ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 18, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ: CMCSA, CMCSK), a global media and technology company, received two United Way Spirit of America® Summit awards for philanthropy and volunteer engagement from United Way Worldwide, the country's largest privately funded nonprofit.
"Comcast Corporation continues to demonstrate its leadership and commitment to improving lives," said Brian Gallagher, United Way Worldwide president and CEO. "The company and its employees are investing in communities nationwide through generous giving, hundreds of thousands of volunteer hours and a focused commitment to providing internet access and digital literacy training."
Comcast Corporation invested more than $334 million in programs and partnerships in 39 states and Washington, D.C. in 2012, including $9.5 million of cash and in-kind support to United Way partners around the country, with $2.5 million in value of in-kind support airing public service announcements.
Last year, Comcast Corporation employees volunteered more than 454,000 hours, which was matched with $1.5 million in Comcast Foundation grants for nonprofits. The company hosts the largest single-day workplace volunteerism effort in the country, called Comcast Cares Day, which last year mobilized more than 75,000 employees, friends and family members to volunteer. Since 2001, more than 435,000 employees have volunteered more than 2.6 million hours of service on Comcast Cares Day.
One of Comcast Corporation's signature programs is Internet Essentials, the nation's largest and most comprehensive broadband adoption program, which provides low-cost Internet access, computers and free digital literacy training to struggling families to help close the digital divide. More than 60 United Ways across the country support this program.
"We are extremely proud to be recognized by United Way with Summit Awards," said David L. Cohen, Executive Vice President, Comcast Corporation. "Giving back to the communities we serve has been an important part of Comcast's culture since our founding 50 years ago, and United Way has been an invaluable partner for decades. We hope that we have inspired positive change and helped in some way to motivate the next generation of leaders to continue to champion the importance of volunteerism."
United Way presented awards to Comcast Corporation, 3M, Microsoft Corporation, Bank of America, General Motors, Wells Fargo and The Mosaic Company. The Spirit of America and Summit Awards program is United Way's highest national honor for a corporation, recognizing outstanding United Way Global Corporate Leaders. Applicants are evaluated by corporate peers and local United Ways through a competitive judging process. Follow @UnitedWay and congratulate @Comcastdreambig on Twitter.
About Comcast Corporation
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 30 news and entertainment cable networks, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, television production operations, television station groups, Universal Pictures and Universal Parks and Resorts. Visit www.comcastcorporation.com for more information.
About United Way
United Way is a worldwide network in 41 countries and territories, including more than 1,200 local organizations in the U.S. It advances the common good, creating opportunities for a better life for all by focusing on the three key building blocks of education, income and health. United Way recruits people and organizations who bring the passion, expertise and resources needed to get things done. LIVE UNITED® is a call to action for everyone to become a part of the change. For more information about United Way, please visit: www.UnitedWay.org.
SOURCE United Way Worldwide