For Immediate Release // April 26, 2018
222 Local Volunteers Show Some “AMOR” to Georgetown South
On Saturday, April 21 the 2018 Class of Leadership Prince William, together with Comcast employees and a total of over 200 volunteers, gathered in the Manassas neighborhood of Georgetown South for five hours of service. The massive beautification effort was a part of the 17th Annual Comcast Cares Day, something Leadership Prince William graduates and supporters have participated in for the last 4 years. As a special gift to Georgetown South, Leadership Prince William class members came up with the idea for an AMOR sign, similar to the LOVE signs seen across Virginia; a nod to the roughly 87% Spanish-speaking population of Georgetown South. The sign was made from pallets and will be displayed near the community vegetable garden.
Andrea Short, Executive Director for Leadership Prince William explained why Georgetown South was chosen for this year’s project: “The community at-large has long held a negative perception of Georgetown South. But today that perception is no longer valid. Aside from the beautification and safety improvement projects we did, the real ‘why’ of this project was to bring attention to the great work that has already been done there. I think our volunteers were very impressed with the community and its people.”
Armed with shovels, paintbrushes, drills and rakes, the volunteers completed a long list of projects in the allotted time, including: 2oo yards of mulch spread over 13 playgrounds; prepping the community vegetable garden for planting; painting and decorating 31 picnic tables; planting 18 flower boxes; and applying a fresh coat of paint to the fences along Grant Avenue—the public face of Georgetown South. The volunteers also completed a unique project to improve public safety. A small team affixed 860 house numbers to rear fences for every single residence in Georgetown South, enabling police and fire to locate houses more quickly and accurately.
Georgetown South Community Manager, Meg Carroll, and her staff committed time and resources to extensive prep work so that volunteers could achieve the maximum amount of results on event day. In addition to the support of Leadership Prince William and Comcast, the project was made possible by the following donors and sponsors: Washington Gas; Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center; The Bodai Group; PRTC/OmniRide; Pitkins ACE Hardware; Cardinal Management Group; Todos Supermarket; MICRON Technology, Inc.; Property Service Group; Sherwin Williams Paint Store: Manassas #5151; Wolseley Industrial Group; Creative Landscape, LLC; Prince William County Landfill; WEISCO; Chris & Lexi Jewell; Katy Keegan; Virginia Cooperative Extension; Crayons to Perfume; William Paz; Chadwick, Washington, Moriarty, Elmore & Bunn; Shannon Willet, Long & Foster; Loyal Hygiene Solutions; Grace United Methodist Church; Platinum Property Management; The City of Manassas; QMT Windchimes; Shining Sol Candle Company; Potomac Nationals; Manassas Mall; Jirani Coffeehouse; Vertical Rock Indoor Climbing Center; El Garage; Metro Sign & Design; and Mariachi’s Tequileria & Restaurant.
What is Comcast Cares Day?
Comcast Cares Day began in 2001 to celebrate a commitment to volunteerism. This day mobilizes Comcast employees, their families and friends to work alongside community partners like Leadership Prince William and public officials to revitalize, refurbish and beautify communities and neighborhoods. Leadership Prince William partnered with Comcast for the fourth consecutive year of volunteerism in the Greater Prince William area.
Leadership Prince William is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to inspire and engage adult and youth leaders who want to make a difference in the Greater Prince William Area. Our graduates have undertaken leadership roles in business, government, the non-profit sector and community affairs. We serve Prince William County, the City of Manassas and the City of Manassas Park.The overall purpose of Leadership Prince William is simple but powerful—to make our community a better place through collaborative leadership. We offer programs for Adult and Youth Leaders. Learn more at www.LeadershipPrinceWilliam.org