Comcast Cares Day Impacts Lives of Erie House Children
April 27, 2015 | Chicago, IL
A group of approximately 20 individuals affiliated with Comcast NBCUniversal volunteered their time on Saturday, April 25, to paint the walls of the Oak Tree classroom and hallway doors in the Erie Neighborhood House Childcare Program at 1701 W. Superior St.
Their service project was part of a global effort known as Comcast Cares Day, enlisting more than 90,000 Comcast NBCUniversal employees, families and friends in service projects around the world. In its 14th year, the event has completed nearly 6,000 projects and contributed more than $16 million to local non-profit organizations, according to a Comcast NBCUniversal press release.
Comcast NBCUniversal HR Director and Erie Neighborhood House Board member Jamila Baldwin helped coordinate the event on Saturday.
“It is special whenever our Board members can introduce colleagues and friends to our work in the community through volunteer opportunities like this,” says Erie House Executive Director Celena Roldán-Moreno. “We’re grateful for Jamila’s commitment to Erie House and her eagerness to advance our mission. It makes a tremendous difference.”
Comcast NBCUniversal has partnered with Erie House in a variety of ways over the past decade, including establishing the Youth Digital Media Lab for the YOU Program and helping to fund Visionaries, a multi-media apprenticeship for teenage youth.
The company’s philanthropy stems from its commitment to investing primarily in programs and nonprofits that address digital literacy, youth leadership development and community service.
On Monday, Erie House children returned to school to find bright new shades of green on the walls of the Oak Tree classroom. “The classroom looks lovely,” comments Louis Falk, Director of Childcare at Erie House. “It’s a warm, welcoming environment that helps facilitate growth and learning, and it’s heartwarming to know volunteers helped make this transformation happen.”
To see pictures of the volunteers at work, please visit the Erie Neighborhood House page on Facebook.