COMCAST FOUNDATION AWARDS $95,000 TO ORGANIZATIONS IN GREATER BALTIMORE AREA
Grants expand digital literacy, promote community service and build youth leadership skills
BALTIMORE – December 20, 2013 – The Comcast Foundation today announced it awarded $85,000 in grants to six nonprofit organizations in Baltimore City, Anne Arundel County, Carroll County and Cecil County. The grants support programs aimed at expanding digital literacy, promoting community service and building tomorrow’s leaders.
“Comcast is proud to partner with these local organizations whose tireless efforts unlock doors to success and improve the lives of neighbors across our communities,” said Donna Rattley Washington, Comcast’s regional vice president of government and community affairs. “Through a supporting role in their good work, we are upholding Comcast’s commitment to closing the digital divide, empowering youth leaders and fostering a culture of volunteerism in the cities and towns we serve.”
Baltimore area organizations receiving 2013 Comcast Foundation grants include:
· Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Chesapeake (Baltimore) - $20,000 for a mentoring program connecting city youth with professionally-supported mentors who work with children to achieve success in school as well as social and emotional well-being.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Chesapeake (Carroll County) - $10,000 for the organization’s mentoring program, which connects local youth with professionally-supported mentors who work with the children to achieve success in school as well as social and emotional well-being.
· Boys & Girls Clubs of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County - $20,000 for Club Tech, which teaches technology skills through interactive projects and activities. Members participate in basic orientation enabling them to use technology and understand the basics of how computers work.
· Boys & Girls Clubs of Cecil County - $10,000 for Club Tech, which teaches technology skills through interactive projects and activities and provides basic computer orientation to Club members.
· Boys & Girls Club of Metropolitan Baltimore - $15,000 for Club Tech, which teaches technology skills through interactive projects and activities and provides basic technology education and computer skills to club members.
Living Classrooms - $20,000 to develop the Comcast Learning Lab at the organization’s Patterson Park facility, which will provide digital literacy programs and training to students living in the local area.
Including its support of these Baltimore area organizations, the Comcast Foundation has donated nearly $17 million in 2013 to nonprofits in communities it serves nationwide. The Foundation has donated nearly $140 million since its founding in 1999.
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.
For these and other community efforts, Comcast in 2013 was named one of the most community-minded companies in America by Bloomberg, the Points of Light Foundation and the National Conference on Citizenship. Their Civic 50 ranking is a comprehensive survey of S&P 500 companies that best use their time, talent and resources to improve the quality of life in the communities where they do business.
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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 $140 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.
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