Comcast NBCUniversal will donate $1.1 million in cash and in-kind support for the communities impacted by California’s devastating fires. A cash contribution of $850,000 will go to the CDF Firefighters Benevolent Foundation, the Boys & Girls Club of North Valley, the Butte County Schools Fire Relief Fund, the Camp Fire Evacuation Relief Fund, and the Entertainment Industry Foundation. Comcast will also donate $250,000 worth of in-kind support to the North Valley Community Foundation.
As part of the in-kind funding, Comcast will donate advertising time on its cable systems to build awareness and encourage donations to the North Valley Community Foundation, which administers the Camp Fire Evacuation Relief Fund and the Butte County Schools Fire Relief Fund. The Funds were established to support the short-term relief and long-term recovery of the individuals in the impacted areas of Butte County.
“The entire state of California continues to be impacted by devastating fires, and it is absolutely heart wrenching to see the destruction,” said David L. Cohen, Senior Executive Vice President of Comcast NBCUniversal. “With these cash and in-kind contributions, Comcast will provide aid to those directly impacted, while working hand-in-hand with our community partners as they strive to recover from this tragedy.”
In addition to opening 51,000 XFINITY WiFi hotspots for free use, Comcast is providing a range of services to evacuation/community support centers and CAL Fire command centers throughout the impacted areas of Northern California.
“Comcast NBCUniversal has deep ties to these communities. This is where we live and work – where our families are, where our kids go to school. Like the community at large, many of our employees have been evacuated and some have lost their homes entirely,” said John Gauder, Region Vice President, Comcast Cable California. “Since the fire first broke out, we have done and continue to do everything we can to help our employees, our customers and our communities. We will continue that work, and our efforts will be further extended, amplified and supported by these important community donations.”