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Comcast Volunteer Partnership Provides Needed Campus Support


Contact: Tim Carroll, Office 303-556-5136, Cell 303-870-7705

Posted: April 20, 2010



(Denver, Colo.) — Metropolitan State College of Denver faculty, staff and students will join more than 400 local Comcast volunteers in support of the 9th annual Comcast Cares Day on Sat., April 24, from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. With state budget changes continuing to squeeze higher education funding, volunteers will rally together to tackle a number of maintenance needs on the Auraria Campus that otherwise may go unattended.

Selected as Comcast’s signature project in Colorado for that day, Metro State and Comcast employees and their families will tackle a variety of projects, including a city-wide food drive, painting, planting trees, sorting books in the library and landscaping. In addition, volunteers will help Metro State’s Center for Visual Art prepare for its planned June 3 re-opening at 965 Santa Fe Dr. in Denver’s ArtDistrict on Santa Fe.

“We are excited about coming together to complete much-needed work on campus, and look forward to learning from each other at the same time,” says Metro State Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Foundation Executive Director Carrie Besnette.  The College expects 450 volunteers from Metro State, in celebration of its upcoming 45th Anniversary.

In addition to the volunteer hours provided by Comcast, the company also will assist in purchasing supplies for all of the projects and will help facilitate in-kind donations as needed. Through the food drive at the Tivoli, Comcast also hopes to fill the Metro State Food Bank and many other pantries across metro Denver.
“For us it means a stock of three or four months of food. We get lots around holidays because of spirit of giving, says Steve Willich, Metro State Food Bank coordinator. “But, this influx at a slow time of the year is huge for us because we rely on donations.”
The day, to be coordinated by the 2009-10 Metro Leads class and Auraria Campus administrators, will provide memorable and educational experiences for all involved, according to Comcast Communications Vice President Cindy Parsons, who also serves on the Metro State Foundation Board of Directors.
One of the largest single-day corporate volunteer efforts in the country, Comcast Cares Day builds on the volunteer efforts of its employees, families and friends to make a positive impact in neighborhoods across the country. Last year they had a record-breaking turnout, with more than 60,000 volunteers doing their part at 600 project sites around the country.

“Education is a big part of what Comcast supports philanthropically. It will be a really big day. We are creating a workforce of the future,” Parsons says.

Volunteers should look forward to a minimum six-hour work day, and must be at least 16 years old. To learn more, visit http://www.mscd.edu/comcastcares/.

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About Metropolitan State College of Denver


With more than 23,000 students, Metro State is Colorado’s leader in educating undergraduate Coloradans, and is one of the largest four-year public colleges in the nation. The College enrolls the highest number of students of color among four-year colleges in the state. It boasts 66,000 alumni, with the bulk of them remaining in Colorado after graduation.