On Saturday, April 22, more than 3,000 Comcast NBCUniversal employees and their families, friends and community partners will “make change happen” as they volunteer at 30 sites in Seattle, Tacoma, Spokane and other areas of Washington as part of the 16th annual Comcast Cares Day.
Comcast Cares Day is more than just a day – it’s the culmination of Comcast NBCUniversal’s commitment to volunteerism that began when the company was founded more than 50 years ago. From using technology to create positive change to mentoring youth, to beautifying parks, and more, Comcast NBCUniversal employees volunteer on this day and throughout the year to make a lasting impact.
This year, the Company expects more than 100,000 volunteers to participate in approximately 900 projects across around the world. Since its inception in 2001, Comcast Cares Day volunteers have contributed nearly 5 million volunteer hours at 7,700 projects.
“As we celebrate our 16th annual Comcast Cares Day, we are proud to partner with organizations so deeply committed to giving back to the community,” said Kyle McSlarrow, Regional Senior Vice President for Comcast in Washington. “It’s truly amazing what’s possible when thousands of volunteers donate their time to make a difference in the lives of others.”
Here is a list of many of the Comcast Cares Day Projects in Washington State 2017, organized by location:
Auburn Valley YMCA. More than 200 volunteers will help create an outdoor play area for children. Volunteers will remove trees and spread wood chips to help get the future Summer Camp area ready. Volunteers also will paint picnic tables and plant flowers in the current camp area, spread bark around the perimeter of the area, and add play chips to the large climbing toy area. In addition, volunteers will plant vegetables in the raised gardens and plant flowers in large planters. A team will paint more than 1,300 feet of curbing, and paint/stencil 15 handicapped spaces in the parking lot. Meanwhile, a team will work indoors to help prepare for Healthy Kids Day by making signs, thank-you cards and getting flyers ready for the nationwide event slated for April 29.
We Grow Garden. Volunteers will help Northwest Youth Services, a non-profit serving at-risk and homeless youth, turn an empty gravel lot into the new site for its popular We Grow Garden project. The We Grow Garden allows young people to gain job skills, learn how to grow their own food and earn wages as well as provide fresh produce to the Bellingham Food Bank.
- Illahee Forest Preserve. Volunteers will help beautify the main entrance to this 545-acre attraction and help prepare an area that will be the site of a future structure. Volunteers will also make planter boxes and improve the site’s parking lot and trails.
- Bremerton Boys & Girls Club. Volunteers will enhance security systems and computer skills training labs. The computer lab enhancements will increase visibility and safety for members and staff, and will help provide members with up-to-date technology education, access and opportunities to expand on 21st Century skills.
Everett Volunteers of America Food Bank. Volunteers will sort, process and pack food for the food pantry which provides food to families, children, seniors and others. Organized by employees at the Lynwood call center.
Hoquiam Youth Baseball. Volunteers will clean up the fields and parking lot at the historic Olympic Stadium and Jump Memorial Field and perform facility repairs including painting and replacement of siding.
Juanita Bay Park. Volunteers will work with Green Kirkland Partnership and Earthcorps to help preserve and beautify Juanita Bay Park, home to urban wildlife such as songbirds, waterfowl and beavers. Volunteers will plant native trees and shrubs and also remove invasive plants that threaten to outgrow and overtake the native species. Organized by employees based at the Comcast Redmond field office.
Lacey Boys & Girls Club. Volunteers will paint bright, welcoming colors throughout the building and will landscape the outside grounds.
Lakewood Boys & Girls Club. Volunteers will enhance security systems and computer skills training labs. The computer lab enhancements will increase visibility and safety for members and staff, and will help provide members with up-to-date technology education, access and opportunities to expand on 21st Century skills.
Farmer Frog Paradise Farm. This organization includes volunteers who keep the school gardens growing while teaching children and families how to grow food. Volunteers will help save vintage trees, remove blackberry bushes, set up rain barrels and create raised garden beds. Volunteers also will make vertical aquaponics lattice walls that will be delivered to 13 schools. And, volunteers will build three hot houses used to start plants.
Horses Healing Heroes (H3). H3 is a nonprofit that helps wounded warriors, past and present, with a focus on veterans with PTSD. Volunteers will clean and organize, build pre-made metal corrals, fix fences and perform light carpentry, chip concrete and landscape. Volunteers also will help care for the horses that day. Organized by employees at the Comcast Everett field office.
