BOSTON, April 24, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- City Year once again joins forces with Comcast NBCUniversal for the 14th Annual Comcast Cares Day, on Saturday, April 25.
/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The annual event Comcast NBCUniversal's celebration of their year-round commitment to volunteerism and has grown into one of the nation's largest single-day corporate volunteers efforts. Since 2001, City Year AmeriCorps members have participated in Comcast Cares Day, working side by side with Comcast NBCUniversal employees, public officials and other community partners to improve and restore local communities across the country.
"City Year is proud to be part of this remarkable annual service day," said Michael Brown, CEO and Co-Founder of City Year. "We are pleased to be able to join with Comcast NBCUniversal to revitalize communities and, as an education-focused national service organization committed to keeping students in school and on track to graduate, especially to beautify schools. Research indicates that a positive school climate directly impacts student achievement and that includes making the facility itself a place students and faculty can be proud of."
Since Comcast Cares day began in 2001, more than 600,000 participants have contributed 3.7 million hours of service, with Comcast NBCUniversal providing more than $16 million in grants to local non-profit community partners to bolster the efforts of Comcast Cares Day volunteers.
This year, more than 90,000 volunteers will participate in Comcast Cares Day, improving more than 750 project sites in communities across the country and around the world, including 1,640 City Year AmeriCorps members who are participating in Comcast Cares Day in 10 cities.
"Comcast Cares Day is a shining example of how our employees, family members, friends and community partners all come together with a similar goal of creating a positive, lasting impact in our communities," said Comcast NBCUniversal Executive Vice President and Vice Chair of the City Year National Board of Trustees David L. Cohen.
Comcast NBCUniversal's investment in City Year supports thousands of corps members who help improve the lives of students while creating sustainable solutions for social change. Since 2001, Comcast NBCUniversal has been deeply invested and involved with City Year, serving as City Year's National Leadership Development and Training partner, and sponsoring some of City Year's largest events –Opening Days across the country, National Leadership Summit as well as City Year's annual training academy. Comcast NBCUniversal are a multi-site team sponsor in 10 cities and donate significant communication and broadcasting resources to help City Year raise awareness about our mission and focus areas by reaching more young people across the country through cable and Internet. Comcast NBCUniversal also supports 'Career Day' events across all 10 shared markets helping corps members hone their career skills in preparation for life after their year of service. This year was a milestone year, as Comcast celebrated their 10th year of providing hands-on Career Days and helped over 10 thousand City Year Corps members get career ready.
About City Year
City Year is an education-focused organization founded in 1988 dedicated to helping students and schools succeed. City Year partners with public schools in 26 urban, high-poverty communities across the U.S. and through international affiliates in the U.K. and Johannesburg, South Africa. Diverse teams of City Year AmeriCorps members provide high-impact student, classroom and school-wide support, to help students stay in school and on track to graduate from high school, ready for college and career success. A proud member of the AmeriCorps national service network, City Year is made possible by support from the Corporation for National and Community Service, school district partnerships, and private philanthropy from corporations, foundations and individuals. Learn more at www.cityyear.org.
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 nearly $158 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.
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 news, entertainment and sports cable networks, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, television production operations, television station groups, Universal Pictures and Universal Parks and Resorts.
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