Comcast Corporation, the nation's leading provider of entertainment, information and communications products and services, announced today that in response to the post-hurricane devastation experienced by Houston residents, customers, and employees, Comcast will make a contribution to the United Way of Greater Houston's Hurricane Recovery Fund that is valued at $500,000. Comcast Foundation will give $100,000 in cash, and Comcast Corporation will donate $400,000 worth of airtime for the United Way to air Public Service Announcements in the Houston region.
"We are extending our support and Comcast's resources to help the Houston community during this very difficult period," said Charisse R. Lillie, Executive Vice President of the Comcast Foundation and Vice President of Community Investment at Comcast. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by the hurricane, and we hope this donation will help expedite the recovery and rebuilding of this great city."
The United Way of Greater Houston established the United Way Hurricane Recovery Fund to help Houston's most vulnerable populations rebound from the devastation caused by Hurricane Ike. The Fund will be used for an array of storm-related needs such as case management services to help those affected access available aid, mental health services for those dealing with the trauma of displacement, loss and stress created in the wake of Hurricane Ike and minor home repair.
In addition, Comcast will continue to promote United Way's 2-1-1 Texas/United Way HELPLINE, which plays a vital role in connecting people who need help with available resources 24/7 every day of the year. 2-1-1- Texas/United Way HELPLINE will be a key resource during the response and recovery phases of Ike as it was during past storms.
"Comcast is a wonderful partner of the United Way and has once again stepped up to help in a time of increased need. Their contribution to the United Way Hurricane Recovery Fund is another example of their generosity," said Anna Babin, president & CEO of the United Way of Greater Houston. "This significant grant and additional public service announcement support will help us meet the needs of Houston's most vulnerable populations as they rebuild their lives. It will also give us the opportunity to reach a larger audience as we move forward with our community campaign."
Since Comcast began giving to United Ways across the nation in 2003, Comcast employees and the Comcast Foundation have contributed more than $18 million to local United Way organizations across the country.
About the United Way of Greater Houston
For 86 years, the United Way of Greater Houston has been the social service safety net for the Greater Houston Area. United Way is a leader and trusted partner in improving lives, tackling key community social issues, and making a lasting difference. United Way of Greater Houston touches one of every two lives in the Bay Area, Fort Bend, Harris, Montgomery and Waller counties. United Way focuses on strengthening our community by developing children and youth to their full potential, creating strong families and safe neighborhoods, sustaining senior independence and rebuilding people's lives in times of crisis. The United Way of Greater Houston is the best way to make the biggest difference in our community changing Houston for good. For information, please visit www.unitedwayhouston.org.
About The Comcast Foundation
The Comcast Foundation was founded by Comcast Corporation in June 1999 and is the company's chief source of charitable support to qualified non-profit organizations. The Foundation primarily invests in programs that work to create a positive, sustainable impact within our communities in the areas of volunteerism, literacy and youth leadership development. Since its inception, the Comcast Foundation has donated more than $55 million to organizations in the communities where Comcast serves. More information about The Foundation and its programs is available at www.comcast.com - click on "About," then "In the Community."
About Comcast Corporation
Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) (www.comcast.com) is the nation's leading provider of entertainment, information and communication products and services. With 24.6 million cable customers, 14.4 million high-speed Internet customers, and 5.6 million Comcast Digital 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 Comcast SportsNet networks and Comcast Interactive Media, which develops and operates Comcast's Internet businesses, including Comcast.net (www.comcast.net). 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.