An Army of Volunteers: Comcast Cares Day Coming April 25, 2015 in Washington State

Please watch the video above for some of the highlights of Comcast Cares Day last year.

On Saturday, April 25, 2015, more than 3,200 local Comcast NBCUniversal employees and their families, friends and community partners will “make change happen” as they volunteer to improve a dozen locations throughout Washington State as part of the 14th annual Comcast Cares Day.

Comcast Cares Day, which takes place each April during National Volunteer Month, is Comcast NBCUniversal’s companywide celebration of their year-round commitment to service and the nation’s largest single-day corporate volunteer effort in the country.

Here’s our annual list of the projects we’re looking forward to. If you’d like to sign up to help one of these causes, we’d love to see you. You can search for all the projects near you at http://www.comcastinthecommunity.com/

Aberdeen: Downtown Aberdeen Revitalization. We’ll let the local team share their enthusiasm for this project in their own words, found on the signup age: “April 25th is not just a clean-up & beautification of Downtown Aberdeen: it is an EVENT!! This is a community-wide clean-up of our beloved downtown area. It’s an opportunity to help make a difference in our city! We’ll be weeding, sweeping, cleaning curb lines, clean up of flower pots, planting flowers and hanging flower basket brackets (to prepare for the hanging of flower baskets after Mother’s Day in May). We’ll have live music from our local radio stations, lunch, t-shirts, and a community spirit that can’t be beat! This project isn’t just about cleaning, it’s about community pride! Come help make Aberdeen a better place, a cleaner place, and a place filled with colorful flowers!” AmIright about the enthusiasm? (Partner: City of Aberdeen, which is working with the Aberdeen Revitalization Movement.

Auburn: Auburn YMCA. Employees based in our Auburn offices will transform the YMCA’s Summer Camp area by building raised flower beds and planters and of course also planting the flowers. We will also be repainting several picnic tables and landscaping the area. We will be spreading bark in their playground area and doing some weeding. We will also be helping the YMCA set-up for their annual Healthy Kids Day. They are expecting over 5,000 community members, and we will be assisting them by handing out their official T-shirts, and helping them set up and run several carnival games as well as some other duties.

Bellingham: The FIRS. Our team from Bellingham will help get The Firs Fircreek Facility ready and spruced up for summer day camps.  We will be cleaning the grounds of winter debris: doing work like picking up fallen tree limbs, raking and pulling up weeds and spreading new bark. We will be painting the Rutledge Building where the group runs its After School Adventure program. We will also be trimming up some apple trees and working on laying down some sod and fixing and filling some holes on their soccer field.

Bremerton: Bremerton Teen Center. For the second year in a row, we will be doing general landscaping and cleanup of the new Teen Center. (Partner: Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound)

Lakewood: Custer Elementary School. Employees will be beautifying this school through painting and gardening and other improvements.

Marysville: Marysville – Pilchuck High School. It’s no secret that this school suffered a horrible event last year. So Comcast is honored and privileged to conduct a wide variety of outdoor and indoor projects for all ages including painting, landscaping and general cleaning.This project is being organized by employees from our Everett and Lynnwood call centers.

Monroe: Monroe Boys & Girls Club.  This project is organized by employees from our Everett field office. This well-loved Boys and Girls Club has been a part of the Monroe community for more than 17 years. This club serves more than 100 children per day and also gets a lot of use from the community for meetings and gatherings. We will be painting and cleaning a large part of this facility. Other projects will be organizing storage areas, light landscaping, pressure washing, installing a roll up door, and possibly installing 200 feet of fencing. (Partner: Boys & Girls Clubs of Snohomish County)

(Partner: Boys & Girls Clubs of Snohomish County)

Orting: Washington Soldiers Home. We are very excited to be partnering with the Washington Soldiers Home for Comcast Cares Day for a second year. We have a wide variety of projects planned, including multiple painting projects, landscaping, headstone cleaning and some light construction. This is organized by employees based in our Puyallup offices.

