Cox Communications’ commitment to give back to the communities it serves continued in 2018, as the company gave approximately $400,000 in cash and in-kind donations to non-profits, charities and government organizations in Central Florida.
“It is the culture of our employees to give back to our community, and we showed that again in 2018,” said Bonnie Lopez-Crowe, interim market vice president for Cox’s Central Florida market. “Cox is a proud member of the Central Florida community, which is why we champion youth, education, environmental and diversity initiatives. We proudly support the communities we serve in an effort to make them successful.”
In 2018, Cox provided funds and services to numerous organizations including, but not limited to, Boys and Girls Clubs, Children’s Home Society, the NAACP, the Cade Museum, Girls Place, Marion Cultural Alliance, Transitions Life Center and many more.
Cox also continued to support local education and the business community with donations and support to the Education Foundations of Alachua and Marion counties, Duval Early Learning Academy, Oakcrest Elementary School, Howard Middle School as well as area chambers of commerce.
In addition to corporate donations, Cox Charities, a grant program funded entirely by Cox employees, donated over $15,000 to local non-profits and schools. In 2018, Forest High School received a $2,500 grant, while United Way of Marion County and Junior Achievement of Alachua County each received a $5,000 grant, and the PACE Center for Girls in Alachua County received a $2,700 grant.
Along with the monetary support, several Cox employees served on more than 20 local nonprofit boards, giving their time back to the community on issues they feel passionate about. Cox Central Florida employees also partnered with local nonprofits to provide over 1,200 hours of volunteer time in the community.
Cox also introduced the Cox Inspirational Student recognized over 20 students in Alachua through its Cox Inspirational Student Hero Awards last Spring. These students were chosen by their schools, as an inspiration to the staff and students at their respective school. Whether it was overcoming a disability, tragic life event or other obstacle in life, these children were celebrated for their impact on others.