By David L. Cohen, Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer
When Comcast launched Internet Essentials six years ago, we honestly had no idea how it would be received or how many low-income Americans we could reach. No one had ever tried anything this ambitious in the broadband adoption space before. We certainly wouldn’t have predicted the program would become the nation’s largest and most comprehensive broadband adoption initiative for low-income Americans, connecting more homes than all other similar programs combined – by several orders of magnitude.
Technology plays a huge role in just about every job these days, which is why Comcast NBCUniversal is committed to teaching young people about technology and helping them prepare for the brightest futures possible.
Comcast Cares Day takes place every April, but summer interns wanted to make change happen, too. Many of the nearly 140 interns and co-ops working in Comcast’s Philadelphia headquarters spent a recent afternoon volunteering at Share Food Program, a Philadelphia nonprofit with a mission of providing fresh produce to communities in need. The intern volunteers broke out into teams to paint the facility, plant flowers, and package food for Philadelphia residents. At the end of the day, more than 800 boxes of food were packed and ready to be distributed.
It takes a special person to run toward danger when others are running away. And it takes a different set of skills entirely to help those heroes get their affairs in order.
“I can’t protect a firefighter who runs into a burning building or a police officer who is knocking on a door not knowing what’s on the other side,” Daniel McKenna says. “But, as a lawyer, I can help protect their families.”
Dalila Wilson-Scott enjoys getting out of her corporate office and interacting with members of the community.
As the senior vice president of community investment at Comcast Corp. and president of the Comcast Foundation, Wilson-Scott leads the company’s social initiatives. In her role, she meets with various leaders in Philadelphia to learn what support Comcast can provide and often travels to NBCUniversal’s offices and studios nationwide.
Technology innovation is the fuel that moves our business forward. We also believe it has unsurpassed power to solve complex social issues and improve communities.
“Local tech innovators know — usually better than we do — what’s needed in their communities and what solutions are going to work,” says Jessica Clancy, Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility at NBCUniversal. “We recognize that we can make the greatest difference in these communities by helping tech entrepreneurs reach a larger audience and attract more support through our platforms.”
Ismael Guerrero hears the stories every day. For the executive director of the Denver Housing Authority (DHA), it’s all part of his world.
The single mother using the free WiFi at a fast food restaurant to search for a higher-paying job. The kids who stay in the computer lab for hours after school to complete their homework. The family that shares a single smartphone.
Diagnosed with a rare eye disease at four months old, both of Kristin Smedley’s sons are legally blind yet fiercely independent.
Michael, 17, is the driven, do-everything kid. A musician and audiophile, as a high school sophomore, he parlayed his fascination with acoustics into a gig doing sound design for the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia.