Saturday, April 21, local Comcast NBCUniversal employees and their families, friends and community partners will “make change happen” as they volunteer at projects across greater Charleston as part of the 17th annual Comcast Cares Day, the nation’s largest single-day corporate volunteer event. Along with several projects around the Lowcountry, the Comcast Cares team will support Fresh Future Farm with numerous beautification and landscaping activities for the farm, store and nearby community garden from 9 am – 2 pm. “If you don’t know what Comcast Cares Day is imagine Oprah’s Favorite Things and Extreme Home Makeover had a baby in your own backyard,” says Germaine Jenkins, FFF co-founder and CEO. She has experienced the transformative work Comcast did back in 2009 when they constructed a custom community garden on asphalt when worked for the Lowcountry Food Bank as their Nutrition Coordinator.
Shaneak Brown is Comcast’s Military Community Account Representative and lead on coordinating the day’s events at FFF. She was on staff when Comcast built Germaine’s dream garden at the Lowcountry Food Bank and attended the original Chicora Elementary School as a child. Over 100 Comcast employees will be on hand to complete a number of projects including repairs and painting of the community garden gazebo, building nesting boxes and an enclosed chicken bridge at the farm and landscaping work at both sites.
Later that day, from 5-8 pm, Fresh Future Farm and the Deninufay African Dance & Drum Productions will partner to host a block party at the urban farm. Along with a performance of a traditional West African harvest dance, Deninufay will be on hand for dance, drum and Afro-aerobics workshops. Fresh Future Farm is inviting the community to enjoy the farm space for Deninufay’s performance and workshops, along with games and Lowcountry and Latino inspired healthy food tastings.
Middleton Made Cuisine will prepare BBQ chicken, fried fish, cucumber and tomato salad, collards and chicken purloo that will be served by members of the North Charleston Police Department. Tickets are $7 for adults, $3.50 for children (who are accompanied by adults) and can be purchased at the farm store or at the gate. Only forty tickets will be sold.
“The farm wants to host more culturally rich activities geared towards neighborhood wellness. It’s only logical that we connect with talented groups like Deninufay that trace their origins to the Chicora-Cherokee community,” says Germaine.
Deninufay is a African drum & dance company located in Charleston, SC owned by Mrs. Charlene Horlback. Their mission is to inspire and empower the lives our youth. They perform ecstatic traditional African dance accompanied by live African Drum ensemble. Deninufay also offers dance & drum classes twice a week for only $10 a month per student at The Ferndale Community Center at 1919 Boulton Ave. North Charleston, SC. Thurs: 6-8/ Sat: 11-3. For more info contact Ms. Nina @ 843-730-1298.
For more information about Fresh Future Farm, please visit www.freshfuturefarm.org. For more information about Comcast Cares Day, please visit http://south.comcast.com/2018/04/10/volunteers-to-participate-in-four-community-projects-across-greater-charleston-in-april-for-annual-comcast-cares-day.