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

February 21, 2014

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
    --  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
    --  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.


    --  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
    --  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
        --  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.

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