NBCUniversal to Celebrate Earth Week & Comcast Cares Day
In support of Comcast Cares Day, one of the country's largest days of corporate volunteerism, more than 80,000 Comcast and NBCUniversal employees and their families, friends and community partners from across the globe will volunteer in their local communities. On Friday, April 25th from 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM, NBCUniversal, together with New York Cares, will be revitalizing New York City's East River Park as part of Comcast Cares Day and Green is Universal's Earth Week.
The event will be led by home improvement expert George Oliphant, host of NBC's George to the Rescue. Michael Jack, President and General Manager of NBC 4 New York and Telemundo 47's President and General Manager Cristina Schwarz will provide opening remarks. In addition, NBC 4 New York talent in attendance will include Chuck Scarborough, Lynda Baquero, Raphael Miranda, Michael Gargiulo, Andrew Siff, Checkey Beckford, Marc Santia, Sheldon Dutes, Harry Cicma, Gus Rosendale, Steve Sosna, and Michael George. Also participating are Noticiero Telemundo 47's Jorge Ramos, Gloria Echeverry, Veronica Contreras, Rafael Bello, Allan Villafana, Odalys Molina, Victoria Sosa and Nathalia Ortiz.
"Community outreach is a priority for our company and every one of our employees," said Michael Jack, President and GM of NBC 4 New York. "We are excited to team up with the Lower East Side Ecology Center (LESEC) and New York Cares to take part in the maintenance and enhancement project of East River Park. Comcast Cares Day is an annual tradition that Comcast NBCUniversal is proud to support."
"Touching our communities is the essence of Telemundo 47," said Cristina Schwarz, President and General Manager, Telemundo 47. "We're thrilled to once again join our sister station NBC 4 NY and partner with New York Cares in the beautification efforts at East River Park at our annual Comcast Cares Day service project."
"Comcast and NBCUniversal have been exceptional partners of ours for many years," said Gary Bagley, Executive Director of New York Cares. "With their dedicated support and commitment to the community, New York Cares has been able to mobilize more volunteers, serve more of our nonprofit partners, and make a bigger difference in the lives of New Yorkers in need."
More than 200 NBCUniversal employees are expected to join the Lower East Side Ecology Center (LESEC) in projects that include removing weeds, adding compost and planting native species in planting beds, spreading woodchips and painting the fence separating the park from the FDR highway. LESEC works toward a more sustainable New York City by providing community based recycling and composting programs, local stewardship programs as well as environmental education.
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About NBC 4 New York
NBC 4 New York is a part of NBC Owned Television Stations. In addition to NBC 4's primary channel, other programming outlets include COZI TV, the station's multicast channel, and out-of-home platforms including TV screens in taxi cabs and N.J. PATH trains. NBC 4 New York's award-winning broadcasts feature news, entertainment, lifestyle and sports programming. For more information, visit www.nbcnewyork.com
About Green is Universal
Launched in May 2007, "Green is Universal" is NBCUniversal's ongoing green initiative dedicated to raising Green awareness, effecting positive change to the environment, and making its own operations more sustainable. Throughout the year, NBCUniversal uses it numerous media and entertainment platforms to educate the public on the environment, with green-themed content airing across over 50 NBCUniversal brands.
About New York Cares
New York Cares is New York City's largest volunteer management organization. New York Cares runs vital programs for 1,300 nonprofits, public schools, and city agencies to help people in need throughout the five boroughs, and does so at no cost to the recipient organizations. Since 1987, New York Cares has made it easy for all New Yorkers to work together to strengthen the city; last year, New York Cares provided critical services to 400,000 at-risk New Yorkers. For more information, visit newyorkcares.org
About Lower East Side Ecology Center (LESEC)
The Lower East side Ecology Center works toward a more sustainable New York City by providing community-based recycling and composting programs, local stewardship programs as well as environmental education programs. The center is located in East River Park and has promoted community involvement since 1993. The Ecology Center's Green Space program encourages caring for the city's green open spaces. The Ecology Center's composting programs help ensure that organic material are returned to the earth via the NYC Compost Project in Manhattan.