Walt Disney World Resort Helps the Homeless

As the holiday season got into full swing last month, the Walt Disney World Resort presented a surprise gift of $500,000 to the Homeless Impact Fund at the Central Florida Foundation. The Fund tackles the challenge of chronic and family homelessness through the collaboration of local governments, private foundations, corporations and individuals.

Disney’s donation, which is aimed specifically at family homelessness, supports the organization’s holistic approach to addressing the lack of stable housing, health concerns, food and clothing shortages, and unemployment. Last year, Disney donated more than $4.5 million to 102 local charities, including several that help homeless youth and families including Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida, Harbor House and Covenant House among others.

The contribution to the Fund was announced by George A. Kalogridis, president of Walt Disney World, as a part of a special performance of the Candlelight Processional at Epcot on Dec. 7. “Every child needs a safe and stable environment in which to learn and grow,” he says. “By coming together as a community in support of the Fund, we connect Central Florida families with resources that help their children thrive.”


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Written by Lyndsay Fogarty

Lyndsay Fogarty has had many roles at Central Florida Lifestyle, working her way from intern to contributing writer to managing editor. She is a graduate of the University of Central Florida’s Nicholson School of Communication where she earned her degree in journalism. Along the way, she has learned that teamwork and dedication to your craft will get you far, and a positive outlook on the present will get you even farther.

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