Comcast Leaders and Achievers® scholarships awarded to approximately 24,000 students since the 2001-02 school year
Employee volunteer hours since 2008 spent mentoring young people through Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, whose Southeastern Pennsylvania chapter recognized Comcast NBCUniversal with its 2015 Corporate Partner of the Century Award
Value of toys donated through the 2015 TODAY Toy Drive, brightening the holidays for millions of disadvantaged children; the annual drive has raised $430 million in its 22-year history
At Comcast NBCUniversal, we connect people and communities through the power of technology, media, and entertainment, and through our employees’ passion for giving back. We open young people’s eyes to possibilities through partnerships with organizations like Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, and City Year. We band together to serve communities in need through events like Comcast Cares Day. And we build new connections everywhere we go.
Closing the digital divide that isolates millions of low-income Americans is one of our most important community priorities. Internet access opens a world of education, employment, and social opportunities critical to keeping pace in the 21st century. In 2015, we continued expanding our signature Internet Essentials program to families across the nation, including all children in schools where at least 50% of the student body is eligible for the National School Lunch Program.
We also put the spotlight on improving school environments during Comcast Cares Day, which exemplifies our year-round commitment to service. In Washington, D.C., nearly 340 volunteers gave Charles H. Houston Elementary School a complete makeover — painting walls, building garden boxes, even creating a new welcome sign. All told, more than 100,000 volunteers created lasting change at over 900 community sites on Comcast Cares Day.
Employee’s community garden gets national attention
Planting a few vegetables in his New Jersey backyard seven years ago, Comcast network engineer Harry Behrens hoped only for enough produce to share with an elderly neighbor on food stamps. His modest garden has since grown into Impact Harvest, a nonprofit food bank serving hundreds of low-income families in the Vineland, New Jersey, area. His vision for a well-fed community led FORTUNE magazine to select Henry as one of its 2015 "Heroes of the 500," which honored 55 employees at America’s largest companies for their community service.
NASCAR driver champions lifesaving work
When his mother died of a brain aneurysm in 2011, Joey Gase, just 18 at the time, found solace in donating her organs — a decision that improved 66 people’s lives. Joey continues to tirelessly promote organ donation as a driver in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, work that won him our inaugural Comcast Community Champion of the Year Award in November. Created to honor NASCAR team members’ charitable work, the award included a $60,000 contribution in Joey’s name to the Iowa Donor Network.
Kids get inside peek at big league careers
Comcast and NBC Sports Group gave 150 Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) members an up-close look at the people and technology behind some of America’s biggest sporting events — uncovering exciting new career paths for BGCA youth. Club members engaged with the producers, directors, engineers, and designers behind Sunday Night Football, Football Night in America, our live broadcasts of the NASCAR XFINITY series, the Stanley Cup Final, and Super Bowl XLIX.
Tracing the success of African American innovators
The story of innovation in African American communities is often overlooked. Last February, we sparked new conversations on diversity by bringing together inspirational voices from African American innovators in technology and entertainment. In a two-part panel moderated by MSNBC host Touré, contributors shared their journeys, provided targeted advice, and highlighted the progress already made by African Americans in these industries — inspiring a new generation of potential innovators in the process. The panels were live-streamed online through XFINITY’s Celebrate Black TV website, which also celebrated historic firsts in the African American community throughout February.
Hispanic students pick up STEAM
Jobs in science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) are projected to increase by 17% in the coming years, yet only 7% of graduates in science and engineering are Hispanic. Telemundo is working to change the equation through its Aprender es Triunfar (Learning is Succeeding) initiative, which partnered with Excelencia in Education, the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, and the Smithsonian Latino Center in 2015 on a yearlong campaign to get students and parents more involved in STEAM education. Our partnership reaches Hispanic families through monthly news segments, community forums, public service announcements, and online content.