Welcome!

News Feed Item

Cox Charities Virginia Awards $160,000 to 25 Non-Profits Across the State

CHESAPEAKE, Va., Feb. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Cox Communications awarded $160,000 in grants to 25 non-profit organizations in Virginia through Cox Charities grants programs. The grants presented today are part of the nearly $8 million Cox contributes annually through cash and in-kind support to the communities where they do business.

"Connecting with the communities we serve is an important part of our operations and is at the core of our company values," said Gary McCollum, senior vice president and general manager for Cox Virginia.  "We're proud to give back to these 25 outstanding organizations today that are doing their part to enhance the lives of others and improve the places our employees and customers live and work."

Fifteen nonprofits received grants through the Cox Charities External Grants program and ten received grants through the Cox Charities Employee Grants program. The External Grants program focuses on non-profit organizations with programs specifically tied to youth, education and technology.  Non-profits apply for these annual grants and from those applications, 15 are chosen statewide by an advisory committee made up of community, business and government leaders throughout the state.  The Cox Charities Employee Grants program gives Cox employees the chance to nominate their favorite nonprofits for financial support.  Winners are chosen by Cox employees, based on popular vote.  This year's winners are:

Hampton Roads

  • Horizons Hampton Roads was awarded a $10,000 grant to grow the Portsmouth program by adding one grade level each year, leading to improved educational outcomes and employment opportunities in the city of Portsmouth. This program will now able to serve 375 students in 2014.
  • Chesapeake Health Investment Program was awarded a $10,000 grant to fund the Parents as Teachers program, which provides information, support and encouragement to parents to help their children develop optimally during the crucial early years of life.
  • YWCA South Hampton Roads received a $10,000 grant for the purchase of 20 iPad Minis to be used as a means to enhance the teaching and learning outcomes among students enrolled in the afterschool program.
  • Norfolk State University Foundation, Inc. was awarded a $10,000 grant to fund the NSU After School Youth Education Program, which will provide academic support in the form of tutoring and mentoring coupled with recreational activities. This program will foster basic skills in math, writing, science and reading.
  • Office of Human Affairs Hampton Roads was awarded a $10,000 grant to fund the OHA Project Discovery which is a college preparation program serving at-risk middle and high school students in Hampton and Newport News.
  • Foodbank of the Virginia Peninsula was awarded a $10,000 grant to fund the Kids Café. This structured after-school program will provide nutritious meals and promote health, education and safety.
  • C. Waldo Scott Center for H.O.P.E received a $10,000 grant to fund a program that will assist 50 youth in strengthening their math, science, and reading skills. By implementing educational skill based sessions they will encourage students to be successful learners.
  • Employee Grants in the amount of $2,000 each were awarded to:
    • Chesapeake Bay Foundation - The goal of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation is to Save the Bay - and keep it saved – through education, advocacy, litigation and restoration.
    • Kempsville Church of Christ – Go Project - The Kempsville Church of Christ Go Project focuses on local and global ministry projects, made possible through family and friends serving together for a common good.
    • Downtown Hampton Child Development Center - The Downtown Hampton Child Development Center is a private, nonprofit childcare center serving children from all backgrounds, incomes and abilities.  Each day, the Center nurtures and educates nearly 200 children, from 6weeks old to 5 years old.
    • Peninsula School for Autism - Peninsula School for Autism offers individualized educational and behavior support programming in year-round day school and after-school programs.  

