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Feb 08th

Comcast Cares Day at Urban League

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comcast-care-day1For area homeowners, weekends in April are often set aside for spring cleaning. The story is quite the same for Twin Cites nonprofits who need help with landscape clean-up, sorting and pitching, painting, general fix-up and more at their respective facilities. And Comcast reached out to lend a helping hand.

On Saturday morning, April 27, Lynn Mulkern, Comcast project leader, worked with 70 Comcast volunteers at two sites for the Minneapolis Urban League.

Mulkern and her team replaced and refreshed all the red lava rock and mulch around the headquarters on Plymouth Ave. N. Another Comcast group was on site at the Urban League Academy on Blaisdell, mulching, planting flowers and bringing in big flower pots for the entrance to the school.

More than 1,600 Comcast employees, family members and friends volunteered at more than a dozen Twin Cities project sites as a part of Comcast Cares Day during National Volunteer Week. This year marks the company’s 12th annual event, with more than 70,000 volunteers at 600 locations in Comcast communities around the country. Rallying around this year’s theme, “Making Change Happen,” Comcast Cares Day is widely recognized as the nation’s largest single-day volunteer effort.

comcast-care-day2“Comcast is a true champion for this community – not just for the support it gives to programs like ours that promote youth development and prepare people for the workforce, but because its employees make a personal commitment to community service through their volunteer work on Comcast Cares Day,” said MUL President/CEO Scott Gray. “On behalf of our board of directors and the entire MUL staff family, we thank each of you for making that commitment.”

“Our employees [always] look forward to Comcast Cares Day each year because they’re excited to volunteer with local social service organizations whose programs are key to the stability and health of the communities where we live and work,” said Mary Beth Schubert, Comcast’s vice president of corporate affairs. “We’ve partnered with a number of these organizations for more than a decade.”

Budgets continue to be tight for nonprofits. They are busy serving their clients and welcome extra help with clean-up and the kinds of chores that are difficult to get around to doing.

comcast-care-day3“We take special care to make sure our projects are well planned and fully staffed with volunteers who are ready to roll up their sleeves and get to work,” added Schubert. “And we are particularly excited about this year’s Comcast Cares Day as the company celebrates its 50th anniversary.”

At three dozen separate non-profit sites, Comcast employees landscaped, power washed, painted, sorted donations, restocked warehouses and food shelves, installed garage doors, deep-cleaned kitchens, and more.

Since its beginnings in 2001, Comcast Cares Day nationally has contributed 2.6 million volunteer hours and $12 million to local non-profit organizations. The company is expecting to top the three-million hour mark in volunteer participation with this year’s event, and will expand internationally with the participation by NBCUniversal employees at various project sites in London and France.

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