The nation’s largest, single-day corporate volunteer effort by NBCUniversal and Comcast is set to take place Saturday across the nation and in about 20 countries including the United Kingdom and the Netherlands.
On Comcast Cares Day, Comcast NBCUniversal will engage around 100,000 volunteers at 1,000 community improvement projects around the world, including ones in Santa Rosa and San Jose.
These projects will include revitalizing neighborhood parks and schools, teaching digital literacy and jobs skills, assembling care packages for U.S. military service members and veterans, and a partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation to plant about 1,000 trees in areas of California, Florida, and Texas impacted by last year’s wildfires and hurricanes.
"This year, we will celebrate one million volunteers since Comcast Cares Day started, which really speaks to the heart of our employees and their passion for improving our communities," said Brian L. Roberts, Chairman and CEO of Comcast Corporation.
NBC Bay Area and Comcast employees will be at August Boeger Middle School at 1944 Flint Avenue, San Jose, and Santa Rosa City Schools-Lewis Center at 2230 Lomitas Avenue, Santa Rosa.
Hundreds of people turned out for the Santa Rosa cleanup, painting and landscaping the education center, putting a new face on a community ravaged by the massive North Bay wildfires six months ago.
"It's about regrowth," said Sam Brock from NBC Bay Area. "It's about the strength of the people who live there. I think that is such a touching way to be able to express that."
NBC Bay Area staff and other volunteers also spruced up Santa Rosa High School's football stadium to prepare for the graduation ceremony.
"I think it's important for everyone to give back to this community that's been so affected by the fires," said Chris Chmura from NBC Bay Area.
In the Fountain Grove Neighborhood, volunteers, some from as far away as Sacramento, planted hundreds of trees.
"It's exciting," said Dana Karcher from the Arbor Day Foundation. "It's healing more than anything else, and I'm grateful."
Comcast also donated $300,000 towards the completion of a new wellness center desperately needed for a community still healing.
"From the bottom of my heart, from Santa Rosa City Schools, we thank every single one of you," said Diann Kitamura, the Santa Rosa City Schools Superintendent.
Comcast Cares Day began in 2001, and has since become one of our company’s best traditions. Fueled by our employees’ passion for giving back, Comcast Cares Day is now the largest single-day corporate volunteer effort in the nation. Comcast Cares Day has also gone global, with our NBCUniversal colleagues hosting projects in more than a dozen countries overseas.
Click here to learn more.