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

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    More than 3,000 Employees, Family Members and Friends Join Nonprofits
    Statewide to Make Change Happen

    SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–On Saturday May 4, 2019, more than 3,000 local Comcast
    NBCUniversal
    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
    homelessness.”

    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 www.comcast.com/community.

    Comcast Cares Day Projects | Washington State | 2019

    Aberdeen

    • 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.

    Auburn

    • 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.

    Bellingham

    • 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.

    Bremerton

    • 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.

    Everett

    • 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
      properties.

    Fife

    • 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.

    Lynnwood

    • 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.

    Olympia

    • 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
      sold.

    Puyallup

    • 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
      homelessness.
    • 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.

    Redmond

    • 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
      accessible.

    Seattle

    • 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
      activities.
    • 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.

    Spokane

    • 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

    Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA) is a global media and technology
    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
    entertainment networks, produces original content and has exclusive
    content rights. Visit www.comcastcorporation.com for
    more information.

    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.

    Contacts

    Andy Colley
    Public Relations, Comcast Washington
    [email protected]
    | Cell: 425-248-5438
    www.washington.comcast.com