SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt., April 30, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- More than 250 local Comcast NBCUniversal employees and their families, friends and community partners will "make change happen" today, Saturday, April 30th, as they volunteer to improve four Vermont sites as part of the 15th 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, Vermont volunteers will roll their sleeves up at sites in Morrisville, Rutland, Shaftsbury and South Burlington.
For example, at the Dodge House in Rutland, which provides transitional housing for veterans, volunteers comprised of participants from the organization will join Comcast employees and their family and friends to paint, clean, and landscape their facility.
"On behalf of The Dodge House, we're very excited to have Comcast donate their efforts and resources on what is sure to be a productive and fun Comcast Cares Day," said Christina Morgan, Executive Director of The Dodge House. "Thanks to their help, we will be able to spruce up several areas of the building and make it more welcoming for those who need our services."
Crews will also be landscaping, painting and spring cleaning at Shaftsbury Elementary School in Shaftsbury, the Lamoille Family Center in Morrisville, and the Humane Society of Chittenden County in South Burlington.
"We are so excited to be a part of Comcast Cares Day," said Erin Alamed, Volunteer and Communication Outreach Manager for the Humane Society of Chittenden County. "There is so much to get done and we are thankful to have their help to shine up our shelter. Being only a staff of 14, it can be hard to get it all done. Thank you Comcast!"
This year, the Company expects more than 100,000 Comcast and NBCUniversal volunteers to participate in more than 800 projects across the country and around the globe. To date, volunteers have contributed more than 4 million service hours to improve nearly 7,000 projects in the U.S. and around the world since Comcast Cares Day started in 2001.
"As we celebrate our 15th annual Comcast Cares Day, we are so proud to beautify some deserving partner locations and to make a difference in our community," added Michael Parker, Comcast Senior Vice President of the Western New England Region, which includes Vermont. "It's truly amazing what's possible in a day when 250 volunteers donate their time to make a difference in the lives of others. I'm inspired by the community's response to Comcast Cares Day 2016 and I thank the participants who help to make this effort 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 $18 million in grants to local non-profit organizations who have partnered with us on Comcast Cares Day.
Additionally, this Comcast Cares Day the Company is folding in the broad support and amplification of two other Company partnerships: Global Citizen, who organize the annual music and advocacy-focused Global Citizen Festival curated by Coldplay's Chris Martin that has aired on MSNBC for the past few years, and Red Nose Day, a special television event with top musical and comedy performances that debuted on NBC last year. These initiatives aim to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and tackle climate change globally and in the United States. By amplifying our support of these initiatives on Comcast Cares Day, Comcast NBCUniversal is providing additional ways to help drive positive change in our communities.
Comcast has been committed to serving local communities since our founding more than 50 years ago. For more information on Comcast NBCUniversal volunteer and community investment initiatives, visit 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. 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—expanding digital literacy, promoting community service, and building tomorrow's leaders. Since its inception, the Comcast Foundation has donated $176 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 Corporation