BOSTON, April 30, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Saturday, April 30th, City Year will once again join forces with Comcast NBCUniversal for the 15th annual Comcast Cares Day. The event is Comcast NBCUniversal's celebration of its year-round commitment to service and has grown into the nation's largest single-day corporate volunteer effort. Nearly 1,000 City Year AmeriCorps members will participate in Comcast Cares Day projects in 15 cities, including Boston, Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Jacksonville, Little Rock, Los Angeles, Miami, New Hampshire, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Sacramento, Seattle, and Washington, D.C.
Projects taking place this Saturday include:
- Carter T. Woodson Elementary School in Chicago, Ill., where nearly 300 volunteers will enhance classroom and hallway spaces with murals, landscape outdoor spaces, construct new bookshelves and planter boxes, and paint interactive playground graphics.
- P.S./M.S. 149 Sojourner Truth Middle School in New York, N.Y., where nearly 300 volunteers will create murals, clear out underutilized classrooms to create additional learning space, and create healthy eating kits.
- Watson T. Comly School in Philadelphia, Pa., where nearly 200 volunteers will help to beautify the school with a variety of indoor and outdoor projects, including cleaning, landscaping, painting, and organizing library materials.
- Jean Ribault Middle School in Jacksonville, Fla., where nearly 400 volunteers will be painting, washing windows, landscaping, cleaning, and gardening.
"City Year is honored to celebrate the 15th annual Comcast Cares Day and to serve alongside Comcast NBCUniversal employees in communities across the country," said Michael Brown, CEO and Co-Founder of City Year. "As an education-focused national service organization, we know that a welcoming and nurturing school environment can have a direct impact on student achievement. That is why City Year is proud to be part of this remarkable opportunity to help transform the schools and communities we serve."
"Comcast Cares Day provides a unique opportunity to bring together our employees, family members, friends and community partners to create a positive, lasting impact in the communities we serve," said David L. Cohen, Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer of Comcast Corporation and Vice Chair of City Year's national board. "With the support of City Year, we have been able to accomplish so much on Comcast Cares Day and help to create a better learning environment in local schools, giving students a sense of pride."
This year, more than 100,000 Comcast NBCUniversal employees, their family and friends will work alongside local community partners at hundreds of project sites across the U.S. and around the globe as part of Comcast Cares Day. Since Comcast Cares Day began in 2001, more than 700,000 participants have contributed more than four million hours of service and Comcast NBCUniversal has provided more than $18 million in grants to local non-profit community partners.
Earlier this year, City Year and Comcast NBCUniversal entered into a three-year partnership renewal agreement valued at $11.2 million in cash and in-kind support. A long-term, dedicated partner since 2001, Comcast NBCUniversal to date has donated more than $85 million in cash and in-kind support to City Year.
Comcast NBCUniversal sponsors 12 teams of City Year AmeriCorps members in 11 cities and donates significant communication and broadcasting resources to help City Year raise awareness about its mission and focus areas. Additionally, Comcast NBCUniversal serves as City Year's National Leadership Development and Training partner, and sponsors some of City Year's largest events – Opening Days across the country and National Leadership Summit, as well as City Year's annual training academy.
About City Year
City Year is dedicated to helping students and schools succeed. Diverse teams of City Year AmeriCorps members provide high-impact student, classroom and school-wide supports to help students stay in school and on track to graduate from high school, ready for college and career success. A recent third party study shows that schools that partner with City Year were up to 2-3 times more likely to improve on Math and English assessments. A proud member of the AmeriCorps national service network, City Year is funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service, local school districts, and private philanthropy from corporations, foundations and individuals. Learn more at www.cityyear.org, City Year's Facebook page, and on Twitter.
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 $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.
Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ: CMCSA) is a global media and technology company with two primary businesses, Comcast Cable and NBCUniversal. Comcast Cable is one of the nation's largest video, high-speed Internet and phone providers 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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