Volunteers worked on projects at several sites, including Granahan Playground (63rd & Callowhill), Haddington Branch Library (446 N. 65th Street) and a vacant lot at 420 N. Daggett Street. With the help of Mayor Michael A. Nutter and Philadelphia’s Managing Director Richard Negrin, the sites were cleaned, painted, landscaped and a new fence was erected around the Daggett Street lot.
PhillyRising, a pilot program created by Mayor Nutter and dedicated to improving public safety and the quality of life in Philadelphia’s distressed neighborhoods, designated these locations for the Comcast Cares Day project. SERVE Philadelphia, an initiative designed to increase service and volunteerism in Philadelphia, helped to organize volunteers on site.
This year, approximately 62,000 volunteers participated in an expected 620 projects nationwide on Comcast Cares Day, making it one of the largest single-day corporate volunteer efforts in the country.
About Comcast Cares Day:
Comcast Cares Day is a company-wide day of service in the communities where Comcast employees live and work. Employees, families and friends first took part in 1997 in what was then called Philadelphia Cares Day. By 2001, volunteer efforts had expanded nationwide and 10 years later the program involves more than 620 projects and approximately 62,000 volunteers. More information: http://www.comcast.com/inthecommunity.
About SERVE Philadelphia:
SERVE Philadelphia is an initiative launched by Mayor Nutter to dramatically increase service and volunteerism
in Philadelphia. Its goals are to create or elevate volunteer opportunities that impact educational outcomes and
contribute to community vitality, make it easier for citizens of every age to volunteer and to support both public
and private sector efforts to engage more volunteers in ways that have the greatest impact. More information:
About The PhillyRising Collaborative:
The PhillyRising Collaborative (PhillyRising) is a new program that targets neighborhoods throughout
Philadelphia that are plagued by chronic crime and quality of life problems that require a coordinated, multi
agency and community response. The primary objectives of PhillyRising are to help those living and working in
neighborhoods to realize their vision for their community, and build sustainable, responsive solutions to the
concerns of people living and working in each neighborhood.