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Click on the video above to see what Comcast Cares Day looked like last year.
We’re only weeks away from one of the largest single corporate days of service in the nation, Comcast Cares Day. Last year, during Comcast Cares Day 2013, more than 2,000 Comcasters, family members, and friends, donated their time to 13 organizations throughout Washington.
This year, on Saturday, April 26, we’re back at it with many new community partners and some fascinating, important projects.
Aberdeen: Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority. This is going to be a massive project because the authority recently took over a large area that it will turn into a port museum that houses ships. Besides doing a lot of cleanup on the 80 acres, we will assemble guard rails for later installation. Once they’re installed, people will be able to walk along a historic dock area right near the water.
Bellingham: Camp Kirby, in partnership with Camp Fire Samish. We 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. We’ve reported before on how we and the Comcast Foundation are big supporters of this new club. Now, our employees (who work 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. Our employees will be painting, cleaning carpets, landscaping, building shelves, and helping to provide a new “tween, teen” area. We 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. Our projects will include forest planting, light pruning, weeding, and trail work, garden bed clean up, revitalization and beautification.
Federal Way: Camp Kilworth, Boy Scouts Camp in partnership with Boy Scouts of America/Pacific Harbors Council #612. We’ll 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. Our 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 we’ve ever taken on. We will partner with the “ID Spring Clean” annual event to gather nearly 600 volunteers collectively and give the historic neighborhood some overdue revitalization. This is also a record for number of wonderful partners we’ve worked with on one project. Here’s a list, and pardon me and let me know if we left someone out:
Spokane: Lisa Stiles-Gyllenhammer Club in Mead, for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Spokane County. We will paint, paint, and did I mention, paint, to make the complex bright and happy for the kids and staff, and of course we’ll perform many other chores.
Tacoma: Multicultural Child and Family Hope Center. Among the projects we’ll do for these folks is weatherizing their play area, creating a new area to sort and store donations, planting a garden and painting a mural. We’ll also be building picnic tables, tearing down an old greenhouse, and erecting a new greenhouse in its place.
Tenino: Wolf Haven. We’ll be putting up 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. We’re delighted to cooperate with Cascade Regional Blood Services and Inland Northwest Blood Center.
As you can see, it’s going to be an exciting day! We’ll share much more detail as the big day gets closer.