PORTLAND, Ore.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
On Saturday, April 26, more than 1,900 local Comcast employees and their families, friends and community partners will “make change happen” as they volunteer to improve schools and nonprofits in Oregon and Southwest Washington as part of Comcast’s 13th Comcast Cares Day. Community members are encouraged to sign up for projects at www.handsonportland.org in the Portland Metro area with Hands On Greater Portland and www.comcastinthecommunity.com.
Comcast Cares Day, which takes place each April during National Volunteer Month, is Comcast and NBCUniversal’s signature day of service and the nation’s largest single-day corporate volunteer effort. Comcast is partnering with several community partners again this year to bring volunteers to more than 20 project sites throughout the region. Volunteers will clean shelves, paint, remove invasive species and do much more to make a lasting impact in communities from Longview, WA to Eugene, OR.
This year the company expects more than 80,000 Comcast and NBCUniversal volunteers to participate in over 700 projects across the country and around the globe. To date, more than half a million volunteers have contributed over 3 million volunteer hours since Comcast Cares Day started in 2001.
“We’re proud once again to partner with nonprofits such as Hands On Greater Portland to improve our communities during our 13th Comcast Cares Day,” added Rodrigo Lopez, Comcast Oregon & SW Washington regional vice president. “The hard work of the 1,900 volunteers who will be donating their time to significantly impact the lives of others is inspiring, and I am thankful to all of our participants who will make Comcast Cares Day a success.”
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 $14 million in grants to partner organizations to match the efforts of our volunteers 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 www.comcast.com/community.
Sample of Comcast Cares Day Projects
Parklane and Oliver Elementary Schools in Portland (8:30 am – 1:00 pm, 15811 SE Main St. Portland, OR 97233)
Four hundred volunteers will spruce up the grounds, classrooms and hallways. There will also be work done in the schools’ “Global Garden”. Main hallways will get a fresh coat of paint and there are also plans for the playground if weather permits.
Santa Maria Youth Farm with Supa Fresh (9:00 am – 1:00 pm, 9055 SW Locust Rd. Tigard, OR 97223 and Metzger Elementary School)
One hundred volunteers will install raised garden beds, paint and clean Supa Fresh’s new location, plant vegetables, landscape gardens and clean and stock the food bank.
Kevanna Park with Vancouver Watersheds Alliance (9:00 am – 1:00 pm, 10500 NE 47th St. Vancouver, WA 98682)
One hundred volunteers will cut blackberry bushes, pull ivy, spread mulch and pick up litter.
Binky Patrol - Blankets for Children (9:00 am – 2:00 pm, Raleigh Hills School 5225 SW Scholls Ferry Rd. Portland, OR 97225)
One hundred volunteers will organize, cut fabric and sew binky blankets for vulnerable children and teens distributed through local shelters and youth-serving agencies.
Willow Creek with SOLVE (9:00 am – 12:00 pm, 17415 NW Walker Rd. Beaverton, OR)
To help maintain plants, 75 volunteers will place mulch around trees and remove invasive plants.
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 30 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 non-profit 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 service, expanding digital literacy, and building tomorrow’s leaders. Since its inception, the Comcast Foundation has donated nearly $140 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.
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