Nearly 500 people are expected to volunteer this Saturday in Pierce County as part of the nation’s largest single-day corporate volunteer effort. On Saturday, April 27, more than 2,000 local Comcast employees and their families and friends will “make change happen” as they volunteer to improve 13 locations throughout Western Washington and Spokane as part of Comcast’s 12th Comcast Cares Day.
Among the locations: two centers for at-risk youth, a camp for the disabled, a wildlife rescue center, a food bank, three parks and a neighborhood in Everett.
In Pierce County, 270 volunteers from the Comcast call center in Fife will work at HopeSparks; about 150 volunteers from the Comcast field office in Puyallup will work at McKinley Park in Tacoma; and about 40 people from the Comcast Bremerton offices will volunteer at the veterans’ park in Gig Harbor.
Comcast Cares Day is Comcast and NBCUniversal’s signature day of service. This year, Comcast expects more than 70,000 Comcast volunteers to participate in over 600 projects across the country. Comcast also expects to achieve another important milestone of 3 million volunteer hours and half a million volunteers since Comcast Cares Day started in 2001.
“We’re honored to partner with so many wonderful organizations to work together to improve our community during our 12th Comcast Cares Day,” said Len Rozek, regional senior vice president for Comcast in Washington. “The hard work of the more than 2,000 volunteers who will be donating their time to help make such a big difference in the lives of others is inspiring. We are thankful to all of our participants who help to make Comcast Cares Day such a success.”
Here is a list of the Comcast Cares Day projects in Tacoma (there are many more throughout western Washington and Spokane). Links to the organizations and videos about several of them are available at wacomcast.com/2013/04/
Tacoma: Hope Sparks. Employees from Comcast’s Fife call center will be landscaping, painting and helping with organization of the food and clothing bank for this agency that assists people with mental health counseling, early education and support for families in crisis in Pierce County. Among other tasks, Comcast employees will lay sod to make an empty lot more useful and attractive and organize HopesCloset, a boutique for HopeSparks clients in need of essential items.
The Comcast Foundation will also provide grants to local community partner organizations across the country on behalf of each employee and family member 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 Comcast has committed more than $12 million in grants to organizations nationwide.
Comcast has been committed to serving local communities since its founding 50 years ago. For more information on Comcast’s volunteer and community investment initiatives, visit www.comcast.com/community. A steady stream of updates and pictures is expected through Twitter with the hashtag #CCDay.