BOSTON, April 21, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Saturday, April 22, 2017, City Year will once again join forces with Comcast NBCUniversal for the 16th annual Comcast Cares Day. More than 700 City Year AmeriCorps Members and staff will participate in Comcast Cares Days projects that will help revitalize and brighten 11 cities across the country including Boston, Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Jacksonville, Little Rock, Los Angeles, Miami, New Hampshire, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC. Last year, Comcast Cares Day brought together more than 100,000 volunteers to support more than 900 projects in 21 countries.
Comcast Cares Day 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. Since the event began in 2001, volunteers have contributed nearly 5 million hours of service at 7,700 projects and Comcast NBCUniversal has provided more than $20 million in grants to local non-profit community partners.
"City Year is proud to have served alongside Comcast NBCUniversal since the first Comcast Cares Day in 2001," said Michael Brown, CEO and Co-Founder of City Year. "We know first-hand the impact that Comcast Cares Day has -- the projects are transformative, especially in schools, where creating a welcoming and nurturing school environment can have a direct impact on student achievement. It's an extraordinary day led by a remarkable company with a clear year-round commitment to communities."
Projects taking place this Saturday include:
Jeremiah E. Burke High School in Boston, MA, where more than 350 volunteers will serve alongside City Year AmeriCorps Members to brighten spaces for students by painting common areas and educational murals, as well as building an outdoor seating area for learning. In addition, volunteers will pack supply kits for students and teachers. Comcast NBCUniversal also sponsors a team of City Year AmeriCorps members at the Burke High School, who support the school's 530 students through tutoring, mentoring and school-wide support.
North Hollywood High School, Los Angeles, CA, where nearly 450 volunteers will serve alongside City Year AmeriCorps Members to paint murals, create college-themed stairwells, and other projects to enhance school pride throughout the campus for more than 2,800 students.
John Hayden Johnson Middle School in Washington, DC, where nearly 400 volunteers will serve alongside City Year AmeriCorps Members to transform unused classrooms into school partnership spaces, paint murals throughout the school, and beautify courtyard spaces with garden boxes, picnic tables, and additional landscaping. Comcast NBCUniversal also sponsors a team of City Year AmeriCorps members at John Hayden Johnson Middle School, who support the school's 191 students through tutoring, mentoring and school-wide support.
"Comcast Cares Day is an opportunity for us to bring together more than 100,000 of our employees, family members, friends and community partners, and work together to positively impact our local communities," 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 help create more positive learning environments for students across the country."
As one of City Year's National Strategic Partners for more than 16 years, Comcast NBCUniversal 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 serving in 11 cities across the country. These teams will serve more than 200,000 hours this year to provide tutoring, mentoring and additional support to more than 9,000 students.
In addition to serving on Comcast Cares Day, Comcast NBCUniversal employees volunteer their time to educate more than 1,500 City Year AmeriCorps members through career and leadership development trainings during their year of service. Comcast NBCUniversal serves as City Year's National Leadership Development and Training partner, and sponsors some of City Year's largest events, including Opening Days across the country, City Year's Investors Summit, the Voices for National Service awards event, and City Year's annual training academy.
About City Year
City Year helps students and schools succeed. Diverse teams of City Year AmeriCorps members provide research-based 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 2015 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, on Twitter, and LinkedIn.
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 $195 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.
About Comcast Corporation
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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