BITES, CAMERA, ACTION
Millions of U.S. families struggle to put enough food on their table each day — a challenge that’s particularly hard on children. In 2012, our Universal Orlando Resort food services employees put their culinary talents to work in a special way, helping create effective solutions to the problem of hunger in Florida. Supported by a grant from the Universal Orlando Foundation, we founded Bites, Camera, Action — a program that brings a mobile food pantry to families in need throughout Central Florida — in partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank, After-School All-Stars Orlando, and other agencies. The program gives our food services employees a chance to use their unique skills and expertise to make an impact in their community, promoting nutrition in middle schools, providing monthly food boxes to hungry families, and replenishing local food pantries.
TODAY TOY DRIVE
Value of toys that have been donated through the TODAY Toy Drive during 19 holiday collections.
Our record-setting contribution in 2012.
EARTHQUAKE PREPAREDNESS AT UNIVERSAL STUDIOS IN HOLLYWOOD
The threat of a major earthquake on the West Coast puts many of our viewers, employees, family members, and neighbors at risk. Preparing for this possibility is a top priority.
NBCUniversal’s Emergency Services department, which is nationally recognized for its disaster preparedness program, partnered with local agencies across Los Angeles in October 2012 to host an educational open house focused on earthquake preparedness. NBC4 Southern California and the American Red Cross’ PrepareSoCal initiative helped present this event for nearly 400 people on the Universal Studios Backlot.
With a network of more than 1,200 local affiliates in the United States, United Way is uniquely positioned to serve each of the communities where our employees live and work nationwide. Comcast has supported United Way since our founding in 1963, and we have been part of the organization’s Global Corporate Leadership program for a decade. Comcast and NBCUniversal are ranked nationally as a United Way top 50 corporate contributor.
Since 2001, our two-week annual campaign has brought in $36.9 million from more than 288,000 employee pledges and special events to help local United Way affiliates improve education, health, and other critical needs for people in thousands of communities. Our 2012 campaign brought in $5.6 million — the most in company history — from more than 48,000 employee pledges. The Comcast Foundation matched these donations with $1.6 million in grants. The United Way Spirit of America and Summit Award program honored us with two awards for volunteer engagement and philanthropic engagement in 2012.