Blood Drives Give Fluid Feel to Comcast Cares Day 2014

Our video manager Ed Hauge visited the Fife blood drive with his camera.

Most people have blood to spare… yet, there is still not enough to go around. People who find it in their heart to donate truly become someone’s hero – in fact, they could help save more than one life with just one donation. In the Comcast Cares Day spirit, coming April 26, Comcast employees recently showed up fully prepared to be heroes.

Although the blood mobiles could only make it to a few select locations,  the Auburn, Fife and Spokane teams filled the vans with over 100 eager volunteers. In Western Washington, Cascade Regional Blood Services helped collect blood and in Spokane Inland Northwest Blood Centers collected onsite.

“The turn-out was phenomenal. And everyone was so willing to help,” said Candace Robson, an administrative assistant in the Fife Call Center. “We were so happy to be a part of this opportunity, and we had so many donors that the team needed leave to get another blood cooler.”

And there’s more to come: the Puyallup office’s blood drive will be Wednesday, April 24.

Written by Karie Houghton a marketing manager at Comcast and one of the organizers of the blood drives. In the photo at the video link above, Robson is on the left and Houghton on the right.

Comcast Cares Day 2014 in Grays Harbor to Focus on Seaport Landing

Posted with the kind permission of the Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority. You can read a local news story by KXRO about this project here.

2 tall ships in the water

The work by Comcast Cares Day volunteers will prepare Seaport Landing for the return of the tall ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain to Aberdeen on June 5.

More than 100 volunteers are expected to spruce up Seaport Landing 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 26 as part of Comcast Cares Day, the nation’s largest single-day corporate volunteer effort that will include 80,000-plus Comcast volunteers participating in more than 700 projects across the country. At Seaport Landing, Comcast employees and their families wearing green “Comcast Cares” T-shirts will construct a railing on the Seaport Landing pier, build picnic tables, and clear brush from the Chehalis River shoreline. Comcast volunteers will return on April 27 to finish work not completed the previous day.

“We’re thrilled to be working with Comcast on this exciting community event,” said Les Bolton, executive director of Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority, which owns and operates Seaport Landing. “Comcast employees in Grays Harbor and Pacific counties understand the importance of Seaport Landing to Aberdeen’s future. Their contribution demonstrates strong community support for our plans.”

Everyone in the Grays Harbor area–not just Comcast employees–is welcome to lend a hand. Volunteers are encouraged to register ahead of time at http://www.comcastinthecommunity.com/. A Facebook or Google+ account is required. Volunteers can also register at Seaport Landing, 500 N. Custer St., Aberdeen, at 8 a.m. April 26-27. Volunteers are encouraged to bring gardening tools, such as gloves, rakes, and brooms.

Seaport Landing is a new tourism destination and home port maintenance facility on the Chehalis River in South Aberdeen. GHHSA acquired the 38-acre former sawmill from Weyerhaeuser in 2013. The Historical Seaport is now working with a number of partners on a master plan for the property. Work completed by the Comcast Cares Day participants will prepare Seaport Landing for the return of the tall ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain to Aberdeen on June 5. Social media users can follow activities on Comcast Cares Day via the hashtag #CCDay.

The Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) public development authority based in Aberdeen, Wash. that owns and operates the tall ships Hawaiian Chieftain and Lady Washington, the Official Ship of the State of Washington. GHHSA provides educational, vocational, recreational and ambassadorial activities and experiences that promote and preserve the maritime history of Grays Harbor, the Pacific Northwest, and our nation while serving the needs of the community.

Comcast Cares Day, 1 year later: how we helped a wildlife rescue center

 “We had over 200 volunteers here, and we truly felt like we had won some kind of a home makeover show.”

~ Suzanne West, executive director, Sarvey Wildlife Care Center

We’re used to seeing everything at a Comcast Cares Day project site, but it’s not every day you see an eagle! This year, we’re asking employees to again sign up for Comcast Cares Day 2014, and we wanted to show them videos of how their hard work makes a difference. Here’s one of those videos, from a visit to Sarvey Wildlife Care Center in Arlington. We’re already had hundreds of employees sign up for the exciting projects for Comcast Cares Day 2014, which will be April 26.

 

Comcast Cares Day, 1 year later: how we helped a Seattle youth home

“One of my best memories of Comcast Cares Day 2013 was the look on the kids’ faces at the end of it all, looking at the paint, the new furniture, and all the computers.”

~ Jenna Gearhart, program director, United Indians Youth Home

Last year’s signature Comcast Cares Day project in Seattle was at Labateyah Youth Home  in Seattle, where, among other things, we installed a new computer lab. A year later, our video wizard Ed Hauge returned with his camera and saw how things have changed there, for the better. This video will be shown to employees to encourage them to volunteer for Comcast Cares Day 2014, which is coming up on April 26. But we thought you might enjoy the video too, because what the video really says is, volunteering matters. 

