While we are thrilled about new milestones we’ve reached in 2015, the year also has been bittersweet after the passing on June 18th of our Company’s founder, Ralph J. Roberts. An innovative entrepreneur and business icon, Ralph possessed a generosity and passion for supporting our communities that he wove into the fabric of Comcast’s culture. A colleague, mentor and friend to so many, we miss him greatly. But the core values he instilled here live on through the commitment and dedication of our employees, as you will see in the stories throughout this and past issues of Inside CI.
Here’s a look at what we have been up to so far this year.
In April, we hosted a record-smashing Comcast Cares Day, engaging more than 100,000 volunteers in more than 900 projects from coast to coast and in 21 countries around the world. I had the opportunity to return to my hometown to volunteer at the Houston Food Bank, which distributes meals to 800,000 people a year.
In June, Boys & Girls Clubs of America recognized our efforts to enhance the technology skills of youth by honoring us with the national Champion for Youth Award, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of America presented Comcast NBCUniversal with its Chairman’s Award in recognition of our commitment to youth mentoring through programs we oversee in Comcast offices in 15 cities nationwide.
Most recently, in August, we announced extensive improvements to Internet Essentials, the nation’s most comprehensive Internet adoption program, including increased speeds and a pilot program for seniors. Since its launch four years ago, our signature effort to bridge the digital divide has unlocked the power of the Internet for more than 500,000 families or more than 2 million low-income Americans.
I know the best thing we can do to celebrate Ralph’s legacy is to continue giving back. In our corporate hometown of Philadelphia, Comcast Senior Executive Vice President David L. Cohen is chairing the Bold Change for Kids Campaign to raise $40 million to overhaul seven local Boys & Girls Clubs. One of the Clubs is in the city’s historic Germantown neighborhood, where Ralph once lived, and it will be named in his honor.
Thank you for joining us in our continued commitment to moving our communities forward.
Charisse R. Lillie
Vice President, Community Investment, Comcast Corporation
President, Comcast Foundation