Comcast Supports UNCF Students in Seattle, Tacoma, Marysville with Scholarships

The college application process can be daunting. Researching the schools, compiling the necessary information, requesting recommendations–and don’t forget finding the resources to pay the tuition. Applying to college requires a systematic approach and adequate assistance.

UNCF’s (familiarly known as the United Negro College Fund) Portfolio Project works to increase the number of minority and low-income college and scholarship applicants in Washington. The Portfolio Project provides a 10-week introductory boot-camp that guides 11th and 12th grade high school students through the college and scholarship application process.

Recently, the UNCF’s Portfolio program launched across three sites: in Seattle, Tacoma, and Marysville. Comcast is a proud, long-time supporter of UNCF, its annual gala, and its Portfolio Program. This year, Comcast is also awarding two $2,000 scholarships to students who complete the Portfolio Program.

Comcast Proud to Support Bruce Lee Exhibit at Wing Luke

“Do You Know Bruce?”

members of the Lee familiy

Bruce Lee’s daughter, Shannon Lee greets the crowds with her mother, Linda Lee, to the left.

This month, Comcast helped hundreds of people in Seattle find out. Comcast presented the Opening Day of the “Do You Know Bruce?” exhibit at the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience in Seattle’s International District (ID). It was a highly anticipated showcase of the legendary Bruce Lee, who called Seattle’s “ID” his home as a young man. In fact, across the street from the museum is where Bruce Lee opened his first martial arts studio, teaching his new form, Jeet Kune Do. Bruce Lee’s widow, Linda Lee Caldwell, and daughter Shannon, were also in attendance. Shannon Lee expressed gratitude for the community’s embrace of her father and what he continues to mean to so many today.

Comcast's Diem Ly and Phil Yu, award-winning blogger of Angryasianman.com, enjoy the Bruce Lee exhibit at the Wing Luke in Seattle.

Comcast’s Diem Ly and Phil Yu, award-winning blogger of Angryasianman.com, who helped write material for the Bruce Lee exhibit at the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience in Seattle.

Diem Ly, External Affairs Manager for Comcast, made remarks at the event, explaining why Comcast is supporting the exhibit: “Comcast has supported this neighborhood and the Asian Pacific American community for years. We believe in and support the work of its many nonprofits. And second, we understand that when you honor one trailblazer–like Bruce Lee, like Wing Luke –you light a path for more to come.”

Learn more about at: www.wingluke.org

Comcast veterans employee group #VetNet supports the heroes among us

With more than 3,500 employees in Washington, Comcast has a pretty wide range of people working here. More than 1 in 10 of us are veterans. So it’s not surprising that our veterans and their supporters have formed an employee resource group to share camaraderie, support and knowledge.

In the old days, we called these “clubs.” Today, they’re called ERGs (employee resource groups) or “affinity groups.” We’re not the first; Comcast nationally has a veterans support group. Others are sprouting around the country even as we type this, such as one in South Florida. You don’t have to actually be a veteran to join; you just need to be another Comcast employee who feels passionately that what veterans have done is important and that you want to show support and share their company.

Earlier this month the organizers of the Washington group held an event to formally begin the networking and appreciation of veterans. And of course that’s what you see celebrated in the video above. We all met at the Mill Creek veterans’ memorial. Stay tuned as we share in coming months and years some of the activities this group is involved with; as just one example, you’ll see members at job fairs where veterans are expected. after all, who can speak the language of a veteran better than another veteran. It will be exciting to follow the progress of the Washington #VetNet.

You’ll hear a visiting executive, Steve Salata, say Comcast aims to be the top of companies that employee veterans. He’s serious. We in Washington have supported this cause for quite some time, as represented by annual Veterans Day events and millions of dollars worth of PSAs we’ve aired for Hire America’s Heroes over the years. But nationally, the company has received acknowledgements for its commitment to veterans. We also enjoy working with other companies led by veterans.

What follows are a couple of Tweets from the event, since those are the pictures I have. I hope they capture the spirit of the fun and honor of this event.

 

 

Comcast Neighborhoods Highlights South Whidbey Island

In this month’s Comcast Neighborhoods show, Sabrina Register explores such South Whidbey Island communities as Langley. Here are links for more information about people and places featured on the program:

Greenbank Farm

Inn at Langley

Music for the Eyes

Paradise Found Fiber Farm

Pickles Deli

Spoiled Dog Winery 

Sue Taves Sculpture

Whidbey Island Winery

Whidbey Life Magazine

Comcast’s Annual United Way Campaign begins Monday: #Igivebc

comcast employees who donated to united way

Comcasters in Fife, Washington, show off the signs that herald the “Igivebc” annual United Way Campaign.

We’re excited because Comcast’s annual United Way Campaign among employees kicks off Monday. I’m personally excited because I have the opportunity to work with coordinators from 14 different offices at Comcast in Washington state. Those coordinators are doing an enormous amount of work to generate fundraising awareness and activities about United Way in offices as far apart as Aberdeen, Bremerton, Bellingham and Spokane.

The activities range from straight-up asking coworkers to pledge to hosting fundraising events. One office is setting up a dunk tank so people can donate for the chance to ‘dunk’ a supervisor. Another office is offering wristbands to people who donate. Several offices are hosting silent gift auctions, where employees can bid to win everything from Seahawks tickets to household items. And all the money raised goes to help United Way. In Spokane, last year the managers dressed up like the cast of “Duck Dynasty” to serve lunch to employees who donated to United Way.

We’ll be sharing photographs of some of this year’s activities. If you track social media, keep an eye out for the hashtag #IGiveBC, which is short for “I give because,” the slogan of the campaign. Employees share their stories and reasons for donating, such as the three employees above. They appeared in an email from the Fife call center coordinator to her coworkers announcing this year’s campaign. We’re very proud that Washington consistently ranks among the highest areas of Comcast for employee participation in the United Way Campaign.

Last year, with $6.5 million pledged nationwide, the company achieved a record of $50 million in donations to United Way. You can learn much more about the company’s commitment to United Way by clicking on this sentence. 

I’ll just be honest, this post is a bit of a confession, because I’ve fallen behind in posting news from our office to this blog. Some say I lead the Comcast state United Way Campaign, but that’s silly wording: what I do is help our local coordinators achieve what they want to accomplish. Now that the United Way campaign is actually starting, and local coordinators are executing on great plans, I’m hoping to get back into the swing of things. So if you start to see a flood of posts about Comcast in Washington that might seem a week or two or three old, well, I am very sorry and hope I can help catch everyone up. And I’m also looking forward to sharing posts and photos with the hashtag #IGiveBC because indications are this will be the most lively year yet.

 

 

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