Cox Communications issues $138K in grants to local nonprofits

WEST WARWICK – Cox Communications Inc. awarded eight local nonprofits $138,000 in total grants through its first Virtual Cox Charities Day.

The grants were issued in support of organizations offering after-school and summer-learning programs focused on science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics and social well-being programs. Organizations offering care packages and virtual platforms for students to remain connected while separated due to the COVID-19 pandemic were also considered.

The organizations that received the grants include: Boys & Girls Clubs of Northern Rhode Island; Center for Dynamic Learning; City Year Providence; College Crusade of Rhode Island; Connecting for Children and Families; Newport Community School; New Urban Arts; and STEAM Box.

In a statement, Cox Senior Vice President and Region Manager Jay Allbaugh said the technology company is “thrilled” to see community partners developing programs to keep students connected while apart.

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“These organizations recognize that their curriculums must account for developing problem-solving skills and fostering strong connections with each other,” Allbaugh said.

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