Cox Communications' employees recently selected 25 non-profit organizations to receive $25,000 in grants as part of its Cox Charities Employee Grant Program, an extension of the company's philanthropic work in the communities where employees live and work.
Annually, Cox employees are given an opportunity to nominate organizations throughout Rhode Island and Connecticut that support education for $1,000 Employee Advisory grants. An advisory group comprised of Cox employees review and rank each of the nominations submitted. The committee evaluates and ranks each application on several key criteria before final selections are made.
This year, Cox increased the number of grants awarded to organizations from 20 to 25.
"We are proud to increase support of our employees who donate their time to positively impact our future generations. The Cox Charities grant program is just one of the many ways Cox remains committed to its employees and the community," said Paul Cronin, senior vice president and general manager, Cox Communications New England.
Since it was founded in 2001, Cox Charities New England has provided more than $5 million in grants and in-kind services to non-profit organizations with a focus on children and education.
In Warwick and Cranston, the 2011 Cox Charities Employee Advisory grant recipients and the employees who nominated them are: Cranston YMCA nominated by Dave Erikson, Girls Rock Rhode Island nominated by Stacy Marszalkowski, Read to Succeed, Inc. nominated by Susan Mentus, Elizabeth Buffum Chace Center nominated by Marc Lataille and Rhode Island Family Shelter, Inc., nominated by Janileth Slattery.