BOSTON, April 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- City Year corps members are gearing up for a day of service in cities across the country where they will serve alongside thousands of Comcast and NBCUniversal volunteers giving back to their communities as part of Comcast Cares Day. As one of the nation's largest days of corporate volunteerism, Comcast Cares Day has engaged community partners like City Year since its start in 2001. Comcast is a City Year National Leadership Sponsor, and a strategic partner in building and expanding City Year.
"Comcast Cares Day is an extraordinary event -- a transformative volunteer initiative by a company with a tremendous civic spirit. It's always a big day on the City Year calendar," said Michael Brown, CEO and Co-Founder of City Year. "Many of the idealistic young adults from City Year who will serve alongside Comcast and NBCUniversal employees tomorrow joined our corps because they were inspired to step forward to serve by the generously donated promotional campaign that Comcast broadcasts nationwide each year for City Year. Comcast invests powerfully in community service, leadership development, and education, as well as closing the digital divide in America. We are supported by that remarkable investment every day."
Since 1988, more 15,000 City Year corps members have served more than 1,225,000 children and completed more than 26 million hours of service. On Saturday, City Year corps members will join with thousands of Comcast volunteers, contributing their time and energy to transforming local schools, parks and community centers across the country. City Year corps members will serve with Comcast in Boston, Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Little Rock, Los Angeles, Miami, New Hampshire, Philadelphia, Seattle and Washington, DC.
For a complete list of Comcast Cares Day events where City Year corps members will serve, please visit City Year's website.
"Comcast Cares Day is a shining example of the continued investment in our communities by our employees at both Comcast and at NBCUniversal," said David L. Cohen, Executive Vice President of Comcast Corporation and a City Year Trustee, who will spend part of his Comcast Cares Day in Miami serving with City Year corps members. "City Year is an essential strategic partner in this effort, and we are inspired that hundreds of City Year corps members will serve alongside our employees and share that infectious energy and idealism that is generated through service to others. We are also proud to support the work of the City Year corps each and every day as they help students and schools succeed."
Since 2001, Comcast has provided $2.5 billion in cash and in-kind support to national and local non-profit organizations, including City Year. Comcast sponsors eight teams of City Year AmeriCorps members, who serve as tutors, mentors and role models in some of the nation's highest-need schools, helping to keep students in school and on track to graduate. Next month in Washington, DC, Comcast will serve as the Presenting Sponsor of City Year's National Leadership Summit, In School & On Track.
About City Year: City Year is an education-focused, nonprofit organization founded in 1988 that partners with public schools to provide full-time targeted intervention for students most at risk of dropping out. In more than 20 communities across the United States and through two international affiliates, our teams of young AmeriCorps leaders support students by focusing on attendance, behavior, and course performance through in-class tutoring, mentoring, and after school programs that keep kids in school and on track to graduate.
SOURCE City Year