March 18, 2015 Leave a comment
Please watch the video above for some of the highlights of Comcast Cares Day last year.
On Saturday, April 25, 2015, more than 3,200 local Comcast NBCUniversal employees and their families, friends and community partners will “make change happen” as they volunteer to improve a dozen locations throughout Washington State as part of the 14th annual Comcast Cares Day.
Comcast Cares Day, which takes place each April during National Volunteer Month, is Comcast NBCUniversal’s companywide celebration of their year-round commitment to service and the nation’s largest single-day corporate volunteer effort in the country.
Here’s our annual list of the projects we’re looking forward to. If you’d like to sign up to help one of these causes, we’d love to see you. You can search for all the projects near you at http://www.comcastinthecommunity.com/
Aberdeen: Downtown Aberdeen Revitalization. We’ll let the local team share their enthusiasm for this project in their own words, found on the signup age: “April 25th is not just a clean-up & beautification of Downtown Aberdeen: it is an EVENT!! This is a community-wide clean-up of our beloved downtown area. It’s an opportunity to help make a difference in our city! We’ll be weeding, sweeping, cleaning curb lines, clean up of flower pots, planting flowers and hanging flower basket brackets (to prepare for the hanging of flower baskets after Mother’s Day in May). We’ll have live music from our local radio stations, lunch, t-shirts, and a community spirit that can’t be beat! This project isn’t just about cleaning, it’s about community pride! Come help make Aberdeen a better place, a cleaner place, and a place filled with colorful flowers!” AmIright about the enthusiasm? (Partner: City of Aberdeen, which is working with the Aberdeen Revitalization Movement.
Auburn: Auburn YMCA. Employees based in our Auburn offices will transform the YMCA’s Summer Camp area by building raised flower beds and planters and of course also planting the flowers. We will also be repainting several picnic tables and landscaping the area. We will be spreading bark in their playground area and doing some weeding. We will also be helping the YMCA set-up for their annual Healthy Kids Day. They are expecting over 5,000 community members, and we will be assisting them by handing out their official T-shirts, and helping them set up and run several carnival games as well as some other duties.
Bellingham: The FIRS. Our team from Bellingham will help get The Firs Fircreek Facility ready and spruced up for summer day camps. We will be cleaning the grounds of winter debris: doing work like picking up fallen tree limbs, raking and pulling up weeds and spreading new bark. We will be painting the Rutledge Building where the group runs its After School Adventure program. We will also be trimming up some apple trees and working on laying down some sod and fixing and filling some holes on their soccer field.
Bremerton: Bremerton Teen Center. For the second year in a row, we will be doing general landscaping and cleanup of the new Teen Center. (Partner: Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound)
Lakewood: Custer Elementary School. Employees will be beautifying this school through painting and gardening and other improvements.
Marysville: Marysville – Pilchuck High School. It’s no secret that this school suffered a horrible event last year. So Comcast is honored and privileged to conduct a wide variety of outdoor and indoor projects for all ages including painting, landscaping and general cleaning.This project is being organized by employees from our Everett and Lynnwood call centers.
Monroe: Monroe Boys & Girls Club. This project is organized by employees from our Everett field office. This well-loved Boys and Girls Club has been a part of the Monroe community for more than 17 years. This club serves more than 100 children per day and also gets a lot of use from the community for meetings and gatherings. We will be painting and cleaning a large part of this facility. Other projects will be organizing storage areas, light landscaping, pressure washing, installing a roll up door, and possibly installing 200 feet of fencing. (Partner: Boys & Girls Clubs of Snohomish County)
(Partner: Boys & Girls Clubs of Snohomish County)
Orting: Washington Soldiers Home. We are very excited to be partnering with the Washington Soldiers Home for Comcast Cares Day for a second year. We have a wide variety of projects planned, including multiple painting projects, landscaping, headstone cleaning and some light construction. This is organized by employees based in our Puyallup offices.
