SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt., April 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Today more than 250 local Comcast Vermont employees and their families and friends will "make change happen" as they volunteer to improve five sites across the state as part of Comcast's 12th Comcast Cares Day.
Comcast Cares Day is Comcast and NBCUniversal's signature day of service and the nation's largest single-day corporate volunteer effort. Today Connecticut volunteers will roll their sleeves up at sites in Brattleboro, Burlington, Rutland, Saint Albans and White River Junction.
This year the Company expects more than 70,000 Comcast volunteers to participate in over 700 projects across the country and internationally. Comcast Cares Day will also go international for the first time with NBCUniversal managing sites in England, France, Germany and New Zealand. Comcast also expects to achieve another important milestone of 3 million volunteer hours and half a million volunteers since Comcast Cares Day started in 2001.
"We're so honored to partner with local Vermont nonprofit organizations to work together to improve our community during our 12th Comcast Cares Day," said Mary McLaughlin, Comcast Senior Vice President of the Western New England Region, which includes Vermont "The hard work of the 250 Vermont volunteers who will be donating their time to help make such a big difference in the lives of others is inspiring, and I am thankful to all of our participants who are helping to make today a success."
The Comcast Cares Day 2013 Vermont community partners and projects include the following:
- Brattleboro Boys & Girls Club –variety of painting, masonry and revitalization projects
- Outright Vermont (Burlington) – indoor and outdoor beatification, including cleaning, landscaping, organizing and painting
- Rutland County Parent Child Center – new playground assembly, landscaping, clean up and improvement projects
- Samaritan House (Saint Albans)- cleaning, painting and landscaping
- Upper Valley Haven (White River Junction) – landscaping and mulching, cleaning, painting, stocking and organizing food pantry shelves, and sorting clothes donations
"The activities that the Comcast employees will perform today would not otherwise get done without their efforts," said Linda Ryan, Executive Director of the Samaritan House. "Samaritan House, Inc. is truly grateful for our partnership with Comcast during Comcast Cares Day, as it draws attention to the needs of the community and encourages others to get involved."
"Outright is so excited to have Comcast Cares Day clean up our space, inside and out," added Melissa Murray, Executive Director of Outright Vermont. "There's no way we could have accomplish so much on our own, especially painting our youth space, without them. Thanks so much."
The Comcast Foundation will also provide grants to local community partner organizations across the country on behalf of each employee and family member 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 Comcast has committed more than $12 million in grants to organizations nationwide.
Comcast has been committed to serving local communities since our founding 50 years ago. For more information on Comcast's volunteer and community investment initiatives, visit www.comcast.com/community.
About Comcast Corporation
Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) is a global media and technology company with two primary businesses, Comcast Cable and NBCUniversal. Comcast Cable is the nation's largest video, high-speed Internet and phone provider to residential customers under the XFINITY brand and also provides these services to businesses. NBCUniversal operates 30 news and entertainment cable networks, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, television production operations, television station groups, Universal Pictures and Universal Parks and Resorts. Visit www.comcastcorporation.com for more information.
About the Comcast Foundation
The Comcast Foundation was founded by Comcast Corporation in June 1999 to provide charitable support to qualified non-profit organizations. The Foundation primarily invests in programs intended to have a positive, sustainable impact on their communities. The Foundation has three community investment priorities—promoting service, expanding digital literacy, and building tomorrow's leaders. Since its inception, the Comcast Foundation has donated more than $123 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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