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“Tech Boosts” Program from Cox Communications Returns to Award $30K in Grants to Local Nonprofits

2/14/2020


Media Contact: LeVine Ross, lross@cuyahogacounty.us


Two Organizations – Including GiGi's Playhouse – Named as Recipients in 2020 Tech Boosts Program

PARMA, OH
– (February 13, 2020) – Despite the important work nonprofits and community organizations do in the communities they serve, many are lacking the modern technology tools needed to perform their missions to the fullest. To bridge this technology gap, Cox Communications today announced the 2020 recipients for its “Tech Boosts” program, which awards grants to nonprofit groups committed to investing in technology equipment for the betterment of its patrons and mission.

In Ohio, the company presented GiGi’s Playhouse Cleveland with a $15,000 Tech Boost grant. GiGi’s will use its grant to purchase high-tech devices ranging from light tables and tablet devices to fitness trackers and a silhouette cutting machine. The new equipment will help GiGi’s enhance its free, purposeful programs in ways that support learners with Down syndrome who thrive under a multi-sensory approach. In addition, the new equipment will reduce reliance on a handful of devices between volunteers and employees, a change that will allow GiGi’s team to be even more hands-on with program participants and more efficient in their instruction.

This marks the third year of the Cox Communications Tech Boosts program, and the mission remains the same: to invest in technology equipment and services that support a common goal of enriching the lives of community members and fulfilling their missions to the fullest. The company recognizes community organizations across its Northeast footprint, which includes Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Ohio.

“We are thrilled to be recognized as a 2020 Cox Communications Tech Boosts recipient,” said Lizz Maxwell, site coordinator, GiGi’s Playhouse Cleveland. “This injection of new equipment from the Tech Boosts program will undoubtedly help us enhance our therapeutic, educational, and career development programs and empower our participants and volunteers to explore new possibilities in education and training for the future.”

Other organizations receiving a 2020 Tech Boosts grant from Cox include the Boys and Girls Club of Meriden, Connecticut. All applicants are required to demonstrate how their request addresses community well-being in one of four focus areas: conservation and environment; early childhood education; empowering families and individuals for success; and community health.

“GiGi’s Playhouse is an organization that empowers people with Down syndrome and their families throughout Northeast Ohio by maximizing opportunities for daily achievement and lasting acceptance,” said Rob Brill, Cleveland market vice president, Cox Communications. “We are confident they will use their Tech Boost to enhance their programs and prepare our youth for the jobs of the future so that they can contribute in deeply meaningful ways.”

"GiGi’s Playhouse, located at 15316 Detroit Avenue, in my district, does excellent work in helping people with Downs Syndrome and their families to become productive citizens and fully accepted in our community. I am pleased to see GiGi’s Playhouse receive this grant from Cox Communications to enhance their technology capabilities,” states County Councilman Dale Miller.



About Cox Communications
Cox Communications is a broadband communications and entertainment company, providing advanced digital video, Internet, telephone and home security and automation services over its own nationwide IP network. The third-largest U.S. cable company, Cox serves approximately 6 million residences and businesses. Cox Business is a facilities-based provider of voice, video and data solutions for commercial customers, and Cox Media is a full-service provider of national and local cable spot and digital media advertising. Cox is known for its pioneering efforts in broadband, voice and commercial services, industry-leading customer care and its outstanding workplaces. For 10 years, Cox has been recognized as a best operator for women by Women in Cable Telecommunications; Cox has ranked among DiversityInc's Top 50 Companies for Diversity 13 times. More information about Cox Communications, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cox Enterprises, is available at www.cox.com and www.coxmedia.com.