Redmond: Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center. Employees will help beautify this 17-acre facility at one of the largest therapeutic horsemanship programs in the United States for children and adults with disabilities. This project will consist of spreading gravel in the horse paddocks, fence washing, shed building, weeding and some outdoor barn painting. There will even be a “Stomp the Mole Hill” project for the kids.
Seattle: Comcast Cares Day presents the Chinatown/ID Spring Clean. We had so much fun in the International District last year that we’re returning for a second year. (if you have a good memory, you might recall the music video that came out of the day). Anyone reading this probably already knows this, but the historic International District is a beloved cultural center of Seattle. This year we’ll be painting a community-based mural on wooden panels to be installed onto the wall of a historic building in the neighborhood. We’ll also be cleaning up graffiti, gardening, washing windows, cleaning up litter and giving some tender, loving care to a neighborhood garden. We’ll also assemble furniture for a new neighborhood co-work space. (Partners: SCIDpda is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving, promoting, and developing the Seattle Chinatown International District. Other partners include our secret weapon, City Year Seattle/King County, and the Chinatown-International District Business Improvement Area (CIDBIA), InterIm Community Development Association, and Asian Counseling and Referral Services.
Spokane Valley: Spokane Valley Partners. Spokane Valley is a city right outside Spokane. Here we’ll be painting, gardening, building crop beds in a community garden and landscaping.
Tenino: Wolf Haven. This is the second year our employees from Olympia will base their project as this beloved animal center. We’ll be painting indoors and outdoors, and doing some groundscleaning such as pulling weeds and raking debris.
Various: Blood Drives: We have a bunch of them planned! More details soon.
VetNet: This year, we expect our employee #VetNet groups, which consist of veterans and their supporters, will be conducting their own Comcast Cares Day project, preparing supplies for shipment to members of the services overseas. More details to come.
This year, the Company expects more than 95,000 Comcast and NBCUniversal volunteers to participate in more than 700 projects across the country and around the globe. To date, volunteers have contributed more than 3.7 million service hours to improve nearly 6,000 projects in the U.S. and around the world since Comcast Cares Day started in 2001.
“Comcast Cares Day demonstrates what’s possible in a day,” said Charisse R. Lillie, Vice President of Community Investment for Comcast Corporation and President of the Comcast Foundation. “It truly is amazing to see the transformations that take place when communities mobilize to revitalize neglected neighborhood parks, beautify schools to improve the learning environment, stock community food banks, plant trees, install and wire computer labs at community centers, and so much more. Each year I am inspired by the generosity of everyone who gives back – not just on Comcast Cares Day, but all year long.”
The Comcast Foundation will also provide grants to local community partner organizations across the country on behalf of everyone who volunteers on Comcast Cares Day. The grants will help Comcast’s community partners continue their mission of serving the community throughout the year. To date, the Comcast Foundation has awarded more than $16 million in grants to local non-profit organizations who have partnered with us on Comcast Cares Day.
Comcast has been committed to serving local communities since our founding more than 50 years ago. For more information on Comcast’s volunteer and community investment initiatives, visit http://www.comcast.com/community.
About Comcast Corporation
Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) is a global media and technology company with two primary businesses, Comcast Cable and NBCUniversal. Comcast Cable is the nation’s largest video, high-speed Internet and phone provider to residential customers under the XFINITY brand and also provides these services to businesses. NBCUniversal operates news, entertainment and sports cable networks, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, television production operations, television station groups, Universal Pictures and Universal Parks and Resorts. Visit www.comcastcorporation.com for more information.
About the Comcast Foundation
The Comcast Foundation was founded by Comcast Corporation in June 1999 to provide charitable support to qualified nonprofit organizations. The Foundation primarily invests in programs intended to have a positive, sustainable impact on their communities. The Foundation has three community investment priorities—promoting community service, expanding digital literacy, and building tomorrow’s leaders. Since its inception, the Comcast Foundation has donated nearly $158 million to organizations in the communities nationwide that Comcast serves. More information about the Foundation and its programs is available at www.comcast.com/community.