Leading the nation’s largest single-day corporate volunteer event takes a huge effort and commitment every year — and there’s nothing we love more. For the fourth straight year, more than 115,000 volunteers in 2018 participated in our annual Comcast Cares Day, which took place at more than 1,200 community projects in 23 countries. We also celebrated a milestone as we engaged our 1 millionth volunteer since this company tradition began in 2001.
But we’re not about to stop there.
That’s why we create opportunities that allow community organizations to tap the unique professional talents of our employees well beyond Comcast Cares Day. For example, leaders from several of our NBCUniversal businesses teamed up with Taproot Foundation to host HR for Good, a skills-based initiative that connects nonprofit leaders with our staff in a series of hour-long consultations.
These consultations can make a difference by helping businesses make positive changes. Just ask Michelle Pullaro, leader of the nonprofit Per Scholas, who received targeted advice from human resources, marketing, and finance professionals across our company.
“We had the opportunity to rotate between three rooms with three to five HR professionals who had decades of experience in various areas of human resources and talent management,” Pullaro says. “Their depth of experience also enabled them to understand the importance of offering recommendations that we could implement immediately.”
Our employees understand the significant, positive impact that can be achieved through a long-standing mentoring relationship, in addition to professional coaching. Our employee resource groups have always demonstrated a strong commitment to service and act as catalysts for thousands of our employees. For example, members of our Black Employee Network have shared their coding skills with the kids from Boys & Girls Clubs of America during a special STEM workshop, and they maintain long-standing partnerships with several neighborhood schools across the country. And TechWomen and our Women’s Network have partnered with organizations serving women and girls — such as Girls Inc., Girl Develop It, and Step Up — to serve as mentors and career coaches.
We are also extremely proud to have about 400 employees volunteering this year to mentor local schoolchildren in 16 cities through our partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. Our “Bigs” meet with “Littles” at local Comcast offices every two weeks, and 2018 marks the 10th anniversary of our workplace-based mentoring program.
By drawing on the immense skills of our employee base to amplify our volunteer efforts, we’re bringing even more of our best to the communities we serve.