PORTLAND, Ore.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--On Saturday, April 21, more than 2,000 local Comcast NBCUniversal employees and their families, friends and community partners will “make change happen” as they volunteer to improve the communities in which we live as part of the 17th annual Comcast Cares Day.
Comcast Cares Day is more than just a day – it is a celebration and opportunity to spotlight our year-round commitment to volunteerism that began with our founding 55 years ago. From using technology to create positive change, such as teaching digital literacy skills and wiring community centers and libraries, to mentoring youth, to beautifying parks, Comcast NBCUniversal employees volunteer on this day, and throughout the year, to make a lasting impact. This year, the Company expects more than 100,000 volunteers to participate in about 1,000 projects across the country and around the world. To date, volunteers have contributed more than 5 million volunteer hours at 8,800 projects.
This year’s Comcast Cares Day will include projects in communities from Springfield to Castle Rock. Some of the projects will be with long-time community partners like the Oregon Food Bank and Binky Patrol, making blankets for children in need. Other projects will be with new partners like the West Linn Parks and Recreation Department and the Albany Public School District. Many of the projects include outdoor activities, like landscaping and planting gardens. This year’s “flagship” project will focus on the beautification of Sweetbriar Elementary School in Troutdale, in partnership with the Reynolds School District. More than 275 volunteers will be weeding, painting, pressure washing, cleaning classrooms, washing windows, and laying new bark on the running trail.
“As we celebrate our 17th annual Comcast Cares Day, we are delighted to collaborate with all our Cares Day partners to give back to our communities,” said Rodrigo Lopez, Regional Senior Vice-President of Comcast Oregon/SW Washington. “It’s inspiring to see how we can drive positive change when our employees, their family and friends, and our community partners rally together.”
Katrin Dougherty, Program Director at Supa Fresh Youth Farm in Tigard, became a Comcast Cares Day community partner for the first time last year. “During Comcast Cares Day 2017, 200 volunteers showed up in force to help us plant 60 beds at Metzger Community Park, a dual-purpose school/park. This allowed us to jumpstart our spring planting project. But the most rewarding aspect of that day was seeing our teen leaders in action. I’ll never forget watching Kessley, a shy 17-year-old girl directing her crew of Comcast volunteers. It was amazing to see her take charge and become comfortable as a leader.”
The Comcast Foundation will also provide grants to local community partner organizations across the country on behalf of everyone who volunteers on Comcast Cares Day. The grants will help Comcast’s community partners continue their mission of serving the community throughout the year. To date, the Comcast Foundation has awarded more than $22 million in grants to local non-profit organizations who have served as partners on Comcast Cares Day.
Additionally, Comcast will once again fold in the broad support and amplification of Global Citizen and Red Nose Day, organizations aiming to end extreme poverty globally and in the United States. These organizations use the universal language of music and entertainment as a vehicle to engage people around the world to make a difference. By amplifying our support of these initiatives on Comcast Cares Day, Comcast NBCUniversal is providing additional ways to help drive positive change in our communities.
For more information on Comcast NBCUniversal volunteer and community investment initiatives, visit www.comcast.com/community.
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