Comcast Cares Day, April 26th, To Include Three Volunteer Projects In Maywood At Loyola; Irving and Garfield Schools

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 || By Michael Romain 

Comcast Cares Day, which is one of the country’s largest corporate-based volunteer initiatives, will take place on Saturday, April 26. The project’s administrators are expecting Comcast’s more than 7,000 employees based in the Ilinois, southwest Michigan and northwest Indian region to gather their friends, families and neighbors to participate in the event. More than 80 volunteer projects across Indiana and Illinois have been planned for this upcoming Saturday.

Maywood will host three of those projects at three different sites. Irving and Garfield will host school beautification projects, while Loyola Medical Center will host a blanket giveaway. As of press time, there were nine available volunteer opportunities for the Garfield project, but no opportunities were available for the Irving and Loyola projects. For more information on Comcast Cares Day, click here. The following are descriptions, pulled from the site, of each Maywood-based project:

Garfield Elementary School, 1514 S. 9th Avenue, 9 AM to 1 PM:

“The purpose of this project is to positively impact the youth of School District 89, proudly serving the Maywood, Melrose Park, and Broadview communities. The mission of School District 89 is to ensure the well-being of their students academically, emotionally, and socially, and to provide an environment that will prepare students to pursue college or career opportunities through meaningful learning experiences. This project will serve as a school beautification project to improve the inside and outside appearance of the school. The inside beautification will include touch up paint, painting murals, and character education words. The outside beautification will include planting flowers in the front of the school. This project will improve the learning environment and in turn student achievement.”

Irving Elementary, 805 S. 17th Avenue, 9 AM to 1 PM:

“The purpose of this project is to positively impact the youth of School District 89, proudly serving the Maywood, Melrose Park, and Broadview communities. The mission of School District 89 is to ensure the well-being of their students academically, emotionally, and socially, and to provide an environment that will prepare students to pursue college or career opportunities through meaningful learning experiences. This project will serve as a school beautification project to improve the inside and outside appearance of the school. The inside beautification will include touch up paint, painting murals, and character education words. The outside beautification will include planting flowers in the front of the school. This project will improve the learning environment and in turn student achievement.”

Loyola Medical Center, 2160 S. First Avenue, 8 AM to 1 PM:

“Loyola’s Comfort Care Project offers comfort and support to seriously and critically ill patients and their families. Homemade blankets are given to each patient or family member of the patient when they are in ICU. This project will include measuring, cutting material, and tying knots to make the blankets. Sewing will not be involved. We intend to make as many blankets as we can.”

According to John Crowley, a senior vice president with Comcast’s Greater Chicago Region, the purpose of the event is to promote public service.

“Comcast Cares Day makes a major difference in the lives of people in the communities we serve. We invite area residents who want to help and inspire others through volunteerism to participate in a Comcast Cares Day project in their community,” he said.

The Chicago Tribune reported that Comcast Cares Day has marshaled more than 500,000 volunteers and contributed more than 3 million volunteer hours since its founding in 2001. VFP

 

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