At Cox, giving is about more than just donations. It’s about rolling up our sleeves and getting to work. Employee volunteers at each of our businesses give countless hours of their time improving their communities through partnerships with national and local organizations. Every year, their collective efforts add up to a major impact.
Signature Team Cox projects in Atlanta include constructing homes with Habitat for Humanity, building playgrounds with KaBOOM!, and cleaning up parks with Park Pride. Volunteers also give their time to Special Olympics, school mentoring programs and teambuilding projects at nonprofits across the city.
In addition to volunteering in the community throughout the year, Cox employees in Atlanta donate generously to three non-profits: United Way of Greater Atlanta, EarthShare of Georgia and the Cox Employee Relief Fund (CERF).
In 2016, employees raised a record $940,000 during the Cox Giving Campaign, a high-energy drive which encouraged everyone to “Be a Hero.” That was paired with the company’s contribution of $575,000, for a total gift of $1.5 million for United Way, EarthShare and CERF.
At Cox Enterprises, we recognize our business success is the direct result of being good corporate citizens. Our companies contribute resources, outreach and hands-on service to empower the communities we serve.
Community Outreach Initiatives
Cox Enterprises launched a new partnership with KaBOOM! in 2015, resulting in nearly 300 employees working together to build playgrounds at Genesis Shelter and Legacy Housing’s Shamrock Gardens, providing a safe place for children to be active in downtown and southwest Atlanta.
American Rivers and Ocean Conservancy
Since 2010, Team Cox volunteers have picked up more than 26 tons of debris from beaches and waterways. In 2015, we held river cleanups in Atlanta, Jacksonville and Orlando, as well as beach cleanups in Irvine, California and Pensacola, Florida. In total, 400 employee volunteers collected more than 2 tons of trash. Hundreds of Cox volunteers participated in 2016 cleanups held in Atlanta, Dayton, Irvine, Jacksonville, Orlando and new markets Tulsa and Washington, D.C.
Habitat for Humanity
More than 600 Cox volunteers representing all divisions built the company’s 22nd and 23rd homes with Atlanta’s Habitat for Humanity. They worked alongside Cox Media Group’s Clark Howard, who led the charge to build three additional homes in southwest Atlanta. Cox and the James M. Cox Foundation have given more than $2 million to the organization over the past 25 years.
More than 100 volunteers partnered with Park Pride to clean up and landscape Perkerson Park, a 50-acre park in the Capitol View/Sylvan Hills neighborhoods of Atlanta and Vine City Park located in downtown Atlanta.
Special Olympics of Georgia
More than 200 Team Cox volunteers cheered on athletes and ran soccer drills at the Summer Games at Emory University, helping them to develop athletic skills and promoting the abilities of the athletes off the field. Team Cox volunteers also give generously of their time to our national environmental partners, organizations which also are supported by Cox’s corporate giving program. Through our work and support of American Rivers and Ocean Conservancy, we continued our tradition of beautifying waterways in the communities where we work and live.
Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund
Cox launched a new national partnership with the Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) in 2016, creating the Cox Scholars Program and providing 10 scholarships annually. Additionally our media properties donated public service announcements for the #NotTheSame campaign, educating against biases and stereotypes.
Cox Employee Giving Campaign
Cox employees in metro Atlanta came together to “Be a Hero” and raise a record $940,000 during the Cox Giving Campaign. This was paired with the company’s contribution of $575,000, for a total gift of $1.5 million. The money was donated to the Cox Employee Relief Fund, EarthShare of Georgia and United Way of Greater Atlanta.
Cox sponsored the 87th Annual LULAC National Convention & Exposition in Washington, D.C., hosted by our national diversity partner, League of United Latin American Citizens.
100 Black Men of Atlanta
During the national 100 Black Men of America Conference in 2016 hosted in Atlanta, Cox hosted a reception for the Collegiate 100, which had an attendance of 115 college students and recent graduates from across the country. Cox employees representing all divisions were in attendance to talk about internship and job opportunities.
In 2016, Cox Communications Central employees donated more than $920,000 to Cox Charities. Combined with a company gift, more than $1.4 million will be granted to organizations that positively impact education, technology, social issues and the arts.
Community Outreach Initiatives
It’s clear that having a computer and Internet service at home is no longer a luxury – it is a necessity. Cox understands this new reality and works in the communities we serve to provide affordable Internet and devices to low-income students and their families through the Connect2Compete program.
Families with K-12 children who qualify for free or reduced school lunch, who live in public housing or who receive tenant-based vouchers, project-based vouchers or Section 8 project-based rental assistance are eligible.
