Comcast Cares Day volunteers work at the Salvation Army

Steve Rakotz served as project site coordinator for Comcast Cares Day April 21, leading a team of colleagues and friends on an ambitious community project that included the Salvation Army Harvest Center in Coon Rapids.

Raking leaves (left to right) Tom Hajder, Justin Rakotz and Brent Ficocello help out with spring cleanup at Salvation Army, Harvest Center, Coon Rapids, as a part of Comcast Cares Day 2012.

Raking leaves (left to right) Tom Hajder, Justin Rakotz and Brent Ficocello help out with spring cleanup at Salvation Army, Harvest Center, Coon Rapids, as a part of Comcast Cares Day 2012.

He and 33 other site coordinators were among more than 1,300 Comcast employees, their families and friends who took part in a morning of volunteering for 24 nonprofits in the Twin Cities area.

This was the 11th annual event for Comcast to reach out and work for nonprofits.

Over 20 volunteers, along with a local Boy Scout troop, tackled outside work at the Salvation Army’s service center in Coon Rapids.

Volunteers trimmed shrubs, added mulch, raked and otherwise provided a fresh, spring cleanup to the property, where everyone spends a lot of time.

“The Salvation Army is busy in every community,” said Envoy Alan Carlson, administrator of the Coon Rapids Salvation Army.

“We wouldn’t be able to make the impact we have without the help of dedicated volunteers.

“Not only do we get work done, we have a chance to explain to our new friends what the army actually does with all of the change we get in kettles each Christmas.”

More than 30,000 local volunteers help The Salvation Army provide services from child daycare to senior housing.

Employees look forward to Comcast Cares Day because they are excited to volunteer with social service nonprofits, whose missions and programs are key to the stability and health of the communities where we live and work, according to Mary Beth Schubert, Comcast’s vice president of corporate affairs.

“We know budgets continue to be tight for nonprofits,” Schubert said. “Our projects are well planned and fully staffed with volunteers who are ready to roll up their sleeves and get to work.”

Comcast Cares Day is the company’s national day of service.

It has become one of the largest single-day corporate volunteer efforts in the country with more than 62,000 Comcast employees volunteering at 620 nonprofit sites to improve the communities they serve throughout the nation.

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