This week, you’ll be hearing from our Executive Director, Jen Barth, about volunteering with the rest of the Schoolhouse Supplies team last weekend for Comcast Cares Day.
Here at Schoolhouse Supplies, we have the honor of working on a daily basis with volunteers who help us support and grow our impact in the community. Last weekend, we got to pay it forward by fielding a volunteer team to participate in Comcast Cares Day, a program in its 12th year, which has coordinated more 3 million service hours since it started in 2001.
This year, more than 70,000 Comcast employees and volunteers worked at 700 sites worldwide. We were thrilled to be part of the team at the Faubion School.
Beyond the obvious benefit of getting to support a school community we know well from our work together in the Tools for Schools and Free Store for Teachers programs, I was thrilled to have an opportunity to volunteer with my 6-year-old daughters.
We started out the day bright and early at 8am last Saturday morning. We worked on a lot of projects throughout the day: painting the playground, cleaning throughout the school, and weeding, mulching, and planting in the garden. Our group included Schoolhouse Supplies staff, friends, and family, who joined community groups from across Portland. Our friends at Hands On Greater Portland did an incredible job of mobilizing such a powerful effort!
My daughters’ favorite activities were painting the “alphabet crocodile,” and digging up weeds in the playground area. They are already asking when we can return again to visit our new friends at Faubion.
In the words of Faubion Principals Lee and McCalley, “We’re excited about our work because we know that a well-prepared school helps students be successful. Your labor of love has made the difference the lives of our students and maybe even provided a reason for students to stay in school.”
Kudos to our friends at Comcast for spearheading such an incredible effort. We look forward to exploring more opportunities to engage our volunteer community at the schools we support in the coming year. If you have ideas or suggestions, feel free to email Caitlin Collings or me at any time.