SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt., April 25, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- On Saturday, April 25, more than 250 local Comcast NBCUniversal employees and their families, friends and community partners will "make change happen" as they volunteer to improve four sites in Vermont as part of the 14th annual Comcast Cares Day.
Comcast Cares Day, which takes place each April during National Volunteer Month, is Comcast NBCUniversal's companywide celebration of their year-round commitment to service and the nation's largest single-day corporate volunteer effort in the country. Today around 250 Vermont volunteers will roll their sleeves up at sites in Brandon, Bennington, Burlington and Montpelier.
For example, at the Rutland County Parent Child-Center in Brandon, over 150 volunteers including participants from the Center, Comcast employees and their family and friends will help paint fences, power wash and stain wooden play sets, refurbish the "Tree House" and sand box, perform minor landscaping and clean up gardening beds.
"We are truly grateful for our partnership with Comcast during Comcast Cares Day, as it draws attention to the needs of the Rutland County community and encourages volunteers and other organizations to get involved," said Caprice Hover, Executive Director at the Rutland County Parent-Child Center.
This year, the Company expects more than 90,000 Comcast and NBCUniversal volunteers to participate in more than 750 projects across the country and around the globe. To date, volunteers have contributed more than 3.7 million service hours to improve nearly 6,000 projects in the U.S. and around the world since Comcast Cares Day started in 2001.
Hope Lodge in Burlington Vermont will be joined by Comcast and members of the Boys and Girls Club of Burlington to paint and spring-clean the facility which offers free temporary housing and support services to more than 2,000 cancer patients who are undergoing treatment at Fletcher Allen each year.
"The American Cancer Society Hope Lodge Lois McClure – Bee Tabakin building in Burlington relies on the generosity of volunteers to help keep this home away from home for cancer patients operating on a daily basis," said Holly Grant, senior vice president of Operations. "We're grateful for our partnership with Comcast during Comcast Cares Day, as it draws attention to the needs within our community and encourages others to get involved."
"We're so proud to partner with these deserving organizations to improve our community during our 14th Comcast Cares Day," added Mary McLaughlin, Comcast Senior Vice President of the Western New England Region, which includes Vermont. "The hard work of the 250 Vermont volunteers who will be donating their time to help make such a big difference in the lives of others is inspiring, and I am thankful to all of our participants who are helping to make today a success."
The Comcast Foundation will also provide grants to local community partner organizations across the country on behalf of everyone who volunteers on Comcast Cares Day. The grants will help Comcast's community partners continue their mission of serving the community throughout the year. To date, the Comcast Foundation has awarded more than $16 million in grants to local non-profit organizations who have partnered with us on Comcast Cares Day.
The four Comcast Cares Day sites in Vermont include:
- Brandon – Rutland County Parent-Child Center – Volunteers will paint fences, power wash and stain wooden play sets, refurbish the "Tree House" and sand box, perform minor landscaping and clean up gardening beds.
- Bennington – The Green Mountain Vietnam Veterans Assistance Center – Volunteers will paint, do some light carpentry work, and install a new floor in the main entrance.
- Burlington – Hope Lodge – Volunteers will spruce up and clean this patient care facility. Activities include painting, deep kitchen cleaning, laundry detail, patio furniture staining, carpet and upholstery cleaning. Young volunteers will also paint inspirational hope rocks to serve as patient gifts.
- Montpelier – Main Street Middle School – Volunteers will be helping the middle school with painting interior and exterior projects, cleaning up the shrubs in the front of the building and creating raised beds for the students.
Comcast has been committed to serving local communities since the company's founding more than 50 years ago. For more information on Comcast's volunteer and community investment initiatives, visit www.comcast.com/community.
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 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. Visit www.comcastcorporation.com for more information.
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—promoting community service, expanding digital literacy, and building tomorrow's leaders. Since its inception, the Comcast Foundation has donated nearly $158 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 the Rutland County Parent Child-Center
Rutland County Parent-Child Center (RCPCC) is one of 15 parent-child centers located throughout Vermont. RCPCC is a community-based, non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and meeting the needs of children, youth and families. Established in 1984, RCPCC believes that children, youth and families have the right to comprehensive, high-quality, family centered services. Funding for services come from a variety of sources: State and Federal grants, contracts and allocations; private foundations; program tuition and fees; town funding; fundraising and private donations.
About the American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers saving lives and fighting for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. As the largest voluntary health organization, the Society's efforts have contributed to a 20 percent decline in cancer death rates in the U.S. since 1991, and a 50 percent drop in smoking rates. Thanks in part to our progress nearly 14 million Americans who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will celebrate more birthdays this year. We're determined to finish the fight against cancer. We're finding cures as the nation's largest private, not-for-profit investor in cancer research, ensuring people facing cancer have the help they need and continuing the fight for access to quality health care, lifesaving screenings, clean air, and more. For more information, to get help, or to join the fight, call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.
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