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Give a Day, Get a Day

Disney friendsDo you always have your eyes open for volunteer opportunities, so that you can teach your kids (or perhaps remind yourself) the rewards of doing for others?  Do you often wish volunteering could be a bit easier, in terms of finding an organization to help, one that wants and needs your help, that would be feasible to go assist for a day?  Have you heard about Disney’s new Give a Day, Get a Day program?  This might be just the thing for you!

Basically, Disney says, Give a Day (of service), Get a Day (of free admission into Disneyland or Walt Disney World).  Don’t live near one of the parks, or aren’t too interested in visiting the Happiest Place on Earth?  (Shh – don’t tell my kids – they don’t believe people like that exist).  Never fear, it’s even better – you can still sign up and do the day of service, then have your free day donated to one of the specified organizations so someone else less fortunate can enjoy a free day there instead!  That’s like a double give!  How does it get better than that??

Click here to sign up to be a part of the Give a Day, Get a Day program.  It officially begins January 1, 2010.  At that time you will be notified as to the organizations affiliated with the program that you can volunteer for.  Once you complete your service and it is verified, you will be sent a voucher for a free day at Disneyland Resort or Walt Disney World.  Pretty simple.

Any fine print to be aware of?  Well, you have to be 18 years old in order to sign up (parents can sign up their kids though).  And you have to be 6 years old or older in order to actually participate. My little one turns 6 in March.  So we will select an organization or volunteer opportunity in January when we get the email from Disney.  But we (yes, we already have this all planned out – with my kids? – are you kidding me?) won’t do our actual service day until after her birthday in March, when she’s old enough to be a part of this.

Remember, children under 3 get into Disneyland/Disney World at no charge all the time, so the only snag in reaping the benefits of this program is if you have preschool age children (older than 3, but not yet 6).  In that case, you can always just buy them a ticket when you’re ready to go to the park – and be grateful for all the money you are saving on the other tickets you didn’t have to pay for.

Disney is hoping to get 1 million people to volunteer.  Count this Zen Mama Wannabe and her family in – for sure!  What a brilliant idea – and a great way to get us to first focus on doing for others.  Can’t wait to see how it goes.

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