RedmondLittle Bit Therapeutic Riding Center. Employees will help beautify this 17-acre facility at one of the largest therapeutic horsemanship programs in the United States for children and adults with disabilities. This project will consist of spreading gravel in the horse paddocks, fence washing, shed building, weeding and some outdoor barn painting. There will even be a “Stomp the Mole Hill” project for the kids.

Seattle: Comcast Cares Day presents the Chinatown/ID Spring Clean. We had so much fun in the International District last year that we’re returning for a second year. (if you have a good memory, you might recall the music video that came out of the day). Anyone reading this probably already knows this, but the historic International District is a beloved cultural center of Seattle. This year we’ll be painting a community-based mural on wooden panels to be installed onto the wall of a historic building in the neighborhood. We’ll also be cleaning up graffiti, gardening, washing windows, cleaning up litter and giving some tender, loving care to a neighborhood garden. We’ll also assemble furniture for a new neighborhood co-work space. (Partners: SCIDpda is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving, promoting, and developing the Seattle Chinatown International District. Other partners include our secret weapon, City Year Seattle/King County, and the Chinatown-International District Business Improvement Area (CIDBIA),  InterIm Community Development Association, and Asian Counseling and Referral Services.

Spokane Valley: Spokane Valley Partners. Spokane Valley is a city right outside Spokane. Here we’ll be painting, gardening, building crop beds in a community garden and landscaping.

Tenino: Wolf Haven. This is the second year our employees from Olympia will base their project as this beloved animal center. We’ll be painting indoors and outdoors, and doing some groundscleaning such as pulling weeds and raking debris.

Various: Blood Drives: We have a bunch of them planned! More details soon.

VetNet: This year, we expect our employee #VetNet groups, which consist of veterans and their supporters, will be conducting their own Comcast Cares Day project, preparing supplies for shipment to members of the services overseas. More details to come.

This year, the Company expects more than 95,000 Comcast and NBCUniversal volunteers to participate in more than 700 projects across the country and around the globe.  To date, volunteers have contributed more than 3.7 million service hours to improve nearly 6,000 projects in the U.S. and around the world since Comcast Cares Day started in 2001.

“Comcast Cares Day demonstrates what’s possible in a day,” said Charisse R. Lillie, Vice President of Community Investment for Comcast Corporation and President of the Comcast Foundation. “It truly is amazing to see the transformations that take place when communities mobilize to revitalize neglected neighborhood parks, beautify schools to improve the learning environment, stock community food banks, plant trees, install and wire computer labs at community centers, and so much more. Each year I am inspired by the generosity of everyone who gives back – not just on Comcast Cares Day, but all year long.”

The Comcast Foundation will also provide grants to local community partner organizations across the country on behalf of everyone who volunteers 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 $16 million in grants to local non-profit organizations who have partnered with us on Comcast Cares Day.

Comcast has been committed to serving local communities since our founding more than 50 years ago. For more information on Comcast’s volunteer and community investment initiatives, visit http://www.comcast.com/community.

About Comcast Corporation
Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) is a global media and technology company with two primary businesses, Comcast Cable and NBCUniversal. Comcast Cable is the nation’s largest video, high-speed Internet and phone provider to residential customers under the XFINITY brand and also provides these services to businesses. NBCUniversal operates news, entertainment and sports cable networks, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, television production operations, television station groups, Universal Pictures and Universal Parks and Resorts. Visit www.comcastcorporation.com for more information.

About the Comcast Foundation

The Comcast Foundation was founded by Comcast Corporation in June 1999 to provide charitable support to qualified nonprofit organizations. The Foundation primarily invests in programs intended to have a positive, sustainable impact on their communities. The Foundation has three community investment priorities—promoting community service, expanding digital literacy, and building tomorrow’s leaders. Since its inception, the Comcast Foundation has donated nearly $158 million to organizations in the communities nationwide that Comcast serves. More information about the Foundation and its programs is available at www.comcast.com/community.

 

March 2015: New Milestones In Internet Essentials

chart showing growth in the Internet Essentials program

Comcast has announced that since August 2011, its nationally acclaimed broadband adoption program, Internet Essentials, has connected more than 450,000 families, or 1.8 million low-income Americans, to the power of the Internet at home.  To put that in perspective, 1.8 million is larger than the populations of 96 of America’s 100 largest cities as well as 12 states and the District of Columbia.  What’s more, the six-month period from September 2014 through February 2015 was the most successful period in the program’s history, with nearly 90,000 new Internet Essentials enrollments.

