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Mickey Mouse rewarding volunteers
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If you are interested in putting on your “mouse ears” this year, you must read this!  Disney wants to inspire 1 million people across the United States and Canada to volunteer a day of service to participating community organizations. So, they’re celebrating volunteers’ good works by giving each of them a one-day, one-theme park ticket to a Disneyland or Disney World resort for free!
If you have not been to Disney lately, a one-day park ticket costs around $75 per person. The “Give a Day, Get a Disney Day” program is designed to inspire volunteerism. Disney is working with the Hands On Network to create volunteer opportunities for anyone who wants to donate time and service. I think this is a great offer and a wonderful way for Disney to thank volunteers.
Now, with any kind of offer like this, you must comply with Disney’s guidelines to qualify for a free ticket. I am going to share some of the major rules here, but make sure you check out Disney’s site at so you understand how to get involved.
• You must pre-register and sign up to volunteer and complete your service at an eligible volunteer opportunity in the 50 United States, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico or Canada to receive a ticket after verification of such service. Ticket quantities for this program are limited to 1 million.
• You must be at least 18 years old to sign up. You may only sign up a maximum of eight members of your household. Children must be at least 6 to participate in the program. You are eligible for only one ticket per person, regardless of the number of times you volunteer. The program began Jan. 1, and continues until tickets are distributed or until Dec. 15, whichever comes first.
• As part of the sign-up process, you will search and select from a list of eligible volunteer opportunities with participating organizations. After you sign up and complete your chosen volunteer activity and the Hands On Network has verified your service, you will receive an e-mail from Disney prompting you to log onto your account and print a voucher that may be redeemed for your free ticket to a Disney theme park.
Leah Poole is coordinating the Hands On volunteer opportunities for Liberty County, in addition to her many responsibilities with United Way. Be sure to thank her for her tireless efforts to make this program available to local residents and to area organizations that need volunteers. If you are not Internet savvy but would like to participate, call the United Way office at 368-4282.  Leah has created a hard copy form for participation.
Keep Liberty County Beautiful, like several other local organizations, have qualifying volunteer projects registered with the Hands On Liberty program. So, if you are interested in volunteering, let us know. We love volunteers! You are the lifeblood of a program like ours.
I am thankful for the more than 2,000 local folks who volunteered with us last year, even though they didn’t get a ticket to a theme park.  We are eternally grateful for these people who just want to make a difference. But if you want to make a difference and spend a day at Disney, don’t wait long! The Mickey Mouse legion of volunteers will reach the 1 million mark in a matter of months.
More upcoming KLCB events that need your help or participation:
Please note: We have moved. The office of Keep Liberty County Beautiful is now in Midway behind city hall at 9397 Oglethorpe Highway. Our new office number is 880-4888.
• Through Feb. 19: Phonebook and catalog recycling. Turn in out-of-date phonebooks and business catalogs for recycling at area drop-off sites throughout the county:
• Liberty County courthouse annex lobby, Hinesville
• City hall lobby, Hinesville
• City hall lobby, Midway
• City hall lobby, Riceboro
• City hall porch, Walthourville
• City hall lobby, Flemington
• Feb. 8-19: Georgia Arbor Day. In partnership with the Georgia Forestry Commission, we will be offering a limited number of young trees for planting around the community. Interested schools, churches, businesses, civic and youth groups can join us by planting trees in celebration of Arbor Day. Call 368-4888 to reserve your trees while supplies last. Trees are the answer for a beautiful community so plant one now!

For more information on Keep Liberty County Beautiful programs, contact Swida at 880-4888 or
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