SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–On Saturday May 4, 2019, more than 3,000 local Comcast NBCUniversal employees and their families, friends and community partners will “make change happen” as they volunteer with 27 nonprofit organizations, spanning 35 project locations across the state as part of the 18th annual Comcast Cares Day.
“When volunteers come to serve meals or beautify our buildings, they connect our residents to the greater community and remind them that they are valued members of our society. That goes a long way toward helping them achieve stability after the traumas of homelessness.”
Comcast Cares Day is more than just a day – it is an illustration of the spirit of volunteerism that employees bring to life each and every day. From using technology to create positive change, such as teaching digital literacy skills, to mentoring youth, stocking food banks and 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 through 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.
More than half of this year’s projects in Washington state will directly support those living without shelter or in transitional housing. Comcast volunteers will repair fencing and revitalize outdoor landscaping around temporary homes in Everett; serve meals to supportive housing residents and beautify community areas in Seattle; hand out hygiene kits in Sumner; clean, garden and paint shelters in Spokane and participate in various other projects across the state.
According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, 30 out of every 10,000 people experienced homelessness in Washington state in 2018. Of those, 22,304 — 35 percent — were chronically homeless, with 60 percent staying in unsheltered locations such as in a tent or on the street.1
In King County, approximately 12,112 people experienced homelessness, including 1,518 unaccompanied homeless youth and 921 homeless veterans.* Through Comcast Cares Day projects, community members, nonprofits and local organizations will team up to support homeless populations, strengthening the continuum of care one neighborhood at a time.
This year, Comcast is proud to partner with Plymouth Housing, a Seattle-based nonprofit aimed at eliminating homelessness through safe, high-quality supportive housing. Throughout its 40-year history, Plymouth has supported Seattle’s homeless population, especially those struggling with chronic homelessness, mental health conditions and chemical dependency, and has a 94 percent success rate at helping people remain in permanent housing. For greater impact, Comcast Cares Day volunteers will report to nine of Plymouth Housing’s fourteen locations, launching multiple community outreach efforts and building projects with a unified goal.
“Comcast Cares is part of our mission to give back to the communities we serve,” said Amy Lynch, Senior Regional Vice President, Comcast Washington. “I am inspired by our employees, and their families and friends who take this time to volunteer and make a difference in the lives of so many Washingtonians.”
“When business leaders like Comcast take an active interest in supporting those who have experienced homelessness, everyone in our community benefits,” said Paul Lambros, Chief Executive Officer of Plymouth Housing. “When volunteers come to serve meals or beautify our buildings, they connect our residents to the greater community and remind them that they are valued members of our society. That goes a long way toward helping them achieve stability after the traumas of homelessness.”
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.
Comcast Cares Day Projects | Washington State | 2019
- McCleary Veterans of Foreign Wars: Volunteers will help fix a deteriorated brick wall by removing and re-siding it, as well as help re-side an exterior wall that is warped and leaking. Volunteers will also build assistance kits for veterans experiencing homelessness.
- YMCA: Volunteers will participate in the YMCA’s “Healthy Kids Day” by helping set up for the event, assisting in children’s activities and supporting cleanup and tear down. Others will help paint picnic tables, plant flowers and vegetables in planters and gardens, and lay out flooring for a ball pit using sand and rubber mats. Volunteers will also help spread bark, trim vegetation, remove blackberry bushes along the fence line and load debris for disposal.
- Northwest Harvest: Volunteers will help package donated food that will be distributed to Washington food banks, as well as remove large furniture from the facility for disposal.
- Nexus Youth & Families: Volunteers will help organize and stock the pantry, and prepare food for local shelters serving those experiencing homelessness. Volunteers will also assemble shelving and closets for the clothing donation area and for other Nexus sites. Others will work on removing flooring from the Arcadia home and help level, paint and insulate a newly installed shed.
- Operation Gratitude: Volunteers will help assemble “Battalion Buddies,” stuffed bears to comfort children of deployed troops. Others will help assemble 200 paracord survival bracelets, which Operation Gratitude will include in care packages.
