Comcast is strongly committed to the communities we serve in Western Massachusetts and to our customers and employees who are in need following the devastating tornadoes that touched down earlier this month, causing widespread damage. Our thoughts go out to everyone who has been impacted by this tragedy.

To help those hit the hardest with their personal needs and support the restoration efforts taking place across the Greater Springfield area, Comcast is donating $50,000 from the Comcast Foundation to the Western Massachusetts Tornado Relief Efforts being administered by the United Way of the Pioneer Valley.

"Comcast and the United Way have a longstanding relationship," said Dora Robinson, Executive Director of the United Way of Pioneer Valley. "Comcast has been very supportive of the United Way and its programs and we are very grateful to Comcast for making such funds available for the recovery efforts in our area. The tornados caused tremendous devastation and this gift will be used to help many families."

In addition to cash contributions and rebuilding efforts, Comcast installed complimentary video, phone and Internet services to shelters at the MassMutual Center and Moses Building at the Big E Fairgrounds for local residents who were left homeless due to the severity of the damage at their homes. Comcast also assisted Square One, a local child care center in Springfield, with an urgent need for services at their new location.

Additionally, Comcast is making a $1,000 donation to The Evangelical Covenant Church in Springfield for allowing the company to use its parking lot as a staging area for their construction engineers and technicians as they rebuilt the area network. Comcast and its local employees worked non-stop to restore communication services to the towns of Monson, Springfield, Westfield and West Springfield, resulting in full services being restored to the vast majority of customers.

Comcast is committed to the rebuilding efforts in Western Massachusetts and we keep everyone impacted by the tornadoes in our thoughts.