Comcast Volunteers ''Make Change Happen'' at B.P. Learned Mission Facility on 17th Comcast Cares Day

New London, CT – On Saturday, April 21, nearly 1,000 Connecticut Comcast NBCUniversal employees and their families, friends and community partners helped to “make change happen” as they volunteered to improve six sites throughout the state as part of the 17th annual Comcast Cares Day.  This year, volunteers were also part of and celebrated a significant milestone of Comcast Cares Day – reaching 1 million volunteers since the program began in 2001.
Comcast Cares Day is more than just a day – it is a celebration and opportunity to spotlight our year-round commitment to volunteerism that began with our founding 55 years ago. From using technology to create positive change, such as teaching digital literacy skills and wiring community centers and libraries, to mentoring youth, to beautifying parks, Comcast NBCUniversal employees volunteer on this day, and throughout the year, to make a lasting impact. This year, the Company expected more than 100,000 volunteers to participate in about 1,000 projects across the country and around the world. To date, volunteers have contributed more than 5 million volunteer hours at 8,800 projects. 
In New London, Comcast partnered with the Child & Family Agency of Southeastern Connecticut to spruce up B.P. Learned Mission, located on Shaw Street.  Comcast employees, their families and friends were joined by Senator Paul Formica (R-East Lyme), State Representative Chris Soto (D-New London), as well as volunteers from Arc New London County, B.P. Learned Mission and cadets from the Coast Guard Academy. Together, they landscaped and prepped the garden beds for planting season, in addition to spring cleaning the inside of the facility.
“As we celebrate our 17th annual Comcast Cares Day, we are delighted to partner with these incredible organizations to give back,” said Michael Parker, Senior Vice President of Comcast’s Western New England Region, which is headquartered in Connecticut. “It’s really inspiring how we can drive positive change when our employees, their family and friends, and our community partners rally together to make a lasting difference in our communities. I am very thankful for the participants who help to make this effort a success today and throughout the year.”
“I applaud Comcast for rolling up their sleeves in New London and investing in our community’s most important resource, our children,” said Senator Paul Formica, who is Co-Chair of the state’s Energy & Technology Committee.
“It is great to see on such a beautiful day, the dots getting connected in New London between Comcast and B.P. Learned to continue to move our community forward,” added State Representative Chris Soto.
“We are always grateful when Comcast and members of our community step forward to help us out,” said Rick Calvert, CEO of Child & Family Agency of Southeastern Connecticut who hosted a Comcast Cares Day site in New London. “The B.P. Learned Mission has a long history in New London and is considered a center of excellence in the area of non-profit work on behalf of children in our region. It is such a wonderful opportunity for Comcast employees to interact with our staff to build stronger bonds between people and groups in this part of the state.”
The Comcast Foundation will also provide grants to local community partner organizations across the country on behalf of everyone who volunteered on Comcast Cares Day. The grants will help Comcast’s community partners continue their mission of serving the community throughout the year.  To date, the Comcast Foundation has awarded more than $22 million in grants to local non-profit organizations who have served as partners on Comcast Cares Day. 
Additionally, Comcast will once again fold in the broad support and amplification of Global Citizen and Red Nose Day, organizations aiming to end extreme poverty globally and in the United States. These organizations use the universal language of music and entertainment as a vehicle to engage people around the world to make a difference. By amplifying our support of these initiatives on Comcast Cares Day, Comcast NBCUniversal is providing additional ways to help drive positive change in our communities.
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About Child & Family Agency of Southeastern Connecticut
Child and Family Agency’s mission is to nurture children and families to develop their strengths through service, partnership and advocacy. CFA programs deal with children’s mental health, child abuse prevention, the treatment of family violence, children’s health care, childcare, and parent education. Last year 18,000 children and their family members were served in 79 towns in New Haven, Middlesex, Windham and New London Counties, the Child & Family Agency service region.