We’re happy with the numbers in our area. The program has connected more than 14,600 households to the Internet in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties, and 22,000 households in all of Washington State. But there are still many of thousands of people who lack broadband access, and that challenges us to continue to reach out. For more about the causes behind the lack of access to the Internet, visit this blog post.   If you know of a school, a nonprofit that helps families, or anyone else who can help spread the word about Internet Essentials, you can order literature here that we’ll print and ship to them for free. 

“Through years of research and hard work, we have found that relentless engagement and digital education on a hyper-local level is the key to closing the digital divide,” said David L. Cohen, Executive Vice President, Comcast Corporation.  “We are making great progress and ask other companies and non-profits, who share our goal of getting all Americans connected, to join us, and do their part.”

Hundreds of nonprofits and schools in Washington have helped to spread the word. In an email thanking them this week, Terry Davis, a Director of Government Affairs here, wrote, “Internet Essential’s success didn’t just happen by chance.  It happened because we’ve connected with committed School Districts, City and County Governments, and Community Based Organizations willing to PARTNER with us to “Spread the Word” to the families that could benefit most from this opportunity.  Thank you for your willingness to Partner and help in spreading the word.

“We’re very happy with our milestones, but there are still many of thousands of people who lack broadband access, and that challenges us to continue to reach out. We look forward to working with our Partners to connect more families to this great program.”

Data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s most recent (2013) American Community Survey, with a sample size of more than 3.5 million Americans, reveals that 52 percent of low-income households in the U.S., with household incomes below $35,000, now subscribe to wireline broadband at home, as compared to 48 percent in 2010.  Also, according to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), although broadband adoption for low-income households has been increasing, for certain low-income groups, it still falls more than 20 percentage points behind the general population, which had a 73 percent adoption rate in 2012.

Through Internet Essentials, Comcast has sought to directly address the primary barriers for low-income students and their families, investing more than $225 million in cash and in-kind support to help fund digital literacy and readiness training and education, reaching more than 3.1 million people through our national and local non-profit community partners.

Internet Essentials, called “the largest experiment ever” to close the digital divide by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), has been unparalleled in its success. Even though Comcast is only one of multiple providers and does not have broadband systems in two-thirds of the country, the company’s Internet Essentials program has accounted for one-quarter of all of the national broadband adoption growth for low-income families with children from the program’s inception through June 2014, according to Dr. John B. Horrigan, America’s preeminent researcher on broadband adoption and utilization and former head of research for the FCC’s National Broadband Plan.

Dr. Horrigan recently completed his second study of Internet Essentials customers.  Called Deepening Ties, it examines the evolution from non-adopters to adopters.  Two of the most striking findings include:

  • The real key to economic and personal empowerment through broadband adoption is training and education. Those who received formal digital training, like the kind provided by non-profits through the Internet Essentials program, were 15 percentage points more likely to use the Internet to look for a job.
  • Almost two-thirds of Internet Essentials families said Internet Essentials helped them manage their work schedules and better balance their work/life responsibilities.

The report further underscores how important the Internet is for 21st Century job readiness and STEM education, as well as for economic and personal empowerment.

Through February 2015, Comcast has also:

  • Dedicated $1 million in grants to create Internet Essentials Learning Zones, where networks of non-profit partners are working together to enhance public Internet access and increase family-focused digital literacy training in Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, Fresno, Miami, and Seattle, among others.
  • Provided nearly 38,000 subsidized computers at less than $150 each.
  • Distributed for free more than 45 million Internet Essentials program materials.
  • Broadcast more than 6 million public service announcements, valued at more than $75 million.
  • Welcomed nearly 3.2 million visitors to the Internet Essentials websites in English and Spanish and its Online Learning Center.
  • Fielded nearly 3 million phone calls to our Internet Essentials call center.
  • Offered Internet Essentials in more than 30,000 schools and 4,000 school districts, in 39 states and the District of Columbia.
  • Partnered with thousands of community-based organizations, government agencies, and federal, state, and local elected officials to spread the word.

