On Saturday, April 27, more than 250 local Comcast employees, their families and friends will “make change happen” as they volunteer to improve the outside of HopeSparks Family Services’ main building as part of the company’s 12th Annual Comcast Cares Day. This day is Comcast and NBC Universal’s signature day of service and the nation’s largest single-day corporate volunteer effort. Between 9 a.m .and noon the volunteers will be completing the following activities for HopeSparks:
Paint the building exterior
Pull weeds, rake, clean up the grounds
Lay sod to make empty lot more useful and attractive
Pull big shrubs in front of building
Organize HopesCloset, a boutique for HopeSparks clients in need of essential items
Organize their own clothing drive to benefit HopesCloset and receive the items
HopeSparks served over 4,500 children and families in 2012. Comcast's efforts would go toward supporting their mission of strengthening families. “We are so grateful to Comcast and their team for making sure the outside of our building looks just as great as the inside,” said David Duea, president/CEO of HopeSparks. “HopeSparks and Comcast share a common goal – an ongoing commitment to Tacoma. Our relationship is an excellent example of how public-private partnerships can make a difference. Thanks to Comcast’s continued support, we are able to beautify our agency for the children and families we serve."
This year, Comcast expects more than 70,000 Comcast volunteers to participate in over 600 projects across the country. Comcast also expects to achieve another important milestone of 3 million volunteer hours and half a million volunteers since Comcast Cares Day started in 2001.
“We’re so honored to partner with HopeSparks to work together to improve our community during our 12th Comcast Cares Day,” said Teresa O’Keefe, Comcast senior director for customer care and manager of Comcast’s Fife call center, where the approximately 250 employees will be coming from. “The hard work of the volunteers who will be donating their time to help make such a big difference in the lives of others is inspiring, and I am thankful to all of our participants who are helping to make the day a success.”