October 6, 2020

AZ Business Magazine

Cox Charities distributes $560K among 111 youth and education nonprofits

Cox Charities announced today its selection of 111 Arizona nonprofit organizations to receive nearly $560,000 in grant funding.  Most of the funds awarded came from the generous donations of Cox’s 3,100 Arizona employees.  Since the program’s inception in 1996, Cox Charities has awarded approximately $8.5 million to local Arizona nonprofits that support youth and education. Click here to watch grant recipients receive their funds.

“Cox employees are deeply embedded in the communities we serve in Arizona and now more than ever, are committed to supporting and volunteering to make a difference,” said John Wolfe, Senior Vice President and Southwest Region Manager for Cox Communications. “We are proud to stand behind so many nonprofit partners that are working hard during this challenging time to educate children and support families throughout Arizona.”

One local grant recipient is Arizona Autism United.  Its vision is to help anyone affected by autism access individualized supports without barriers, to achieve a high quality of life.  “We are beyond grateful for the grant and the employees at Cox who made this possible for us.  The grant funds will allow us to serve 800 children in their homes via telehealth.  Our children will continue to learn skills to be able to be out in the community and to communicate their wants and needs to their parents.  It’s so important to be able to give them those tools and its possible because of Cox Charities,” said Arizona Autism United Development Director, Paulina Tiffany.

Another Cox Charities grant recipient is School Connect focused on bridging the digital divide, brought to the forefront by COVID-19.  “This grant will buy 67 Lenovo touchscreen laptop computers with Office365 software installed and tech support for a year. We are going to take these computers to Litchfield Elementary School District for Title I families and work with the Cox Connect2Compete program to sign those families up for the internet.  Sixty-seven families will be able to solve the digital divide because of Cox Charities’ gift, which is just incredible, explained School Connect Executive Director, Tracey Beal.

Astrid Valencia is just one of the 3,100 Cox employees who are behind the donations to these 111 Arizona non-profits. “It’s quite a feeling to know that my company empowers us to give in a way that makes such a meaningful difference to such worthy nonprofits throughout Arizona. Through Cox Charities, we help ensure that our youth get the educational services they need and don’t fall through the cracks. That makes me extremely proud,” said Valencia.