Volunteers Roll Up Sleeves, Donate Time During Comcast Cares Day
May 2, 2017 | Chicago, IL
More than 75 employees from Comcast, NBC5 Chicago and Telemundo Chicago donned green t-shirts and spent their morning making a difference at Erie Neighborhood House on Saturday, April 22, for the annual Comcast Cares Day.
The volunteers painted walls in Towne Hall, the primary space used by school-age children in the Expanded Learning Programs for Children and Youth, as well as hallways in the historic settlement house location in West Town.
They also spent time raking and weeding in the adjacent playground area and tilling soil in two planter boxes where students will grow produce this summer in partnership with the agency’s Health and Leadership Program.
Volunteers performed a variety of tasks—from painting to cleaning to working with Community Literacy students—during the annual Comcast Cares Day festivities at Erie House. FILE PHOTO
In addition, a handful of volunteers sat down with adult learners in the agency’s Community Literacy program to participate in English language conversation groups.
“The energy and enthusiasm this group of volunteers brought today was so heartwarming,” says Erie House executive director Kirstin Chernawsky. “It was great to see employees who brought their whole family along to pitch in.”
Because NBC5 Chicago and Telemundo Chicago selected Erie House as an official Comcast Cares Day site, several “celebrity” volunteers turned up to help out, including NBC5 anchors Allison Rosati and Dick Johnson and Telemundo anchor and reporter Alfonso Gutierrez. NBC5 reporter Pete Sack was on site providing live updates throughout the day for the morning news and CSN Chicago produced a segment highlighting the effort.
According to Chernawsky, the partnership between Comcast and Erie House spans more than a decade. Comcast furnished computers for the agency’s Mac lab, which is utilized by youth engaged in a media arts apprenticeship called Visionaries. The program—also funded by Comcast, in partnership with After School Matters—introduces students to basic and advanced concepts in digital photography, graphic design and video production.
The annual Comcast Cares Day brought TV personalities from NBC5 Chicago and Telemundo Chicago to Erie Neighborhood House for a day of service. FILE PHOTO
Comcast NBCUniversal has served as a sponsor for the annual Future of Promise awards dinner and provided access to Internet Essentials for Erie House families.
“We value the partnership that has developed with Comcast over time,” says Chernawsky. “Comcast Cares Day was a great success, and we’re so grateful for the work our volunteers completed today. It really does make a difference.”