FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Jan. 27, 2017
Contact: Krysta Watts at 225-241-1560, or Livingston Parish Assessor Jeff Taylor at 225-921-1554 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Jeremy Theriot at 225-273-5167 or email@example.com.
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Assess the Need Receives Donation from
Cox Communications Employees
BATON ROUGE, La. – Cox Communications recently awarded Assess the Need, Livingston Parish’s annual school supply campaign, a $2,500 grant in its first-ever awarding of funds through Cox Charities, an employee-funded 501(c)(3) organization.
Branded under the theme, “Give Where You Live,” the employee-giving campaign launched last fall. The campaign stipulated that dollars raised in each market would stay in the market in which they were generated. Funds raised by local Baton Rouge employees, paid through payroll deductions, were earmarked for programs within Ascension, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberville, Livingston and West Baton Rouge parishes.
“Cox Charities is both funded and guided by employees,” said Anthony Pope, senior vice president and region manager for Cox Southeast region. “A local team of 12 dedicated employees read through every application and determined how the dollars would be invested back into the communities we serve. Our company and our employees are passionate about supporting programs that positively impact where we do business.”
Livingston Parish Assessor Jeff Taylor, sponsor and founder of Assess the Need, thanked the employees of Cox Communications for giving back to their communities and for selecting his program to receive the benefits.
“Each year, Assess the Need helps thousands of students in Livingston Parish receive the school supplies they need to be successful in the classroom. Each year, we are faced with the challenge of meeting a growing need, and each year we are blessed to have generous community members and businesses step forward and help,” Taylor said.
Assess the Need recently completed its 16th consecutive campaign, providing nearly 3,000 students with school supplies at the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year. The charitable organization was also called into action just days later to help collect donations for supplies and classroom resources following the flood on August 12-13, 2016.
“We are very grateful to employees of Cox Communications for investing in our students, who are the future of our parish; especially at this time when so many families are still hurting from the loss and devastation of the floods in August,” Taylor said.
“It is the generosity we receive from our community members and area businesses that continue to make our program a success, which in turn allows our students to be a success in the classroom and in life,” Taylor added.
According to Pope, Cox Charities was created to strengthen Cox communities by supporting programs in the areas of education, technology, social issues, conservation and the arts. More than $42,000 was distributed by the Baton Rouge area in the form of Community Investment Grants and Innovation in Education Grants.
Those organizations in the Greater Baton Rouge that received Community Investment Grant Program were: Assess the Need; Baton Rouge Black Alcoholism Council’s Metro Health; Crisis Intervention Center; Family Services of Greater Baton Rouge; Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank; Habitat for Humanity of Greater Baton Rouge; Kids Orchestra; Sexual Trauma Awareness & Response (STAR); The Emerge Center; and Volunteers in Public Schools (VIPS). Those winners of the Innovation in Education grans were Baton Rouge Center for Visual and Performing Arts (BRVPA); Baton Rouge Magnet High School; Broadmoor High School; Claiborne Elementary School; and Park Forest Middle School.
“Our employees had a very difficult time making their award decisions. There are so many worthwhile organizations in Baton Rouge and we saw some very innovative classroom ideas as well. We encourage those who weren’t selected in 2016 to try again next year,” continued Pope.
For more information about Cox Charities, visit www.CoxCharitiesSoutheast.com. For more information on Assess the Need, visit www.AssessTheNeed.com or Like the Assess the Need Facebook page. The Assess the Need program is a registered charitable organization, and all donations are eligible for tax deductions.