At a time of need, Cox employees give $80K to SAZ charities helping more organizations recover from steep revenue losses

TUCSON —At a time when Arizona nonprofits report $91 million in revenue losses this year and an increase in expenses of $15+ million, the 3,100 employees of Cox Arizona today announce grant donations of $80K to 21 Southern Arizona nonprofit education, diversity and environment and sustainability programs.  This marks the 25th year that Cox Arizona employees, through Cox Charities, have raised funds to help the communities in which they live and work.  Since 1996, Cox Arizona employees have raised more than $9 million.
“Cox employees are unwavering in their commitment to nonprofits that serve our most vulnerable community members, especially youth, through education and diversity programs,” says Lisa Lovallo, Market Vice President, Cox Southern Arizona.  “This year, with a great need in our community, Cox employees chose to expand the number of organizations receiving funding.  We know this additional support will help more Southern Arizonans at this time.”
One Tucson-area grant recipient is Literacy Connects, a volunteer-driven nonprofit serving 50,000 children and adults through literacy programs including its Reading Seed Program.  The program pairs volunteer coaches with students in grades K-2 empowering children to be independent readers so they can become lifelong learners.  According to Literacy Connects Executive Director, Matt Tarver-Wahlquist, “The generous support of Cox Charities will allow us to distribute over 1,250 new books and give the gift of learning and loving to read to hundreds of elementary school children, who need it now more than ever.”

21 Southern Arizona nonprofits received grants from $2,000 to $5,000 totaling $80,000 including:
Southern Arizona Nonprofits receiving Cox Charities grants
Be Kind
Beads of Courage, Inc.
Boys and Girls Clubs of Sierra Vista
Boys and Girls Clubs of Tucson
Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Southern Arizona
Earn to Learn
El Grupo Youth Cycling
Emerge Center Against Domestic Abuse
Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona
I Am You 360
JFCS of Southern Arizona
Literacy Connects
Museum of Contemporary Art Tucson
Not My Kid, Inc.
SOAZ Association for Visually Impaired
STEP: Student Expedition Program
The Nature Conservancy in Arizona
Therapeutic Riding of Tucson, Inc.
Tucson Youth Music Center/The Symphony Women’s Association
YMCA Summer Learning Camp
Total grant funds awarded in Southern Arizona: $80,000
About Cox Charities
Cox Charities is committed to building, strengthening and investing in Arizona’s communities by raising and granting funds over and above the company’s charitable contributions to support Arizona nonprofit organizations that share Cox’s focus on youth and education. Since its inception, Cox Charities has awarded nearly $9 million to Arizona nonprofits that share Cox’s commitment to our youth.
About Cox Communications 
Cox Communications is committed to creating meaningful moments of human connection through broadband applications and services. 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 its own nationwide IP network.  We’re dedicated to empowering others to build a better future and 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 topped numerous J.D. Power and Associates’ studies of customer satisfaction and for many years top “Ranking Arizona-Best of Arizona Business” list.  Cox Communications is the largest division of Cox Enterprises, a family-owned business founded in 1898 by Governor James M. Cox.