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SOURCE Cox Communications
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:
"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.
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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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