From a Comcast news release.
On May 4, 2019, more than 300 local Comcast NBCUniversal employees and their families, friends, and community partners made a difference as they volunteered alongside Farmer Frog and other local organizations as part of the 18th annual Comcast Cares Day.
For the third year in a row, Comcast volunteers from the Lynnwood office worked in partnership with Farmer Frog, a nonprofit which turns underutilized sites into environmentally sound, food-producing farms and gardens.
At Farmer Frog’s Paradise Farm, volunteers helped reestablish a farm that suffered snow damage from winter storms and built out their aquaponic growing system, in addition to supporting the nonprofit’s work to create self-sustainable farming and help feed local communities.
Zsofia Pasztor, executive co-director, founder and vice president of Farmer Frog, said that since Farmer Frog is a volunteer-supported organization, without help from Comcast and others, the group could not serve the thousands of families who count on Farmer Frog for fresh produce, and hands-on STEM education.
“Students and families depend on us for access to these often very expensive opportunities,” she noted. “By being able to receive fresh food and learn in an interactive outdoor learning space, they can go further in their education and be healthier. Comcast is a vital part of our work.”
Comcast volunteers from the Lynnwood area also participated in projects in partnership with other local organizations, including:
- The Everett Food Bank: As part of Volunteers of America’s Hunger Prevention services, Comcast volunteers helped sort and organize donated food, repackage bulk food, and perform various cleaning activities.
- Operation Gratitude: Comcast volunteers wrote letters of appreciation and created colorful drawings to include in care packages that will be sent to deployed troops, veterans, new recruits, and first responders.
“Operation Gratitude is proud to partner with Comcast on a day that demonstrates that their employees truly do care about our men and women serving around the world," said Kevin Schmiegel, CEO of Operation Gratitude.
He went on to say, “As a 20-year Marine Veteran, I can tell you that the impact of these tangible expressions of appreciation on the recipients is profound.”
Comcast Cares Day is more than just a day – it is an illustration of the spirit of volunteerism that Comcast employees bring to life each and every day. From using technology to create positive change such as teaching digital literacy skills, to mentoring youth, to stocking food banks, to beautifying parks, Comcast NBCUniversal employees volunteer during this celebration and throughout the year to make a lasting impact.
To date, more than one million Comcast Cares Day volunteers have contributed over six million service hours to improve local communities at 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.
Comcast volunteers reestablishing Farmer Frog Paradise Farm. Photo courtesy of Comcast.