Comcast awards $30,000 grant to Spectrum Youth and Family Services

first_imgMackenzie announced the grant during Spectrum Youth and Family Services recent 4th Annual Empty Bowl Dinner.  In addition to the grant, Comcast served as the Presenting Sponsor of the annual fundraiser, which raises proceeds to support the Free Meals Program at Spectrum Youth and Family Services Drop-In Center.  Employees at Comcast s Burlington office also held a food drive to benefit the organization, collecting over 500 pounds of food to donate. Comcast is committed to making a difference in the communities where our customers and employees live and work, said Pam Mackenzie, Area Vice President for Comcast in Vermont.  We are proud to partner with Spectrum Youth and Family Services to ensure that Burlington s youth receive the job training skills they need to boost their knowledge and confidence, and help them obtain their first job and an opportunity for a successful future. About The Comcast FoundationThe Comcast Foundation was founded by Comcast Corporation in June 1999 and is the company s chief source of charitable support to qualified non-profit organizations. The Foundation primarily invests in programs that work to create a positive, sustainable impact within our communities in the areas of volunteerism, literacy and youth leadership development. Since its inception, The Comcast Foundation has donated more than $43 million to organizations in the communities where Comcast serves. More information about The Foundation and its programs is available at www.comcast.com(link is external) click on About, then In the Community. We have seen more young people walk out of doors equipped with the skills to effectively search for employment, interview for appropriate positions, and maintain their job in a professional manner. Thanks to the Comcast Foundation we will be able to serve more youth through this program, said Mark Redmond, Executive Director of Spectrum Youth and Family Services. Since entering Vermont in November 2006, Comcast has aggressively expanded its services across the Green Mountain State, investing in its advanced fiber-optic network to bring broadband services to previously unserved homes and businesses and partnering with local communities.  The company has launched a number of its advanced services in nearly three years, including Digital Cable with On Demand, High-Definition Television Service, Digital Video Recorders, Comcast High-Speed Internet service and Comcast Digital Voice.  In addition, Comcast has offered programming of special interest to Vermonters.  Comcast also assists local non-profit organizations in Vermont with financial, in-kind and employee volunteer support.  Comcast serves more than 100,000 customers in Vermont and employs approximately 300 individuals. Spectrum One Stop (SOS), conveniently located on Pearl Street in Burlington, is an emergency youth shelter, drop-in center, and multi-service center, which offers youth, ages 14-21 a comprehensive continuum of services, including education, employment, substance abuse and mental health counseling, and much more. Spectrum Youth and Family Service s goal is to support homeless youth helping them navigate a successful transition to a productive adulthood. More information about Spectrum and our programs is available at www.spectrumvt.org(link is external) About Spectrum Youth and Family ServicesSpectrum has more than 39 years of experience providing housing and support services to homeless, foster, and at-risk youth in Vermont. Spectrum s mission is to work with Vermont youth and families to improve their lives through advocacy, direct services, and a continuum of support, to create a more just and compassionate community. Comcast Cable,Demonstrating the company s commitment to giving back to the communities it serves, the Comcast Foundation today announced it has awarded $30,000 to Spectrum Youth and Family Services, helping the organization fulfill its mission to provide transitional housing and support services to at-risk youth in Burlington.  The grant $10,000 a year over three years will enable the organization to assist local young people acquire the skills needed to obtain and retain an entry-level job.The Comcast grant will support Spectrum Youth and Family Services Job Skills Training Program, which helps homeless, foster and at-risk youth between the ages of 14 and 21 obtain, practice and reinforce the skills necessary to obtain and retain an entry-level job.  The program, a two-week intensive course that runs 90-minute sessions five days a week, offers job shadowing opportunities, internships and interviews at local businesses for the young people that graduate from it.  The funds will help offer 540 class hours of job skills training and provide training for 225 at-risk youth over the next three years. ###last_img read more

Cricket News IND v AUS – Australia’s make-or-break year begins with tough tour of India

first_imgAustralia have not won an ODI series in India for the last 10 years.Australia have won the ICC Cricket World Cup five times.Australia and England will play the Ashes contest in what will be the first series in the ICC Test Championships. highlights The India and Pakistan contests give them a tough trial by spin and they head for the World Cup. Following the end of the tournament, Australia square off against England in the Ashes contest in five Tests that will form the first matches of the new ICC Test Championship. This situation is a slight role reversal of what England faced in previous years. In 2007 and 2011, England had faced Australia in tough Tests Down Under and their World Cup performances took a dip. In this case, Australia comes straight off the World Cup and takes on England in swinging conditions where they have struggled in the last 14 years.‘Will get hurt’“I don’t think you need anything to put pep in your step when you’re going on an Aussie tour. If you are slightly off the mark, you are going to get hurt,” Australia skipper Finch remarked about their tour of India but he could have very well stated about the team’s chances in the coming six months.Australia currently cannot play spin well, cannot tackle swing and have had the far from ideal build-up for the ICC Cricket World Cup. When one looks at previous editions, the Australian side had built great momentum by winning consistently before the tournament. Whenever they have won over 80 percent of their ODIs before the World Cup, they have gone on to win the tournament with the exception of 2011 where they lost to India in the quarterfinals. In 2007, Australia lost five consecutive games before the World Cup but they went on to win the title.A loss against India and Pakistan will hurt their prospects in the World Cup. An early exit from the tournament will lower their confidence even further while a surrender of the Urn in England could break their cricketing morale for the whole year. The year 2019, in addition to being a World Cup year, is also the make-or-break year for Australian cricket. It all begins in India. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: The ICC Cricket World Cup is less than 100 days away. All the teams involved are gearing up to finalise their team composition and build momentum ahead of the event which will begin on May 30. For Australia, the five-time world champions, the side has suffered a downslide in the last one year. It has been a year since the ball-tampering scandal in Cape Town against South Africa which resulted in the one-year bans on Steve Smith and David Warner, their best batsmen. The criticism and the damage to Australia’s reputation off the field have reflected in their poor performances Down Under. A series loss in Tests and T20Is to Pakistan, ODIs and T20I to South Africa as well as losses in Tests and ODIs against India is not an ideal build-up.If one looks at Australia’s schedule in the coming months, it is enormous. Aaron Finch’s side begin their last push to the World Cup with a two-match T20I and five ODI series against India followed by five ODIs against Pakistan in the UAE. In India, they have not won an ODI series for the last 10 years. With India winning nine out of their last 13 ODIs against Australia, the current world champions are low on confidence facing a team that is solid on all fronts and is high on confidence.last_img read more