Record Breaking 17th Annual Comcast Cares Day for Comcast NBCUniversal
Comcast NBCUniversal today announced a record number of volunteers, projects and total hours served during the company’s 17th annual Comcast Cares Day, the nation’s largest single-day corporate volunteer effort and a powerful representation of the company’s year-round commitment to community service.
More than 115,000 Comcast NBCUniversal employees and their families, friends and community partners spent nearly 700,000 hours volunteering at over 1,200 projects in 23 countries around the world.
What’s more, Comcast employee and Michigan resident Kyeshia Bates was identified as the one millionth volunteer to participate in the annual day of service since its inception in 2001. To her surprise, she was met at a volunteer project just outside of Detroit by David L. Cohen, Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer for Comcast Corporation who announced a gift of $25,000 from the Comcast Foundation for Affirmations, a local, support organization serving people of all sexual orientations and gender identities, and the location where Kyeshia spent her Comcast Cares Day. Kyeshia also received an all-expenses paid trip for four to Universal Studios in Los Angeles.
“We are firm believers that corporations have a responsibility to give back to the communities where their employees and customers live and work and to partner with local governments, organizations, and nonprofits to make our communities stronger,” said Cohen. “That is what Comcast Cares Day is all about and I am so grateful to employees like Kyeshia for their service and proud to be a part of this incredible effort.”
To kick off Comcast Cares Day, Comcast enlisted Olympic gold medalists Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson and Monique Lamoureux-Morando to join the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation and more than 100 children and volunteers at the Laura Sims Skate House in West Philadelphia. Above, you can watch a video of that project that included a clean-up project in conjunction with City Year Philadelphia, academic enrichment activities, a hockey clinic and a surprise gift of free laptops and six months of complimentary Internet service for the children as part of Comcast’s Internet Essentials program, which provides low-cost internet service and free digital literacy training to people in low-income communities.