At Cox, we know that the communities we serve are stronger – and our business is stronger as well – when we collaborate with others to address human needs. Whether it is the volunteer effort of thousands of Cox employees, partnerships with organizations that advance diversity and inclusion, or support for programs that provide food, shelter and opportunity for millions of our neighbors, we are tackling big problems by leveraging the power of people who care.
Cox Enterprises had more than 170 employees, friends and colleagues participate and won Best Corporate Float. The Atlanta Pride Parade had nearly 235,000 patrons in attendance.
The League of United Latin American Citizens, LULAC, is the nation’s largest and oldest Hispanic organization and is dedicated to the economic empowerment of more than 54 million Hispanic Americans. Cox Enterprises was proud to enter into a national partnership with this impactful nonprofit and support its initiatives through our media properties.
For more than two decades Cox and its employees have been strong supporters of Atlanta Habitat for Humanity. Cox employees have donated more than 30,000 volunteer hours to build 19 Habitat homes for deserving families. The James M. Cox Foundation also provided a $250,000 gift toward construction of Atlanta Habitat’s new headquarters building.
Cox launched a national partnership with Ocean Conservancy in 2014 and held three beach cleanups in Dana Point, California, Miami and Seattle with more than 300 volunteers participating.
Cox has had a mentoring program with Woodland Elementary School/ Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta since 2002 and a partnership with Chamblee Charter High School since 1991. Mentors work with students through innovative learning activities and weekly mentoring sessions.
110 volunteers, led by Cox Media Group President Bill Hoffman, who also serves on the board of Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, picked up more than 1 ton of trash.
Team Cox celebrated 10 years of employee volunteerism with the Warren Boys & Girls Club. 100 volunteers helped to beautify the first and oldest Boys & Girls Club in Atlanta. Volunteers built planter boxes, repainted wrought iron fencing, landscaped the main entrance and playground, and painted murals.
We raised more than $1.3 million for United Way of Metro Atlanta, EarthShare of Georgia and the Cox Employee Relief Fund.
Get Started promotes and celebrates the entrepreneurial spirit in our local communities while connecting businesses to network and learn. The event series, hosted by Cox Business and in partnership with Inc. magazine, shines a spotlight on local startups by providing them an opportunity to pitch their business idea in front of a panel of national experts. Winners receive a technology prize package and publicity for their company. Events in eight Cox markets attracted nearly 400 business applicants, and almost $100,000 in cash and prizes was awarded to winners in fields as diverse as biotech, travel and apparel.
Technology is reshaping the way our children learn and grow, and broadband-enabled digital learning is at the heart of it. Students with broadband at home have graduation rates that are 6 to 8 percent higher than those without home Internet access. This puts millions of students from low-income and minority communities at a disadvantage. The Connect2Compete program helps close the digital divide by providing discounted high-speed Internet service to families, and leveling the playing field for all students to compete, learn and win. In 2014, Cox contributed more than $9 million to this effort, and more than 20,000 families have been connected to the program.
For more than 10 years, Cox has partnered with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America to connect and educate youth through technology. Cox provides discounted Internet, television and tech support services. In 2014, Cox installed seven Cox Technology Centers in local clubs. Our employees also donate their time and talent, with 24 employees serving on local Boys & Girls Club boards.
No Excuses is our annual initiative to inspire and motivate thousands of Cox employees to volunteer in their communities. For the entire month of March, employees contribute their time – either individually or in teams – to a wide range of charitable organizations. In 2014, nearly 1,900 volunteers contributed more than 8,900 hours to projects benefiting 178 community partners nationwide.
We’re attacking hunger in the communities we serve through the Drive Away Hunger campaign. In 2014, our employees collected some 48,331 pounds of food nationwide to support 10 local community food banks. When coupled with a corporate charitable contribution of nearly $97,000, these efforts provided more than 370,000 meals to families in our communities.
More than 665 employees, family members and friends participated in the 2014 St. Jude Give thanks. Walk., a nationwide charitable event that raises funds to support the lifesaving mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Together, 72 teams from Cox Automotive set a new record and raised over $180,000.
Runners take off during The Statesman Capitol 10,000, one of the largest 10K races in the country. This annual event includes a two-day health and fitness expo as well as a party at the finish line.
Working with St. Johns Riverkeeper, Cox Media Group employees in Jacksonville, Florida, gathered for a massive river cleanup in 2013, then returned to the same site in 2014. More than 100 volunteers from six Cox Radio stations, two Cox Television stations and a Manheim Jacksonville office gathered at Blue Cypress Park on the banks of the St. Johns River and removed more than 600 pounds of trash.
WDBO morning news host Joe Kelley addresses participants during the annual Walk for Wishes event in Central Florida. More than 600 walkers raised money to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions.