Point Defiance Park benefits from Comcast Cares Day

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Boy Scout Troop 679 removes downed branches from trees at Point Defiance Park.
Credit: Courtesy of Comcast

On May 4, more than 300 local Comcast NBCUniversal employees and their families, friends and community partners made a difference as they volunteered at Point Defiance Park and other local organizations as part of the 18th annual Comcast Cares Day.

For the main project, Comcast volunteers from the Puyallup office partnered 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 cleared trails, removed debris and invasive species, repaired fences at Fort Nisqually, beautified key park features and performed other restoration tasks.
In addition, volunteers assembled more than 1,000 essential care and hygiene kits with Mother 2 Many to support families experiencing homelessness 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 at Point Defiance Park on May 4,” 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.”

Prior to Comcast Cares Day, more than 120 additional volunteers partnered with the Sumner Parks Department and Mother 2 Many – a local organization aimed at serving disadvantaged and homeless youth – on April 29. Volunteers assembled and handed 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 worked on beautification projects at local parks, such as spreading mulch, painting and planting flowers.

Comcast Cares Day is more than just a day – it is an illustration of the spirit of volunteerism that Comcast 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, participated in projects across the country and around the world.

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