Maeson Mouananu lives in that sliver of southwest Independence in the Raytown School District.
He and his siblings graduated from Raytown High School. Mouananu, who is the warehouse supervisor for Comcast in Blue Springs, is leading this Saturday’s volunteer effort to spruce up the school.
“It’s like going back home,” he said.
Saturday is the annual Comcast Cares day, and employees worldwide will take part in community volunteer work, enlisting the help of others as well. At Raytown High School, Mouananu has 190 people lined up – 54 of whom are relatives.
“I come from a big family,” he said.
Nationwide, the company is using the theme “Make Change Happen.” Mouananu said work comes to a stop at all 75 Comcast units in the U.S. as crews do such work as painting, cleaning, mulching and landscaping, The company says 100,000 Comcast and NBCUniversal volunteers will do 800 projects around the world. Also, the Comcast Foundation grants money to community organizations on behalf of volunteers.
Mouananu has been on the local volunteer committee for seven years, and he said each event takes months of planning, starting with finding a project big enough for a large number of volunteers. They get a quick breakfast, work through the morning and then get Rib Crib barbecue for lunch.
“It’s going to be a fun day,” Mouananu said.