Last weekend, more than 300 Lynnwood-based Comcast NBCUniversal employees and their families, friends and community partners made a difference as they volunteered alongside Farmer Frog and other local organizations as part of the 18th annual Comcast Cares Day.
For the third year in a row, Comcast volunteers from the Lynnwood office worked in partnership with Farmer Frog, a nonprofit which turns underutilized sites into environmentally sound, food-producing farms and gardens. At Farmer Frog’s Paradise Farm in Woodinville, volunteers helped reestablish a farm that suffered snow damage from winter storms and built out their aquaponic growing system, in addition to supporting the nonprofit’s work to create self-sustainable farming and help feed local communities.
Zsofia Pasztor, executive co-director, founder and vice president of Farmer Frog, said that since Farmer Frog is a volunteer-supported organization, without help from Comcast and others, the group could not serve the thousands of families who count on Farmer Frog for fresh produce, and hands-on STEM education.
“Students and families depend on us for access to these often very expensive opportunities,” she said. “By being able to receive fresh food and learn in an interactive outdoor learning space, they can go further in their education and be healthier. Comcast is a vital part of our work.”
Comcast volunteers from the Lynnwood area also participated in projects in partnership with other local organizations, including:
- The Everett Food Bank: As part of Volunteers of America’s Hunger Prevention services, Comcast volunteers helped sort and organize donated food, repackage bulk food and perform various cleaning activities.
- Operation Gratitude: Comcast volunteers wrote letters of appreciation and created colorful drawings to include in care packages that will be sent to deployed troops, veterans, new recruits and first responders.