Comcast Cares: A Year-Round Commitment to Service
This Comcast Cares Day, more than 100,000 Comcast NBCUniversal employees, and for the first time Sky employees, their friends and family members, and nonprofit partners will volunteer in hundreds of communities nationwide and in more than 20 countries around the world. From teaching coding workshops, to beautifying parks, beaches and schools, to wiring community centers and libraries, they will "make change happen" at more than 1,200 project sites. As we celebrate our 18th annual Comcast Cares Day, we are reminded of how important giving back where our employees live and work was to our founder, Ralph Roberts. He made sure that commitment was a core value at Comcast—so to us, supporting employee volunteerism is just who we are.
Our employees are passionate all year long about driving positive change in our communities. They serve on boards, roll up their sleeves and volunteer, mentor, use their professional skills to help nonprofit organizations achieve their goals, and much more.
As a global media and technology company, another way we give back is through our commitment to conquer the digital divide. Our signature high-speed broadband adoption program, Internet Essentials, is designed to level the playing field for low-income families by providing them with the connectivity and digital skills they need to get ahead in today’s society. Comcast employees across the country participate as Internet Essentials ambassadors, helping to spread the word about Internet Essentials in the communities that need it most.
We’re also providing access to innovative technology through programs like My.Future in partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, which puts cutting-edge technology in the hands of Club kids to teach them digital skills that will serve them well in school and in the workforce. Recently, to support our release of Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch, we partnered with a nonprofit organization to create an interactive educational experience starring the Grinch to teach coding basics. Featured during the national “Hour of Code” week last December, the game reached more than 1.6 million students by the end of the year, and were distributed to dozens of nonprofits for their use including City Year as well as Boys & Girls Clubs. And through our work with Easterseals and The Arc, we’re providing enhanced assistive technologies and digital access to help people with disabilities live more independent lives.
We also believe in empowering young people to achieve their maximum potential and make a positive impact on their communities, as shown through 10 years of our Beyond School Walls program with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. The program matches Comcast and NBCUniversal employees with local students for meetings every other week at our offices across the country. More than 1,000 of our employees have volunteered as “Bigs” through Beyond School Walls, being matched with student “Littles” over the years to be positive role models and show them professional environments and potential new career paths.
Many of our partnerships span nationally, but we are a local company at heart—and our approach to giving back reflects that. Throughout the year, our employees work alongside our neighbors, addressing the specific needs in their communities.
For example, when the devastating fires in California destroyed homes and displaced thousands of families last fall, Comcast employees partnered with Boys & Girls Club of the North Valley to host a “Holidays Around the World” event, which helped support families and youth who were impacted by the Camp Fire. The event featured entertainment, games, food and gifts for the families. Additionally, during the Camp Fire, Comcast provided free access to more than 51,000 XFINITY WiFi hotspots and delivered a range of services to evacuation/community support centers and CAL Fire command centers throughout the fire-impacted areas of Northern California.
Members of the Comcast law department have joined forces with the Homeless Advocacy Project and several other companies to volunteer their legal skills to help homeless individuals apply for their birth certificates. In just one day they were able to prepare birth certificate applications for 55 adults and 14 children.
Throughout Comcast Cares Day 2019, Comcast NBCUniversal and Sky employees are taking pride in making a positive impact in the communities where we live and work. Learn more about the meaningful ways that Comcast NBCUniversal is addressing society’s most profound social challenges in our Corporate Social Responsibility Report.