On May 23, more than 550 team members from Cox Automotive took part in a day of service that included assembling 150 hydroponic and solar kits and building 60 robots for the two local chapters of Girls Inc. A $10,000 cash donation was also provided for each of the chapters, along with $15,000 in in-kind gifts which the employees assembled on-site.
North Texas was the latest stop on the 34 by 2034 Act to Impact Tour, which is a comprehensive social impact initiative launched by Cox Enterprises with the goal of empowering 34 million people to live more prosperous lives by 2034, by taking meaningful action in communities where the company’s employees live and work. Cox Automotive is a subsidiary of Cox Enterprises.
Girls Inc. offers programs that encourage health, education, career readiness and independence. The organization advocates for girls and their futures to reduce barriers in their lives that stem from violence, poverty and inequity that they encounter at home, at school, in relationships, online or in their community.
“We are grateful to Cox and their employees for their commitment to STEAM education and their generous contributions to Girls Inc.,” said Beth Myers, CEO of Girls Inc. Metropolitan Dallas. “With the help of partners like Cox, we can inspire more girls in the Dallas area to overcome serious barriers, enhance their education, and help put them on a path toward strong careers and lasting success.”
The nation-wide events focused on six key areas where Cox has the tools and knowledge to make an impact: technology access, access to lifelong education, employment skills, social equity, environmental sustainability and good health. At each stop, local Cox employees provide volunteer support with Cox Enterprises making a major donation to a charity in the community.
“Cox’s purpose is to build a better future for the next generation,” said Maury Wolfe, vice president of corporate responsibility and social impact at Cox Enterprises. “The resources provided to Girls, Inc. will positively impact these girls to grow into young women who are confident, courageous and prepared to make a positive difference in their lives, their families and in the world, and helping us get one step closer to our goal.”
The tour featured a customized Airstream trailer that doubled as a digital recording studio to capture stories from Cox employees, as well as the benefiting organizations and the people they serve. Their stories will be included on the Journey to 34 by 34 interactive website launching later this year and a multimedia display in the company’s corporate museum at its Atlanta headquarters.