Lake Forest, Calif. – Nov. 13, 2018 – Cox Charities has awarded $65,000 in grants to 12 Orange County nonprofit organizations to fund programs focused on youth, education, conservation, and supporting military families. The Cox Charities 2018 Nonprofit Grant recipients for Orange County are:
- Irvine 2/11 Marine Adoption Committee, Inc. ($5,000): Volunteers will create Welcome Home care packages for single Marines from Camp Pendleton who return home. The organization is located in Irvine.
- Intervention Center for Early Childhood ($2,500): Developmental assessments and therapeutic services for at-risk, underserved children living throughout Orange County. The organization is located in Irvine.
- Homefront America, Inc. ($2,500): Supports service members and their loved ones during time of need such as deployments. The organization is based in San Juan Capistrano.
- South County Outreach ($5,000): Housing and support services provided to children in the organization’s transitional housing including food, children’s programs and childcare. The organization is based in Irvine.
- FRIENDS of Cabrillo Marine Aquarium ($5,000): Youth marine science and conservation and education outreach programs. The organization is based in San Pedro.
- Irvine Children’s Fund ($5,000): Before and after school child care for low-income children in transitional kindergarten through sixth grade in the Irvine Unified School District.
- Special Olympics Southern California, Inc. – Orange County Region ($7,500): Increase programs in schools and participation in Special Olympics. The organization is located in Long Beach, and serves all communities in Orange County.
- EnCorps, Inc. (DBA EnCorps STEM Teachers Program) ($5,000): STEM Teachers program will help close the gap for in demand qualified STEM teachers in underserved secondary schools. The organization is based in Los Angeles with offices at the Sherry Lansing Foundation, and serves all communities in Orange County and Los Angeles County.
- Make-A-Wish Orange County and the Inland Empire ($5,000): Grant wishes of computers and laptops, visiting the snow, meeting an idol or other wish. The organization is based in Irvine, and serves all communities in Orange County and the Inland Empire.
- The Ecology Center ($7,500): Experiential programming for schools to help children learn science and ecology through project-based lessons. The organization is located in San Juan Capistrano.
- CampMed at UCI ($5,000): Funding for a three-day camp through the University of California, Irvine that includes CPR certification and workshops. The organization is located in Irvine.
- Ocean Institute ($10,000): Underserved students will participate in hands-on learning opportunities in STEM fields. The organization is based in Dana Point.
The 2018 grant awards for Orange County organizations were part of a larger initiative by Cox Charities, which issued $155,000 to 28 nonprofit organizations throughout Southern California.
About Cox Charities
Funded by employee payroll donations that are matched by the company, Cox Charities provides support to communities in Cox Communications’ service area by awarding scholarships to high school seniors and grants to non-profit organizations. A volunteer advisory board of Cox employees oversees the foundation and its giving programs.