Comcast Cares Day Lends A Hand To Michigan Communities

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Comcast's Plymouth regional headquarters. Photo: Comcast Corp.

Comcast’s Plymouth regional headquarters. Photo: Comcast Corp.

PLYMOUTH — On Saturday, April 21, more than 2,700 local Comcast employees, their families and friends are expected to volunteer and assist nonprofit organizations around the state as part of Comcast’s “Comcast Cares Day.”

Over the previous 10 Comcast Cares Days, Comcast volunteers have dedicated more than 2.1 million hours of service. The company has also contributed more than $10.5 million in grants to organizations nationwide. Comcast Cares Day is one way that Comcast helps to power dreams and demonstrate a year-round commitment to making a difference in the communities it serves.

During the week of April 16, and culminating with eleven simultaneous community projects across the state on April 21, local Comcast employees, their families and friends will lend a hand at various nonprofit organizations to perform community improvement activities, including: building a duck pond in downtown Detroit; cleaning and beautifying neighborhoods; and sorting and packing food for the needy at multiple food banks.

“Today, for the 11th time since 2001, we once again celebrate Comcast Cares Day. Since the program’s inception, more than 360,000 Comcast employees, their families and friends have contributed their time to their communities,” said Tim Collins, Senior Vice President for Comcast in Michigan. “Today, we will surpass 2.5 million total hours of service. Comcast Cares Day is about coming together to have a positive impact on our communities, and I am truly proud to join my fellow employees as we continue in that mission.”

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 2012 with activities taking place on Saturday, April 21, unless otherwise noted:

* Detroit: Langston Hughes Academy (with Detroit Parent Network) on April 17
* Southfield: McIntyre Elementary (with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit) on April 17
* Taylor: Taylor Head Start (with Guidance Center/City Year Detroit) on April 18
* Southgate: Southgate Head Start (with Guidance Center/City Year Detroit/ACCESS) on April 19
* Bad Axe: Thumb Industries
* Battle Creek: Food Bank of South Central Michigan
* Detroit: Motor City Blight Busters
* Detroit: Youthville Center (with Detroit Parent Network/Urban League of Detroit/Focus: HOPE/Association of Chinese Americans)
* Flint: Freeman Elementary School (with Boys & Girls Club of Greater Flint)
* Grand Rapids: Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank
* Jackson: MLK Community Center (with Food Bank of South Central Michigan)
* Lansing: Cristo Rey Community Center
* Muskegon: First  Congregational United Church of Christ (with Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank/United Way of the Lakeshore)

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. Volunteers will also participate in blood donation drives to benefit the American Red Cross at multiple Michigan locations.

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