Cox Employees To Award $75K To Southeast Region Nonprofits

NEW ORLEANS – Cox Communications announced today 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 through Friday, Sept. 15, here.

         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.

         Branded under the theme “Give Where You Live,” Cox Charities is a unique, employee-giving campaign that was launched in 2015 in Cox’s Southeast Region, which includes: Acadiana, Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Florida’s Gulf Coast, Central Florida and Middle Georgia. The dollars raised in each market stay in the market in which they were generated. Funds raised by local, New Orleans employees will benefit programs in Cox-serviceable areas within Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard and St. Charles parishes.

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         “Cox Charities is both funded and guided by employees,” said Steve Sawyer, director of public and government affairs for Cox in New Orleans. “A local team of dedicated employees in each of our six markets will decide how every dollar is invested back into the communities we serve. Our company and our employees are passionate about supporting programs that positively impact where we do business.”

         Cox Charities was created to strengthen Cox communities by supporting programs in the areas of education, technology, social issues, conservation and the arts. Funds are distributed annually in the form of Community Investment Grants and Innovation in Education Grants. The Innovation in Education Grants Cycle occurs in the spring of each year; in 2017, employees donated nearly $40,000 to local schools.

         In addition to Community Investment Grants and Innovation in Education Grants, a portion of the funds helps Cox employees. 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.

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