Internet Essentials customer research indicates it has made a real impact on their lives.

  • 98 percent said their children use the Internet service to do schoolwork, and of these respondents, 95 percent said it has had a positive impact on their child’s grades.
  • 92 percent said they would recommend Internet Essentials to friends and family, and of these customers, 85 percent have already done so.
  • 89 percent said they are satisfied with the program.
  • 85 percent said they use the Internet service every day or almost every day.
  • 54 percent use it for job hunting, and of these, 65 percent feel that having the Internet at home has helped them find a job.

Through feedback from Internet Essentials customers and recommendations from community partners, Comcast has made more than 20 key enhancements to the program over the past three and a half years. For instance, Comcast has:

  • Extended the program indefinitely, well beyond its original three-year commitment.
  • Increased eligibility by 30 percent.
  • Established national partnerships, including with Khan Academy, National Urban League, Get Schooled, and LULAC.
  • Provided amnesty to families who have a past due balance older than one year.
  • Increased the Internet service speed twice.
  • Created an online application process.
  • Streamlined enrollment by creating an instant approval process for families whose students attend schools where 70 percent or more of the students are eligible to participate in the National School Lunch Program.

About Internet Essentials:

Internet Essentials from Comcast is the nation’s largest and most comprehensive broadband adoption program. It provides low-cost broadband service for $9.95 a month plus tax; the option to purchase an Internet-ready computer for under $150; and multiple options to access free digital literacy training in print, online and in-person. Eligible families must have at least one child eligible to participate in the National School Lunch Program, including public, parochial, private, and homeschooled students.

For more information or to apply for the program, visit www.InternetEssentials.com or call 1-855-846-8376, or, for Spanish, visit www.InternetBasico.com or call 1-855-765-6995.

Comcast Welcomes Wide Receiver Doug Baldwin to Everett on Saturday in Washington’s Newest XFINITY Store

Doug Baldwin

Wide Receiver Doug Baldwin will visit fans at the Xfinity Store in Everett from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 7, 2015. The store is at 7725 Evergreen Way.

Comcast is honored to host Wide Receiver Doug Baldwin from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 7, 2015, at the new XFINITY Store in Everett.

Baldwin, who will greet fans and sign autographs, becomes the first celebrity to appear at the store, which opened in late January at 7725 Evergreen Way, Everett, WA 98203. The store is just north of Cascade High School, near the Big Lots store.

Everett now has the 9th official XFINITY Store in Washington. XFINITY Stores are designed around the needs of customers, giving them an opportunity to explore, learn, and interact directly with the latest XFINITY products and services.

The new, interactive center features flat screen HD TVs, a comfortable seating area and informational kiosks where customers can learn more about Comcast’s products and services,  such as XFINITY Home which helps customers manage and monitor their homes while away. Product bars also provide customers with the opportunity to watch XFINITY TV, test drive XFINITY Internet speeds and experience the XFINITY Voice service. And customers can check out the signature X1 Entertainment Operating System, which provides a one-of-a-kind interactive TV experience with advance search, personalized recommendations and instant access to the latest shows and movies anytime on any screen.

Additionally, customers will receive personalized service from trained and knowledgeable sales consultants and more time-saving offerings, including self-service kiosks for quick bill pay and a new queuing system that lets customers explore and be entertained while waiting for service.

The store is open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays.

Of course we wanted to brag on the store a little there but, but as or more importantly: #GoHawks!

 

 

How to win $30,000 for your business: Innovations 4 Entrepreneurs Competition Announced

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Comcast Business’ National Program for Startups and Entrepreneurs Returns after Successful Inaugural Campaign

Comcast is looking for the nation’s most innovative startup companies and entrepreneurs to compete in the Innovations 4 Entrepreneurs competition. Contest applicants must submit a 250-word essay explaining how they would use $30,000 in technology investment to enhance their business.

