BERLIN, Conn., April 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Today more than 650 local Comcast Connecticut employees and their families and friends will "make change happen" as they volunteer to improve eight sites across the Nutmeg State as part of Comcast's 12 th Comcast Cares Day.
Comcast Cares Day is Comcast and NBCUniversal's signature day of service and the nation's largest single-day corporate volunteer effort. Today Connecticut volunteers will roll their sleeves up at sites in Branford, Groton, Hartford, Middletown, New Haven, Stamford, Waterbury and West Hartford.
This year the Company expects more than 70,000 Comcast volunteers to participate in over 700 projects across the country and internationally. Comcast Cares Day will also go international for the first time with NBCUniversal managing sites in England, France, Germany and New Zealand. Comcast also expects to achieve another important milestone of 3 million volunteer hours and half a million volunteers since Comcast Cares Day started in 2001.
"We're so honored to partner with local Connecticut schools, Boys & Girls Clubs and nonprofit organizations to work together to improve our community during our 12 th Comcast Cares Day," said Mary McLaughlin, Comcast Senior Vice President of the Western New England Region, which includes Connecticut "The hard work of the 650 Connecticut volunteers who will be donating their time to help make such a big difference in the lives of others is inspiring, and I am thankful to all of our participants who are helping to make today a success."The Comcast Cares Day 2013 Connecticut community partners and projects include the following:
- Community Dining Room ( Branford) –cleaning, painting, organization and beautification
- Claude Chester Elementary School ( Groton) –clean up, mulching, planting, landscaping, painting and school revitalization
- Burns Latino Studies Academy ( Hartford) in collaboration with community school partner COMPASS Youth Collaborative –cleanup, landscaping, mulching, rebuilding the children's garden plots, painting, and organization projects. Comcast volunteers will be joined by volunteers from the Urban League of Greater Hartford, United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut, Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters and Easter Seals Capital Region & Eastern Connecticut
- MacDonough School ( Middletown) – general landscaping and beautification; In partnership with the Middlesex United Way, volunteers will also install a Born Learning Trail, which is a set of fun, physical learning activities that parents or caregivers can play with young children in an outdoor setting, arranged on a walking trail. Volunteers from the North End Action Team and St. John School will join the efforts
- Clinton Avenue School ( New Haven) –mulching, landscaping, clean up, beautification and expansion of the school's garden; Student athlete volunteers from Southern Connecticut State University Foundation as well as United Way and Teach for America will also volunteer their time
- Boys & Girls Club of Stamford –planting gardens, clean-up, beautification and reading to and tutoring kids at the Club
- Waterbury Boys & Girls Club – landscaping, gardening, painting and beautification
- Paper Shredding Event with NBC CT ( West Hartford) –the public is invited to stop by with up to five boxes of their old documents, which Comcast and NBC CT employee volunteers will help shred for free and make sure they are securely destroyed and recycled.