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Disney hopes to inspire one million volunteer vacations in 2010

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

Starting January 1, giving back to your community can help you go on a Disney vacation. Disney Parks recently announced they’re working with Hands On Network to help inspire one million people to volunteer in their communities through the “Give a Day, Get a Disney Day” promotion.donald-duck

In return for working with one of the non-profit groups selected by Hands On Network, volunteers will receive a free one-day pass to a Walt Disney World Resort or Disneyland Resort theme park. What better way to get a Disney vacation than by doing a volunteer vacation? Sure, you don’t have to complete your volunteer work during a vacation to earn the free admission pass, but wouldn’t giving up your own free time to help others in need make that vacation feel that much more worth it?

Hands On Network program participants will be revealed on Jan. 1 through DisneyParks.com or DisneyParks.ca (for Canadian residents) and volunteers can choose what non-profit organization they’d like to work with. With more than 70,000 non-profit agencies in the network, finding one that meshes with your interests should be easy. (more…)

Top volunteer spring break destinations, $75 savings

Thursday, March 6th, 2008

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Spring break means travel, and here’s a deal for college students who want to do something other than sit on the beach.

CheapTickets and United Way have partnered to encourage students to take an alternative spring break vacation — where they can combine travel with volunteer work. And to help students make their travel plans, CheapTickets is offering $75 off flight + hotel vacation packages of four nights or more.

United Way’s top five volunteer spring break destinations:

  1. New Orleans — With space for 302 volunteers, New Orleans’ Habitat for Humanity invites students to rebuild homes in this vibrant city. Accommodations for Spring Breakers are available at the appropriately named Camp Hope.
  2. Southwest Louisiana — In Lake Charles, Louisiana, United Way’s Alternative Spring Break program will continue reconstruction efforts following Hurricane Rita. Up to 350 volunteers may join the effort from March 1-29, 2008.
  3. Mississippi and Alabama Gulf Coast — Many communities along the Gulf Coast were affected by Hurricane Katrina, including Waveland, Bay St. Louis, Gulfport, Biloxi, Ocean Springs, Pascagoula and Mobile, Alabama. A United Way Alternative Spring Break program will focus on these areas, with space for up to 250 volunteers from March 8 – 22, 2008.
  4. New York City — Appalachian State University in North Carolina has coordinated with the YMCA to have Spring Breakers travel to New York City for a week to mentor inner-city youths. Students from other universities interested in volunteer opportunities in the New York area can get more information online.
  5. Washington, D.C. — Students of Ohio State University will travel to D.C. this spring break, with plans to prepare and deliver meals for those suffering from HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-changing illnesses. Students from other universities interested in volunteer opportunities in Washington, D.C. can get more information online.

The Spring Break sale is good for travel through June 30, but you must book your airfare and hotel by April 27.

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