We are less than a week away from our best day of the year, and I couldn’t be more excited.
Saturday, April 24, will be my fifth Comcast Cares Day. It is the cornerstone event of our year-round commitment to the communities where our customers and employees live.
As a company we always dream big, but the growth of this event has been amazing to us. Comcast Cares Day began in 2001 with 6,100 volunteers at nearly 110 projects. Fast forward to last year, and we had a record of more than 60,000 volunteers serving at hundreds of projects in 39 states and Washington, DC, making it one of the largest single days of corporate community service in America.
For all of the Comcast Cares Days combined, more than 230,000 Comcast employees, their family members, their friends, national partners and elected officials have participated. These dedicated volunteers have delivered over 1.3 million vital hours of service beautifying schools to create better learning environments, cleaning up parks, repairing playground equipment, installing computer labs, and so much more.
Comcast’s long-time partners such as City Year, the National Urban League and NCLR join us at dozens of project sites every year. It is always gratifying to see the red jackets of City Year corps members working side-by-side with our employees and perhaps a governor or U.S. Senator. All of the volunteers truly come together as one service-oriented community around the country.
Personally, some of my fondest memories have been participating with our Founder Ralph Roberts, who recently turned 90 years old and will be volunteering again this year in Philadelphia.
I have spent three of my four previous Comcast Cares Days with Ralph in North Philly, West Philly and Union, New Jersey, and have always been impressed with the reaction of the crowd of volunteers when he arrives. Everyone absolutely adores him and he adores them as well They all want to work side-by-side him and thank him for his vision of Comcast from when he founded it as a little cable system in Tupelo, MS.
It is truly heartwarming to see our employees spending a portion of their weekend giving back to the communities where they live and work. And it is fun for me to plant some trees or paint a classroom or receive a warm greeting from a principal who is tickled that her children’s environment is being spruced up for class on Monday. It is Comcast at its best and Comcasters at their best.
So on Saturday, April 24, look for thousands of us in our blue shirts, as we power dreams in our communities on Comcast Cares Day.