In Our Community

A high school student walks the red carpet in her prom dress for Discovery Employees. Employees volunteering on the river

Giving Back at the Local Level

The Discovery Impact corporate citizenship initiatives leverage the power of Discovery's brands, businesses and employees to give back and make a direct impact on the communities in which we live and work.

Discover Your Impact Day

Discover Your Impact Day is Discovery's global day of employee volunteerism taking place each year in June. Started in 2010 to celebrate Discovery's 25th Anniversary, Impact Day brings the Discovery family into their local communities to give back to organizations that support land, water, and people, and underscores our commitment to the people and places of the world that inspire our on-air stories.

Discover Your Impact Day 2014 took place on June 20 and featured:

  • 4,000 employees from 50 offices and in 35 countries.
  • Over 200 different projects.
  • Site visits from some of Discovery’s on-air talent, including Buddy Valastro from TLC's CAKE BOSS and Billy Kidd from Discovery Channel UK's BREAKING MAGIC.
  • Staff who could not leave the office participated in a variety of on-site projects, including making lunches for homeless shelters and making cards for children at a local hospital.

 

Say Yes to the Prom

Say Yes to the Prom is a Discovery Communications corporate staple event that is held annually at Global Headquarters and other cities across the country and is hosted by LifeWorks & Inclusion and TLC. The annual initiative kicks off after the New Year with a national prom dress donation drive for high school girls. It ends with a red carpet event in partnership with local high schools identifying and celebrating girls in need to help build courage, confidence and improve self-image among the girls.
Selected from area high schools, local girls are invited for a day of shopping and head-to-toe pampering to get them ready for a prom night they will never forget. Each girl is paired with a Discovery employee who serves as a prom consultant, personal shopper and style assistant throughout the day. The girls are pampered with head-to-toe makeovers and their choice of the most stylish prom looks and accessories. The 2014 event concluded with a red carpet reveal hosted by Monte Durham of TLC's SAY YES TO THE DRESS: ATLANTA. Remaining dresses and accessories are made available for other select area high school girls on a separate shopping day hosted at Discovery. Dresses not selected are donated to DonateMyDress.org, a national campaign designed to encourage the donation of special event dresses and accessories for girls in need.

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Discovery Impact: Creating Change

Discovery Impact: Creating Change is Discovery Communications' pro-bono creative initiative, utilizing the power of our employee workforce to fulfill design, marketing, communications and operational work on behalf of local nonprofit organizations.

During this 12-hour marathon, Discovery employees fulfill work that includes but is not limited to: social media training, event conception, promotional materials, websites, pamphlets, logos, PSAs, press kits and mission statements.

Creating Change took place last year in the Silver Spring office on November 6 and 7, 2014. The event featured more than 125 Discovery employees donating over 2,200 hours of work to fulfill creative requests from 19 selected organizations. Additionally, 100 nonprofit representatives participated in the Creating Change Conference, a companion event to the marathon, featuring one-on-one sessions and seminars with Discovery executives. The application for the 2015 Creating Change Marathon will be available late summer of 2015. Please email: Impact@discovery.com for questions.

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Discovery Impact: Rebuilding Alabama

In 2011, More than 125 Discovery Communications' employees and on-air talent from across the U.S., including Reed Timmer and Tim Samaras of Discovery Channel's Storm Chasers, the Duggar family of 19 Kids and Counting on TLC, and Dave Salmoni of Animal Planet, traveled tornado-ravaged communities in Alabama from September 22-24, 2011 to work with Greater Birmingham Habitat for Humanity on major home rebuilds and rehabilitations for affected residents of the Pleasant Grove, Jasper and Center Point suburbs of Birmingham. To view photos from our trip click here.

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Discovery Impact: Rebuilding Atlantic City

In May of 2013, more than 125 Discovery Communications' employees and on-air talent, including Buddy Valastro of TLC's CAKE BOSS and Animal Planet's Dave Salmoni, traveled to a suburb of Atlantic City, New Jersey to rebuild homes devastated by Superstorm Sandy. By partnering with the local Habitat for Humanity affiliate, employees and on-air talent were able to rebuild and rehabilitate 10 homes for families displaced by the storm's flooding. To view the photos from our trip, click here to visit our Facebook page album.

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