BURLINGTON, Vt., April 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Today more than 250 local Comcast employees and their families, friends and community partners will work to "make change happen" as they volunteer to improve four sites across the Green Mountain State as part of Comcast's 13th Comcast Cares Day.
Comcast Cares Day, which takes place each April during National Volunteer Month, is Comcast and NBCUniversal's signature day of service and the nation's largest single-day corporate volunteer effort. Today Vermont volunteers will roll their sleeves up at sites in Burlington, Guilford and Rutland.
"The beautification to the school that Comcast employees and community volunteers will perform today further creates a warm, welcoming physical environment for our students," said John Gagnon, Principal of Guilford Central School, one of the sites where volunteers will spend the day painting and sprucing up the school. "We deeply appreciate our partnership with Comcast during Comcast Cares Day."
This year the Company expects more than 80,000 Comcast and NBCUniversal volunteers to participate in over 800 projects across the country and around the globe. To date, more than half a million volunteers have contributed over 3 million volunteer hours since Comcast Cares Day started in 2001.
"We're proud once again to partner with local Vermont schools, Boys & Girls Clubs, and other nonprofit organizations to improve our community during our 13th Comcast Cares Day," said 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 Cares Day 2014 Vermont community partners and projects include the following:
- Burlington – Boys and Girls Club Burlington (62 Oak Street)
Site activities: Painting, doing a backpack project and creating a children's mural
- Burlington – The Howard Center (1351 Pine Street)
Site activities: Painting, staining and landscaping
- Guilford – Guilford Central School (374 School Road)
Site activities: Painting in the school classrooms and hallways
- Rutland – Town of Rutland Recreation Department/Rutland Town Elementary School (1612 Post Road)
Site activities: Building safer baseball dugouts and beautifying the grounds
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 $14 million in grants to partner organizations to match the efforts of our volunteers on Comcast Cares Day.
Comcast has been committed to serving local communities since our 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 30 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 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 service, expanding digital literacy, and building tomorrow's leaders. Since its inception, the Comcast Foundation has donated nearly $140 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 Guilford Central School
Guilford Central School is a rural K-6 public school located in Guilford, Vermont. Our mission is to provide a safe, supportive, environment where children grow academically, socially, and emotionally and are challenged to reach their potential as local and global community members. Our student enrollment is 117 students, with 45% of students qualifying for free/reduced meals.
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