On May 4, more than 300 local Comcast NBCUniversal employees and their families, friends and community partners will “make change happen” as they volunteer to improve local parks and assemble kits for the homeless as part of the 18th annual Comcast Cares Day.
Comcast Cares Day is more than just a day – it is an illustration of the spirit of volunteerism that our employees bring to life each and every day. From using technology to create positive change such as teaching digital literacy skills, to mentoring youth, to stocking food banks, to beautifying parks, Comcast NBCUniversal employees volunteer during this celebration and throughout the year to make a lasting impact. To date, more than 1 million Comcast Cares Day volunteers have contributed over 6 million service hours to improve local communities at more than 10,000 projects. This year, the company expects more than 100,000 volunteers from Comcast, NBCUniversal and for the first time Sky, to participate in projects across the country and around the world.
For the main project, Comcast volunteers from the Puyallup office will partner with Metro Parks to enhance and maintain Point Defiance Park, a 760-acre park visited by more than 3.1 million people each year. Working alongside Pacific Harbors Council Boy Scouts of America and the Bethel High School National Honor Society, volunteers will clear trails, remove debris and invasive species, repair fences at Fort Nisqually, beautify key park features and perform other restoration tasks.
In addition, volunteers will assemble over 1,000 essential care and hygiene kits to support families experiencinghomelessness in Pierce County, doubling last year’s efforts.
“We are thrilled to have Comcast with us again this year, and we look forward to a great Comcast Cares Day atPoint Defiance Park on May 4th,” said Aaron Pointer, president of the Metro Parks Board of Commissioners.The winter weather was hard on the trails and forested areas of the park. After seeing the hard work the Comcast team did last year at Titlow Park, it’s great to know they will apply that enthusiastic spirit to our natural resources at Point Defiance Park.”
In preparation for Comcast Cares Day, more than 120 Comcast volunteers will also partner with the Sumner Parks Department and Mother 2 Many – a local organization aimed at serving disadvantaged and homeless youth – on April 29, 2019. Volunteers will help assemble and hand out hygiene kits, food and drinks to families in need at the Sumner Skate Park, replicating the work Mother 2 Many does throughout the year, and work on beautification projects at local parks, such as spreading mulch, painting and planting flowers.
“Comcast employs more than 4,800 people in Washington, and we are proud to work alongside our neighbors to aid homeless community members and maintain natural resources,” said Amy Lynch, senior vice president,Comcast Washington. “Together we can make a difference and that is what Comcast Cares Day is all about.”
The Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation will also provide grants to local partner organizations on behalf of volunteers who contribute their time on Comcast Cares Day. The grants will help Comcast’s partners continue their mission of serving the community throughout the year. To date, the Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation has awarded nearly $25 million in grants to local nonprofit organizations who have served as partners on Comcast Cares Day.
For more information on Comcast NBCUniversal and Sky volunteer and community impact initiatives, visit www.comcast.com/community.