Grants helped expand digital literacy, promote community service and build tomorrow’s leaders
The Comcast Foundation announced today that it awarded $309,000 in grants to 21 nonprofit organizations in Comcast’s Keystone Region in 2016. The grants helped grow the impact of programs aimed at the Comcast Foundation’s three areas of focus – expanding digital literacy, promoting service, and building tomorrow’s leaders. Comcast’s Keystone Region includes portions of northeastern, central and western Pennsylvania, the Maryland panhandle, eastern Ohio and northern West Virginia.
One of the leadership development programs the Foundation supports is Hope Station, a youth leadership program in Carlisle, PA. “Our five-year partnership with Comcast has helped Hope Station to lift up the entire neighborhood by tackling our most difficult problems,” said James Washington Jr., Executive Director. “This is done through education, technology, job development and most importantly, teaching our children to become leaders by learning to respect themselves and others.”
Another youth leadership program supported by the Foundation is the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh’s Beyond School Walls program, an ongoing partnership between Comcast and Sto-Rox Middle School. “Comcast’s employees understand the needs of the children we serve and have consistently supported their Littles year after year,” said Jan Glick, Executive Director. “Each time we consider adding another Beyond School Walls program we asked the company to visit the Comcast program as an example of perfection.”
The 30 big / little matches among at-risk children and adult mentors has helped the students improve academic success, feel more socially accepted and demonstrate healthier attitudes against “risk behaviors,” including controlled substance use, bullying, and breaking rules in school.
In addition, The Arc of York County received a grant to support assistive and adaptive technology. “The Arc of York County is thrilled to be able to offer our Technology Education Course to York Countians with disabilities thanks to the generous funding from the Comcast Foundations,” said Josh Leik, Director of Operations. “Over the next year, dozens of individuals will have an introduction to computers or will build upon existing skills to better enable them to fully participate in their community.”
In Pittsburgh, Best of the Batch Foundation supports students by providing technology and school-readiness programs in local communities. “Best of the Batch Foundation is pleased to continue our partnership with the Comcast Foundation as we bring state of the art technology to our students,” said Founder and President, Charlie Batch. “Thanks to the new equipment, like 3-D printers and 3-D pens that we will be able to purchase for our Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math Club, we will create new learning outlets and open doors to careers and opportunities.”
Additional organizations receiving Comcast Foundation grants in Comcast’s Keystone Region include:
- Sarah Heinz House Boys & Girls Club, Pittsburgh
- Boys & Girls Club of Western PA
- Boys & Girls Club of Harrisburg
- Spanish American Civic Association, Lancaster
- Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh
- Centro Hispano Daniel Torres, Reading
- Mountaineer Boys & Girls Club, Morgantown
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region, Harrisburg
- Easter Seals of Western & Central PA, Pittsburgh
- Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh / Digital Connectors
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Laurel Region, Greensburg
- YWCA, Wheeling
- Strong Women Strong Girls, Pittsburgh
- Boys & Girls Clubs of Chambersburg and Shippensburg
- Crispus Attucks, Lancaster
Including the support in Comcast’s Keystone Region, the Comcast Foundation donated $19 million in 2016 to nonprofit organizations in the communities it serves nationwide. In addition to the grants from the Comcast Foundation, Comcast also responds to community needs through local sponsorships and in-kind support, such as airing public service announcements, employee volunteerism, and providing technology equipment and services to organizations across the country.
“Comcast is proud to award these grants to our partner organizations to connect and strengthen the communities we serve,” said Christine Whitaker, senior vice president of Comcast’s Keystone Region. “Thanks to the tireless and extremely important work of these nonprofit organizations, our region is a better place to call home.”
About the Comcast Foundation
The Comcast Foundation was founded by Comcast Corporation in June 1999 to provide charitable support to qualified non-profit organizations. The Foundation primarily invests in programs intended to have a positive, sustainable impact on their communities. The Foundation has three community investment priorities—expanding digital literacy, promoting community service, and building tomorrow’s leaders. Since its inception, the Comcast Foundation has donated $195 million to organizations in the communities nationwide that Comcast serves. More information about the Foundation and its programs is available at www.comcast.com/community.