6 Ways to Support Disney Cast Members Who Have Been Laid Off

by | Oct 28, 2020 | WDW Blog, WDW News

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How to support Disney Cast Members who need our help now more than ever.

There’s no denying these are trying times, especially for the tens of thousands of Cast Members who have been laid off or furloughed across Walt Disney World and Disneyland.

Cast Members are what make visits to the parks so special. Their talent, dedication, and hard work bring the parks to life. Some of your favorite performers were impacted.

Because they deserve all of the love and support, here are some ways to assist those Cast Members who need it.

1. CAST MEMBER PANTRY 

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Cast Member Pantry helps our CMs in need!

The Cast Member Pantry is a great resource that can be found on Facebook. 

Founded by furloughed Cast Member Emily Lartigue, the organization gathers and distributes everyday essentials, like food, to fellow WDW Cast Members in need.

There are several ways to give back to the pantry:

  1. Send a monetary donation via Venmo (username @castmemberpantry) that will be used to buy groceries for Cast Members
  2. If you are local to the parks, Volunteer to work Saturday shifts to hand out food packages to Cast Members
  3. Donate food, but donating the equivalent in cash is always a better way to support food banks

In donating to Cast Member Pantry, you’ll be in good company! WDW Magazine has donated, and Olaf himself, Josh Gad, recently showed his support:

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Josh Gad forwards the charge to help Cast Members who were laid off.

You can also browse the Amazon Wishlist that has grocery items listed that are used for the pantry’s “FastPass bags.”

As reported by The DIS, there is also a Cast Member Pantry being set up to provide the same type of services to Disneyland Cast Members and those in the Anaheim area.

2. EAR FOR EACH OTHER ON FACEBOOK

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Ear for Each Other on Facebook

Ear For Each Other is another Facebook group that is supporting furloughed Cast Members by allowing them to share their “side hustle or get ideas on how to keep the lights on during this difficult time.” 

Even if you’re not a Cast Member, you can join as a community member, but the admins ask that you not advertise on the page; simply support those who need it.

After scrolling, you’ll see that there are so many talented Cast Members who have small shops, businesses, and talents. 

From baking to candle-making, to designing accessories and apparel, to woodworking skills, these Cast Members provide all kinds of services.

3. SUPPORT CM SMALL SHOPS

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Start window shopping to benefit our CM friends!

Courtesy of Tiffany Mink, you can even check out a lengthy Google Spreadsheet

It is essentially a guide to small shops and services provided by Cast Members who remain furloughed or have been laid off. 

4. PAY IT FORWARD

Another worthy Facebook group to join is Disney Cast Members Pay It Forward

The group encourages others to hire fellow Cast Members for services and to highlight those who need help.

They have this spreadsheet going of ways to reach out and support, including how to send Cast Member a care package for their pets.

5. GIVE BACK DURING THANKSGIVING

Castgiving is giving free Thanksgiving baskets this year to current and former Cast Members. 

If there is ever a time when a little help would keep spirits up, it’s the holidays. You can donate and help here.

6. DONATE TO THESE FOOD BANKS

You can also donate to organizations, including: 

Remember, we never know what people are truly experiencing or enduring, so always be kind. Thank Cast Members, lend a helping hand, or even leave a Cast Compliment at Guest Services. 

During these times of uncertainty, we all need to lift each other up and Cast Members could definitely use more than a little pixie dust from us now more than ever.

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Written by Allyson Koerner

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Allyson Koerner is a published entertainment news and Disney Parks writer, who hasn’t been able to stay away from Walt Disney World since she was 5-years-old. She even has her own Disney blog, Magic-Ally Main Street, where she shares news and tips in hopes of helping others plan successful Disney vacations.
Allyson Koerner

Written by Allyson Koerner

Allyson Koerner is a published entertainment news and Disney Parks writer, who hasn’t been able to stay away from Walt Disney World since she was 5-years-old. She even has her own Disney blog, Magic-Ally Main Street, where she shares news and tips in hopes of helping others plan successful Disney vacations.