Comcast Cares Day 2014 Approaches with New Partners, Projects

Click on the video above to see what Comcast Cares Day looked like last year.

We’re only weeks away from one of the largest single corporate days of service in the nation, Comcast Cares Day. Last year, during Comcast Cares Day 2013, more than 2,000 Comcasters, family members, and friends, donated their time to 13 organizations throughout Washington.

This year, on Saturday, April 26, we’re back at it with many new community partners and some fascinating, important projects.

Aberdeen: Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority. This is going to be a massive project because the authority recently took over a large area that it will turn into a port museum that houses ships. Besides doing a lot of cleanup on the 80 acres, we will assemble guard rails for later installation. Once they’re installed, people will be able to walk along a historic dock area right near the water.

Bellingham: Camp Kirby, in partnership with Camp Fire Samish. We will help get the camp ready for summer. Volunteers will be cleaning and vacuuming the main lodge and kitchen, as well as building and lining  shelves in the kitchen and wash pit, and pressure washing the cabin roofs and re-staining the climbing wall. Volunteers will also be painting the totem pole with linseed oil, getting the archery range ready for use, and performing general cleanup of small limbs and brush.

Bremerton: Bremerton Teen Center with the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound. We’ve reported before on how we and the Comcast Foundation are big supporters of this new club. Now, our employees (who work only about a block away) will plant landscaping and otherwise beautify the area.

Everett: Cascade Boys & Girls Club, in cooperation with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Snohomish County. Our employees will be painting, cleaning carpets, landscaping, building shelves, and helping to provide a new “tween, teen” area. We will also be building an educational vegetable garden for the kids to raise their own plants as they study healthy eating habits. Employees will also be painting the gymnasium and polishing the floor. And employees will replace a bike rack that was stolen and anchor it to the concrete.

Everett: Forest Park. Forest Park is a 197-acre wooded park that is Everett’s oldest and largest park. Our projects will include forest planting, light pruning, weeding, and trail work, garden bed clean up, revitalization and beautification.

Federal WayCamp Kilworth, Boy Scouts Camp in partnership with Boy Scouts of America/Pacific Harbors Council #612. We’ll help this camp get ready for the summer camping season. Projects include  pressure washing the camp stage, the fire bowl areas, the front of lodge and walk ways. Volunteers will also be digging holes for flag poles and the obstacle course, repainting the archery range backstop, replacing flooring in campsite stage area, installing posts and replacing cargo netting on the obstacle course, building fire pits, digging ditches and installing the flag poles.

Kirkland: Juanita High School. Employees will beautify the school by removing overgrowth and debris, spreading decorative mulch, pulling weeds and planting flowers. 

Orting: Washington Soldiers’ Home. Our employees will build a new storage shed to house equipment for the community baseball fields, paint protective coatings on handrails and porches, stain park benches and perform general landscaping. More projects are planned for the adjacent cemetery, including cleaning headstones, painting wood structures and landscaping.

SeattleInternational District neighborhood cleanup. This is, geographically speaking, one of the largest projects we’ve ever taken on. We will partner with the “ID Spring Clean” annual event to gather nearly 600 volunteers collectively and give the historic neighborhood some overdue revitalization. This is also a record for number of wonderful partners we’ve worked with on one project. Here’s a list, and pardon me and let me know if we left someone out:

  • Seattle Chinatown/International District Preservation and Development Authority (SCIDpda)
  • International Examiner
  • InterIm Community Development Association (InterIm CDA)
  • Asian Counseling and Referral Service (ACRS)
  • National Assoc. of Asian American Professionals -Seattle (NAAAP-Seattle)
  • International Community Health Services (ICHS)
  • Chinese Information Service Center (CISC)
  • Nikkei Concerns
  • Asian Community Leadership Foundation (ACLF)
  • Chinatown/International District Business Improvement Area (CIDBIA)
  • Denise Louie Education Center (DLEC)
  • Tet in Seattle (TIS)

 Spokane: Lisa Stiles-Gyllenhammer Club in Mead, for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Spokane County. We will paint, paint, and did I mention, paint, to make the complex bright and happy for the kids and staff, and of course we’ll perform many other chores.

Tacoma: Multicultural Child and Family Hope Center. Among the projects we’ll do for these folks is weatherizing their play area, creating a new area to sort and store donations, planting a garden and painting a mural. We’ll also be building picnic tables, tearing down an old greenhouse, and erecting a new greenhouse in its place.

Tenino: Wolf Haven. We’ll be putting up chain link and cedar fencing, replacing siding, painting indoors and outdoors, and doing some grounds cleaning such as pulling weeds and raking debris.

Various locations: This year, a team is organizing four blood drives in Auburn, Fife, Puyallup and Spokane. We’re delighted to cooperate with Cascade Regional Blood Services and Inland Northwest Blood Center.

As you can see, it’s going to be an exciting day! We’ll share much more detail as the big day gets closer.

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