Volunteerism Goes Virtual at Comcast

by Cheng Saechao, Senior Community Impact Specialist

In this work-from-home environment, organizations that rely on volunteer assistance have struggled, and it’s been equally challenging for employees to participate in volunteer projects in our communities the way we used to. Fortunately, Comcast employees have found some creative work-arounds, enabling us to give back through virtual/at-home volunteer projects in partnership with local community organizations.

Many Comcasters participated in a do-it-yourself neighborhood clean-up in conjunction with SOLVE Oregon, and members of Comcast’s Women’s Network created STEM Kits for girls in collaboration with non-profit ChickTech.

In pre-pandemic times, Comcast’s “Beyond School Walls” program would be bringing kids from Big Brothers Big Sisters Columbia Northwest to our offices for monthly mentoring and fun. In a creative pivot, the “bigs” collaborated on-line with their “littles” to write letters and make cards for isolated local seniors in residential care with assistance from non-profit GlamourGals.

Big Sister Jessica Bruck, an Xfinity Communities account executive, says the project filled her with gratitude and happiness. “I had no idea that GlamourGals existed, so it was great to learn what they are about and how they are worked to stay connected with senior citizens in this virtual world. I loved how everyone was genuinely curious to see each other’s artwork. The stories we got to hear were fun, too!” Her Little Sister, Cam, was equally enthusiastic. “This project made me happy. I’m glad Jessica invited me and that we got to do this together. I would like to do more projects like this. I hope that my card makes an old person smile and be happy for the day.” Not surprisingly, drawing was her favorite part of the day.

We can’t say thanks enough to the wonderful folks who volunteer their time and efforts to bring joy to others!

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