It’s this time of the year when the promise of peace and goodwill seems especially precious to me. Maybe even more so this year, which has unfolded against a backdrop of divisiveness, community unrest, a negative election cycle, and growing disparity. The images and messages affect all of us, including the youngest members of our society. A report by the Southern Poverty Law Center found that "teachers have noticed increased bullying, harassment and intimidation of students.”
The holidays are a great time to get kids and teens involved in spreading joy and giving back! Finding a cause they’re passionate about and doing a service project to contribute to that cause helps them develop compassion for others, be kind and support their community.
The Walt Disney Company has a long history of giving back. Through its VoluntEAR program which encourages employees to work on meaningful projects that improve the community – including Family Volunteer Day – Disney is working to make the world a better place.
As the Martini family starts sharing their volunteer experiences and favorite moments, it’s clear that a passion for helping others is deeply entrenched in their family. Sharon and Mike Martini laugh as they tell stories of their volunteering adventures with their three children, Katie, David, and Dylan. “We volunteer for so many organizations,” Sharon said. “We do a lot as a family, but we volunteer for many different things that include everyone’s passion.”