This month, more than 1,500 local Comcast NBCUniversal employees and their families, friends and community partners will “make change happen” as they volunteer at 15 different projects across the Greater Knoxville area as part of the 16th annual Comcast Cares Day, the nation’s largest single-day corporate volunteer event.
On Saturday, April 22 at 8:00 a.m., at Comcast’s signature project in Knoxville, more than 200 Comcast volunteers, elected officials, and community partners such as HGTV, Legacy Parks Foundation, the Appalachian Mountain Bike Club, the City of Knoxville, and Keep Knoxville Beautiful will clean up Knoxville’s Baker Creek Preserve, the new, 100-acre addition to Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness. This day of park and trail maintenance will help protect the environment and improve the experience for all the trail users of Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness.
Additional volunteers are needed and encouraged to attend. For more information or to register for this project, visit: https://www.comcastinthecommunity.com/Project/Detail?projectId=9182.
“We’re thankful to Comcast for selecting Baker Creek as their signature Knoxville Comcast Cares Day project again this year,” said Carol Evans, Legacy Parks Executive Director. “With local partners like Comcast and HGTV, we are able to amplify our efforts to enhance this community park and make it an even better place for our community to get out and play.”
“We continue to enjoy supporting Comcast Cares Day to give back to our amazing community,” said Annette Brun, VP, Cause Marketing, Scripps Networks Interactive. “The benches HGTV is providing to the Baker Creek Preserve’s Play Forest is a perfect addition to the overall experience of the park. We’re honored to help support it.”
Comcast volunteers are also donating their time to support the Boys and Girls Club of the Tennessee Valley, Legacy Parks, Norwood Middle School and Sunbright School, among others. People interested in learning more or registering for a project can visit www.comcastinthecommunity.com and search for nearby projects.
Comcast Cares Day is more than just a day – it’s the culmination of Comcast NBCUniversal’s commitment to volunteerism that began when the company was founded more than 50 years ago. From using technology to create positive change, such as wiring community centers and libraries and 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 approximately 900 projects across the country and around the world. To date, volunteers have contributed nearly 5 million volunteer hours at 7,700 projects since Comcast Cares Day began in 2001.
“We are proud team up with so many incredible organizations this year as we celebrate our 16th annual Comcast Cares Day,” said Doug Guthrie, Regional Senior Vice President, Comcast. “We are thankful for the participants who are stepping up and helping to make a difference in our community.”
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 $20 million in grants to local non-profit organizations who have served as partners 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 NBCUniversal volunteer and community investment initiatives, visit www.comcast.com/community.
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