Comcast’s Freedom Region gives back to the communities it serves through a wide variety of initiatives:
Comcast Cares Day
Comcast Cares Day, which takes place each April during National Volunteer Month, is Comcast and NBCUniversal’s signature day of service and the nation’s largest single-day corporate volunteer effort.
In 2014, more than 95,000 volunteers came together to improve hundreds of local schools, parks, community centers and more.
Comcast Foundation Grants
In 2014, the Comcast Foundation awarded $642,100 in grants to 29 nonprofit organizations in Comcast’s Freedom Region. The grants support programs aimed at the Comcast Foundation’s areas of focus – expanding digital literacy, promoting community service, and building tomorrow’s leaders. Comcast’s Freedom Region serves Greater Philadelphia, New Jersey and northern Delaware.
About 30 percent of Americans — many of whom live near or below the poverty line — remain on the wrong side of the digital divide. Without digital literacy, home broadband access or a computer, these families face profound disadvantages. That’s why Comcast launched Internet Essentials, a program that provides low-cost broadband service for $9.95 a month; the option to purchase a full-service, Internet-ready computer for under $150; and multiple options for digital literacy training in print, online and in person.
The program is available to families in our service area with children who are eligible for free or reduced-price school lunch. In less than three years, more than 350,000 families, or more than 1.4 million low-income Americans, have been connected to the power of the Internet at home through Internet Essentials. We’ve sold nearly 30,000 low-cost computers, and, with our community partners, we have provided support for free digital literacy training for more than 1.75 million people.