Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Metro State selected to partner with Comcast on annual day of service

On Sat., April 24, Metropolitan State College of Denver faculty, staff and students will join more than 60,000 volunteers across the country in support of the 9th annual Comcast Cares Day.

One of the largest single-day corporate volunteer efforts in the country, Comcast Cares Day builds on the volunteer efforts of its employees, families and friends to make a positive impact in neighborhoods across the country. Last year they had a record-breaking turnout, with more than 60,000 volunteers doing their part at 600 project sites around the country.

Selected as Comcast’s signature project in Colorado for that day, Metro State will be joined by more than 400 Comcast employees and their families to tackle a variety of projects, including a city-wide food drive, painting, planting trees, sorting books in the library and landscaping. In addition, volunteers will help the Center for Visual Art prepare to open its new location in the Santa Fe Art District.

“We are excited about coming together to complete much-needed work on campus, and look forward to learning from each other at the same time,” says Metro State Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Foundation Executive Director Carrie Besnette.

In addition to the volunteer hours provided by Comcast, the company also will assist in purchasing supplies for all of the projects and will help facilitate in-kind donations as needed. Through the food drive at the Tivoli, Comcast also hopes to fill the Metro State Food Bank pantry and many other pantries across metro Denver.

The day, to be coordinated by the 2009-10 Metro Leads class and Auraria Campus administrators, will provide memorable and educational experiences for all involved, according to Comcast Communications Vice President Cindy Parsons, who also serves on the Metro State Foundation Board of Directors.

She believes that working side by side will facilitate countless conversations between Comcast employees and students, staff and professors at Metro State.

“Education is a big part of what Comcast supports philanthropically. It will be a really big day. We are creating a workforce of the future,” Parsons says.

Volunteers should look forward to a minimum six-hour work day, and must be at least 16 years old. To learn more, click here.

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