More than 300 Comcast NBCUniversal employees yanked weeds, repaired picnic tables and spread wood chips at Titlow and Swan Creek parks on Saturday, April 21. Comcast employees brought their family and friends and partnered with Metro Parks Tacoma as part of the 17th annual Comcast Cares Day.
The day is the largest corporate day of service in the United States, with this year’s efforts marking the one millionth volunteer participant. This year, the company expects more than 100,000 volunteers to participate at project sites around the world.
“More than 4,700 employees call Washington home, and giving back to our own communities means a lot to us,” said Amy Lynch, regional vice president of Comcast’s Washington region. “This year, we’re particularly eager to work alongside our community partners to help ensure that people from all walks have access to the resources, services and technology that can help improve their quality of life.”
For their main local project, 165 volunteers cleaned Titlow Park, a 75-acre, pesticide-free park with beach access, tennis and basketball courts and playfields. Volunteers weeded, ripped out blackberry bushes, spread wood chips in the playground area, repaired gravel trails and picnic tables, and cleaned the beach and lagoon.
“Our vision is to build a healthy community, vibrant region and sustainable environment by promoting active lifestyles and strong individuals and families through parks, programs and partnerships,” said Andrea Smith, president of the Metro Parks Tacoma Board of Commissioners. “Comcast checks all of these boxes and, as we head into spring and summer, the more helping hands to keep parks clean, green and safe, the better. We couldn’t do it without Comcast.”
Volunteers at Titlow Park then assembled and delivered more than 700 essential care and hygiene kits to the Tacoma Rescue Mission. Comcast chose to address the pressing issue of homelessness because it impacts nearly every community in the state.
“We are so grateful for the donations that come in from businesses like Comcast,” said Duke Paulson, the newly appointed executive director of the Tacoma Rescue Mission, in response to receiving 18 boxes and barrels filled with essential care items such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, razors, shaving cream and soap. “Hygiene items are no small thing for our neighbors experiencing homelessness. They not only provide for a real need, but also are a part of restoring and upholding their dignity as human beings. This is an essential part of the journey out of homelessness.”
Hundreds of other Comcast employees weeded, repaired and performed general maintenance work on Saturday at Swan Creek Park. Still more volunteers improved the dog park at the Tacoma Humane Society, and another group partnered with the City of Puyallup and Boy Scout Troop 274 to plant more than 70 trees along 112th Street in South Hill. This work took place ahead of Earth Day, the worldwide event dedicated to environmental conservation and stewardship celebrated on April 22 each year.
The warm weather also means community clean ups are in the works around Tacoma. Visit the city’s website for information about one occurring in your neighborhood.