Comcast NBCUniversal Contributes $300,000 to Santa Rosa City Schools District for Development of New Integrated Wellness Center Serving Students and Families Impacted by Northern California Wildfires as Part of 17th Annual “Comcast Cares Day”

Santa Rosa Residents & Elected Officials to Participate as More Than 5,000 Comcast Volunteers Work at 19 California Schools or Community Organizations

LIVERMORE, Calif.--()--Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA):

WHEN:
Saturday, April 21, 2018
12:00 p.m. – Groundbreaking, community luncheon, elected officials speak and make announcement
Event lasts from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

WHAT:
Comcast Cares Day – Comcast NBCUniversal will donate $300,000 to the Santa Rosa City Schools district (SRCS) for the development of a facility to serve communities impacted by the North Bay wildfires. Called the Santa Rosa Integrated Wellness Center, the new facility will serve the more than 1,000 families and children within Santa Rosa who lost their homes or suffered in other ways during the fires.

Santa Rosa Integrated Wellness Center
Volunteers will be refurbishing and revitalizing part of the old Lewis Elementary School campus that currently is vacant, but with the help of Comcast employees, family, friends and community, it will be converted into a wellness center to aid more than 1,000 families impacted by the fires.

Projects at this site include:

  • Painting the exterior of all buildings
  • Landscaping - weeding all planter areas and planting flowers and plants
  • Painting colorful stencils on the outside of the portables
  • Adding colorful games on the blacktop
  • Creating murals

Santa Rosa High School
For the first time in many years, Santa Rosa High will be holding graduation ceremonies at their stadium. With more than 125 students impacted by the fires, volunteers will be making this graduation a special one for the entire community by cleaning up the area surrounding the stadium, weeding all open areas and putting down fresh wood chips and cleaning the bleachers.

Santa Rosa Tree Planting with Arbor Day Foundation
To help with environmental recovery efforts in the North Bay, Comcast is pleased to partner with the Arbor Day Foundation to plant close to 400 trees in the hard hit area of Fountaingrove Parkway where more than 90% of the landscape was damaged by the fires.

All the trees planted will be indigenous to the area, and will help re-establish the natural habitat lost during the fires, help with erosion control, and create a scenic treasure that will benefit not only the residents of the Fountaingrove community, but provide pleasant scenery for the thousands of commuters who utilize the Fountaingrove Parkway during their daily commute.

This volunteer effort is part of the 17th “Comcast Cares Day,” the largest single-day corporate volunteer effort in the United States that will bring together more than 100,000 Comcast employees, their families and friends nationwide to help make a difference in their communities. More than 5,000 Comcast employees and their families will do volunteer work at 19 schools or community based organizations in California.

Members of the community are invited to participate, but must register at: www.comcastinthecommunity.com.

Photo Opportunities: Local children, SRCS Superintendent and school officials, elected officials, impacted families and Comcast executives and volunteers gathered for the groundbreaking ceremony, painting, landscaping, planting nearly 400 trees in the Fountaingrove neighborhood of Santa Rosa along with cleaning and freshening up the surrounding areas at Santa Rosa High School.

WHO:

  • Santa Rosa High School students and their families
  • Chris Coursey, Santa Rosa Mayor
  • Julie Combs, City Councilmember
  • Tom Schwedhelm, City Councilmember
  • Laurie Fong, SRCS Board Member
  • Lisa Wittke Schaffner, County Board of Trustee
  • Steve White, President, Comcast West Division
  • Amy Banse, Managing Director, Head of Funds, Comcast Ventures
  • John Gauder, Regional Vice President, Comcast California Region
  • Diann Kitamura, Superintendent of Santa Rosa City Schools
  • The California Urban Forests Council
  • The Fountaingrove ll Open Space Maintenance Association
  • The Arbor Day Foundation

WHERE:
Santa Rosa Integrated Wellness Center
2230 Lomitas Avenue
Santa Rosa, CA 95404

Contacts

Comcast Corporation
Joan Hammel, 925-519-4874
Joan_Hammel@comcast.com
or
Jenny Gendron, 925-784-2730
Jenny_Gendron@comcast.com
or
Adriana Arvizo, 925-200-1919
Adriana_Arvizo@comcast.com
or
Santa Rosa City Schools
Beth Berk, 707-528-5072
bberk@srcs.k12.ca.us

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