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Local Comcast office helps Tri-County during Comcast Cares Day
Stacey O'Neal (left) and Monica Patterson paint walls inside the Tri-County Protective Agency shelter as the Comcast employees take part in Comcast Cares Day Saturday morning. Volunteers from the cable company painted and decorated a children's play area and donated a flat screen TV. Outside they updated the landscape and built a swing set for the. - photo by By Patty Leon / Coastal Courier
Employees of the Comcast office in Hinesville were among the 50,000 Comcast employees, families and friends who participated in the seventh annual "Comcast Cares Day," one of the nation's largest single-day corporate volunteer efforts, Saturday.
The local Comcasters pitched in to give a face-lift, indoors and out, to the Tri-County Protective Agency shelter.
The agency serves families in Liberty County who are in crisis due to domestic violence, abuse and other issues. The agency, a non-profit 501C3 organization.
Armed with lawnmowers, paint brushes, tools and creativity the Comcasters cut the grass, built a swing set, fixed up a basketball court, put down fresh mulch and painted and re-screened an outdoor patio.
"Today is all about Comcast coming out into the community and helping an organization," Darryl Cook, customer service supervisor for the Hinesville area office, said. "We want to show that organizations like this one are vital to the community. We wanted to show our appreciation and lend a helping hand."
Inside, the teams were busy cleaning up and painting, turning a former living room into a children's play area. In addition to the work Comcast donated a flat screen TV, dual DVD and VCR player, a new rug for the play area and toys.
"To see this many people get up on a Saturday morning and donate their time is just awesome," Cheryl Hughes, Tri-County's assistant director, said. "The kids are inside and they are so excited. They can't wait to come outside and play and to enjoy their new indoor toy room. It's going to be great."
Hughes said Comcast helped in more ways than the employees realize. The organization relies on volunteer hours to match federal grants.
"This will help us tremendously toward that goal," she said.
Able to house up to 12 clients, the agency works to break the cycle of domestic abuse, teaches clients life and job skills, counsels children and families in an effort to give them the ability to leave the center on their own and maintain a healthy and happy life away from abuse or neglect.
Hughes said for some it only takes one stay at the center to get them on their feet and back into society. Others, she said, find it difficult to quickly break the cycle and some have returned to the center on many occasions.
Hughes said the tendency is a client will return up to nine times before making the transition to a life away from abuse.
The agency relies on community support of donations and volunteer services, like Comcast's, to stay open.
Saturday's nationwide Comcast Cares' participants were expected to donate 300,000 volunteer hours, benefiting nearly 500 community organizations in 37 states and the District of Columbia. When combined with the previous Comcast Cares Days, the total volunteer hours of service was expected to exceed one million, Cook said.
The Comcast Foundation will also donate more than $1.5 million to community partner organizations on behalf of each employee and family member who volunteered.
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