Disney VoluntEARS Provide Muscle and Magic


On Wednesday, June 25, 2014, the Coalition had the privilege of moving homeless men into our new Men’s Service Center. In the week prior to the move, anticipation filled the air. Everyone was excited about the possibilities that lay ahead, but wondered how we would accomplish everything in time.

There were three trailers full of donated furniture just ready and waiting to be unloaded. All we needed was a little magic and a lot of heart to get things moving.

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Walt Disney World Resort has been a long-time community partner of Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida. When Erin Trabel Youngs – Vice President of Construction, Horticulture, Textile Services and Distribution Services at Disney and newest Coalition Board Member – learned of our need, she and Disney’s VoluntEARS did not hesitate to help.

For three days, Buena Vista Construction Company (BVCC), Disney’s internal construction team, volunteered its time and talents to unload the three trailers full of furniture.

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“BVCC helps construct the magic around our parks and resorts,” said Matthew Kennedy, Walt Disney World Community Relations Manager.

Magic is what we needed, and they were the perfect team to get this job done. Knowing there was a time crunch, members from Event and Decorating Support, a sub-group of BVCC, were also on-site and working hard during the three days.

“We’re set up for a fast paced work site,” said John Wilder, Service Manager of Event and Decorating Support. “We are able to pull a team together quickly and knock out a task.”

Along with unloading the trailers, these wonderful Disney VoluntEARS organized the furniture, moved it into the building, and even assembled the unfinished pieces. We know their time and resources helped create a smooth transition for our homeless men and our staff into the new building.

Thank you to Walt Disney World Resort, Buena Vista Construction, the Event and Decorating Support team, and all of the Disney VoluntEARS! Your hard work and compassion have left lasting memories on our homeless men and our staff.