LIVERMORE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--On Saturday, April 21, more than 5,000 local Comcast NBCUniversal employees and their families, friends and community partners will “make change happen” as they volunteer to improve 19 California schools and community centers as part of the 17th annual Comcast Cares Day. This year, volunteers from the Northern Bay Area down to the Central Valley also are part of and celebrate a significant milestone of Comcast Cares Day – reaching 1 million volunteers since the program began in 2001.
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, 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, volunteers will be beautifying various sites in California including:
- Concord: Clean garden, lay mulch, paint garden boxes, secure Kindergarten fence, repair running track
- Olivehurst: Clean Special Olympics softball field, paint bleachers and meeting hall, plant flowers
- Santa Cruz: Repaint game and bike path on playground and safety lines, replace garden boxes
- Fresno: Clean baseball field, plant trees, paint USA map on playground
- Repair and remodel the Santa Rosa Integrated Wellness Center
- Plant nearly 400 trees in the Fountaingrove ll neighborhood of Santa Rosa damaged by the Tubbs Fire in 2017
- Clean and freshen up surrounding areas, beautify the campus by cleaning, weeding, putting down fresh wood chips at Santa Rosa High School to host graduation ceremonies
“As we celebrate our 17th annual Comcast Cares Day, we are delighted to partner with more than 20 local organizations to give back to our community,” said John Gauder, Regional Vice President of Comcast California. “It’s really inspiring how we can drive positive change when our employees, their family and friends, and our community partners rally together to make a lasting difference in our communities. I am very thankful for the participants who help to make this effort a success today and throughout the year.”
Throughout California, Comcast employees will be joined by local affiliates from ConXion, Reading & Beyond, Chicano Latino Youth Leadership Project, Self Help for the Elderly, El Concilio de San Joaquin and Stanislaus County and Organization for Chinese Americans (OCA).
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.
About Comcast Corporation
Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA) is a global media and technology company with two primary businesses, Comcast Cable and NBCUniversal. Comcast Cable is one of the nation’s largest video, high-speed internet, and phone providers to residential customers under the XFINITY brand, and also provides these services to businesses. It also provides wireless and security and automation services to residential customers under the XFINITY brand. NBCUniversal operates news, entertainment and sports cable networks, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, television production operations, television station groups, Universal Pictures and Universal Parks and Resorts. Visit www.comcastcorporation.com for more information.