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 theCradlestoCrayonsorganization. Employee donations of clothing,toys, shoes, and basic essentials were sortedtobe included in care packages for local children living in low-income and homeless situations. Comcasters also wrotesupportive and enthusiastic messages, decorated with fun drawings, stickers & picturestosend words of encouragement and bring joytokids 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.
Foster children doing well at school are at risk because of financial issues and tuition costs. In the mid 90's, Illinois had the highest rated higher education. Now we are at the lowest. The Bridge Program is a mentor program that helps to keep students being lost to the summer melt. We will change this state by investing in higher education.
What happens in Springfield affects cities and towns at the local level. The recent rise in property taxes has not funded education which needs to be done. Consolidating local pension funds will aid tremendously in relieving our states costs.