Cox supports numerous non-profit organizations in the communities we serve. A sampling of those organizations includes the YMCA, Junior Achievement, Boys and Girls Clubs, YIMBY and TREO.
YMCA is the largest not-for-profit community service organization in the United States, working to meet the health and human service needs of 20.2 million men, women and children in 10,000 communities in the United States. The YMCA is dedicated to building “strong kids, strong families and strong communities” in the areas they serve, by implementing programs that promote health and fitness, youth development and community service. Cox Communications has partnered with the Valley of the Sun YMCA to promote and support the organization’s dedication to valley youth development. As part of this partnership, Cox Charities supports the YMCA with cash grants for its youth-oriented program, Step Up for Youth. In addition, Cox provides the YMCA with in-kind support for construction and wiring of its facilities as well as various cross-channel advertising opportunities through Cox Media.
Junior Achievement is a non-profit organization that works toward inspiring students from elementary through high school to make an impact on the world by taking an interest in entrepreneurship, work readiness and financial literacy. Junior Achievement’s BizTown is a program where students spend weeks preparing in schools, learning about topics such as community and economy as well as financial literacy. The students then have the chance to go to BizTown where they can operate banks, manage restaurants, write checks and even vote for the mayor.
Cox Communications has partnered with Junior Achievement to promote and support the organization’s dedication to valley youth development. As part of this partnership, Cox has agreed to provide Junior Achievement with cash and in-kind contributions. In addition, the television studio in BizTown is named the Cox Communications TV Studio, and all of its contents and associations within BizTown will be affiliated with Cox Communications.
Boys & Girls Club
The mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America is to enable all young people, especially those who need it most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Its youth development programs and services touch the lives of millions of children and teens through membership and community outreach. Locally, Cox is involved with the Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley and Metro Phoenix. Cox’s involvement includes supporting the Clubs through in-kind and cash donations. Cox employees also generously volunteer their time with the Clubs as well.
In 2006, Cox volunteers participated in the annual Arizona Alliance of the Boys & Girls Clubs annual Techathalon event – where more than 250 kids from across the state work on various technology projects including rebuilding computers and creating commercials to promote the Boys & Girls Clubs. Cox also supported the Metro Phoenix Clubs with groundbreaking activities for the three brand new Clubs the organization is building. Earlier this year, Cox donated a technology center to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson.
Habitat for Humanity, YIMBY: Yes, In My Back Yard
As part of the Habitat for Humanity mission, YIMBY is building affordable housing in mixed income neighborhoods. Instead of “no,” neighbors are now saying, “Yes, In My Back Yard!” Most of the 40 homes will be located at Corazon del Pueblo, a new housing development with over 300 homes planned.
The campaign kick-off was on September 11, 2006 as part of Building Freedom Day in partnership with Cox Communications. Employees from Cox joined to build a home. This year, Cox is partnering on the building of a home as well as a promotional block party for the neighborhood.
TREO: Tucson Regional Economic Opportunities
TREO's mission is to provide insight, infrastructure, resources, and development efforts to accelerate economic prosperity throughout the Southern Arizona region. The values that TREO has established serve as a foundation for the objectives that guide TREO's everyday activities.
TREO offers an integrated approach of programs and services to support the creation of new businesses, the expansion of existing businesses within the region, and the attraction of company’s that offer high impact jobs and share the community's values.
- Nurture Competitive Economic Growth
- Build Strategic Partnerships
- Promote Regionalism
- Be an Economic "One Stop"
- Maintain a Customer Focus
As an extension of the partnership with TREO, Cox collaborates on an annual economic outlook program utilizing the Interactive technology. In 2005, Cox introduced this exclusive interactive polling feature to this program. Cox Media’s Interactive Technology gives viewers the ability to interact with certain television programs and advertisements using the A, B, and C buttons on their Cox Digital Cable remote controls. They can request to be sent more information on a product, ask to be contacted regarding an offer, or instantly be directed to another channel for more information. The interactive feature can also be used as a direct response polling mechanism.
This year, Cox once again has offered the opportunity for Cox Digital Cable viewers in Phoenix and Tucson to weigh-in and give their opinions on very important economic issues facing residents, such as housing prices, growth, water and the current state of Arizona’s economy.
Cox customers use their digital remote control to vote on these key issues and the results are compiled and presented at an annual economic outlook luncheon event.