More than 80,000 Comcast and NBCUniversal employees, their family and friends, and community partners spent Saturday, April 26, giving back to their communities by taking part in Comcast Cares Day, the nation’s largest single-day corporate volunteer effort, the company said.
Comcast Cares Day occurs every April, which is National Volunteer Month, and has surpassed more than 3 million volunteer hours and 500,000 volunteers since it first began in 2001. Now in its 13th year, the annual day of service has also contributed more than $14 million to local non-profit organizations.
Pictured: A Comcast Cares Day volunteer paints as part of the Mural Arts Philadelphia project.
“Each year, I look forward to working alongside my Comcast and NBCUniversal colleagues, their family members and friends, and our many community partners to make a real and lasting impact in our local communities,” Comcast chairman and CEO Brian Roberts said in a statement. “Community service and volunteerism are a deep part of our company’s culture. I am so very proud of our employees who donate their time and talents to help improve our neighborhoods on Comcast Cares Day.”
During this year’s Comcast Cares Day, volunteers at more than 800 projects served at sites worldwide with NBCUniversal managing projects in about a dozen countries, including England, Singapore, France, Germany, India, Spain, Austria, Switzerland, Australia and Italy.
Volunteers built playgrounds and picnic tables, and refurbished school bleachers and bike racks. They cleaned beaches, mulched, raked, and seeded. They mounted televisions, created computer areas, and installed wiring for cable and Internet. They painted, scrubbed windows, removed graffiti, and picked up trash. They stocked food banks and prepared care packages for the elderly and the indigent. They improved baseball and softball fields and basketball courts.
Comcast Cares Day comes on the heels of Earth Week, which is widely supported by NBCUniversal’s Green is Universal initiative. Many planet-friendly projects, such as building community gardens, cleaning beaches and riverbanks, and planting trees added to the diverse line-up of projects.
Comcast and NBCUniversal also partnered with many non-profit community organizations and local chapters of the National Council of La Raza and the National Urban League, who worked side by side with Comcast Cares Day volunteers on Saturday. Additionally, teams from Comcast and NBCUniversal partnered with Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, City Year, and Easter Seals, along with hundreds of other local community organizations.
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