BOSTON, April 30, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Nearly 5,000 local Comcast NBCUniversal employees and their families, friends and community partners will "make change happen" today, April 30th, as they volunteer to improve 28 sites across Massachusetts as part of the 15th annual Comcast Cares Day.
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. Today, Massachusetts volunteers will roll their sleeves up at sites in Billerica, Bridgewater, Danvers, Dorchester, Fitchburg, Haverhill, Lawrence, Lowell, Quincy, Somerville and Taunton.
For example, at the Dorchester YMCA, approximately 500 volunteers (including City Year Boston corps members) teamed up to build the first mini golf course in the city in the Y's backyard, paint, clean and spruce up the adjacent area in Codman Square.
"We are incredibly grateful to Comcast and their entire staff for dedicating their time to support our neighborhood and the organizations that help our community thrive," says Andrea Baez, executive director of the YMCA of Greater Boston's Dorchester branch. "This day is a true celebration of Dorchester and what we can accomplish when we all come together to work as a team. We are fortunate to be supported by our neighbors, elected officials and local businesses who donate their time and support our cause-driven work."
"Young people get excited to learn and play in school environments and community spaces that are bright, vibrant, and inviting. We at City Year Boston are proud to join Comcast NBCUniversal on Comcast Cares Day to mobilize volunteers and create more of those spaces in our community that will serve local families now and for future generations," said Sandra Lopez Burke, Vice President and Executive Director, City Year Boston.
This year, the Company expects more than 100,000 Comcast and NBCUniversal volunteers to participate in nearly 900 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 beautify some deserving partner locations and to make a difference in our community," added Tracy Pitcher, Senior Vice President of Comcast's Greater Boston Region. "It's truly amazing what's possible in a day, when 5,000 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."
2016 Comcast Cares Day sites in Massachusetts include:
- Billerica Boys & Girls Club – volunteers will landscape, clean and spruce up the facility
- Danvers Rail Trail – volunteers will clean up the path and landscape
- Dorchester YMCA – volunteers will build the city's first mini golf course, paint the classrooms in Tech Boston Academy and spruce up the surrounding Codman Square area
- Fitchburg – Crocker Elementary School – volunteers will clean and spruce up the entrance to the school
- Haverhill – Veterans North East Outreach Center – volunteers will landscape
- Lawrence – volunteers in partnership with Groundwork Lawrence will clean and landscape across the Commons and 30 other sites in downtown Lawrence
- Lowell – Laura Lee Therapeautic Day School – volunteers will landscape, organize the storage space and assemble picnic tables
- Quincy – Faxon Park - volunteers will landscape and clean up the park
- Taunton – Bristol Community Garden – volunteers will landscape and garden
- Yarmouth – Cape Cod Robert F. Kennedy Adolescent Treatment Center – volunteers will landscape
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.
About Comcast Corporation
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About the Comcast Foundation
The Comcast Foundation was founded by Comcast Corporation in June 1999 to provide charitable support to qualified nonprofit organizations. The Foundation primarily invests in programs intended to have a positive, sustainable impact on their communities. The Foundation has three community investment priorities—expanding digital literacy, promoting community service, and building tomorrow's leaders. Since its inception, the Comcast Foundation has donated $176 million to organizations in the communities nationwide that Comcast serves. More information about the Foundation and its programs is available at www.comcast.com/community.
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