Northern Virginia

  • Fairfax County Park Foundation was awarded $5,000 to support HACAN (Hispanics Against Child Abuse and Neglect. This 20-year program focuses on education for students in the Culmore community of Bailey's Crossroads, Falls Church, VA. This program fosters educational enhancements, building positive connections within the community and connecting with role models.
  • Literacy Council of Northern Virginia was awarded a $10,000 grant in support of the Family Learning Program. This program is specifically designed for the unique needs of immigrant families, focused on breaking the inter-generational cycle of illiteracy and improving livelihood through reading and comprehension.
  • Children's Science Center Museum was awarded $10,000 to support the Children's Science Center's Museum Without Walls (MWOW) education outreach program. This grant will support Mobile Labs Family Science Nights, summer mini-labs, community and signature events, as well as preschool and teen programming.
  • Northern Virginia Family Services received a $10,000 grant in support of the 1-2-1 mentoring program designed to enhance the self-esteem and resilience of middle school aged youth. Through the 1-2-1 program, NVFS is able to reach at-risk students to improve their social and academic skills.
  • Stafford Junction was awarded a $10,000 grant to fund Brain Builders – an after school program that fosters academic achievement and positive character development and healthy lifestyles. At Brain Builders, students receive help with homework, math and reading skills, and assistance with school projects.
  • Employee Grants in the amount of $2,000 each were awarded to:
    • CrisisLink - Crisis Link provides comprehensive crisis prevention, intervention and response programs and now partners with national and state programs to improve its services, including the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
    • Friends of Homeless Animals – Friends of Homeless Animals (FOHA) is a non-profit, no-kill shelter that focuses on the rescue and placement of homeless dogs and cats in the Northern Virginia and Washington DC area.
    • Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation - Since 2001, Lost Dog and Cat Rescue has saved the lives of thousands of homeless and abandoned pets from euthanasia in overcrowded shelters by placing them for adoption in loving homes.

Roanoke

  • Smart Beginnings Greater Roanoke was awarded a $10,000 grant to fund programs focused on improving the quality of care and early childhood education to ensure every child in the Roanoke Valley enters Kindergarten with the skills necessary to succeed.
  • The Community Youth Program at St. Johns, Inc. was awarded a $5,000 grant to fund the CYP Computer Literacy Program that will help increase access to technology and internet resources for students and their families. CYP will also to help educate our students on how to use computers, social media, and other technological programs that will help advance them in school and life.
  • Child Health Investment Partnership of Roanoke Valley was awarded a $10,000 Cox Charities grant to fund CHIP FIT, a program addressing the growing epidemic of childhood obesity in the Greater Roanoke Valley's low-income population. This program includes a unique, home visiting intervention focusing on education and case management and seeks to address causative factors and increase protective factors among families.
  • Employee Grants in the amount of $2,000 each were awarded to:
    • Blue Ridge Independent Living Center - The Blue Ridge Independent Living Center assists people with disabilities to live independently.
    • National PKU Alliance - The mission of the Blue Ridge Autism and Achievement Center is to provide education and services for children and families affected by autism and unique learning challenges, such as Learning Disabilities.
    • Blue Ridge Autism and Achievement Center - The National PKU Alliance works to improve the lives of families and individuals associated with PKU through research, support, education and advocacy, while ultimately seeking a cure for this rare metabolic disease.

"We know that our employees are active in their communities and there are organizations they feel passionate about," said McCollum.  "The Employee Grants program gives our employees an opportunity to actively participate in Cox's community programs and introduce their peers to organizations that mean the most to them."

Since 2009, Cox Charities has awarded $620,000 in grant funds to Cox communities throughout Virginia.

For more information on the 2014 grant awards program and how to apply for a grant, visit www.coxcharities.org.

Media Contact:
Emma Inman, APR, 757-222-8432 or emma.inman@cox.com

About Cox Communications:
Cox Communications is a broadband communications and entertainment company, providing advanced digital video, Internet and telephone services over its own nationwide IP network. The third-largest U.S. cable TV company, Cox serves approximately 6 million residences and businesses. Cox Business is a facilities-based provider of voice, video and data solutions for commercial customers, and Cox Media is a full-service provider of national and local cable spot and new media advertising.

Cox is known for its pioneering efforts in cable, telephone and commercial services, industry-leading customer care and its outstanding workplaces. For seven years, Cox has been recognized as the top operator for women by Women in Cable Telecommunications; Cox has ranked among DiversityInc's Top 50 Companies for Diversity eight times, including the last seven years. More information about Cox Communications, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cox Enterprises, is available at www.cox.com and www.coxmedia.com.

