Comcast volunteers lend a hand to YMCA

For area homeowners, weekends are often set aside for spring cleaning. The story is quite the same for Twin Cites nonprofits who need help with landscape clean-up, sorting and pitching, painting, general fix-up and more at their respective facilities. And Comcast has reached out to lend a helping hand.

Comcast’s (left to right) Bridgette Hoffman, Ray Alexander, TJ Alexander and Isaiah Holl, with Emma B. Howe Family YMCA’s Lynsey Frantz (white shirt) at YMCA Camp Guy Robinson in Lake George Regional Park.

Comcast’s (left to right) Bridgette Hoffman, Ray Alexander, TJ Alexander and Isaiah Holl, with Emma B. Howe Family YMCA’s Lynsey Frantz (white shirt) at YMCA Camp Guy Robinson in Lake George Regional Park.

Scott Hoffman and Ross Keveles have built a volunteer team at Comcast. Hoffman is the manager at communication operations at Comcast and Keveles is a field care liaison.

They served as project site coordinator for Comcast Cares Day and led a team on an ambitious community project that included YMCA Camp Guy Robinson, which is located at Anoka County’s Lake George Regional Park.

They and other site coordinators led more than 1,600 Comcast employees, their families and friends for a morning of volunteering for more than three dozen nonprofits in the Twin Cities area during National Volunteer Week.

This year marked the company’s 12th annual event, with more than 70,000 volunteers at over 600 locations in Comcast communities around the country.

The crews were asked to rake leaves, clear and refurbish trails and activity areas, paint indoors and outdoors, and provide general repair work and camp cleanup.

Volunteers also built six nine-square multiple player games (variation of the popular playground four-square game) for the Guy Robinson camp, which provides summer opportunities for kids ages four through 14.

“Our employees look forward to Comcast Cares Day each year because they’re excited to volunteer with local social service organizations whose programs are key to the stability and health of the communities where we live and work,” said Mary Beth Schubert, Comcast’s vice president of corporate affairs.

“We’ve partnered with a number of these organizations for more than a decade.”

“We take special care to make sure our projects are well planned and fully staffed with volunteers who are ready to roll up their sleeves and get to work.”

Since its beginnings in 2001, Comcast Cares Day nationally has contributed 2.6 million volunteer hours and $12 million to local non-profit organizations.

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