PLYMOUTH, Mich., April 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- On Saturday, April 30, more than 2,500 local Comcast employees, their families and friends will volunteer to assist nonprofit organizations around the state of Michigan as part of Comcast's "Comcast Cares Day." At the same time across the country, more than 62,000 Comcast volunteers will participate in this annual day of service. Comcast's tenth Comcast Cares Day is one of the largest single days of corporate volunteer efforts in the country. Since its inception in 2001, Comcast employees, their families and friends have dedicated over two million hours of service. The company has also committed more than $10 million in grants to organizations nationwide. Comcast Cares Day is one way that Comcast helps to power dreams and demonstrate a year-round commitment to making a difference in the communities it serves.
During the week of April 18, and culminating with 17 simultaneous community projects across the state on April 30, local Comcast employees, their families and friends will lend a hand at various nonprofit organizations to perform community improvement activities, including: clearing a nature trail and collecting recycled items in celebration of Earth Day; assisting at a city-wide literacy fair; cleaning and beautifying neighborhoods; and sorting and packing food for the needy at multiple food banks.
"Today, we celebrate our tenth Comcast Cares Day, which is an incredible milestone," said Brian L. Roberts, Chairman and CEO, Comcast Corporation. "Since its inception in 2001, nearly 300,000 Comcast employees, their families and friends have contributed their time to their communities. Today, we will eclipse two million hours of service. Comcast Cares Day is about coming together to make a positive difference in our communities, and I couldn't be more proud to serve alongside my fellow employees today as we continue in that mission."
"Comcast has a proven track record of giving back to the communities in which our employees reside and work, and this year's Comcast Cares Day efforts will help 18 different organizations across Michigan," said Tim Collins, Senior Vice President for Comcast in Michigan. "As Michigan residents continue to overcome the economic challenges facing our state, I'm grateful for the more than 2,500 volunteers who will be donating their time to help make a difference."
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.
Comcast will join the following community partners in several Michigan communities for Comcast Cares Day 2011 with activities taking place on Saturday, April 30, unless otherwise noted:
- Bad Axe: Huron County SafePlace
- Battle Creek: Food Bank of South Central Michigan
- Belmont (Grand Rapids): Friends of White Pine Trail on Thursday, April 21
- Cement City: Food Bank of South Central Michigan
- Detroit: Boys and Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan
- Detroit: Matrix Human Services Literacy Project at Clark Park
- Flint: Boys and Girls Club of Greater Flint
- Grand Rapids: Boys and Girls Club
- Holland: Lakeshore Habitat for Humanity
- Lansing: Greater Lansing Food Bank
- Monroe: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Monroe County
- Muskegon: Muskegon County Habitat for Humanity
- Pontiac: HAVEN Shelter
- Plymouth: Goodwill Industries on Thursday, April 21
- River Rouge: The Guidance Center
- Southfield: Angel's Place
- Taylor: Gleaners Food Bank of Southeast Michigan on Monday, April 25
- Warren: Gleaners Food Bank of Southeast Michigan on Wednesday, April 27
In addition to the projects at these locations, Comcast volunteers at the company's three call centers in Ann Arbor, Sterling Heights and Plymouth will work with the Kids Against Hunger Coalition to package food, which will be donated to area food banks and needy families in Japan. Volunteers will also participate in blood donation drives to benefit the American Red Cross at multiple Michigan locations.
For more information on Comcast's volunteer and community investment initiatives, visit http://www.comcast.com/inthecommunity.
About Comcast Corporation
Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) (www.comcast.com) is one of the nation's leading providers of entertainment, information and communications products and services. Comcast is principally involved in the operation of cable systems through Comcast Cable and in the development, production and distribution of entertainment, news, sports and other content for global audiences through NBCUniversal. Comcast Cable is one of the nation's largest video, high-speed Internet and phone providers to residential and business customers. Comcast is the majority owner and manager of NBCUniversal, which owns and operates entertainment and news cable networks, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, local television station groups, television production operations, a major motion picture company and theme parks.
Comcast's Michigan Region serves more than one million customers statewide and employs approximately 4,000 people. Comcast has three major call centers located in the state and houses its Michigan Region headquarters in Plymouth.
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 community service, expanding digital literacy, and building tomorrow's leaders. Since its inception, the Comcast Foundation has donated over $90 million to organizations in the communities nationwide that Comcast serves. More information about the Foundation and its programs is available at www.comcast.com/neighborhood. More information about the Foundation and its programs is available at www.comcast.com/community.
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