Atlanta, Ga. – April 6, 2016 – On Saturday, April 30, dozens of local Comcast NBCUniversal employees and their families, friends and community partners will “make change happen” as they volunteer to beautify the Ben Hill Recreation Center and Park in Atlanta as part of the 15th annual Comcast Cares Day. The facility is located at 2405 Fairburn Rd SW in Atlanta.
Comcast Cares Day, which takes place each April during National Volunteer Month, is Comcast NBCUniversal’s companywide celebration of their year-round commitment to service and the nation’s largest single-day corporate volunteer effort in the country. This year, the Comcast South region will host nearly 119 projects, with 36 initiatives scheduled to be held throughout Georgia.
Starting at 8:30 a.m., volunteers at Ben Hill Recreation Center and Park will handle trash and debris pickup and removal; clear walkways and brush to assist with pedestrian traffic; paint the pavilion and seating area; repair and paint the wooden bleachers; mulch various areas throughout the park; and beautify the area’s playground.
This year, Comcast expects more than 100,000 Comcast NBCUniversal volunteers to participate in more than 800 projects across the country and around the globe. To date, volunteers have contributed more than
4 million service hours to improve nearly 7,000 projects in the U.S. and around the world since Comcast Cares Day started in 2001.
“As we celebrate our 15th annual Comcast Cares Day, we are so proud to partner with the Ben Hill Recreation Center and Park in Atlanta to make a difference in our community,” said Andy Macke, Vice President of External Affairs at Comcast. “It’s truly amazing what’s possible in a day, when volunteers donate their time to make a difference in the lives of others. I’m inspired by the community’s response to Comcast Cares Day 2016, and I thank the participants who help to make this effort a success.”
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 $18 million in grants to local non-profit organizations who have partnered with us on Comcast Cares Day.
Additionally, this Comcast Cares Day the Company is folding in the broad support and amplification of two other Company partnerships: Global Citizen, who organize the annual music and advocacy-focused Global Citizen Festival curated by Coldplay’s Chris Martin that has aired on MSNBC for the past few years, and Red Nose Day, a special television event with top musical and comedy performances that debuted on NBC last year. These initiatives aim to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and tackle climate change globally and in the United States. 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.
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.