Coinciding with Earth Day, Comcast NBCUniversal Announces
Companywide Goal of Investing 500,000 Environmentally
Friendly Volunteer Hours by 2020
PHILADELPHIA–(BUSINESS WIRE)–On Saturday, April 22nd, more than 100,000 Comcast
NBCUniversal employees, and their families and friends, and community
partners will participate in the 16th annual Comcast Cares
Day, the nation’s largest single-day corporate volunteer effort and a
culmination of the company’s year-round commitment to community service.
At nearly 1,000 projects across the nation and in approximately 20
countries around the world, volunteers will be revitalizing neglected
neighborhoods and parks, teaching digital literacy skills, painting
murals, cleaning up beaches, installing computer labs, stocking
community food banks, and much more.
This year, Comcast Cares Day falls on Earth Day and Comcast NBCUniversal
has announced a new companywide goal to conduct half a million
environmentally friendly volunteer hours by 2020. Volunteering on
projects that make a positive environmental impact in local communities
is an extension of the company’s longstanding commitment to
sustainability across every part of its business, including transforming
the way we work to manage energy, emissions and natural resources as
part of our sustainability goals. Hundreds of this year’s Comcast Cares
Day projects will support this initiative by including
environmentally-friendly practices that leave a positive impact on our
planet. The company will also commemorate Earth Week through a Green is
Universal consumer education initiative, called “Green Up,” which
celebrates 10 years of NBCUniversal’s commitment to creating a greener
future by sharing tips and topical content that encourages consumers to
make greener choices that will eventually become habits.
“Comcast Cares Day is at the heart of our company’s culture. I am so
proud and appreciative of our employees and the many volunteers who give
their time to help make a difference in the lives of others,” said Brian
L. Roberts, Chairman and CEO of Comcast Corporation.
To expand our reach and provide additional ways to help drive positive
change, Comcast NBCUniversal also partners with Global Citizen and Red
Nose Day – two initiatives working for a just world, free from poverty,
globally and in the United States. Global Citizen and Red Nose Day
harness music and entertainment as vehicles to engage people around the
world to drive positive change.
“Every year on Comcast Cares Day, I am in awe of the significant change
that we can make when we all come together for a common cause. Thanks to
all of our volunteers and ongoing work with our wonderful community
partners, our efforts are felt long after Cares Day,” said David L.
Cohen, Senior Executive Vice President of Comcast Corporation and Chief
Diversity Officer. “To further extend our impact, I am thrilled that we
also partner with Global Citizen and Red Nose Day to provide additional
ways to take action and make a positive difference.”
Through Comcast Cares Day, volunteers to date have contributed nearly 5
million volunteer hours at 7,700 projects and more than $20 million in
grants to participating local non-profit community partners since
Comcast Cares Day started in 2001.
“Comcast Cares Day demonstrates how we can drive positive change when
our employees, their family and friends, and our community partners all
roll up their sleeves to volunteer and make a lasting difference in our
communities,” said Dalila Wilson-Scott, Senior Vice President of
Community Investment for Comcast Corporation and President of the
Comcast and NBCUniversal Foundations. “From stocking food banks to
teaching technology skills to youth and their families, our employees
are active members of the community 365 days a year.”
Comcast NBCUniversal will partner with many non-profit community
organizations, including National Council of La Raza, National Urban
League, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Big Brothers Big Sisters of
America, City Year, Easterseals, and The Arc, along with hundreds of
other local community organizations that will be working side-by-side
with Comcast Cares Day volunteers on Saturday.
Below is a sampling of the nearly 1,000 projects taking place as part of
Comcast Cares Day:
Spokane, Wash. (Newman Lake) – Approximately 150 volunteers
will preserve the natural beauty that surrounds the Inland Northwest
by planting trees at a 300-acre parcel under a conservation easement
at Newman Lake.
Nashville, Tenn. (Adventure Science Center) –
Approximately 150 volunteers will clean the streets and alleys around
Adventure Science Center, as well as beautify the picnic table area,
landscape, and participate in Earth Day educational opportunities.
New York, N.Y. (Chinatown Manpower Project) – Approximately 30
volunteers will use their professional skills to help guide and assist
youth and adult members of Chinatown Manpower Project in their career
and professional development, including group and individualized
breakout sessions to provide specialized support in resume building,
mock interviews, elevator pitches, and general career coaching.
Framingham, Mass. (The Learning Center for the Deaf) –
Approximately 150 volunteers will help with a spring clean-up and
beautification project, including painting, landscaping, cleaning, and
creating décor items on the 14 acre, 17 building campus.
Holland Park, England (Ecology Centre Forest School) –
Approximately 100 volunteers will help improve the space for students,
further enabling the School’s mission to encourage the development of
children’s emotional and physical development through outdoor play and
learning about nature and wildlife. Tasks will include planting and
building a log habitat.
Philadelphia, Pa. (Shane Victorino Boys & Girls Club) –
Approximately 200 volunteers will clean, paint and make minor repairs
inside the Club, as well as remove litter and clean up the property
surrounding the Club. Working with Rebuilding Together Philadelphia,
with funding from Scripps Networks Interactive for the fourth
consecutive year, volunteers will renovate a multipurpose room to
create a space for the Club’s middle school robotics program, an arts
and crafts area, and a meeting space for the many programs that Club
kids are involved with there.
Margate, Fla. (Margate STEM Magnet Middle School) –
Approximately 1,000 volunteers will work on this school beautification
project with an emphasis on sustainable, low-maintenance landscaping.
Projects include the creation of a staff meditation garden and updates
to the teachers’ lounge, safe areas for the students, including the
installation of benches and a privacy fence, and painting murals. The
Comcast Digital Connectors team will teach basic digital literacy
skills to the parents of the students that attend Margate.
Comcast NBCUniversal supports the communities we serve by volunteering,
providing access to innovative technology, giving financial support and
partnering with organizations to make communities stronger. Comcast
primarily invests in programs and nonprofits that address digital
literacy, youth leadership development and community service. Since
2001, Comcast has given nearly $5 billion in cash and in-kind
contributions to support nonprofit organizations and other charitable
partners across the country.
About the Comcast Foundation
The Comcast Foundation was founded by Comcast Corporation in June 1999
to provide charitable support to qualified non-profit organizations. The
Foundation primarily invests in programs intended to have a positive,
sustainable impact on their communities. The Foundation has three
community investment priorities—promoting service, expanding digital
literacy, and building tomorrow’s leaders. Since its inception, the
Comcast Foundation has donated nearly $200 million to organizations in
the communities nationwide that Comcast serves. More information about
the Foundation and its programs is available at www.comcast.com/community.
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