BOSTON, Jan. 13, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The Comcast Foundation announced today that it awarded more than $550,000 in grants to 22 nonprofit organizations throughout New England in 2015. The grants supported programs aimed at the Comcast Foundation's areas of focus – expanding digital literacy, promoting community service, and building tomorrow's leaders.
Urban Leagues, Boys & Girls Clubs and YMCAs were some of the many local organizations making a meaningful difference in the community that were supported by the Comcast Foundation last year. A number of grant recipients, including the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, Boys & Girls Club of Plymouth, Urban League of Hartford, and Boys & Girls Club of Burlington are using their funding for STEM and computer-related education including "Club Tech," "Digital Connectors," and occupational workforce training.
"We are grateful for the Comcast Foundation's generous grant, which allows us to fill the gap in leadership programs tailored to girls in an academic setting," said Deborah Re, CEO, Big Sister Association of Greater Boston. "The Foundation's support of our Girls Leadership Project (GLP) for students at Boston Latin Academy, is evidence of their commitment, alongside ours, to building stronger communities by empowering the next generation of young women leaders. This commitment is reinforced by Comcast's female staff who volunteer as leadership coaches to girls in the GLP, and whose guidance equips these young women with the skills and confidence to succeed."
"These generous grants from the Comcast Foundation are just one of the ways they are supporting a number of Connecticut's Boys & Girls Clubs," said Don Maleto, Executive Director of the Connecticut Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs. "In today's world, it's imperative that kids have access to the technology that's available and the skills to use it, and with Comcast's partnership we are bridging the digital divide and building on the STEM curriculum students are learning in school."
"It's always been important for Comcast to support the communities where our employees and customers live and work," said Tracy Pitcher, Regional Senior Vice President of Comcast's Greater Boston Region, which includes eastern Massachusetts, eastern New Hampshire and Maine. "We're proud to contribute to these vital nonprofits so that they can continue their impactful work for neighborhoods and individuals.''
"Comcast is proud to award these grants to our partner organizations to connect and strengthen the communities we serve," said Mike Parker, Regional Senior Vice President of Comcast's Western New England Region which includes Connecticut, western Massachusetts, western New Hampshire, Vermont and New York. "Thanks to the tireless and extremely important work of these nonprofit organizations, New England is a better place to call home."
The organizations that received 2015 Comcast Foundation grants in New England include:
- ARC of New London (Norwich, CT) - $10,000
- Boys & Girls Club of Hartford (Hartford, CT) - $20,000
- Boys & Girls Club of New Britain (New Britain, CT) - $15,000
- Center for Latino Progress (Hartford, CT) - $10,000
- Easter Seals Capital Region & Eastern Connecticut (Windsor, CT) - $20,000
- Easter Seals Goodwill Industries (New Haven, CT) - $20,000
- Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters (Hartford, CT) - $40,000
- Urban League of Greater Hartford (Hartford, CT) - $20,000
- Urban League of Southern Connecticut (Stamford, CT) - $10,000
- Big Sister Association of Greater Boston (Boston, MA) - $20,000
- Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (Boston, MA) - $38,000
- Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston (Boston, MA) - $30,000
- Massachusetts Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs (Plymouth, MA) - $75,000
- Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts (North Andover, MA) - $20,000
- Lawrence Community Works (Lawrence, MA) - $12,000
- Quincy Asian Resources (Quincy, MA) - $30,000
- Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts (Roxbury, MA) - $30,000
- Urban League of Springfield (Springfield, MA) - $20,000
- YMCA of Martha's Vineyard (Martha's Vineyard, MA) - $13,000
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Seacoast (Portsmouth, NH) - $35,000
- New Hampshire Alliance of Boys and Girls Clubs (Concord, NH) - $40,000
- Boys & Girls Club of Burlington (Burlington, VT) - $33,000
Including the support in New England, the Comcast Foundation donated more than $18 million in 2015 to nonprofit organizations in the communities it serves nationwide. In addition to the grants from the Comcast Foundation, Comcast also responds to community needs through local sponsorships and in-kind support, such as airing public service announcements, employee volunteerism, and providing technology equipment and services to organizations across the country.
About the Comcast Foundation
The Comcast Foundation was founded by Comcast Corporation in June 1999 to provide charitable support to qualified nonprofit organizations. The Foundation primarily invests in programs intended to have a positive, sustainable impact on their communities. The Foundation has three community investment priorities—expanding digital literacy, promoting service, and building tomorrow's leaders. Since its inception, the Comcast Foundation has donated more than $170 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.
SOURCE Comcast Foundation