With the Disney VoluntEARS program, Cast Members can volunteer to use their skills towards making a difference to various organizations in Florida.
Disney recognizes these efforts with VoluntEAR of the Year and VoluntEAR Team of the Year awards, which come with $2,500 cash donations to the charity of the recipients’ choice.
Last years VoluntEAR of the Year wasAlais Salvador, who won her title for serving more than 2,500 meals for the hungry and creating a Relay for Life team, which raised more than $56,000 for the American Cancer Society.
Disney report that "Within a week of being named VoluntEAR of the Year, Alais was diagnosed with a brain tumor. She underwent two surgeries and – for a short time – lost her ability to speak. As soon as she could, Alais began to volunteer again because “it’s a part of who I am and it just made me feel really good.”
After almost a year’s worth of speech and occupational therapy, Alais has almost made a full recovery. She’s active at work, in the community and as a mom. She credits volunteering to aiding in her recovery and strives to reach her 2008 peak of 607 service hours. Currently, Alais volunteers with the American Cancer Society, Bread of Life Ministries, Coalition for the Homeless, March of Dimes and helps at her church and children’s school."
She deserves great recognition for her efforts and the very best for the future.