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Comcast Helps the United Way in Everett

People browsing at garage saleThis past weekend, employees from the Everett FFO organized a garage sale that raised more than $1,000 for United Way of Snohomish County and drew hundreds of community members to the sale.

Debbie Beaman, the Everett FFO administrative assistant, organized the event and considered it a huge success.

Her goal when organizing the event was to create a campaign that could involve everybody in the office.

“Everybody has stuff they can get rid of, and there’s such a need in our community right now,” she said. “I wanted to do something more for the community for our 2010 campaign.”

So that’s why Beaman teamed up with United Way of Snohomish County, a non-profit organization that aims to improve its community member’s education, income and health.

After months of planning and sorting donated items that took up five separate offices and an empty studio within the FFO, the Everett FFO’s employees donated and sold thousands of items. On the days of the sale, a team of about 15 Comcast employees worked with United Way volunteers to sell picture frames, shelves, furniture and clothing, among other things.People browsing at garage sale

Roger Valentine, the general manager of the Everett FFO, said that United Way-Snohomish County’s president and CEO, Carl Zapora even came out to support the event.

“We never imagined that we would raise this much money. We raised more than double what we had expected,” Valentine noted. “It was a tremendous showing of support from employees wanting to give back to the community.”

Valentine said that all unsold items will be donated to a charity; and all unsold books, DVDs, movies and CDs were sold to Half Price Books, with the proceeds going back to the United Way campaign.

Katelin Chow

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Community relations director, Comcast in Washington State.

One comment on “Comcast Helps the United Way in Everett

  1. Barbara Jones
    September 3, 2010

    I was at the sale both days and the staff of Comcast did a wonderful job. I met Casey, Vicki, Robin, Patty and others that stopped by to help and shop. The employees were so intent on helping the shoppers find what they wanted, keeping merchandise neat and accessible and being enthusiastic. Debbie Beaman was awesome and kept up well supplied with food and drink along with making sure everything went well, even delivering large items that people wanted but couldn’t take home in their vehicle. Roger was there on Saturday and keep in touch on Sunday to make sure we didn’t need any further assitance. On Saturday Roger really played summer Santa to the little kids that were enthralled by some of the items. Roger would ask the parents if it was okay to give the children money to purchase an item they seemed very fond of and if the parents said yes, he gave them the money out of his pocket to make the purchase. Thanks so much for all the support for our United Way of Snohomish County.

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