ATLANTA, Aug. 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The Cox Employee Relief Fund (CERF), established hours after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina by members of the Cox family and the James M. Cox Foundation, announced today that it has surpassed $4 million in employee grants. More than 1,700 employees have received direct financial assistance from the fund since its inception a decade ago.
"CERF represents the best of our company's culture and values," said Cox Enterprises' Chairman Jim Kennedy. "Through CERF, support for our employees extends beyond the workplace and makes a meaningful difference in their lives when they face critical, financial hardship."
Over the years the Cox Employee Relief Fund has grown to become a 501(c)(3) charitable organization supported by employee donations. Its mission is to assist employees and their immediate families impacted by life's setbacks, including natural disasters, injury or illness, or loss of a family member. CERF has aided employees with funeral costs, unexpected medical bills and rebuilding their lives after natural disasters such as Hurricane Sandy.
"Cox employees have a long legacy of serving their communities," said Bob Jimenez, Cox Enterprises senior vice president, corporate communications and public affairs, and president of CERF. "The Cox Employee Relief Fund provides our employees with a means for helping one another in times of greatest need."
About the Cox Employee Relief Fund
The Cox Employee Relief Fund (CERF) is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to assisting Cox employees and their families impacted by natural disasters, injury or illness, or loss of a family member. Established in 2005, the Fund has distributed more than $4 million dollars to aid more than 1,700 employees. To learn more, visit CoxRelief.com.
About Cox Enterprises
Cox Enterprises is a leading communications, media and automotive services company. With revenues of more than $17 billion and approximately 50,000 employees, the company's major operating subsidiaries include Cox Communications (cable television distribution, high-speed Internet access, telephone, home security and automation, commercial telecommunications and advertising solutions); Cox Automotive (automotive-related auctions, financial services, media and software solutions); and Cox Media Group (television and radio stations, digital media, newspapers and advertising sales rep firms). The company's major national brands include Autotrader, Kelley Blue Book, Manheim, Savings.com and Valpak. To learn more about Cox's commitment to people, sustainability and our communities, please visit CoxCSRReport.com.
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