How Thousands of NBCU Employees Will Spend Their Saturday

By Chris Ariens 

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It’s been a big week for NBCU.

Better-than-expected earnings for Comcast, a big acquisition in the film and TV space and, best of all, fewer commercials on SNL next season!

The company will end the week with its 15th annual Comcast Cares Day where thousands of employees, families and friends, will volunteer their time at nearly 900 projects around the world. “I am very proud that Comcast Cares Day has grown to attract more than 100,000 volunteers around the globe,” said Brian L. Roberts, Chairman and CEO, Comcast Corporation. “I look forward to working alongside my Comcast NBCUniversal colleagues and I thank them for their time in helping to improve our communities and neighborhoods.”

This year two other organizations, Red Nose Day and Global Citizen, who have each partnered with NBC networks in the past, are taking part in the day. Volunteers will be offered points that can then be redeemed for tickets for the September 24 Global Citizen concert and festival in Central Park, which will again be broadcast on MSNBC.

“Community development – driven by communities themselves – is one of the most important mechanisms we have in the fight against extreme poverty,” said Global Poverty Project co-founder Hugh Evans. “Global Citizen is thrilled to be a part of a movement on the scale of Comcast Cares Day and we look forward to partnering to drive change from the bottom up.”

“The idea that small acts of charity and giving from individuals across any community can have an enormous impact on saving kids lives in the U.S. and around the world is at the heart of Red Nose Day and Global Citizen,” adds Richard Curtis, co-founder of Comic Relief, which organizes Red Nose Day in the U.K. and now the U.S. “I’m delighted that we are partners of Comcast in our effort to drive positive change and action to end poverty around the world.”

Projects planned for this Saturday include the clean-up of 300-acre Marquette Park in Chicago, repairs to the Bridesburg Boys & Girls Club in Philadelphia, enhancing the living spaces at the Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries, and updating the playground and an onsite family residence at the PTSD Foundation of America’s Camp Hope in Houston.