Cox Employees Award $5,000 to Middle Georgia Non-Profits

Staff Report From Middle Georgia CEO

Wednesday, January 30th, 2019

Cox Communications employees in Middle Georgia have awarded $5,000 to local non-profits through the Cox Charities Community Investment grant program. A dozen applications were received from local organizations seeking funding for various programs.  After much deliberation, Cox employees who serve on the Cox Charities Selection Committee awarded the grants to the following three organizations:

  • 100 Women In Gold was created to promote, support and empower women athletes matriculating at Fort Valley State University.  The organization is committed to assisting women athletes achieve intellectually, physically and socially while competing at the highest level.  100 Women in Gold received a $3,000 grant.

  • Next Level Community Development Center (NLCDC) is a Macon-based, non-profit organization dedicated to empowering at-risk youth and families to exercise sound judgment regarding their education, health, social and emotional well-being through youth services and mental health programs.  NLCDC received a $1,000 grant.

  • Heart of Georgia Hospice, Inc. is committed to providing care and comfort to patients facing a terminal illness. It is an organization providing comprehensive care for persons at the end of life, without regard to race, creed, sexual orientation, or ethnic background. They proudly serve a 45 minute radius of Warner Robins, Georgia.  Heart of Georgia Hospice received a grant for $1,000.

“Each year, Cox donates hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash and in-kind services to support local Middle Georgia charities,” said Bonnie Lopez-Crowe, market vice president for Cox Middle Georgia. “What’s so special about Cox Charities however, is that all funding for this program was raised entirely by local Cox employees.  I’m incredibly proud of how committed our caring team is to doing right for our community, customers and each other.”       

Cox Charities is an internal giving campaign where employees can set aside a portion of their paychecks to fund the local grants.  Money donated by employees in the Middle Georgia Market stays in the Middle Georgia Market.  A committee of Cox employees reviewed a dozen applications and selected the recipients. 

In addition to the Community Investment Grant, the Cox Charities Innovation in Education Program provides grants of up to $2,500 each to schools to fund classroom programs and curriculum that encourage and promote students’ ingenuity and imagination through the innovative use of technology. Last spring, Cox employees awarded over $3,000 to two local schools.

Cox Charities was created to strengthen Cox markets through the support of programs that positively impact communities in the areas of education, technology, social issues, conservation and the arts.   Cox Charities does not replace, but rather increases Cox’s philanthropic giving in the community.  In 2018, Cox gave nearly one million dollars in cash and in-kind services to nonprofits in the Middle Georgia Market.

The Cox Middle Georgia market includes parts of Bibb, Houston, Peach and Jones counties.