Disneyland employees are donating $820,000 to 114 Southland nonprofits, it was announced.
The employees give the money through one-time gifts and regular payroll deductions. Donors to the VoluntEARS Community Fund may nominate a recipient for a grant of up to $5,000.
To honor the 30th anniversary of Disney VoluntEARS, 10 of the organizations receiving donations got an additional $25,000.
One of the lucky organizations receiving the extra $25,000 was the Esperanza Entertainment Unit at Esperanza High School in Anaheim, which will put the money toward new uniforms for its marching band.
"With this grant, we can focus less on fundraising efforts and more on musical education that shape these musicians into talented members of our Anaheim community," said Esperanza High's band director, Brad Davis.
Since the founding of VoluntEARS in 1997, the foundation has raised about $5.1 million for hundreds of organizations.
Other organizations awarded $30,000 grants were:
- Beckstrand Cancer Association of Newport Beach
- The Boys and Girls Club of Tustin
- California Women's Recovery-The Lynn House in Costa Mesa
- The Children's Bureau of Southern California in Huntington Beach
- The Ontario USO
- Orange County Educational Arts Academy in Santa Ana
- Orange County High School of the Arts in Santa Ana
- Rancho Los Amigos Foundation in Downey
- The San Dimas Mountain Rescue Team
– City News Service.