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.
In Pittsburgh, almost 900 volunteers sorted supplies, wrote notes to students and painted the headquarters of Education Partnership, a nonprofit that provides school supplies to students and teachers throughout western Pennsylvania.
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.”
Some of the local organizations Comcast served this year include the Frick Environmental Center, Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh and Sarah Heinz House as well as the Belmont County Animal Shelter in St. Clairsville, Ohio and Camp Mountaineer in Fairmount, West Virginia. Almost 6,000 volunteers donated their time at more than 50 projects throughout Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia during Comcast Cares Day in 2018.