On Saturday, May 3, approximately 50,000 Comcast employees and their families and friends are expected to participate in the seventh annual "Comcast Cares Day," one of the nation's largest single-day corporate volunteer efforts.
Saturday's participants are expected to donate 300,000 volunteer hours of service, benefiting nearly 500 community organizations in 37 states and the District of Columbia. When combined with the previous Comcast Cares Days, the total volunteer hours of service is expected to exceed one million. Comcast will recognize the company employee who volunteers the ceremonial one millionth hour of service with a special celebration.
For the second year, local affiliates from the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) and local National Urban League chapters will join Comcast as national partners of Comcast Cares Day.
"Comcast calls thousands of communities across the country home,' and we're very proud that 50,000 of our employees, their families and friends will give up their Saturday to help improve their neighborhoods," said Comcast Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Brian L. Roberts. "Comcast Cares Day is the cornerstone celebration of a year-long commitment to our community, and we're thrilled to partner with hundreds of organizations across the country to help make this special day a resounding success."
"One reason we're able to accomplish so much on Comcast Cares Day is because of the partnerships we have with community organizations, including NCLR and the National Urban League," said Comcast Executive Vice President David L. Cohen. "Our partnerships allow us to continue our work together to provide opportunities that improve the lives of Hispanics and African Americans in the thousands of communities we serve around the country."
"We are very excited and proud to join forces once again with Comcast on a project that will benefit so many throughout the country. For NCLR, this is an example not only of Comcast's commitment to the communities in which it operates, but also of Comcast's recognition of the value of community-based organizations and of the important role that NCLR Affiliates play in creating stronger communities in every region of America. Comcast Cares Day is a great example of how all of us can make a difference, by bringing to the table the best of what we do and working together," said Janet Murguía, NCLR President and CEO.
"Comcast is leading efforts to help improve the overall quality of life for African Americans across the country," said Marc H. Morial, NUL President and CEO. "The National Urban League is thrilled to partner with Comcast, as Comcast Cares Day should serve as a model of community outreach for other corporations."
The Comcast Foundation will also donate more than $1.5 million in grants to local community partner organizations on behalf of each employee and family member who volunteers on Comcast Cares Day. The grants will help Comcast's community partners continue their mission of serving the community throughout the year.
For more information on Comcast's volunteer and community investment initiatives, visit http://www.comcast.com/Corporate/About/InTheCommunity/InTheCommunity.html.
Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) (http://www.comcast.com) is the nation's leading provider of entertainment, information and communications products and services. With 24.7 million cable customers, 14.1 million high-speed Internet customers, and 5.2 million voice customers, Comcast is principally involved in the development, management and operation of broadband cable systems and in the delivery of programming content.
Comcast's content networks and investments include E! Entertainment Television, Style Network, The Golf Channel, VERSUS, G4, PBS KIDS Sprout, TV One, ten regional Comcast SportsNets and Comcast Interactive Media, which develops and operates Comcast's Internet business. Comcast also has a majority ownership in Comcast-Spectacor, whose major holdings include the Philadelphia Flyers NHL hockey team, the Philadelphia 76ers NBA basketball team and two large multipurpose arenas in Philadelphia.
About the Comcast Foundation
The Comcast Foundation was established by Comcast Corporation in 1999 to provide charitable support to Section 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations. The Foundation primarily invests in programs intended to have a positive, sustainable impact in the areas of volunteerism, literacy, and youth leadership development. Since its inception, the Comcast Foundation has donated more than $43 million to organizations in the communities that Comcast serves nationwide. More information about the Foundation and its programs is available at www.comcast.com/neighborhood.
The National Council of La Raza (NCLR) - the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States - works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans. Through its network of nearly 300 affiliated community-based organizations (CBOs), NCLR reaches millions of Hispanics each year in 41 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia. To achieve its mission, NCLR conducts applied research, policy analysis, and advocacy, providing a Latino perspective in five key areas - assets/investments, civil rights/immigration, education, employment and economic status, and health. In addition, it provides capacity-building assistance to its Affiliates who work at the state and local level to advance opportunities for individuals and families.
Founded in 1968, NCLR is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan, tax-exempt organization headquartered in Washington, DC. NCLR serves all Hispanic subgroups in all regions of the country and has operations in Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Phoenix, Sacramento, San Antonio, and San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Established in 1910, The Urban League (www.nul.org) is the nation's oldest and largest community-based movement devoted to empowering African Americans to enter the economic and social mainstream. Today, the National Urban League, headquartered in New York City, spearheads the non-partisan efforts of its local affiliates. There are over 100 local affiliates of the National Urban League located in 36 states and the District of Columbia providing direct services to more than 2 million people nationwide through programs, advocacy and research.