- Bresemann Forest. This urban forest is a naturally wooded site of 70 acres with beautiful nature trails and streams.Volunteers will remove invasive plant species, perform stream and shoreline restoration, and beautify the entrance.
- Sprinker Recreation Center. Volunteers will paint curb markers and tables.
Helping Hand House. Helping Hand House has been working to end family homeless in Pierce County for more than 30 years through innovative programs aimed to increase self-sufficiency. Volunteers will paint the entire interior of one of Helping Hand’s temporary housing homes. Volunteers also will landscape, clean up an outdoor play area, spread mulch and assemble furniture.
El Centro de la Raza. El Centro de la Raza has been a popular volunteer site for past Comcast Cares Days, and this year more than 450 volunteers are expected to pull out all the stops. In the business district, teams will wash windows, pressure-wash sidewalks, construct planter boxes and update signs. Work will be done in conjunction with the Beacon Hill Merchants Association. On the El Centro campus, volunteers will clean the grounds, wash windows, perform exterior paint touch-ups and landscaping as well as build computer stations/lab on different floors of the housing development. Arts and crafts projects will be available to encourage participation from families who live on-site in addition to preparing the development for its upcoming Cinco de Mayo celebrations.
Employees from the Spokane field office, call center and Spotlight have organized projects to help nine organizations over eight days: .
- Corbin Senior Center. Interior and exterior painting, landscaping, light construction.
- Daybridge Adult Care. Interior and exterior painting, landscaping, light construction.
- Merry Glen Residential Home. Interior and exterior painting, landscaping, light construction.
- Southside Senior and Community Center. Interior and exterior painting, landscaping, light construction.
- Urban Art Co-Op. Interior and exterior painting, landscaping, light construction.
- YWCA Women’s Shelter. Interior and exterior painting, landscaping, light construction.
- 2nd Harvest Food Bank. Regular volunteer tasks such as food sorting and packing.
- Habitat for Humanity Store. Regular volunteer tasks such as donation sorting.
- Lands Council. Comcast will help plant 1,000 trees around Newman Lake.
The volunteer work will be completed during the City of Spokane’s month of service “Spokane Gives” and some of the projects are in addition to the city’s Cleaning from the Corridor event happening on April 29.
- Hilltop Urban Gardens. Hilltop Urban Gardens are more than places to grow food. The farm network’s mission is to develop systems for food sovereignty and create racial and economic justice for the area it serves. Volunteers will help revitalize about 20 homes of low-income and elderly residents in the Hilltop area. Volunteers will clean alleys and yards, dispose of waste as well as weed and plant vegetables in the community gardens. Organized by employees based at the Comcast Fife call center.
- Al Davies Boys & Girls Club. Volunteers will enhance security systems and computer skills training labs. The computer lab enhancements will increase visibility and safety for members and staff, and will help provide members with up-to-date technology education, access and opportunities to expand on 21st Century skills.
Tumwater Boys & Girls Club. Volunteers will help beautify the grounds by clearing brush, pulling weeds, removing blackberry bushes and some small trees. Other important exterior projects that will help to beautify and maintain the facilities are painting outdoor basketball courts, installing fences and a gate, and planting flowers.
On behalf of everyone who volunteers on Comcast Cares Day, the Comcast Foundation will provide grants to local community partner organizations across the country. 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 $20 million in grants to local non-profit organizations who have served as partners on Comcast Cares Day.
Additionally, Comcast will once again fold in the broad support and amplification of Global Citizen and Red Nose Day, organizations aiming to end extreme poverty globally and in the United States. These organizations use the universal language of music and entertainment as a vehicle to engage people around the world to make a difference. By amplifying our support of these initiatives on Comcast Cares Day, Comcast NBCUniversal is providing additional ways to help drive positive change in our communities. For more information on volunteer and community investment initiatives, visit www.comcast.com/community.
About the Comcast Foundation
Founded in 1999, the Comcast Foundation provides charitable support to qualified nonprofit organizations. The Foundation has three community investment priorities—expanding digital literacy, promoting community service, and building tomorrow’s leaders—all programs intended to have a positive, sustainable impact on the community. Since its inception, the Comcast Foundation has donated more than $195 million nationwide. www.comcast.com/community.