Disneyland Resort was honored with the 2018 Governor’s Volunteering and Service Award for Business Volunteer Program of the Year. The award recognizes Disney VoluntEARS as an innovative, high-impact volunteer program that began at the Disneyland Resort 1983 and is celebrating its 35th anniversary. In 2017, Disneyland Resort cast members volunteered more than 85,000 hours at 240 local events.
Karen Kawanami, director of enterprise social responsibility programs, The Walt Disney Company, also was awarded the Hoffman Prize for outstanding work fostering volunteerism. Kawanami spearheaded the first Disney VoluntEARS Global Service project, which brought together Disney VoluntEARS from around the world to help build a school house in Ecuador.
“Our communities are made better and more resilient thanks to these remarkable honorees who inspire us with their selfless acts of service,” said Karen Baker, California’s Chief Service Officer.