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The Comcast Foundation has awarded a $7,429 grant to the Boys & Girls Club of Southern Maryland as part of its Comcast Cares Day contributions. Comcast partnered with the group for the company’s 11th annual Comcast Cares Day on Saturday, April 21, when more than 75,000 Comcast and NBC Universal employees, friends and family members joined together across the country to participate in one of the nation’s largest single-day corporate volunteer efforts, a press release states.
The grant, according to the release, is presented in recognition of Comcast’s commitment to the communities where its customers and employees live and work, on behalf of each Comcast employee and family member who volunteered on Comcast Cares Day. As part of Comcast Cares Day with the Boys & Girls Club of Southern Maryland, approximately 300 volunteers pitched in to help “Plant the Town” of North Beach, planting flowers around the boardwalk and participating in games and activities with club members.
“Comcast Cares Day is part of a year-round commitment to our local communities,” said Donna Rattley Washington, regional vice president of government and community affairs for Comcast. “Through this support from the Comcast Foundation, we are pleased to help our local partners as they continue to make such a profound impact on the lives of so many.”
“We are grateful to Comcast and its employees for helping beautify our town, and for serving as mentors and role models to our young club members on Comcast Cares Day,” said Joy Hill Whitaker, chief development officer for the Boys & Girls Club of Southern Maryland, in the release. “The grant from the Comcast Foundation will help us in our efforts to provide positive experiences to will help transform the lives of young people in our community.”
In 2012, volunteers contributed to more than a dozen projects across Maryland on Comcast Cares Day. Nationwide, Comcast Cares Day volunteers have donated more than 2.5 million hours of service since the initiative first began in 2001. In addition, Comcast has contributed more than $11 million in Comcast Cares Day grants to partner organizations to help them continue in their missions to serve their local communities.
Since 1999, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Maryland have provided educational, cultural and social activities to area youth, the release states. It is a youth development organization whose mission is to inspire and enable all young people, especially those most in need, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.