- Camp Korey: Volunteers will help get Camp Korey ready for the summer season through carpentry as well as painting the “Diagon Alley” area, constructing a challenge course, painting three bathrooms and assembling bunk beds. Others will help prepare for an upcoming fundraiser by making goodie bags and nametags. Volunteers will also help set up teepees and plant trees and flowers.
- Salvation Army: Volunteers will repair and upgrade the property through various landscaping activities, such as clearing out old flower beds and filling with bark and mulch to support new shrubs and other plants. Volunteers will also help clean dining room equipment and repaint interior spaces.
- Return to Interfaith Northwest: Volunteers will help pressure wash, perform sheet rock repairs and assist in resetting fence posts. Volunteers will also help make temporary homes for the homeless to feel safe and comfortable by performing various cleaning tasks and refreshing wall paint. Others will assist in revitalizing the outdoor landscape, repairing fences and restoring the kids area.
- United Way of Snohomish County: Over 100 volunteers will engage in a variety of activities throughout the day, such as making reusable grocery bags, serving meals, conducting family workshops, running an Internet Essentials informational booth and offering free face painting and art activities.
- Housing Hope: Volunteers will make up to 100 no-sew fleece blankets for families experiencing homelessness at Housing Hope properties.
- Tacoma Rescue Mission: Volunteers will assemble hygiene kits for the homeless. The goal will be to assemble 800 kits for men, women and children. Others will help make up to 50 no-sew blankets for people experiencing homelessness.
- Operation Gratitude: Volunteers will support Operation Gratitude’s mission to lift spirits and meet the evolving needs of the U.S. Military and first responder communities. Volunteers will work to complete hundreds of personalized letters of appreciation and colorful drawings to include in care packages that will be sent to deployed troops, veterans, new recruits and first responders.
- Everett Food Bank: Volunteers will help contribute to Volunteers of America’s Hunger Prevention Services, serving those in need. Volunteers will help sort and organize donated food, repackage bulk food and engage in various cleaning activities.
- Farmer Frog: Volunteers will help redevelop and cultivate a farm to help feed communities and support self-sustainable farming. The farm was damaged this year due to snow.
- Family Education & Support Services: Volunteers will help Family Education & Support Services move offices by cleaning up the old space, shredding paper and helping load furniture that has been sold.
- Mother 2 Many: Volunteers will gather at Sumner Skate Park and other parks in the area to assemble supplies such as hygiene kits, food and beverages to give to youth and families experiencing homelessness.
- Sumner Parks Department: Volunteers will help beautify and revitalize a Sumner park by spreading bark, painting tables and planting flowers.
- Metro Parks: Volunteers will work on various gardening and planting activities to help enhance and maintain the Point Defiance Park. Some activities include weeding, removing invasive species, repairing gravel trails and various other tasks. Volunteers will also assemble hygiene and essential care kits to donate to local organizations serving families experiencing homelessness.
- Friends of Youth: Volunteers will help beautify and revitalize the Friends of Youth’s Kirkland campus by pulling weeds, spreading mulch and planting/restoring flowers. Volunteers will also organize and clean the donation area in order to make basic-need items more accessible.
- Plymouth Housing: Volunteers will be split across nine locations to help serve the community by playing bingo with residents, cleaning up community areas, sorting supplies, preparing painting projects, serving meals and performing various other community activities.
- YouthCare: Volunteers will cook and serve dinner to LGBTQ youth experiencing homeless.
- Food Lifeline: Volunteers will work with Food Lifeline staff to sort and repack thousands of pounds of food the organization rescues from waste.
- Volunteers of America: Volunteers will assemble no-sew fleece blankets and 1,000 hygiene bags for local organizations.
- House Hope: Volunteers will help clean, organize donations and the clothing bank, perform indoor painting and clean carpets.
- CrossWalk: Volunteers will assist in organizing the pantry and donation closets, as well as help with indoor cleaning and painting.
- Alexandria’s House: Volunteers will help deep clean the home as well as assist with gardening and lawn care.
- The Lloyd House: Volunteers will help clean and paint the interior of the home.