Lending hundreds of helping hands

Comcast volunteers descend on, spruce up Courage Center St. Croix

STAFF REPORT

Stephanie Shultz built her volunteer team for an ambitious 11th Annual Comcast Cares Day community project April 21 that included Courage Center St. Croix.

As one of 33 Comcast Cares Day project site coordinators, Shultz and her team of colleagues and friends were among more than 1,300 Comcast employees, their families and friends for a morning of volunteering for 24 Twin Cities-area nonprofits.

More than 35 volunteers gathered at 8 a.m. April 21 to tackle outside work at Courage Center St. Croix. The organization welcomed the work Volunteers did, including planting flowers, washing windows, trimming shrubs and providing a fresh, spring cleanup to the property.

"We are most grateful to Comcast for their compassion and assistance," said Peter Polga, director of strategy and planning, Courage Center St Croix, which empowers people with physical disabilities to realize their full potential in every aspect of life.

"Comcast is a perfect example of how a collective effort of individuals and dedicated businesses can transform a community," Polga added.

Shultz has volunteered with Courage Center for years. She lives in the part of Woodbury in the Stillwater School District. Her children both graduated from Stillwater High School and have helped their mom with volunteer projects over the years. Shultz used to work with special needs kids at Lake Elmo Elementary School.

"Courage Center St. Croix staff came to our school to do therapy with the students, and also, our students went to Courage Center for therapy as well," said Shultz. "I developed a close relationship with Courage Center that continues today. To be able to lead our Comcast Cares Day program at Courage Center is important to me."

Courage Center St. Croix in Stillwater is part of Courage Center, a Minnesota-based, nonprofit rehabilitation and resource center that serves children and adults experiencing barriers to health and independence. Courage Center specializes in treating brain injury, spinal cord injury, stroke, chronic pain, autism, and disabilities experienced since birth.

Founded in 1928, Courage Center offers advanced technologies and innovation provided in part through the efforts of thousands of volunteers and donors. Visit www.CourageCenter.org for more information.

"Our employees look forward to Comcast Cares Day because they are excited to volunteer with social service nonprofits, whose missions and programs are key to the stability and health of the communities where we live and work," said Mary Beth Schubert, Comcast’s vice president of corporate affairs. "We know budgets continue to be tight for nonprofits. Our projects are well planned and fully staffed with volunteers who are ready to roll up their sleeves and get to work."

At 34 separate project sites, Comcast employees did spring cleaning, power washing, complete landscape projects, paint, sort donations, restock warehouses, restore playgrounds, and host events.

Comcast Cares Day is the company’s national day of service. It has become one of the largest single-day corporate volunteer efforts in the country with more than 62,000 Comcast employees volunteering at 620 nonprofit sites to improve the communities they serve throughout the nation.

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