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National Volunteer Week: A Letter to our Volunteers

Happy National Volunteer Week! The past month has certainly been surreal. With Give Kids The World temporarily empty of guests, we’ve been challenged to think of innovative, yet virtual, ways to celebrate this year. It’s been difficult. Not because there aren’t a ton of wonderful things we can and will do… but because it means we won’t be together in-person at the Village. Our volunteers are more than just the heartbeat of Give Kids The World, they’re the lifeblood of our Village family. (click for more)

Volunteer Spotlight: Jim Gourley’s Village Journey

There are hundreds of reasons that you should not volunteer at Give Kids The Word Village. Trust me, I know, because for several years, I came up with a lot of them, most centering around “I’m too busy,” “I’m too tired,” “Maybe next week,” “I’ve got other things to do,” and my most common catch-all,“I’ll do it later.” Please keep in mind, I never said my reasons were GOOD reasons. In fact, they were more of an excuse than a reason. (click for more)

When a Princess Met a Pirate: A Give Kids The World Love Story

I started volunteering for Give Kids The World Village around 2011. One night in 2013 when I was closing out the office, I met Josh, who was volunteering that night in Katie’s Kitchen. We found out we both worked for The Walt Disney Company and had a few things in common and soon started dating. (click for more)

Rockin’ Transformations: How Transforming a Look Can Transform Your Life

Twinkle Hope’s Rockin’ Spa is a highlight for many wish families visiting Give Kids The World Village. Whether you are looking for a new hair color, a fresh manicure or a Village-themed airbrush tattoo the spa is the place to go! Wish mom Stephanie shared that the spa is “totally rockin!!! The day we left we made sure to make time to have their hair and tattoos redone for the plane ride home. My daughter wouldn’t let me wash her hair before she could show her friends at school. Some amazing people working in there too!!” (click for more)

All Hands on Deck to Deck the Halls

The holidays are a big deal around the Village, both during this season and all year round. They’re a great time to make lasting memories and spend time together as a family. That’s why our community of staff, volunteers and partners all come together to do everything we can to create an atmosphere worthy of (click for more)

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