Atlanta, Ga. – April 14, 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 repair and beautify Big Shanty Intermediate School as part of the 15th annual Comcast Cares Day. The school is located at 1575 Ben King Road NW in Kennesaw, Ga.
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 119 projects, with more than 40 projects being held across Georgia.
Starting at 8 a.m., volunteers will pressure-wash the school’s gazebo and clean-up brush around the existing structure; clean the trails and undergrowth to clear a path to the bridge; plant ground cover to help with erosion control of the embankment; build picnic tables and benches for student use; repaint bus lines in the parking area; and create a gravel walkway for safe navigation behind the school.
This year, Comcast expects more than 100,000 employees 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.
“We are excited to bring Comcast Cares Day to Big Shanty Intermediate School,” said Andy Macke, Vice President of External Affairs at Comcast. “Our volunteers continue to demonstrate their dedication in making Comcast Cares Day a truly memorable event each year.”
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.