Since 2012, nearly 200,000 people have been connected to the Internet through the program. Our efforts were recognized by President Barack Obama as part of the announcement of the ConnectALL initiative, which aims to give all Americans the tools to get online.
The program is driving tangible results in classrooms and communities. In a 2015 survey of parents enrolled in the program, more than 50 percent reported that their students’ grades had improved, and nearly 50 percent said their children were more interested in school.
To make the sign-up process even easier, we hosted more than 200 events across the country in 2016. We also launched a campaign in partnership with Univision to promote Connect2Compete to Hispanic families through Univision’s stations and Cox’s media properties, with the goal of reaching 6 million customers nationwide.
We are encouraged by our progress, but know that more work can be done. Cox will continue to invest in programs and partnerships that ensure all students have access to the tools and technology they need to succeed in the classroom and their careers.
Cox Communications Southwest is engaged in several initiatives to support STEM and environmental education. Cox Communications Phoenix and McDowell Sonoran Conservancy sponsored the Junior Citizen Science Program, providing 150 youth in Scottsdale, Arizona, with hands-on experiences that focused on science, environmental and ecological studies. Cox also hosted the second annual Connect2STEM awards in partnership with the Arizona SciTech Festival, presenting awards in business, nonprofit, education media and after-school programs.
For the third year, Cox Communications Virginia served as title sponsor of USO of Hampton Roads and Central Virginia’s Warrior Week, contributing $50,000 in cash and in-kind donations. The event brought together more than 550 wounded warriors – ill and injured service men and women – and their families to participate in physical, therapeutic and recreational activities to aid in rehabilitation.
Cox Communications Las Vegas employees volunteered more than 24,000 hours in the local community in 2015, leading the Las Vegas mayor and city council to proclaim April 6, 2016 Cox Volunteers Day.
The level of engagement in Cox Automotive’s community involvement and volunteer initiatives is large, impactful and growing rapidly. In 2016 more than 5,400 team members participated in volunteer projects – a remarkable 83 percent increase over the previous year. Employees, together with their family and friends, donated in excess of 60,000 volunteer hours benefiting more than 700 community organizations. The number of projects grew to 1,118 – a 23 percent increase from the prior year.
Community Outreach Initiatives
As part of a two-year commitment to the American Red Cross, Cox Automotive employees nationwide prepared 6,850 comfort kits and fire preparedness bags, donated $112,000 to help disaster victims and provided 470 stuffed animals to comfort children.
Employees across geographies worked to support people experiencing homelessness. Manheim Australia partnered with Kids Under Cover, raising over $1 million by preparing and selling donated vehicles in 2015 to support the organization’s work of building housing and providing scholarships for youth. Also, Dealer.com team members participated in the 2016 Spectrum Sleep Out, raising $28,000 for Spectrum Youth and Family services in Burlington, Vermont.
Dealer.com was recognized by Americans for the Arts as one of the 10 Best Businesses Partnering with the Arts in America.
For the first time, Cox Automotive’s companywide Drive Away Hunger canned food drive was a global effort, generating more than 120,000 pounds of food for food banks in seven countries. Participation across all business units, along with a $100,000 donation match, provided more than 500,000 meals for people in need.
Cox Automotive continues to serve as a national partner of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, participating in the annual Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer and earning recognition as a Best Practices Example at the hospital’s Corporate Partners Summit. In 2016, 81 Cox Automotive walk teams nationwide raised more than $250,000 for the cause.
During “No Excuses,” Cox Automotive’s month-long effort to promote volunteerism, employees engaged in projects ranging from preparing meals at food banks to building houses with Habitat for Humanity. Volunteers across the division logged more than 14,000 hours in 2016, benefitting 320 community partner organizations.
Cox Media Group
Cox Media Group’s commitment to its customers was evident during coverage of the 2016 shooting at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida. In the wake of the tragedy, WFTV/WRDQ teams brought water and ice to people waiting to donate blood, and K92.3 presented a benefit concert that raised more than $250,000 for victims.
Community Outreach Initiatives
Rare.us held its second annual “Rare Goes Yellow” campaign in 2016 to honor veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. Through a partnership and donations to the Journey Home Project, plus editorial coverage on its site devoted to veteran profiles and stories, Rare is helping soldiers transition from deployment to civilian life.
KGLK-FM and KTHT-FM in Houston raised $591,000 from listeners for Texas Children’s Hospital’s Cancer Center during the 12th annual Cure Kids Cancer radiothon.
During its 12th annual Steve’s Coats for Kids campaign, WSOC-TV collected 20,385 new and gently used coats, which Crisis Assistance Ministry distributed to children in need in the Charlotte, North Carolina, area.