Startups and entrepreneurs are encouraged to visit business.comcast.com/i4E to submit their application and essay and review the full program details. Entries are due by March 15, 2015. Last year’s winners came from a wide range of industries; including a women’s clothing designer from Delaware, a healthcare management company from Maryland, a business video producer from California, a mobile pet grooming service from Texas, a knitting materials supplier from Georgia and an animal hospital from Florida.

Entries will be judged and two winners will be selected in each of the 16 Comcast Business Regions, including two winners from Washington state: one winner for startup companies (in business less than two years) and one winner for entrepreneurs (in business for more than two years). The 32 regional winners will each earn $10,000 in cash.

From the regional winners, six grand prize winners will be selected – three startups and three entrepreneurs – who will earn an additional $20,000 in cash, plus a trip to Philadelphia and business advice from industry experts, including Celebrity Chef Robert Irvine, Wharton entrepreneurship lecturer and DreamIt Ventures’ Director Patrick Fitzgerald, Comcast Chief Development Officer Sam Schwartz, and Managing Director of Comcast Ventures Louis Toth.

Regional winners will be notified beginning the week of April 8, 2015. Public voting for the 32 regional winners will be held April 27 – May 10, 2015. The six grand prize winners will be announced the week of June 1, 2015 with an awards event planned for August 2015.

About Comcast Business

Comcast Business, a unit of Comcast Cable, provides advanced communication solutions to help organizations of all sizes meet their business objectives. Through a next-generation network that is backed by 24/7 technical support, Comcast delivers Business Internet, Ethernet, TV and a full portfolio of Voice services for cost-effective, simplified communications management.

For more information, call 866-429-3085. Follow us on Twitter @ComcastBusiness and on other social media networks at http://business.comcast.com/social.

Comcast, Filipino Channel Bring Adobo Nation and Filipino Fun Day to Factoria on Feb. 28

Headshot of Michelle “Michi” Valeriano

Meet “Michi” from The Filipino Channel’s “Adobo Nation” at the Factoria Xfinity Store on Saturday, Feb. 28. Click on her picture for more about the TV program “Adobo Nation.”

Comcast has partnered with The Filipino Channel (TFC) to create a family friendly “Filipino Fun Day” event from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, at the Xfinity store across from the Factoria Mall in Bellevue.

Comcast will feature a meet and greet with Michelle “Michi” Valeriano, from TFC’s popular show, Adobo Nation.

Valeriano will be signing autographs, and visitors will also have the chance to sample Filipino food. All attendees will be eligible to win prizes, while supplies last.

Filipino Fun Day offers a way for customers to learn about the Filipino programming offered through TFC and Filipino On Demand, as well as the many Xfinity products and services available in Western Washington.

See below for a map of the store’s location.

 

Here’s what you’ll want to know:

When:

Saturday, February 28th from 1 PM – 4 PM

Where:

Xfinity Store, 3630 Factoria Blvd SE, Bellevue, WA 98006

What:

Activities for all generations including autograph signing with “Michi” from TFC, Big Boys Filipino Food Truck, TFC giveaways and raffle prizes, Filipino On Demand demonstrations and more!

Cost:

FREE

logo of the Big Boys Filipino Food Truck

Enjoy great food from the Big Boys Filipino Food Truck. Click on the logo for more about them. (and also to get very hungry…)

“Comcast is proud to offer Filipino channels in the Northwest. We hope the community comes out to this fun event. Bring your family and friends and enjoy the local food truck too,” said Troy Giezentanner, Director of Sales and Marketing, Comcast.

Jun del Rosario, AVP-Global Content Distribution, ABS-CBN says, “Seattle has been one of the most successful markets for TFC, and we are excited to partner with Comcast and bring people together, have some fun, eat some traditional Pinoy food and have the public meet one of our show hosts.”

TFC is available on Xfinity TV Channel 241 for as low as $11.99 per month in addition to a digital cable package.  Filipino On Demand features a selection of Filipino movies, serials, concerts and special events, subtitled in English for the whole family to enjoy for $5.99 per month in addition to a subscription to a Filipino premium channel. To access Filipino On Demand, customers can go to the On Demand menu and select “Multicultural.”

Here’s a map where to find the store, which is located near the Bartell’s.

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