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Comcast Cares Day Unites Thousands of Volunteers across Washington State to Help the Homeless Community

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On Saturday May 4, 2019, more than 3,000 local Comcast
employees and their families, friends and community
partners will “make change happen” as they volunteer with 27 nonprofit
organizations, spanning 35 project locations across the state as part of
the 18th annual Comcast
Cares Day

Comcast Cares Day is more than just a day – it is an illustration of the
spirit of volunteerism that employees bring to life each and every day.
From using technology to create positive change, such as teaching
digital literacy skills, to mentoring youth, stocking food banks and
beautifying parks, Comcast NBCUniversal employees volunteer during this
celebration and throughout the year to make a lasting impact. To date,
more than 1 million Comcast Cares Day volunteers have contributed over 6
million service hours to improve local communities through more than
10,000 projects. This year, the company expects more than 100,000
volunteers from Comcast, NBCUniversal, and for the first time, Sky, to
participate in projects across the country and around the world.

More than half of this year’s projects in Washington state will directly
support those living without shelter or in transitional housing. Comcast
volunteers will repair fencing and revitalize outdoor landscaping around
temporary homes in Everett; serve meals to supportive housing residents
and beautify community areas in Seattle; hand out hygiene kits in
Sumner; clean, garden and paint shelters in Spokane and participate in
various other projects across the state.

Why homelessness?

According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, 30
out of every 10,000 people experienced homelessness in Washington state
in 2018. Of those, 22,304 — 35 percent — were chronically homeless,
with 60 percent staying in unsheltered locations such as in a tent or on
the street.1

In King County, approximately 12,112 people experienced homelessness,
including 1,518 unaccompanied homeless youth and 921 homeless veterans.*
Through Comcast Cares Day projects, community members, nonprofits and
local organizations will team up to support homeless populations,
strengthening the continuum of care one neighborhood at a time.

This year, Comcast is proud to partner with Plymouth Housing, a
Seattle-based nonprofit aimed at eliminating homelessness through safe,
high-quality supportive housing. Throughout its 40-year history,
Plymouth has supported Seattle’s homeless population, especially those
struggling with chronic homelessness, mental health conditions and
chemical dependency, and has a 94 percent success rate at helping people
remain in permanent housing. For greater impact, Comcast Cares Day
volunteers will report to nine of Plymouth Housing’s fourteen locations,
launching multiple community outreach efforts and building projects with
a unified goal.

“Comcast Cares is part of our mission to give back to the communities we
serve,” said Amy Lynch, Senior Regional Vice President, Comcast
Washington. “I am inspired by our employees, and their families and
friends who take this time to volunteer and make a difference in the
lives of so many Washingtonians.”

“When business leaders like Comcast take an active interest in
supporting those who have experienced homelessness, everyone in our
community benefits,” said Paul Lambros, Chief Executive Officer of
Plymouth Housing. “When volunteers come to serve meals or beautify our
buildings, they connect our residents to the greater community and
remind them that they are valued members of our society. That goes a
long way toward helping them achieve stability after the traumas of

The Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation will also provide grants to local
partner organizations on behalf of volunteers who contribute their time
on Comcast Cares Day. The grants will help Comcast’s partners continue
their mission of serving the community throughout the year. To date, the
Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation has awarded nearly $25 million in grants
to local nonprofit organizations who have served as partners on Comcast
Cares Day.

For more information on Comcast NBCUniversal and Sky volunteer and
community impact initiatives, visit

Comcast Cares Day Projects | Washington State | 2019


  • McCleary Veterans of Foreign Wars: Volunteers will help fix a
    deteriorated brick wall by removing and re-siding it, as well as help
    re-side an exterior wall that is warped and leaking. Volunteers will
    also build assistance kits for veterans experiencing homelessness.


  • YMCA: Volunteers will participate in the YMCA’s “Healthy Kids
    Day” by helping set up for the event, assisting in children’s
    activities and supporting cleanup and tear down. Others will help
    paint picnic tables, plant flowers and vegetables in planters and
    gardens, and lay out flooring for a ball pit using sand and rubber
    mats. Volunteers will also help spread bark, trim vegetation, remove
    blackberry bushes along the fence line and load debris for disposal.
  • Northwest Harvest: Volunteers will help package donated food
    that will be distributed to Washington food banks, as well as remove
    large furniture from the facility for disposal.
  • Nexus Youth & Families: Volunteers will help organize and
    stock the pantry, and prepare food for local shelters serving those
    experiencing homelessness. Volunteers will also assemble shelving and
    closets for the clothing donation area and for other Nexus sites.
    Others will work on removing flooring from the Arcadia home and help
    level, paint and insulate a newly installed shed.
  • Operation Gratitude: Volunteers will help assemble “Battalion
    Buddies,” stuffed bears to comfort children of deployed troops. Others
    will help assemble 200 paracord survival bracelets, which Operation
    Gratitude will include in care packages.


