Nearly 175 Comcast employees from Eastern Jackson County, including their family and friends, helped out at Hope House, a domestic violence shelter, in western Independence Saturday.
They painted walls, added mulch to landscaping, deep-cleaned rooms, cleared debris from walkways, sorted clothing closets, reorganized filing cabinets and more from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at the 62-bed facility.
Several state representatives and senators, who included Sen. Paul Levota, Rep. Jeanie Lauer, Rep. Gary Cross, Rep. Tom McDonald and Rep. John Mayfield, attended and helped out with the volunteer effort as well. Independence Mayor Eileen Weir assisted by transitioning the shelter’s clothing closet with seasonal attire. This was her first time participating in an organized volunteer project as mayor.
“It’s great to be helping out,” said Weir.
“To see all these people on their day off doing work and giving back to their community is fantastic,” said Mary Anne Metheny of Hope House. “We’re (Hope House) grateful.”
She added that plenty of work was needed at the refuge for battered women and their children, and what was accomplished in just four hours would have taken months for the staff to complete.
The organized effort was part of Comcast Cares Day, a single-day event where 80,000 volunteers from Comcast worked on 700 different projects across the country, according to Tom Krewson, Director of State Government Relations at Comcast.
“It is nation’s largest single-day corporate volunteer program,” said Krewson.
Besides helping out at the Independence Hope House, Comcast also volunteered at Mahaffie Stagecoach Shop and Farmstead in Olathe, according to Comcast.
This year marked the 13th annual volunteer effort. Previous projects included Drumm Farm in Independence and the Rainbow Center in Blue Springs.