On Saturday, April 25, 2015, more than 3,200 local Comcast NBCUniversal employees and their families, friends and community partners will "make change happen" as they volunteer to improve a dozen locations throughout Western Washington and Spokane County as part of the 14 thannual Comcast Cares Day. Comcast Cares Day, which takes place each April during National Volunteer Month, is Comcast NBCUniversal's companywide celebration of their year-round commitment to service and the nation's largest single-day corporate volunteer effort in the country. To catch some of the excitement, search social media sites for the hashtag #CCDay. Here is a list of projects planned this year: Aberdeen: Downtown Aberdeen Revitalization. This is a community-wide clean-up of 16 blocks in Aberdeen. Volunteers will be weeding, sweeping, cleaning curb lines, cleaning up outdoor flower pots, planting flowers and hanging flower basket brackets to prepare for the hanging of flower baskets after Mother's Day in May. (Partner: City of Aberdeen, which is working with the Aberdeen Revitalization Movement. Auburn: Auburn YMCA. Employees based in our Auburn offices will transform the YMCA's Summer Camp area by building raised flower beds and planters and of course also planting the flowers. Volunteers will also be repainting several picnic tables and landscaping the area. Volunteers will be spreading bark in their playground area and doing some weeding. Volunteers will also be helping the YMCA set-up for their annual Healthy Kids Day. The organization is expecting more than 5,000 community members; Comcasters will be assisting them by handing out their official T-shirts, and helping them set up and run several carnival games as well as some other duties. Bellingham: The Firs. The local team will volunteer at The Firs Fircreek Day Camp, Retreat Center, and the Discovery School Campus. The Discovery School is a small specialized public school program that serves all the schools in Whatcom County. Volunteers will be painting the Rutledge Building, home of the Discovery School program, and will be cleaning the grounds of winter debris, doing work like picking up fallen tree limbs and entire trees. Other projects: raking landscaping beds and spreading beauty bark; cutting ivy out of a stand of trees; filling a play area with wood chips; cleaning out and refilling a giant sand play area; and trimming apple trees. Bremerton: Bremerton Teen Center. For the second year in a row, volunteers will be doing general landscaping and cleanup of the new Teen Center. (Partner: Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound) Lakewood: Custer Elementary School. Employees will be beautifying this Clover Park School District school through painting and gardening and other improvements. Marysville: Marysville - Pilchuck High School. Volunteers will be conducting a wide variety of outdoor and indoor projects for all ages including painting, landscaping and general cleaning. This project is being organized by employees from Comcast's Everett and Lynnwood call centers. Monroe: Monroe Boys & Girls Club. This project is organized by employees from the Comcast Everett field office. This well-loved Boys and Girls Club has been a part of the Monroe community for more than 17 years. This club serves more than 100 children per day and also gets a lot of use from the community for meetings and gatherings. Volunteers will be painting and cleaning a large part of this facility. Other projects will be organizing storage areas, light landscaping, pressure washing, installing a roll up door, and possibly installing 200 feet of fencing. (Partner: Boys & Girls Clubs of Snohomish County) Orting: Washington Soldiers Home. Volunteers will be partnering with the Washington Soldiers Home for Comcast Cares Day for a second year. Volunteers are planning a wide variety of projects, including multiple painting projects, landscaping, headstone cleaning and some light construction. This is organized by employees based in Comcast's Puyallup offices. Redmond: Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center. Employees will help beautify this 17-acre facility at one of the largest therapeutic horsemanship programs in the United States for children and adults with disabilities. This project will consist of spreading gravel in the horse paddocks, fence washing, shed building, weeding and outdoor barn painting. Seattle: Comcast Cares Day presents the Chinatown/ID Spring Clean. This is the second consecutive year that the Seattle site will be in the International District. This year, Comcast employees will paint an 80-foot-long community mural on wooden panels to be installed onto the wall of a historic building. Volunteers will canvass the neighborhood painting over graffiti, cleaning store fronts, picking up litter and renovating the Danny Woo Community Garden. Volunteers will also assemble furniture, donated by Comcast, for a new neighborhood co-work space that will serve as a springboard for budding new businesses. (Partners: SCIDpda is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving, promoting, and developing the Seattle Chinatown International District. Other partners include City Year Seattle/King County, and the Chinatown-International District Business Improvement Area (CIDBIA), InterIm Community Development Association, and Asian Counseling and Referral Services. Spokane Valley: Spokane Valley Partners. Home to the largest food bank in Spokane County, this organization supports economically-disadvantaged families by also offering a free clothing bank, emergency assistance with utilities, a community garden, a weekend food program for homeless students and more. Here volunteers will be painting, gardening, building crop beds in a community garden and landscaping. Tenino: Wolf Haven. This is the second year Comcast employees from Olympia will base their project at this highly-regarded wolf sanctuary. Volunteers will be painting indoors and outdoors, and doing some grounds cleaning such as pulling weeds and raking debris. Blood Drives. Several are planned: April 15, Auburn; April 20, Fife Call Center and Olympia; April 21, Lynnwood Call Center; April 23, Puyallup; April 28, Everett Call Center; and then two dates in Spokane, April 16 and 28. VetNet: This year, Comcast employee #VetNet groups, which consist of veterans and their supporters, will be hosting Comcast Cares Day projects. They'll be making no-sew fleece blankets to donate to AMVET. These events will be Saturday, April 18, in Puyallup and Spokane, and Friday, April 24, at our Lynnwood Call Center. This year, the Company expects more than 95,000 Comcast and NBCUniversal volunteers to participate in more than 700 projects across the country and around the globe. To date, volunteers have contributed more than 3.7 million service hours to improve nearly 6,000 projects in the U.S. and around the world since Comcast Cares Day started in 2001.
"Comcast Cares Day demonstrates what's possible in a day," said Charisse R. Lillie, Vice President of Community Investment for Comcast Corporation and President of the Comcast Foundation. "It truly is amazing to see the transformations that take place when communities mobilize to revitalize neglected neighborhood parks, beautify schools to improve the learning environment, stock community food banks, plant trees, install and wire computer labs at community centers, and so much more. Each year I am inspired by the generosity of everyone who gives back - not just on Comcast Cares Day, but all year long.""We're proud to partner with a number of amazing organizations throughout Washington to improve our community during our 14 th Comcast Cares Day," said Steve Kipp, Vice President of External Affairs for Comcast in Washington. "The hard work of the many hundreds of volunteers who will be donating their time to help make such a big difference in the lives of others is inspiring. We appreciate this opportunity to give to the community." 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 $16 million in grants to local non-profit organizations who have partnered with us 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 http://www.comcast.com/community. About Comcast Corporation Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) is a global media and technology company with two primary businesses, Comcast Cable and NBCUniversal. Comcast Cable is the nation's largest video, high-speed Internet and phone provider to residential customers under the XFINITY brand and also provides these services to businesses. NBCUniversal operates news, entertainment and sports cable networks, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, television production operations, television station groups, Universal Pictures and Universal Parks and Resorts. Visit www.comcastcorporation.com for more information. About the Comcast Foundation The Comcast Foundation was founded by Comcast Corporation in June 1999 to provide charitable support to qualified nonprofit organizations. The Foundation primarily invests in programs intended to have a positive, sustainable impact on their communities. The Foundation has three community investment priorities—promoting community service, expanding digital literacy, and building tomorrow's leaders. Since its inception, the Comcast Foundation has donated nearly $158 million to organizations in the communities nationwide that Comcast serves. More information about the Foundation and its programs is available at www.comcast.com/community.