This Comcast Cares Day, approximately 100,000 Comcast NBCUniversal employees, their friends and families, and community partners will volunteer at service projects across the country. From wiring community centers and libraries, to beautifying parks and public schools, to teaching digital literacy skills, they will "make change happen" at nearly 1,000 project sites. As we celebrate our 16th Comcast Cares Day, we are reminded of how important giving back where our employees live and work was to our founder, Ralph Roberts. He made sure that commitment was a core value at Comcast—so to us, supporting employee volunteerism is just who we are.
Our employees are passionate about doing good in our communities. They serve on boards, roll up their sleeves and volunteer, mentor, use their professional skills to help nonprofit organizations achieve their goals, and much more.
As a global media and technology company, another way we give back is through our commitment to helping conquer the digital divide. Our signature high-speed broadband adoption program, Internet Essentials, is designed to level the playing field for low income families by providing them with the connectivity and digital literacy training they need to get ahead in today’s society. Nearly 2,500 Comcast employees participate as Internet Essentials ambassadors, helping to spread the word about Internet Essentials in the communities that need it most. We’re also providing access to innovative technology through programs like My.Future in partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, which puts cutting-edge technology in the hands of Club Kids to teach them digital skills that will serve them well in school and in the workforce. And through our work with Easterseals and The Arc, we’re providing enhanced assistive technologies and digital access to improve the lives of people with disabilities.
We also believe in empowering young people to achieve their maximum potential and make a positive impact on their communities through our Beyond School Walls program with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. The program matches Comcast employees with local students for regular meetings at our offices across the country, matching thousands of students over the years with positive role models and exposing them to professional environments and potential new career paths.
Many of our partnerships span nationally, but we are a local company at heart—and our approach to giving back reflects that. Throughout the year, our employees work alongside our neighbors, addressing the specific needs in their communities.
For example, when a water crisis struck Flint, MI last year, nearly 140 Comcast employees and their family members from across Michigan teamed up with the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Flint to provide thousands of water filters and bottles of water, as well as information on curb-side recycling that kept empty plastic bottles out of landfills, to residents in need. And when Comcast lawyers and paralegals joined forces with the Homeless Advocacy Project and seven other Philadelphia-area companies to volunteer their legal skills to help homeless individuals apply for their birth certificates, in just one day they were able to prepare birth certificate applications for 81 adults and 19 children.
As Comcast Cares Day 2017 comes to a close, Comcast NBCUniversal employees will look back at the impact that we made on our communities with pride. And we know that tomorrow, we will be just as passionate about our year-round efforts to improve the communities where we live and work.