On Saturday, April 25, more than 175 local Comcast NBCUniversal employees and their families, friends and community partners will “make change happen” as they volunteer to improve the Monroe Boys & Girls Club as part of the 14th annual Comcast Cares Day. Comcast Cares Day, which takes place each April during National Volunteer Month, is Comcast NBCUniversal’s companywide celebration of their year-round commitment to service and the nation’s largest single-day corporate volunteer effort in the country.
This year, volunteers will participate in a range of projects at the Monroe Club intended to revamp and upgrade the Club, including: painting the interior of the building (excluding the gym), cleaning the interior and exterior of the building, building new storage cubbies, and landscaping which may include new fencing, raised garden beds and picnic tables.
“I think the kids will be able to take pride in their new Club. They have been asking for a “refresh” and this is an opportunity to show them that we are listening and their opinions matter. I think others who may not come to the Club on a regular basis will see this as a new, modern hangout for kids. This will be [a place] they will be more excited about coming to” expressed newly appointed Monroe Club Unit Director, Jeff Rasmussen.
In addition to Comcast Cares Day, through a partnership between The Comcast Foundation and United Way Worldwide, the Club will also be receiving a $25,000 grant to help kids get active and healthy. The grant includes technology to help the Club become a central hub for running a program using Sqord. Sqord utilizes a watch-like device and encourages kids to be physically active and helps them remain so by connecting with their peers and engaging in fitness challenges.
“We’re proud to partner with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Snohomish County to bring resources to the Monroe Club during our 14th Comcast Cares Day,” said Steve Kipp, Vice President for External Affairs of Comcast in Washington. “Our employees are looking forward to supporting them through a day of volunteering. And the Sqord program, launching in Monroe, is a great way of combining our digital literacy initiatives with United Way’s health and wellness efforts. We’re excited for the benefits this program can have for Monroe youth and the whole community.”
Pictures of the event will be posted on the Boys & Girls Clubs of Snohomish County website (bgcsc.org) and Facebook following the event to showcase the work of volunteers and the new Club renovations.