TALLAHASSEE, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Comcast today announced that Florida Governor Rick Scott has honored the company for its community involvement throughout the state. Comcast has been awarded the Champion of Service Award, which was established in 2013 by Volunteer Florida to recognize individuals and groups for their outstanding efforts in volunteerism and service.
Governor Scott and Volunteer Florida President Chester Spellman presented the award to Comcast at the governor’s cabinet meeting in Tallahassee on April 14.
“It’s an honor to be selected for this award, particularly during Florida Volunteer Month in April and with Comcast Cares Day, our company’s annual celebration of our year-round commitment to service, right around the corner on April 25th,” said Derek Cooper, Vice President of Government Affairs and Community Investment for Comcast’s Florida Region. “These efforts wouldn’t be possible without our dedicated employees and the great relationships we’ve established with our community partners around the state as we work together to support Florida’s local communities.”
Comcast Cares Day, the largest single-day corporate volunteer event in the country, began in 2001 and takes place annually in April. This year in Florida, more than 120 community service projects are planned in communities from the Panhandle down to the Florida Keys on Saturday, April 25. In 2014, more than 7,300 Florida Comcast employees and their family and friends and community volunteers participated in Comcast Cares Day.
In 2014, across Florida, Comcast awarded more than $1 million in grants, donations and scholarships, which includes:
- Leaders and Achievers Scholarships to high school seniors
- Matching Comcast Cares Day grants to nonprofit community partners
- Comcast Foundation grants to nonprofit community partners to support programs aimed at expanding digital literacy, promoting community service, and building tomorrow’s leaders
- Grants that funded the creation of 10 Internet Essentials Digital Learning Zones in Florida where networks of non-profit partners are working together to enhance public Internet access and increase family-focused digital literacy training and education
These Digital Learning Zones are a part of Comcast’s efforts to bridge the digital divide through Internet Essentials, the company’s nationally acclaimed broadband adoption program. Since the Internet Essentials program was established in 2011, Comcast has connected 62,500 Florida families or 250,000 low income Floridians – more than in any other state.
In partnership with Volunteer Florida for Florida Volunteer Month in April, Comcast is currently airing a new video public service announcement (PSA) to promote volunteerism in its markets throughout the state. Throughout 2014 in Florida, Comcast provided more than $7.3 million in support to nonprofit organizations through production and airing of PSA’s.
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About the Comcast Foundation
The Comcast Foundation was founded by Comcast Corporation in June 1999 to provide charitable support to qualified nonprofit 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 community service, expanding digital literacy, and building tomorrow’s leaders. Since its inception, the Comcast Foundation has donated nearly $158 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.