Over the last 17 years, Comcast has provided outstanding volunteer efforts with a mission to give back to communities nationwide. While Comcast participates in a number of volunteer opportunities throughout the year, one day in particular is extraordinarily special. Comcast Cares Day is a yearly event celebrated by the company in an effort to do good throughout the communities that they serve. On this day, 100,000 volunteers around the country dedicate their time and energy to lend a helping hand to local organizations and causes that they are passionate about. This year, on the event’s 17th anniversary, Comcast employees, family and friends dedicated their time to clean up Tacoma’s Titlow Park.
On Saturday, April 21, 2018, nearly 200 Comcast volunteers served the greater Tacoma area by cleaning up this popular 75-acre park. From weeding and repairing the gravel trail systems, to restoring the playground and cleaning up the beach that overlooks the Puget Sound, volunteers rolled up their sleeves and got to work. Comcast employees were joined by Tacoma’s Metro Parks, Cub Scout Pack 692, Bethel High School’s Junior ROTC program, and even collaborated with a group of college students from UW Tacoma on a conservation project dedicated to removing invasive plant species throughout Titlow Park’s wooded areas.
Among the volunteers on Comcast Cares Day at Titlow Park was Emerson Sampaio, Comcast’s Vice President of Engineering and Technology.
“Comcast Cares Day is a celebration of what Comcast is truly interested in, which is giving back to the community,” Sampaio told us. “We did a lot of work and it was outstanding seeing the community that will benefit from the work that we did there that day.”
While the park was being cleaned up, volunteers also organized and collected items to include in more than 700 personal hygiene care kits to donate to the Tacoma Rescue Mission. The Rescue Mission is a nonprofit organization that provides emergency shelter, food, and other resources to homeless men, women, and children in Tacoma.
“We took everything to the park that day and started assembling those hygiene kits for the community,” Sampaio said. That afternoon, Comcast donated 18 boxes and barrels filled with essential items such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, razors, shaving cream and soap to the Tacoma Rescue Mission. This year, Comcast made it a goal to support those living without shelter or who are in transitional housing.
“There were more than 300 total volunteers participating in projects around the area, including at sites like Swan Creek Park, the Tacoma Humane Society and others in partnership with the City of Puyallup,” Sampaio added. “Comcast understands the value of giving back to the communities we serve. Our employees volunteer year-round and Comcast actively supports this culture through events like Comcast Cares Day.”
The company has spent nearly 5 million total hours dedicated to community service, and this year they surpassed their goal of having their one-millionth volunteer participant.
All are encouraged to join in Comcast’s dedication to community service. If you or someone you know is interested in participating in upcoming volunteer opportunities, visit Comcast’s website to learn more their ongoing investment to the communities and neighborhoods that they serve.