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Comcast Cares Day Lends a Hand to Michigan Communities

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On Saturday, April 30, more than 2,500 local Comcast employees, their families and friends will volunteer to assist nonprofit organizations around the state of Michigan as part of Comcast’s “Comcast Cares Day.” 

At the same time across the country, more than 62,000 Comcast volunteers will participate in this annual day of service. Comcast’s 10th Comcast Cares Day is one of the largest single days of corporate volunteer efforts in the country.  Since its inception in 2001, Comcast employees, their families and friends have dedicated over two million hours of service.  The company has also committed more than $10 million in grants to organizations nationwide.

During the week of April 18, and culminating with 17 simultaneous community projects across the state on April 30, local Comcast employees, their families and friends will lend a hand at various nonprofit organizations to perform community improvement activities, including: clearing a nature trail and collecting recycled items in celebration of Earth Day; assisting at a city-wide literacy fair; cleaning and beautifying neighborhoods; and sorting and packing food for the needy at multiple food banks.

“Today, we celebrate our tenth Comcast Cares Day, which is an incredible milestone,” said Brian L. Roberts, Chairman and CEO, Comcast Corporation.  “Since its inception in 2001, nearly 300,000 Comcast employees, their families and friends have contributed their time to their communities.  Today, we will eclipse two million hours of service.  Comcast Cares Day is about coming together to make a positive difference in our communities, and I couldn’t be more proud to serve alongside my fellow employees today as we continue in that mission.”

“Comcast has a proven track record of giving back to the communities in which our employees reside and work, and this year’s Comcast Cares Day efforts will help 18 different organizations across Michigan,” said Tim Collins, Senior Vice President for Comcast in Michigan. “As Michigan residents continue to overcome the economic challenges facing our state, I’m grateful for the more than 2,500 volunteers who will be donating their time to help make a difference.”

The Comcast Foundation will also provide grants to local community partner organizations across the country on behalf of each employee and family member who volunteers on Comcast Cares Day. The grants will help Comcast’s community partners continue their mission of serving the community throughout the year. 

Comcast will join the following community partners in several Michigan communities for Comcast Cares Day 2011 with activities taking place on Saturday, April 30, unless otherwise noted:

Bad Axe: Huron County SafePlace
Battle Creek: Food Bank of South Central Michigan
Belmont (Grand Rapids): Friends of White Pine Trail on Thursday, April 21
Cement City: Food Bank of South Central Michigan
Detroit: Boys and Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan
Detroit: Matrix Human Services Literacy Project at Clark Park
Flint: Boys and Girls Club of Greater Flint
Grand Rapids : Boys and Girls Club
Holland: Lakeshore Habitat for Humanity
Lansing: Greater Lansing Food Bank
Monroe: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Monroe County
Muskegon: Muskegon County Habitat for Humanity
Pontiac: HAVEN Shelter
Plymouth: Goodwill Industries on Thursday, April 21
River Rouge: The Guidance Center
Southfield: Angel’s Place
Taylor: Gleaners Food Bank of Southeast Michigan on Monday, April 25
Warren: Gleaners Food Bank of Southeast Michigan on Wednesday, April 27

In addition to the projects at these locations, Comcast volunteers at the company’s three call centers in Ann Arbor, Sterling Heights and Plymouth will work with the Kids Against Hunger Coalition to package food, which will be donated to area food banks and needy families in Japan. Volunteers will also participate in blood donation drives to benefit the American Red Cross at multiple Michigan locations.

For more information on Comcast’s volunteer and community investment initiatives, visit http://www.comcast.com/inthecommunity.

Comcast’s Michigan Region serves more than one million customers statewide and employs approximately 4,000 people. Comcast has three major call centers located in the state and houses its Michigan Region headquarters in Plymouth.

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