SOURCE Cox Communications

More Stories By PR Newswire

Copyright © 2007 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PRNewswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of PRNewswire. PRNewswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

Latest Stories
SYS-CON Events announced today that N3N will exhibit at SYS-CON's @ThingsExpo, which will take place on Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. N3N’s solutions increase the effectiveness of operations and control centers, increase the value of IoT investments, and facilitate real-time operational decision making. N3N enables operations teams with a four dimensional digital “big board” that consolidates real-time live video feeds alongside IoT sensor data a...
Today most companies are adopting or evaluating container technology - Docker in particular - to speed up application deployment, drive down cost, ease management and make application delivery more flexible overall. As with most new architectures, this dream takes significant work to become a reality. Even when you do get your application componentized enough and packaged properly, there are still challenges for DevOps teams to making the shift to continuous delivery and achieving that reducti...
Mobile device usage has increased exponentially during the past several years, as consumers rely on handhelds for everything from news and weather to banking and purchases. What can we expect in the next few years? The way in which we interact with our devices will fundamentally change, as businesses leverage Artificial Intelligence. We already see this taking shape as businesses leverage AI for cost savings and customer responsiveness. This trend will continue, as AI is used for more sophistica...
Many companies start their journey to the cloud in the DevOps environment, where software engineers want self-service access to the custom tools and frameworks they need. Machine learning technology can help IT departments keep up with these demands. In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Ajay Gulati, Co-Founder, CTO and Board Member at ZeroStack, will discuss the use of machine learning for automating provisioning of DevOps resources, taking the burden off IT teams.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Cedexis will exhibit at SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Cedexis is the leader in data-driven enterprise global traffic management. Whether optimizing traffic through datacenters, clouds, CDNs, or any combination, Cedexis solutions drive quality and cost-effectiveness.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Enroute Lab will exhibit at the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) Pavilion at SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Enroute Lab is an industrial design, research and development company of unmanned robotic vehicle system. For more information, please visit http://elab.co.jp/.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Mobile Create USA will exhibit at the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) Pavilion at SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Mobile Create USA Inc. is an MVNO-based business model that uses portable communication devices and cellular-based infrastructure in the development, sales, operation and mobile communications systems incorporating GPS capabi...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Suzuki Inc. will exhibit at the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) Pavilion at SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Suzuki Inc. is a semiconductor-related business, including sales of consuming parts, parts repair, and maintenance for semiconductor manufacturing machines, etc. It is also a health care business providing experimental research for...
IBM helps FinTechs and financial services companies build and monetize cognitive-enabled financial services apps quickly and at scale. Hosted on IBM Bluemix, IBM’s platform builds in customer insights, regulatory compliance analytics and security to help reduce development time and testing. In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Lennart Frantzell, a Developer Advocate with IBM, will discuss how these tools simplify the time-consuming tasks of selection, mapping and data integration, allowing devel...
Cloud-based disaster recovery is critical to any production environment and is a high priority for many enterprise organizations today. Nearly 40% of organizations have had to execute their BCDR plan due to a service disruption in the past two years. Zerto on IBM Cloud offer VMware and Microsoft customers simple, automated recovery of on-premise VMware and Microsoft workloads to IBM Cloud data centers.
Why Federal cloud? What is in Federal Clouds and integrations? This session will identify the process and the FedRAMP initiative. But is it sufficient? What is the remedy for keeping abreast of cutting-edge technology? In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Rasananda Behera will examine the proposed solutions: Private or public or hybrid cloud Responsible governing bodies How can we accomplish?
Real IoT production deployments running at scale are collecting sensor data from hundreds / thousands / millions of devices. The goal is to take business-critical actions on the real-time data and find insights from stored datasets. In his session at @ThingsExpo, John Walicki, Watson IoT Developer Advocate at IBM Cloud, will provide a fast-paced developer journey that follows the IoT sensor data from generation, to edge gateway, to edge analytics, to encryption, to the IBM Bluemix cloud, to Wa...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Massive Networks, that helps your business operate seamlessly with fast, reliable, and secure internet and network solutions, has been named "Exhibitor" of SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo ®, which will take place on Oct 31 - Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. As a premier telecommunications provider, Massive Networks is headquartered out of Louisville, Colorado. With years of experience under their belt, their team of...
With the rise of DevOps, containers are at the brink of becoming a pervasive technology in Enterprise IT to accelerate application delivery for the business. When it comes to adopting containers in the enterprise, security is the highest adoption barrier. Is your organization ready to address the security risks with containers for your DevOps environment? In his session at @DevOpsSummit at 21st Cloud Expo, Chris Van Tuin, Chief Technologist, NA West at Red Hat, will discuss: The top security r...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Nihon Micron will exhibit at the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) Pavilion at SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Nihon Micron Co., Ltd. strives for technological innovation to establish high-density, high-precision processing technology for providing printed circuit board and metal mount RFID tags used for communication devices. For more inf...