Cox Communications employees award $16,000 to Gulf Coast non-profits

Cox Communications employees award $16,000 to Gulf Coast non-profits.
Cox Communications employees award $16,000 to Gulf Coast non-profits.

Cox Communications employees in the Gulf Coast Market have awarded $16,000 to local non-profits through the Cox Charities Community Investment grant program. Over a dozen applications were received from local organizations seeking funding for various programs. After much deliberation, Cox employees who serve on the Cox Charities Selection Committee awarded the grants to the following four organizations:

  • One Hopeful Place received $5,000 to provide services at the Homeless Cold Night Program in Fort Walton Beach.

  • Ronald McDonald House of Northwest Florida received $2,500 to assist their Hope for Hurting Families program which provides housing for families while a child is receiving medical care at the Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Ascension Sacred Heart.

  • YMCA of Northwest Florida was granted $5,000 for YReads, an afterschool reading remediation and mentoring program for at-risk and low-income children in kindergarten through fourth grade.

  • Valerie’s House was awarded $3,500 for No Child Grieves Alone, a free grief support program dedicated to helping children and their families share, grieve, and heal from their losses.

Cox Charities is an internal giving campaign where employees can set aside a portion of their paychecks to fund the local grants. Money donated by employees in the Gulf Coast Market stays in the Gulf Coast Market. A committee of nine employees reviewed over a dozen applications and selected the recipients.


Baptist Health Care, construction project partners and other local companies help ‘Keep Pensacola Beautiful’ during past Clean Your Block event.
Baptist Health Care, construction project partners and other local companies help ‘Keep Pensacola Beautiful’ during past Clean Your Block event.

Keep Pensacola Beautiful hosts Clean Your Block initiative

Keep Pensacola Beautiful will be hosting Clean Your Block as part of the Great American Cleanup at two new locations this year.

Clean Your Block is a neighborhood beautification initiative, in which volunteers provide cleanup assistance to a focused area within Escambia County. The first event will take place at Legion Field, 1301 W. Gregory St., on Saturday and the second event will take place at Greater Little Rock Baptist Church, 901 North A St., on Saturday, March 26.

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Volunteers will meet at their designated locations between 9 a.m. and noon and be sent out in groups to remove litter from assigned parts of the neighborhood. Make plans to stick around after the cleanup for a free lunch with a live DJ at the volunteer after party.

Anyone may sign up for this event on KPB's VolunteerMatch event page or show up on the day of. Those younger than 15 years of age must have a guardian present to participate. Participants are asked to wear closed toe shoes and bring a reusable water bottle. Keep Pensacola Beautiful will provide all cleanup supplies.

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400 Paws awards grants to area animal rescue organizations

400 Paws Inc., a nonprofit organization started in 2014 that awards grants to area animal rescues, will be awarding four more grants of $5,500 each at their awards ceremony at 6 p.m. Thursday at 1147 Creighton Road, making their overall total of grants given $105,400.

The grant funds are raised though individual yearly memberships. These individuals donate $400 to the fund, and there is a voting process for the members to choose from the applications received from the area animal rescues.

400 Paws Inc. is based in Escambia County, but also reaches out to the neighboring counties of Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton. The organization is currently accepting memberships for their 2022-2023 year and hopes to exceed previous years totals so more animals can be helped.

They also have a pet food pantry and other programs to help financially assist Escambia County residents with their pet’s basic veterinary care. They hold a winter shelter workshop each year to make feral cat shelters and collect blankets for dogs.

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Waterfront celebrates new LifeBuilder Recovery Center

Waterfront is celebrating the new LifeBuilder Recover Center with an outdoor ribbon cutting at 10 a.m. Thursday at 380 W. Herman St.

For years, Waterfront has been on a mission to create a long-term solution to pro-actively help men in our community overcome addiction in a sustainable way. Last year, a plan was set in motion to convert a former office building into a functioning living space for men seeking help to conquer their addiction.

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The new LifeBuilder Recovery center features bedrooms, a kitchen, offices, and a recreational area. The 90-day LifeBuilder Recovery program helps men overcome life-dominating obstacles through faith-based curriculum and counseling while also offering long-term sustainability. Men are offered affordable housing, career development, and life skills to be able to live independently.

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Oakfield Neighborhood Cleanup set for Friday

The next neighborhood cleanup will take place in Oakfield on Friday. This is a chance for residents to dispose of items such as old furniture, appliances and household waste free of charge. Yard debris is eligible for removal during this cleanup.

Only residents in the designated cleanup area can participate in the neighborhood cleanup. Have all items for pickup at the curb by 7 a.m. on the day of the cleanup. Items left at the curb outside of the cleanup area will not be collected. If you live in the targeted area, you will have received a postcard in the mail with more information.

Residents can view the boundaries of targeted cleanup areas as well as scheduled cleanup dates for 2022 on the Neighborhood Cleanup Interactive Map.

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