On April 25, 2015, Comcast employees, their friends and families joined nonprofit partners to make change happen in local communities from coast to coast and abroad. Comcast Cares Day began in 2001 and has become the company’ signature celebration of year-round commitment to volunteerism. Comcast NBCUniversal mobilizes employees, families and friends to work alongside community partners and public officials to revitalize neglected neighborhood parks, beautify schools to improve the learning environment, stock community food banks, install computer labs at community centers, plant trees, conduct food drives and much more.
In Philadelphia, the Black Professional Alliance at Comcast selected CIS of Philadelphia as their 2015 non-profit partner, which yielded 130 volunteers in every corner of the building, working diligently to beautify the Center. Matthew King, CIS Ed Center Transition Coordinator, was responsible for the selection through his connections with Urban League Philadelphia and a colleague employed by Comcast. “Securing this selection was extremely important to me. I get to see the great work done everyday by my colleagues, which directly impacts the lives of students we work with, so I wanted to give our space a face-lift. As good stewards of funding, our money is spent on direct service goods and services for young people which does not leave money available for space improvements.”
The morning yielded great weather and positive energy beginning with a spirited pep rally lead by NBC10 Anchor, Harry Hairston. Mr. Hairston was followed by Franklyn Athias, Senior Vice President, IP Communications & Services Technology & Product and Ebony Lee, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships of Comcast. As well as Roslyn J. Mcpherson, President of the The Urban League of Philadelphia. Remarks concluded with a heartfelt thank you to all the participants from CIS of Philadelphia President & CEO, Dawn McCray. “Words cannot express our heartfelt gratitude to everyone who signed up to dig in and get the work done to make our building even more welcoming to the students and families we serve. Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you. Now let’s roll up our sleeves and go to work!”
Throughout the morning volunteers painted hallways and the all important gathering space, multipurpose room. CIS Ed Center Director Nyne Sellers was especially ecstatic about the conversations started regarding future partnerships and the transformation of one of the walls into a communication space utilizing chalkboard paint. “Today is a day like none other, we have so many individuals here from various industries who are excited about the great work we are doing and want to be a part of helping our staff and students connect with more young people. I am truly looking forward to working with everyone who wants to be a part of Team CIS!”
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