Collaboraction, Chicago’s home for social-issue driven contemporary theatre, announced it has been selected as the Chicago recipient of Ovation’s first ever “Stand For The Arts Award” in partnership with Comcast. Stand for the Arts, Ovation’s signature arts advocacy campaign, is a national initiative to raise awareness, protect access, and encourage action on behalf of the arts. Ovation is partnering with Comcast to recognize outstanding local arts, cultural and educational organizations and programs in local Comcast markets across the country.
This year’s volunteers worked with the Rockford Park District at the Washington Community Center. The main focus was on the children’s playground and painting to spruce the area up. All the holes were filled and a fresh layer of mulch was added around the playground equipment for safety. Two pavilion areas were painted along with several picnic tables and a set of bleachers. Several volunteers also picked up litter on the grounds of the community center. These activities will help beautify the community center, make the children’s area safe, and engage the children in nature and outdoor activities.
Little For Elementary School in Waukegan, IL partnered with Comcast for the 17th annual Comcast Cares Day. Volunteers gave the school some much needed TLC. They refreshed the classroom by refurbishing shelving units and painting. They also cleaned up grounds and planted flowers.
Marklund is a nonprofit organization that serves infants, children, teens and adults with serious and profound developmental disabilities and special healthcare needs. Comcast volunteers showed their support by painting, building planter boxes, fixing up resident bedrooms, and general cleaning at the facility.
Comcast employees and community members gathered at the Elgin Salvation Army to spend day volunteering to spruce up the grounds, remodel the clothing closet, and move their food pantry to the first floor. Comcast has been partnering with the Elgin Salvation Army for 6 years.
Comcasters gathered at the Tinley Park office for Well Wish Note Project which included sorting through donations and writing notes for the Cradles to Crayons organization. Employee donations of clothing, toys, shoes, and basic essentials were sorted to be included in care packages for local children living in low-income and homeless situations. Comcasters also wrote supportive and enthusiastic messages, decorated with fun drawings, stickers & pictures to send words of encouragement and bring joy to kids during the school year.
On Saturday, April 21, 2018, members of the Fuller Park community, Comcast employees, and people from all over Chicago came together to perform a day of service to transform and uplift Tilden Career Community Academy High School in the Fuller Park neighborhood through physical service. In 2012, Tilden entered turnaround in order to provide a stronger school environment for their students. No longer in turnaround, Tilden is now a Convergence Academy. In partnership with Columbia College, Tilden has integrated digital media into teaching and learning, in order to give students a chance to Create, Consume, and Connect.
Volunteers participated in service projects that engender school pride, inspire student success outside of the classroom and after graduation, and made Tilden a more positive social environment for students.