Submitted by Cox Enterprises
Cox’s people, customers and the communities we serve continue to feel the negative impacts from COVID-19. We want you to know that we’re here to help. The health and safety of our employees and customers is our top priority. Here are a few ways we’ve responded so far:
Our Cox Employee Relief Fund (CERF), which is funded by employees to help employees in a time of need, has expanded its scope to assist with unexpected financial hardships brought on by COVID-19.
In addition to supporting employees with increased food expenses and lost wages due to mandated curfews, lockdowns, layoffs or business closures, CERF will also help with travel and lodging for college-age children impacted by campus closings.
We’ve also expanded our healthcare benefits by including free and reduced cost access to virtual doctor visits and the ability to have prescriptions refilled early and delivered for free. Cox employees who can perform their jobs effectively from home are doing so at least until May 1, and all interviews for open positions are being conducted 100% virtually.
Our businesses are adjusting to safely serve our customers without disruption:
Manheim auto auctions has implemented a simulcast-only sales environment at all locations that remain open, based on state-mandated operations regulations. Sales will continue as scheduled, and cars will be staged on lots. However, no cars will run through the lanes and no clients will be permitted into the lanes to bid on cars. Read more updates from Cox Automotive and its businesses.
The James M. Cox Foundation is providing millions to purchase equipment to make COVID-19 diagnostic testing more readily available in our communities, while inside our customers’ homes, Cox Communications is helping families in need stay connected to the internet through our Connect2Compete program. We’ve fast-tracked qualifications and increased speeds for those who qualify.
At Cox, our Purpose is to Empower People Today to Build a Better Future for the Next Generation. This has never been more important than now. And our vision — our greatest people working together to solve the most pressing problems of the time — has never been more relevant.
To stay up to date with all we're doing during the COVID-19 pandemic, please see our dedicated page.
Cox Enterprises is one of the nation's leading media companies and providers of automotive services, with 2006 revenues of $13.2 billion and more than 80,000 employees. Major operating subsidiaries include Cox Communications, Inc. (cable television distribution, telephone, high-speed Internet access, commercial telecommunications, advertising solutions and Travel Channel); Cox Newspapers, Inc. (newspapers, local and national direct mail advertising and customized newsletters); Cox Television (television and television sales rep firms); Cox Radio, Inc. ([NYSE: CXR] broadcast radio stations and interactive Web sites); Manheim, Inc. (vehicle auctions, repair and certification services and web-based technology products) and Cox Auto Trader (automotive publications and a majority stake in AutoTrader.com).
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