Cox Communications announced today that it will award more than $75,000 to nonprofits in its three-state, Southeast Region through Cox Charities, which is funded by employees. The company is accepting applications for Community Investments Grants at www.CoxCharitiesSoutheast.com through Friday, September 15, 2017. Community Investment Grants are designed to assist 501(c)(3) organizations with programs that benefit the Cox Communications service areas. Agencies can apply for grants up to $5,000.
In 2016, Cox employees awarded $10,000 to nonprofits in Alachua and Marion Counties through Cox Charities. The company received nearly a dozen Central Florida applications from local teachers and nonprofits during its inaugural grant cycle, which took place last summer.
After careful review by a committee of employees, the Education Foundation of Alachua County, Reichert House, Boys and Girls Clubs of Marion County and the Public Education Foundation of Marion County were each selected as the recipients of grants in the amount of $2,500.
“Cox Charities is both funded and guided by local employees,” said Kevin Monroe, market vice president for Cox’s Central Florida market. “A team of dedicated employees reviewed numerous applications and determined how the dollars would be invested back into the communities we serve.”
The Education Foundation of Alachua County received the grant to assist with the Catalyst for Change Teacher and School Grants program. The Catalyst for Change is a competitive grant program that awards $2,000- $5,000 to teachers and administrators whose projects demonstrate innovation and attempt to affect change in the areas of: Literacy, Low-Performing Students, STEM Education, Career/Technical Education, Teaching Quality, and high school graduation rates.
“We are honored that the Cox employees have chosen to support The Education Foundation of Alachua County,” said Rachel Debigare, executive director of the Education Foundation of Alachua County. “This contribution will allow us to provide additional resources to our Alachua County Public Schools teachers so that they can create optimal learning environments in their classrooms. “
The Reichert House received a grant for their Tutorial Assistance Program. Reichert provides services designed to give youth opportunities to learn about themselves and to assist them in achieving a lifestyle that is free from substance abuse, violent crime, and incarceration. The program provides the youth support to build positive lives for themselves so they can move into contributing roles in society. The cornerstone of the Reichert House program centers around three elements: Respect, Restraint, and Responsibility.
Boys and Girls Club of Marion Counties will use the grant to support programs and activities focused on academic success, good character and citizenship and healthy lifestyles.
Tools 4 Teaching, a free store for teachers operated by the Public Education Foundation of Marion County, received funding to help make sure all students have the tools to be successful in the classroom.
“Thanks to funding from a Cox Charities grant, the shelves in Tools 4 Teaching are now stocked with STEM related items that will allow teachers to implement hands-on, collaborative learning activities in their classrooms,” said Judi Zanetti, executive director of the foundation. “Teaching higher level STEM skills will provide students with the necessary background and skills they need to be proficient on standardized testing, be prepared to take advanced STEM courses in secondary and post-secondary school and most importantly, these students will develop a life- long curiosity and interest in STEM subjects. Thank you, Cox, for helping us connect children, classrooms and community!”
Branded under the theme “Give Where You Live,” the unique, employee-giving campaign launched last fall in Cox’s Southeast Region, which includes parts of Louisiana, Florida’s Gulf Coast, Central Florida and Middle Georgia. What’s more, the dollars raised in each market stay in the market in which they were generated via payroll deduction. Funds raised by local, Central Florida employees will benefit programs in Cox-serviceable areas within Alachua and Marion counties.
“Our company and our employees are passionate about supporting programs that positively impact where we do business,” added Monroe. “I look forward to seeing the applications for the 2017 grant cycle.”
Cox Charities was created to strengthen Cox communities by supporting programs in the areas of education, technology, social issues, conservation and the arts. Funds will be distributed in the form of Community Investment Grants and Innovation in Education Grants. Cox Charities does not replace the company’s regular giving and sponsorships; rather, it’s designed to supplement philanthropy efforts and involve employees in the decision-making process.
In addition to Community Investment Grants and Innovation in Education Grants, a portion of the funds helps Coxemployees. The Cox Benevolent Fund is a relief fund to aid Cox employees with short-term financial assistance during unexpected and unavoidable financial hardships and emergencies.
For more information about Cox Charities, visit www.CoxCharitiesSoutheast.com.