As part of Team UP – Comcast’s national volunteerism program – Comcast employees participated in several youth-focused activities, including an art show, a career advancement discussion, 3D printer and photography demo, and a showcase of members’ entrepreneur projects. Additionally, guests received a youth-guided tour of the Teen Center, which is a Comcast Lift Zone and provides free, high-speed WiFi access. Following the activities, Comcast awarded the Blackstone Community Center with a $10,000 grant to help the Center continue supporting similar programs in the future.
Building on Comcast’s long history of community service, Team UP is an always-on, 365-days-a -year effort that provides opportunities for Comcast employees to further their involvement in local communities. The name Team UP underscores that the company’s work has the greatest reach when employees work together. It also aligns with Project UP, Comcast’s 10-year, $1 billion commitment to build a future of unlimited possibilities through advancing digital equity and economic mobility opportunities.
“We have always had an incredibly strong spirit of volunteerism at Comcast, and we are thrilled to partner with community members like the Boston Centers for Youth & Families to reinvigorate that commitment locally,” said Dalila Wilson-Scott, EVP and Chief Diversity Officer, Comcast Corporation and President, Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation. “When we work together to provide technological resources, career coaching and youth support, we are setting community members up for generational success.”
Comcast has supported Boston Centers for Youth & Families since 2003. In 2021, the company launched Lift Zones at 26 of its locations, including the Blackstone, helping to connect local students, families and community members to the Internet so they can fully participate in educational opportunities and the digital economy. Earlier this year, Comcast employee also volunteered to complete a variety of painting projects at the Blackstone Community Center.
“Comcast supports our community centers in so many ways and we are very thankful for our partnership,” said Marta E. Rivera, Commissioner, Boston Centers for Youth & Families. “Today’s Team UP event and the painting completed at the BCYF Blackstone Community Center by Comcast employee volunteers is greatly appreciated by our staff and our center visitors.”
Comcast’s commitment to community service has been deeply embedded in the company’s DNA for nearly 60 years. Since 2001, more than one million Comcast employees, family members, and friends across 23 countries have completed over seven million hours of service at 12,000 project sites. Team UP offers Comcast employees year-round opportunities to get involved, whether through in-person or virtual volunteerism, serving as a nonprofit board member, making a charitable donation, or supporting the company’s expansive partner network.