As part of the 18th annual Comcast Cares Day, more than 15,000 Comcast employees, their family and friends and community volunteers worked on community service projects throughout Florida on Saturday, May 4.
The tradition celebrates the company’s year-round commitment to volunteerism and service in communities across the country and around the world.
“It is incredible to see how we can drive meaningful change in our communities across Florida by bringing together our employees, their friends and families, and our community partners, both on Comcast Cares Day and throughout the year,” said Amy Smith, Regional Senior Vice President of the Comcast Florida Region. “Whether at a school, community organization or a park, the work Comcast Cares Day volunteers are doing across the state will have a lasting and positive impact.”
Comcast Cares Day projects across Florida included:
- School Beautification Projects: In Fort Lauderdale, Naples, Orlando, Sebring, Tallahassee and West Palm Beach, Comcast Cares Day volunteers cleaned, painted and completed beautification projects at schools to give students more vibrant environments to learn and grow.
- Helping Children & Families: In Southwest Florida, volunteers worked together to beautify the Florida Baptist Children’s Homes and One More Child campus in Fort Myers. Comcast Cares Day volunteers in Sarasota created a special children’s garden at The Haven, which offers programs and services for adults and children with disabilities.
- Disaster Recovery Efforts: In Jacksonville, volunteers distributed food and provided assistance to residents still struggling to recover after their neighborhood was badly damage by Hurricane Irma two years ago. Comcast Cares Day volunteers in Panama City teamed up with the local Boys & Girls Club to clean up and restore an area that was hit hard by Hurricane Michael six months ago.
- Environmental Restoration: Volunteers in Vero Beach worked at Round Island Beach Park to collect unwanted trash and debris, while more than 400 Comcast Cares Day volunteers gathered on Virginia Key off the coast of downtown Miami to help remove evasive plants and restore the island’s natural ecosystems.
Since the first Comcast Cares Day in 2001, more than 1 million Comcast Cares Day volunteers have contributed over 6 million service hours to improve local communities at more than 10,000 projects around the world.
The Comcast Foundation will also provide grants to local partner organizations on behalf of volunteers who contributed their time on Comcast Cares Day. The grants will help Comcast’s partners continue their mission of serving the community throughout the year. To date, the Comcast Foundation has awarded nearly $25 million in grants to local nonprofit organizations who have served as partners on Comcast Cares Day.
For more information on Comcast volunteer and community impact initiatives, visit www.comcast.com/community.