This is really a great program! Nothing like having fun and volunteering and then knowing that you get to go to Disneyland after with your family! It's a good way to get people to go out and volunteer but with an additional perk, too. Just might have to try this one out!
Do you dream of a Disney vacation but can’t justify paying full admission for every member of your family? Well, this year you won’t have to. Disney’s Give a Day, Get a Day Program allows up to eight members of your family to sign up via its website for free. In exchange for a day of volunteering at a local charity or non-profit organization in the United States, Puerto Rico, and Canada, each individual that participates will be given a ticket valid at the following Disney parks in Anaheim, California or Orlando, Florida in 2010:
- Disneyland Park
- Disney’s California Adventure Park
- Magic Kingdom
- Disney’s Animal Kingdom
- Disney’s Hollywood Studio
Tickets are not valid for Disney Water Parks nor can they be used at DisneyQuest Indoor Interactive Theme Park or Wide World of Sports Complex. They cannot be used for Walt Disney World Resort: March 29 – April 8 and July 4, 2010 and at the Disneyland® Resort: February 13-14, March 21, June 21-22, July 4, November 21, and December 11-12, 2010. A number of restrictions apply and the tickets have to be used by December 15, 2010 or they will expire.
In addition to enjoying a fun day with your family, you can also give back to your community. The HandsOn Network is the largest volunteer network in the nation with more than 250 centers that reach 83% of the population. Their mission is to provide support to non-profit organizations who want to better manage their volunteer resources. Volunteer Canada has over 161,000 volunteer opportunities throughout the country and relies heavily on volunteer efforts to successfully complete tasks.
Choose from a list of volunteer opportunities after typing in your zip code or the area of service that you are most interested in helping out with on the Disney Promotion page. You can opt to spend a day at the local animal shelter, an afternoon feeding the homeless, or an evening visiting with an elderly person in a nursing home. Give the personal information for each member of your family who wants to help out, select and confirm a designated time with the non-profit of your choice, perform the service, and then go back to Disney’s website to verify completion of the program. Once everything has been confirmed, you will receive one ticket for each person in your family that volunteered.
You can use the tickets to extend the length of your vacation by having one free day of admission at your chosen Disney Park.
In a world that thrives because of the kindness of others, there is no better way to spend your new year than giving back to the community that you live in by providing your family the opportunity to be a part of the process. Besides scoring free tickets, you will undoubtedly feel a great deal of satisfaction knowing that “one person does make a difference”.
Charissa Arsaoui is a freelance writer for ChickSpeak, Buzzine, DisFUNKshion Magazine, Student Stuff, and a guest contributor for Wisebread. She loves thrift related topics and can spot a bargain a mile away.
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About the Author: Charissa Arsaoui is a freelance writer with a love for thrift. She contributes to many different personal finance blogs.