Disney Interactive has released a statement on their Tumblr page, naming Club Penguin’s beautiful headquarters and awesome team in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada the VoluntEAR of the Year, a special award given for helping out in the community. Congrats, Club Penguin! This is big. Check it out:
Congratulations to our Kelowna Studio, the headquarters for Club Penguin, who was recognized as Disney’s 2013 VoluntEAR Team of the Year for the North American region! Volunteerism is a central and enduring part of Disney’s legacy and culture and our employees around the world give their time and expertise to brighten the lives of kids and families in need, and help strengthen communities around the world. Since the program’s founding in 1983, Disney VoluntEARS in more than 40 countries have given over 8 million hours of volunteer service, including comforting kids during their hospital stays, participating in beach clean ups, and building community playgrounds.
The Kelowna team’s 210 volunteers completed more than 1200 hours of service in 2013. Working on projects of various scope and scale, the group contributed to global initiatives like Change Heroes’ “Build a School Campaign” where they raised $53,475 in 6 weeks to build schools in Ghana, Haiti, India, Kenya, Nicaragua, Sierra Leone and Ecuador as well as local projects which included work at community food banks, women’s shelters, boys and girls clubs and more. In honor of their work, Disney VoluntEARs is making a donation to one of their favorite local organizations, the Okanagan Boys and Girls Club.
By coming together to complete these VoluntEAR efforts, the studio not only helped those in need but also strengthened their bond as a team. Congratulations to all!