and crew recently joined forces with The Children’s Hunger Project while the newest member of the cruise line’s fleet, the Disney Wish, was docked at Port Canaveral, Florida. Disney Cruise Line cast volunteered their time at The Children’s Hunger Project, helping to assemble 900 pre-packaged meals that will be delivered to students in Brevard County, Florida during the month of December.
Volunteering is a big part of Disney’s outreach in local communities. According to The Walt Disney Company’s social impact website, cast members logged more than 480,000 volunteer hours in 2022 alone, and since 1983, more than 13 million hours of service have been volunteered to serve local communities. At The Walt Disney Company, cast members who volunteer their time, talents, and efforts are referred to as “VoluntEARS,” keeping with the theme of Mickey Mouse.
Disney Cruise Line cast members and crew are a big part of that initiative. Per the Disney Cruise Line News website:
Disney Cruise Line is proud to support many efforts that nurture the lives of children and enrich the valued environment of the communities where our cast and crew members live, work and play. Our outreach programs are focused on supporting the local port communities visited by Disney Cruise Line ships, as well as those located near our home port in Central Florida.
From donating funds and in-kind resources to deserving causes, to coordinated Disney VoluntEARS projects that generate thousands of community service hours each year, our programs make a real difference to the organizations and the individuals they serve. We are proud to continue the legacy established by Walt Disney as we remain a compassionate corporate neighbor.
In July 2023, Disney Cruise Line cast members and crew helped The Children’s Hunger Project with meal assembly so that meals could be delivered to students over the summer break.
Per Disney Parks Blog:
Crew members packed more than 500 meals that will be delivered to children throughout the county. Meal packages included kid-favorites like breakfast bars, apple sauce, fruit cups, canned meals, crackers and juice. Disney Wish assistant cruise director, Anacia, helped put together the meal packages, and shared that she is proud to work for a company that is committed to helping the community. “To be able to spend this time with the team and to do something so important and so special, it’s magical,” she added.
Disney Wish Captain Marco Nogara also joined the crew. “I’m very proud of my crew because they work hard and are volunteering here during their time off,” said Captain Marco. “Our crew members truly believe in this and what we do. It’s rewarding to be here together, giving back to the community we call home.”
Disney Cruise Line also made a donation to The Children’s Hunger Project in July. Those funds went toward additional meal packages that will be delivered to students throughout the school year.