Community Impact Awards: Cox Communications
By Angela Blue
1341 Crossways Blvd., Chesapeake. 757-222-6576. Cox.com
Number of employees: Cox Communications employs nearly 2,400 employees in Virginia, with approximately 1,600 of those living and working in Coastal Virginia.
What They Do: From TV, Internet and home telephone services for residents to leading-edge technology and networking solutions for businesses, Cox offers all the tools to keep their customers connected.
How They Help: Cox is committed to giving back through its annual Cox Charities grant program as well as in-kind and financial support, volunteerism, employee fundraising initiatives, mentorship and professional development. Cox Charities supports organizations in Virginia that focus on youth education, literacy, mentoring or STEM through grants.
Since it was established, Cox Charities has contributed more than $1.1 million back into Virginia communities. Cox has been practicing community support initiatives since it began servicing the area 40 years ago. Most recently, Cox announced a statewide partnership with the four Dress for Success affiliates serving Virginia centered on driving economic empowerment and giving a more prominent voice to women across the commonwealth. The vision of Dress for Success is a world where women do not live in poverty, are treated with dignity and respect and are strengthening their families and shaping their communities. Cox supports this vision through cash and in-kind donations, totaling $40,000 in 2018. Looking forward, Cox will explore ways to use this partnership to bridge the income and digital divide and increase social responsibility.
To our company, community impact looks like: being a model for corporate social responsibility. As an employer of more than 1,600 residents of Hampton Roads, it’s our job to make the place the we call home better today than it was yesterday. Cox does this by supporting organizations that reflect its customer base in the areas of military, diversity and youth education.