For Comcast Utah, our favorite day of the year is Comcast Cares Day, when we have the opportunity to work shoulder-to-shoulder with our friends, family and neighbors to support community organizations that make this such a wonderful place to live.
On April 22, over 6,000 Comcast employees and their families, friends and community partners volunteered around Utah as part of the 16th annual Comcast Cares Day.
A Day Like No Other
To Comcast employees in Utah and across the country, Comcast Cares Day is more than just a day – it’s the culmination of our commitment to volunteerism and making change happen in the communities where we live and work.
This year we worked with 14 Utah schools and community-based organizations to provide crews of eager volunteers and all the supplies necessary to complete projects ranging from landscaping and cleanup to painting and construction.
Impact in Utah
Comcast Cares Day volunteers cleaned and improved the Palmer Court subsidized apartments and sorted donated supplies for The Road Home in Salt Lake City, an organization dedicated to helping those experiencing homelessness. Volunteers also helped to build an outdoor amphitheater at the Walden School for Liberal Arts in Provo and installed a new Frisbee course by Fort Buenaventura in Ogden.
“We are so proud to partner with these important organizations and so proud to witness the amazing change that’s possible when thousands of volunteers donate their time to make a difference in the lives of others,” said Merlin Jensen, Comcast vice president of technical operations.
“We are humbled and inspired by the Utah community’s response to Comcast Cares Day, and we are so thankful for the participants who help to make this effort a success today and throughout the year,” Jensen said.
The Road Home, which provided shelter to over 8,000 Utahns in need in 2016, welcomed nearly 800 volunteers on Comcast Cares Day for cleaning, painting and other maintenance projects.
When the work was done, Michelle Flynn, The Road Home’s associate executive director of programs, looked around in wonder at the evidence of the day’s progress.
“We want to extend our gratitude and excitement to the Comcast Cares Day volunteers for this amazing opportunity to improve the look and condition of our buildings,” she said. “The work of these volunteers would take us years to accomplish on our own, and are forever grateful.”
Comcast Cares Day projects in Utah also included work for these organizations:
- Highland High School in Salt Lake City
- Boys and Girls Club of Greater Salt Lake
- Cyprus High School in Magna
- Hayden Peak Elementary in West Jordan
- Redwood Elementary in West Valley City
- YWCA Utah
- University of Utah Lowell Bennion Community Service Center
- Neighborhood House in Salt Lake City
- Salt Lake City
A National Movement
This year on Comcast Cares Day, more than 100,000 volunteers participated in approximately 900 projects across the country and around the world. To date, volunteers have contributed nearly 5 million volunteer hours at 7,700 projects since Comcast Cares Day began in 2001.
For us, Comcast Cares Day is more than just a day – it’s the culmination of Comcast’s commitment to volunteerism that began when our company was founded more than 50 years ago.