Volunteer Center Orange County Recognizes Disneyland Resort as “Giving is Living” Honoree for 2010 Spirit of Volunteerism Awards

(Prior to OneOC’s September 15th Brand Launch)

SANTA ANA, Calif., April 15, 2010 – Today Volunteer Center Orange County (VCOC) honored Disneyland Resort with the “Giving is Living Award” for its leadership in promoting the value of family volunteerism in Orange County at its 34th Annual Spirit of Volunteerism Awards celebration, held at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim.

In addition, the ceremony honored hundreds of Orange County’s unsung heroes who have volunteered thousands of hours with local nonprofits.  The event was emceed by Mindy Stearns.

Disneyland Resort was selected for this honor for its longstanding commitment to inspiring families to engage in service within their community through Family Volunteer Day held annually the Saturday before Thanksgiving.  Family Volunteer Day’s call to action is: Be an Incredible Family – Volunteer! Inspired by the movie, The Incredibles, families experience the value of working together and accomplishing a goal for the betterment of the community.

“The Disneyland Resort is honored to receive the Giving is Living award for our efforts in volunteerism,” said Jill Bolton, director of community relations for the Disneyland Resort. “Our unique Disney VoluntEARS program – now in its 27th year – has allowed us to partner with nonprofit organizations throughout Orange County to help improve the lives of those who work, play and live here.”

Disney’s current ‘Give a Day, Get a Disney Day’ program also demonstrates its commitment to improving our communities. This year, Disney inspired one million individuals by thanking those who volunteer with a free ticket good for one day admission to a domestic, Disney theme park. Accepting the award on behalf of Disneyland Resort was the Disneyland Resort Ambassador Danielle DuBois.

“The leadership at Disneyland Resort has set a wonderful example through its extraordinary VoluntEARS program and with its commitment to helping families discover their power to make a difference through volunteerism,” said Daniel J. McQuaid, VCOC president and CEO. “We were delighted to honor Disneyland Resort together with all of the volunteers in Orange County who selflessly give their time and talent to make this a better place to live.”

Honorary chairs for the event were Mindy and Glenn Stearns, who were last year's Giving is Living recipients. The event’s co-chairs were Anne B. Nutt and Rene Matz Thompson; sponsorship chair: Scott Tempel of Corinthian Colleges, Inc.; recognition chair Erin C. Stone, representing Junior League of Orange County, CA, Inc.; program and entertainment chair Sarah Middleton of PIMCO; and public relations chair Dan Pittman.

The Orange County Register was the Presenting Sponsor of the 2010 Spirit of Volunteerism Awards. Additional sponsors from $5000 to $25,000 include Albertsons Sav-on, Bank of America, Blytheco, Corinthian Colleges, Inc., Disneyland Resort, Peter and Michele Duncan, Edison Mission Energy, FLUOR, PIMCO Foundation, Mindy and Glenn Stearns, Strategic Resources Alliance, and Wells Fargo.

Disney’s JaMMitors percussion group and the Pacific Symphony provided entertainment.


Dan Pittman
Barbara Powers
714-953-5757 x 218/ cell: 949-525-8775

About OneOC
OneOC, formerly Volunteer Center Orange County, is a nonprofit 501c3 organization committed to accelerating nonprofit success through volunteer, training, consulting and business services. Serving Orange County, California, OneOC provides support and solutions to more than 650 nonprofit organizations and community initiatives each year. Building on a 52-year history of mobilizing volunteer action, the organization announced its new name on September 15, 2010 to signal the expansion of its integrated service offerings to help nonprofits become as effective and efficient about their mission as they are passionate. OneOC is affiliated with Points of Lights Institute and HandsOn Network, enabling participation in national community service initiatives and connection to a larger movement of change. For more information, visit


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