Cast member, volunteer, savior. All the words describing Kim Sims, whose first role at Disneyland Resort in Outdoor Vending, after an unsuccessful audition as a parade performer, flourished in a 35-year career. From his early days selling balloons on Main Street, USA, Kim “absolutely fell in love with the place,” and even now as a senior security manager, he continues to find ways to grow as a leader.
A few years ago, an unexpected opportunity for VoluntEAR at Chrysalis, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping vulnerable people find a path to stability, security and fulfillment in their work and lives, went assist in Kim’s development. It began with an invitation to attend a Disneyland Resort job fair, to offer suggestions to Chrysalis customers to help prepare for possible opportunities and interviews. “I naively thought I would just go there and use part of my experience and pass on that information, and the next thing I knew, I volunteered there,” Kim said. .
With a mission to serve people navigating the barriers of the workforce, Chrysalis was founded in Los Angeles in 1984 and established its Anaheim center in 2018, thanks in large part to a cumulative donation of 1 million dollars from Disneyland Resort. Kim (pictured above, volunteering before the pandemic) helps clients who struggle to find work after job gaps, whether due to imprisonment, homelessness or other traumatic circumstances ; improvement. The Anaheim location has now served more than 2,000 vulnerable people.
“I think things happen for reasons, and I really think Chrysalis came in [my life] just in time, “Kim said of the double impact that has strengthened him as a leader.” I can better help my cast members because Chrysalis gave me extra skills. “
For two customers in particular, he was the right person at the right time. One, a former race car driver, was struggling to prepare his resume. Fortunately, Kim’s siblings are also race car drivers, and provide shared knowledge to help him articulate his skills. Another had recently lost her mother, like Kim herself, who could empathize.
“I think destiny is what puts people in the same room at the same time you can relate to,” Kim said. “My clients are finding work … and I get really excited when they get in touch with me and they tell me this, because then you think, ‘Wow, you really helped someone!’ and you can see the work you have done ”.