Comcast Employees Join Elected Officials, Community Partners to Host 106 Comcast Cares Day Projects Across Big South Region
Atlanta – April 10, 2014 – On Saturday, April 26, more than 10,000 volunteers – Comcast employees, elected officials and community partners – “made change happen,” as they participated in 106 projects aimed at enhancing communities on Comcast Cares Day across seven states.
The 13th annual event, which took place during National Volunteer Month, is Comcast and NBCUniversal’s signature day of service and the nation’s largest single-day corporate volunteer effort. In 2014, Comcast Big South employees joined their partners to host events aimed at enhancing schools, Boys and Girls Clubs, playgrounds and parks across Comcast’s service areas.
Charisse Lillie, Comcast’s Philadelphia-based Vice President of Community Investment, visited Atlanta and Nashville to assist on two critical events in those markets. In Atlanta, she joined more than 200 employees to transform West Manor Elementary School by planting trees and flowers and building outdoor benches for students, one of 34 events across greater Atlanta. In Nashville, Ms. Lillie assisted 400 volunteers to restore Jere Baxter Middle School by landscaping, painting and cleaning classrooms. Dozens of additional projects were hosted by Comcast in such cities as Charleston, SC, Mobile, AL, Memphis, and Savannah, GA.
Overall, more than 80,000 Comcast and NBCUniversal volunteers participated in over 700 projects across the country and around the globe. To date, more than half a million volunteers have contributed over 3 million volunteer hours since Comcast Cares Day started in 2001.
“We’re proud once again to have worked with our local partners and community leaders to improve the quality of life in the neighborhoods where we work and live,” said Doug Guthrie, Comcast Regional Senior Vice President. “Our volunteers make such a tangible difference on this special day, and I am thankful to all of those who supported this very important cause.”
The Comcast Foundation also provided grants to local community partner organizations across the country on behalf of everyone who volunteers on Comcast Cares Day. The grants help Comcast’s community partners continue their mission of serving the community throughout the year. To date, the Comcast Foundation has awarded more than $14 million in grants to partner organizations to match the efforts of our volunteers on Comcast Cares Day.
Comcast has been committed to serving local communities since our founding more than 50 years ago. For more information on Comcast’s volunteer and community investment initiatives, visit www.comcast.com/community.
For more information about Comcast Cares Day or to volunteer, visit www.comcastinthecommunity.com.