The Comcast Foundation announced that it has awarded $388,000 in grants to more than 50 community organizations across Colorado in 2016. The grants help grow the impact of programs aimed at the Comcast Foundation’s three areas of focus – expanding digital literacy, promoting service, and building tomorrow’s leaders.
To expand digital literacy, Comcast partners with organizations including Boys & Girls Clubs, Girls Inc. of Metro Denver, Anchor Center for Blind Children, and Mi Casa to offer a variety of STEM and technology skills-building programs and classes. Comcast’s partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs includes the “My.Future” program, an initiative designed to teach Club members about the digital world and ignite their passion for technology. My.Future allows Club members to select from more than 40 activities that reinforce digital literacy.
In the area of promoting service, Comcast celebrated its 15th annual Comcast Cares Day, the nation’s largest single-day corporate volunteer effort. Last April, nearly 6,000 local Comcast employees and their families, friends and community partners volunteered to complete more than 40 different service projects across Colorado. The projects benefitted organizations in Aurora, Basalt, Brighton, Castle Rock, Colorado Springs, Denver, Greeley, Kremmling, Lakewood, Littleton, Pueblo, and Rifle. As part of this annual day of service, the Comcast Foundation provides grants to local community partner organizations on behalf of everyone who volunteers on the projects. The grants help these organizations continue their mission of serving the community throughout the year. Comcast Cares Day partners included:
- Amp The Cause
- Anchor Center for Blind Children
- Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Denver
- Boys and Girls Clubs of Weld County
- Care and Share Food Bank of Southern Colorado
- City Year Denver
- Clayton Early Learning
- Colorado Center for the Blind
- Colorado Springs School District 11
- Colorado Veterans Resource Coalition
- Denver Health Foundation
- Denver Indian Center
- Denver Public Schools Foundation
- Denver Scholarship Foundation
- Girls Inc. of Metro Denver
- Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region
- Mi Casa
- Mile High United Way
- Rifle Animal Shelter
- Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers
- Runyon Sports Complex Commission
- Spirit of Aurora
- Teller County Habitat for Humanity
- Troublesome Horse Rescue
To help build tomorrow’s leaders, Comcast supports youth mentoring and leadership programs in partnership with organizations including Easterseals, City Year, Denver Indian Center, Urban League of Metropolitan Denver, Denver Scholarship Foundation, Servicios de la Raza, Young Americans Center for Financial Education, the Women’s Foundation of Colorado, and Big Brothers Big Sisters. Comcast’s partnership with Easterseals includes offering the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) Plus program for high school students with physical disabilities. Young people chosen for their leadership potential attend a one-week program at the Easterseals Rocky Mountain Village in Empire, Colorado, to develop and enhance leadership skills through activities conducted in an atmosphere of openness, trust and respect.
“Comcast is dedicated to improving the communities we work and live in, as well as enriching the lives of those around us,” said Rich Jennings, Senior Vice President for Comcast Mountain West Region. “We are proud to support and partner with many valuable nonprofit organizations that work every day to make the people of Colorado proud to call this state their home.”
Including the support in Colorado, the Comcast Foundation has donated $19 million in 2016 to nonprofit organizations in the communities it serves nationwide. In addition to the grants from the Comcast Foundation, Comcast also responds to community needs through local sponsorships and in-kind support, such as airing public service announcements, employee volunteerism, and providing technology equipment and services to organizations across the country.
About the Comcast Foundation
The Comcast Foundation was founded by Comcast Corporation in June 1999 to provide charitable support to qualified non-profit organizations. The Foundation primarily invests in programs intended to have a positive, sustainable impact on their communities. The Foundation has three community investment priorities—expanding digital literacy, promoting community service, and building tomorrow’s leaders. Since its inception, the Comcast Foundation has donated $195 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.