Cox employees raise $75,000 for Southern Arizona nonprofits

Cox employees raise $75,000 for Southern Arizona nonprofits

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October 6, 2022

 

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Andrea Katsenes (602) 694-1275

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Cox employees raise $75,000 for Southern Arizona nonprofits

19 Southern Arizona nonprofits receive grants for vital community programs

 

TUCSON — Today, the over 260 local employees of Cox Communications are proud to announce that they have raised $75,000 and distributed those funds to 19 nonprofits serving Southern Arizona community champions focused on education, diversity, environment, and sustainability programs. Most of the funds come from employee-driven fundraisers and donations by the employees and their families.

This marks the 26th year that Cox employees, through Cox Charities, have raised funds to help the communities in which they live and work.  Since 1996, Cox Arizona employees have raised $9.7 million and awarded grants to 1,719 across the state.

One Cox Charities grant recipient is Care 4 the Caregivers, a new nonprofit serving Southern Arizona with life coaching and licensed-therapist support groups for caregivers of children with disabilities. Says Executive Director, Michele Knowlton-Thorne, “We serve a community that is not served by anyone else. Parents, grandparents and other family members who provide care to children with disabilities are often unseen and unsupported. We’re on a mission to help them and we are so appreciative to Cox Charities for helping us do that.”

“I am immensely proud of our Cox employees who are great at their jobs and so committed to helping local nonprofits deliver vital services in our community,” said Lisa Lovallo, Market Vice President, Cox Southern Arizona. “This year, the Arizona Cox employees raised nearly $40,000 more than last year for distribution in this 2022 grant cycle.”

Another Southern Arizona Cox Charities recipient is El Grupo Youth Cycling, a youth development organization that makes cycling a reality for children in-need who would otherwise not know the joy and convenience of riding a bike. The Cox Charities grant will support El Grupo’s Manzo Elementary Biking Club. After school, 20+ 3rd through 5th graders meet at the newly purchased El Grupo bike “shack” on the Manzo campus where dynamic coaches Juliana, David and Lisa offer up tutoring, teach bike skills, and then take the kids on rides through the neighborhood. Explains Programs and Operations Manager, Dr. Jody Bartz, “With the support of Cox Charities, we have an opportunity to offer tutoring in addition to teaching kids about a healthy lifestyle which in turn benefits them in school and life. Thank you Cox Charities!”

19 Pima | Cochise area nonprofits received grants totaling $75,000:

PIMA | COHISE COUNTY NONPROFITS

GRANT AMOUNTS

Anytown Leadership Program, Inc.

$4,000

Arizona Assoc. for Foster and Adoptive Parents

$2,500

Arizona Burn Foundation

$4,000

ARIZONA SCIENCE CENTER

$4,000

Arizona Technology Council Foundation DBA SciTech Institute

$5,000

Bisbee Science Exploration and Research Center (BSERC)

$4,000

Books for Classrooms

$5,000

Care 4 the Caregivers

$4,000

Earn to Learn

$4,000

El Grupo Youth Cycling

$5,000

Future for KIDS

$2,500

Gabriel's Angels

$2,500

I Am You 360

$4,000

MIKID - Mentally Ill Kids In Distress

$4,000

Reid Park Zoological Society

$2,500

Southern Arizona Association for the Visually Impaired

$5,000

Southern Arizona Book Heroes

$5,000

Therapeutic Riding of Tucson Inc.

$4,000

Tucson Symphony Society

$4,000


TOTAL: $75,000

Yet another vital Southern Arizona nonprofit receiving a Cox Charities grant is MIKID which works to improve the behavioral health and wellness of children and families. In Tucson and Sierra Vista, the funds will help provide a dedicated educational computer workspace with Apple iPads to teach, support and prepare teens with employment readiness and job training skills. According to Patrick Winters, vice president of marketing/development for MIKID, “The generous Cox Charities donation will benefit 300 children and families. For MIKID families and kiddos, this grant will provide technology to assist those in-need struggling with mental and behavioral health challenges, especially in rural areas of Sierra Vista and Tucson.” He adds, “The added technology will help bridge the gap in education equity in these underserved communities, helping K-12 youth be more competitive and ultimately have greater success in school.”

About Cox Communications 

Cox Communications is committed to creating meaningful moments of human connection through broadband applications and services. As the largest private telecom company in America, we proudly serve seven million homes and businesses across 18 states. In metro Phoenix, we serve approximately 2.5 million product subscribers, and in Southern Arizona, approximately 400,000 product subscribers, with residential and business digital television, 1G high-speed Internet, security systems and digital telephone service over our own nationwide IP network.  In Arizona, Cox generates nearly $5.5 billion in total economic impact annually. We’re dedicated to empowering others to build a better future and we celebrate diverse products, people, suppliers, communities and the characteristics that make each one unique. The 3,100 Arizona employees of Cox are proud to have volunteered more than 51,000 hours each year in the local communities where we live and work and have topped numerous J.D. Power and Associates’ studies of customer satisfaction and “Ranking Arizona-Best of Arizona Business” lists. Cox Communications is the largest division of Cox Enterprises, a family-owned business founded in 1898 by Governor James M. Cox.  

 

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