On Saturday, April 26, 2014, more than 2,000 local Comcast employees and their families, friends and community partners will “make change happen” as they volunteer to improve the facilities and grounds at more than a dozen volunteer sites across Washington as part of Comcast’s 13th Comcast Cares Day.
Comcast Cares Day, which takes place each April during National Volunteer Month, is Comcast and NBCUniversal’s signature day of service and the nation’s largest single-day corporate volunteer effort.
Here is a list of projects in Seattle, the rest of Western Washington and Spokane:
Aberdeen: Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority. This group recently took over a large area that it will turn into a port museum that provides a base for tall ships. Besides doing a lot of cleanup on the 80 acres, Comcasters and other community volunteers will assemble guard rails for later installation. Once those are installed, people will be able to walk along a historic dock area right along the water.
Bellingham: Camp Kirby, in partnership with Camp Fire Samish. Comcasters 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. The Comcast Foundation has already provided technology for the new center as part of a three-year commitment. Saturday, our employees (who are based in an office 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. Volunteers will be improving a computer lab and painting, cleaning carpets, landscaping, building shelves, and helping to provide a new “tween, teen” area. Comcasters 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. Projects will include forest planting, light pruning, weeding such as removing invasive species, and trail work, garden bed clean up, revitalization and beautification. City officials say this will be the largest volunteer effort of its kind to date in that park.
Federal Way: Camp Kilworth, Boy Scouts Camp in partnership with Boy Scouts of America/Pacific Harbors Council #612. Comcasters will 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. Comcast 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.
Seattle: International District neighborhood cleanup. This is, geographically speaking, one of the largest projects Comcast in Washington has ever taken on. Comcasters will partner with the “ID Spring Clean” annual event to gather nearly 600 volunteers collectively and participate in revitalization for the historic neighborhood. This is also a record for number of wonderful partners Comcast in Washington has worked with on one project. Here’s a partial list:
- 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. Comcasters will paint, clean, build cabinets and make other improvements to make the complex bright and happy for youth.
Tacoma: Multicultural Child and Family Hope Center. Among the projects here is weatherizing their play area, creating a new area to sort and store donations, planting a garden and painting a mural. Comcasters will also be building picnic tables, tearing down an old greenhouse, and erecting a new greenhouse in its place.
Tenino: Wolf Haven. Comcasters will be installing 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, in cooperation with Cascade Regional Blood Services and Inland Northwest Blood Center.
The Comcast Foundation will also provide grants to local community partner organizations across the country on behalf of everyone who volunteers on Comcast Cares Day. 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 $14 million in grants to partner organizations to match the efforts of our volunteers on Comcast Cares Day.
Comcast has been committed to serving local communities since our founding more than 50 years ago. For more information on Comcast’s volunteer and community investment initiatives, visit www.comcast.com/community.
To follow activities in Washington, one can monitor the @ComcastWA Twitter feed. The hashtag across the country and all social media platforms is #CCDay.
Note: We're. capturing images and words about this year's volunteering here, as it happens, on our Storify page, Comcast Cares Day 2014