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Cox Charities, a philanthropic subdivision of Cox Communications, awarded roughly $80,000 in grants to 11 San Diego County nonprofits Tuesday for their service to county residents.

The nonprofits, located throughout the county, will use the grant funding for programs supporting youth, education, conservation and military veteran support. An advisory board of Cox Communications employees reviewed applications for the grants and selected the winners.

Four grant recipients — Access Youth Academy, Boys to Men Network Inc., Feeding San Diego and Veterans Transition Support — received $10,000, the largest grant dispersed by Cox. Access Youth Academy provides academic support for low-income youth in San Diego County while the Boys to Men Network offers mentorships focusing on social skill development and emotional wellness and maturity.

Feeding San Diego and Veterans Transition Support both serve San Diego’s military population, helping active-duty personnel, veterans and their families by providing job training to transitioning service members and food to families in need.

La Maestra Family Clinic in City Heights will enhance its educational curriculum for at-risk youth with its $9,814 grant, while Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County will support its mentoring program for children with a parent in the military with its $7,500 grant.

The Autism Tree Project Foundation, Paralyzed Veterans of America Cal- Diego Chapter, Special Olympics of Southern California-San Diego Region and Urban Growth all received $5,000 grants for their veterans and educational programs. United Through Reading received $3,000 for its program providing recordings of storybook readings by San Diego military members to San Diego children.

The grants are funded by employee payroll donations and matched by the company, according to Cox. The employee advisory board oversees Cox Charities and its philanthropic efforts.

–City News Service

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