  • Camp Korey: Volunteers will help get Camp Korey ready for the
    summer season through carpentry as well as painting the “Diagon Alley”
    area, constructing a challenge course, painting three bathrooms and
    assembling bunk beds. Others will help prepare for an upcoming
    fundraiser by making goodie bags and nametags. Volunteers will also
    help set up teepees and plant trees and flowers.


  • Salvation Army: Volunteers will repair and upgrade the property
    through various landscaping activities, such as clearing out old
    flower beds and filling with bark and mulch to support new shrubs and
    other plants. Volunteers will also help clean dining room equipment
    and repaint interior spaces.


  • Return to Interfaith Northwest: Volunteers will help pressure
    wash, perform sheet rock repairs and assist in resetting fence posts.
    Volunteers will also help make temporary homes for the homeless to
    feel safe and comfortable by performing various cleaning tasks and
    refreshing wall paint. Others will assist in revitalizing the outdoor
    landscape, repairing fences and restoring the kids area.
  • United Way of Snohomish County: Over 100 volunteers will engage
    in a variety of activities throughout the day, such as making reusable
    grocery bags, serving meals, conducting family workshops, running an
    Internet Essentials informational booth and offering free face
    painting and art activities.
  • Housing Hope: Volunteers will make up to 100 no-sew fleece
    blankets for families experiencing homelessness at Housing Hope


  • Tacoma Rescue Mission: Volunteers will assemble hygiene kits
    for the homeless. The goal will be to assemble 800 kits for men, women
    and children. Others will help make up to 50 no-sew blankets for
    people experiencing homelessness.


  • Operation Gratitude: Volunteers will support Operation
    Gratitude’s mission to lift spirits and meet the evolving needs of the
    U.S. Military and first responder communities. Volunteers will work to
    complete hundreds of personalized letters of appreciation and colorful
    drawings to include in care packages that will be sent to deployed
    troops, veterans, new recruits and first responders.
  • Everett Food Bank: Volunteers will help contribute to
    Volunteers of America’s Hunger Prevention Services, serving those in
    need. Volunteers will help sort and organize donated food, repackage
    bulk food and engage in various cleaning activities.
  • Farmer Frog: Volunteers will help redevelop and cultivate a
    farm to help feed communities and support self-sustainable farming.
    The farm was damaged this year due to snow.


  • Family Education & Support Services: Volunteers will help
    Family Education & Support Services move offices by cleaning up the
    old space, shredding paper and helping load furniture that has been


  • Mother 2 Many: Volunteers will gather at Sumner Skate Park and
    other parks in the area to assemble supplies such as hygiene kits,
    food and beverages to give to youth and families experiencing
  • Sumner Parks Department: Volunteers will help beautify and
    revitalize a Sumner park by spreading bark, painting tables and
    planting flowers.
  • Metro Parks: Volunteers will work on various gardening and
    planting activities to help enhance and maintain the Point Defiance
    Park. Some activities include weeding, removing invasive species,
    repairing gravel trails and various other tasks. Volunteers will also
    assemble hygiene and essential care kits to donate to local
    organizations serving families experiencing homelessness.


  • Friends of Youth: Volunteers will help beautify and revitalize
    the Friends of Youth’s Kirkland campus by pulling weeds, spreading
    mulch and planting/restoring flowers. Volunteers will also organize
    and clean the donation area in order to make basic-need items more


  • Plymouth Housing: Volunteers will be split across nine
    locations to help serve the community by playing bingo with residents,
    cleaning up community areas, sorting supplies, preparing painting
    projects, serving meals and performing various other community
  • YouthCare: Volunteers will cook and serve dinner to LGBTQ youth
    experiencing homeless.
  • Food Lifeline: Volunteers will work with Food Lifeline staff to
    sort and repack thousands of pounds of food the organization rescues
    from waste.


  • Volunteers of America: Volunteers will assemble no-sew fleece
    blankets and 1,000 hygiene bags for local organizations.
  • House Hope: Volunteers will help clean, organize donations and
    the clothing bank, perform indoor painting and clean carpets.
  • CrossWalk: Volunteers will assist in organizing the pantry and
    donation closets, as well as help with indoor cleaning and painting.
  • Alexandria’s House: Volunteers will help deep clean the home as
    well as assist with gardening and lawn care.
  • The Lloyd House: Volunteers will help clean and paint the
    interior of the home.

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About Comcast Corporation

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company with three primary businesses: Comcast Cable, NBCUniversal and
Sky. Comcast Cable is one of the United States’ largest video,
high-speed internet and phone providers to residential customers under
the Xfinity brand, and also provides these services to businesses. It
also provides wireless and security and automation services to
residential customers under the Xfinity brand. NBCUniversal is global
and operates 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. Sky is one of Europe’s leading media and entertainment
companies, connecting customers to a broad range of video content
through its pay television services. It also provides communications
services, including residential high-speed internet, phone and wireless
services. Sky operates the Sky News broadcast network and sports and
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1 * HUD (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development).
2018. The 2018 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress. Washington,
DC: HUD Office of Community Planning and Development.