Comcast Cares Day, the largest corporate volunteer initiatives in the nation, will be held on Saturday, April 26. This year, on its 13th anniversary, Comcast anticipates that more than 7,000 regional employees from Illinois, northwest Indiana and southwest Michigan and their families, friends and community partners will participate in more than 80 volunteer projects in locations ranging from Quincy to South Bend, Ind; from Decatur to Rockford; and all across the Chicago area.
"Comcast Cares Day makes a major difference in the lives of people in the communities we serve. We invite area residents that want to help and inspire others through volunteerism to participate in a Comcast Cares Day project in their community," said Comcast's Greater Chicago Region senior vice president, John Crowley.
Crowley added that area residents can find Comcast Cares Day projects near them and sign up to volunteer at www.comcastinthecommunity.com.
Comcast expects that more than 80,000 Comcast, NBCUniversal and community volunteers will participate in more than 700 projects across the country and around the globe on Comcast Cares Day. Since Comcast Cares Day began in 2001, more than a half million volunteers have contributed more than 3 million volunteer hours.
"Volunteerism is a game-changer, and it directly correlates to healthier, more resilient communities. In Illinois and across the Midwest, volunteerism is a part of our culture," said Brandon T. Bodor, executive director of the Serve Illinois Commission, (www.Serve.Illinois.gov) which provides information about ongoing volunteer opportunities. "Serve Illinois is proud that Comcast reinforces that year after year through Comcast Cares Day."
Northwest Suburban projects include:
• The Buddy Foundation Animal Shelter: 9 a.m., 65 W. Seegers Road, Arlington Heights. Projects include painting, gardening and landscaping.
• Clearbrook Center, in support of clients with developmental disabilities: 8 a.m. Project 1, 1425 Payne Road, Schaumburg; Project 2, 746 S. Vermont St., Palatine; or Project 3, 3201 W. Campbell St., Rolling Meadows. Projects include painting, repairing and replacement and moving furniture.
• Dundee-Highlands Elementary School, Boys & Girls Club of Dundee Township: 8:30 a.m., 407 S. 5th St., West Dundee. Project includes renovations.
• Easter Seals-Elgin: 8 a.m. 799 S McLean Blvd., Elgin. Project includes cleaning, painting and landscaping.
• Forest Preserve District of Cook County: 8 a.m., Harts Road and Touhy Ave., Niles. Projects include cleaning and landscaping.
• HandsOn Suburban Chicago-Streamwood High School Beautification: 8 a.m., 701 W. Schaumburg Road, Streamwood. Project includes painting and creating volleyball courts.
• Little Angels Center for Exceptional Care: 8 a.m., 1435 Summit, Elgin. Project includes cleaning, landscaping, painting and maintenance.
• Salvation Army: 8 a.m., 316 Douglas Ave., Elgin. Project includes leaning, landscaping and maintenance.