The 3,100 employees of Cox Arizona today announce grant donations of $80K to 21 Southern Arizona nonprofit education, diversity and environment and sustainability programs during a difficult time. This marks the 25th year that Cox Arizona employees, through Cox Charities, have raised funds to help the communities in which they live and work. Since 1996, Cox Arizona employees have raised more than $9 million.
“Cox employees are unwavering in their commitment to nonprofits that serve our most vulnerable community members, especially youth, through education and diversity programs,” says Lisa Lovallo, Market Vice President, Cox Southern Arizona. “This year, with a great need in our community, Cox employees chose to expand the number of organizations receiving funding. We know this additional support will help more Southern Arizonans at this time.”
One Tucson-area grant recipient is Jewish Family and Children’s Services of Southern Arizona (JFCS) which helps individuals and families in crisis; children and adults who have experienced trauma; people with disabilities; frail and elderly adults and neighbors without basic necessities. The Cox Charities grant will fund the Children of Divorce and Changing Families Support Groups. This 8-week program provides age-appropriate activities for children and their parents educating them about divorce and helping to establish communication so the family can talk about the transition and losses they are experiencing.
According to Carlos Hernandez, president and CEO of JFCS, “With over a half of the American population experiencing divorce, helping families go through the difficult process of separation has never been more important. The emotional needs of children are often forgotten in the process and this is where JFCS can help. We thank Cox Charities for giving us the resources and support to carry out this important work.”
JFCS is having a significant impact. According to Hernandez, parents are the ones who are usually given the attention in a divorce and through JFCS’s Children of Divorce and Changing Families Support Groups, children gain necessary skills and insights allowing their resilience to shine through.
21 Southern Arizona nonprofits received grants from $2,000 to $5,000 totaling $80,000:
- Be Kind
- Beads of Courage, Inc.
- Boys and Girls Clubs of Sierra Vista
- Boys and Girls Clubs of Tucson
- Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Southern Arizona
- Earn to Learn
- El Grupo Youth Cycling
- Emerge Center Against Domestic Abuse
- Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona
- I Am You 360
- JFCS of Southern Arizona
- Literacy Connects
- Museum of Contemporary Art Tucson
- Not My Kid, Inc.
- SARSEF (STEM)
- SOAZ Association for Visually Impaired
- STEP: Student Expedition Program
- The Nature Conservancy in Arizona
- Therapeutic Riding of Tucson, Inc.
- Tucson Youth Music Center/The Symphony Women’s Association
- YMCA Summer Learning Camp