Disney World Resort Hosts Nonprofit Volunteer Training

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The Disney World Resort hosted 26 Central Florida nonprofit organizations for Ready, Set, Go! training by generationOn, the youth division of Points of Light, with support from Hands On Orlando.

This workshop is supposed to help community groups gain and keep more youth volunteers and focus more on family centered service. This workshop helped these organizations with new ideas and resources to help them recruit more volunteers.

“As more and more parents search for service opportunities that enable them to volunteer with their children, we wanted to help nonprofits explore ways to accommodate adults and kids working side by side,” said Nancy Gidusko, director of community relations at Walt Disney World Resort. “Our Cast Members teamed up with generationOn to give Central Florida groups the tools they need to develop family volunteer activities.”

It was hosted at the beautiful Grand Floridian Resort. There were people from local nonprofits like Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, Heart of Florida United Way and the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida.

Disney World Resort will donate $5,000 to help these organizations put what they have learned to use.

“As an organization that relies on volunteers, we’re always open to new ways of expanding our base of support,” said Jada Smith, chief executive officer for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Florida. “Thanks to generationOn and Walt Disney World Resort, we’ll benefit from increased volunteer service and families will benefit from spending more meaningful time together. It’s truly a win-win for Central Florida’s community.”

Ready, Set, Go! highlights the value of providing quality family volunteer opportunities, training nonprofit staff members to create specific ideas for family and youth engagement in their organizations.

“As any parent with young children knows, the availability of family volunteer activities is limited,” said Amy Smith, president of Points of Light’s generationOn. “Our Ready, Set, Go! training helps nonprofits design volunteer activities for the entire family. Through the generous support of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, we will be able to bring this program to multiple cities around the U.S. this year.”

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