Patient engagement staff at the Chula Vista Family Health Center’s COVID-19 walk-up testing station prepare for the more than 100 tests they will help to administer throughout the day. Photo courtesy of Cox Communications.

Patient engagement staff at the Chula Vista Family Health Center’s COVID-19 walk-up testing station prepare for the more than 100 tests they will help to administer throughout the day. Photo courtesy of Cox Communications.

In response to the growing strain on hospitals and community organizations as the number of COVID-19 cases continue to climb, Cox Communications announced, in partnership with the James M. Cox Foundation, a granted total of $250,000 to two San Diego County nonprofits: the Monarch School and Family Health Centers of San Diego.

The James M. Cox Foundation is the charitable arm of Cox Enterprises, the parent company of Cox Communications.

“As our region continues to experience the challenges of COVID-19, Cox is committed to supporting our local nonprofits so they can continue the important work they do every day to address the needs in our community, whether it’s ensuring homeless youth have the technology and resources for their education and well-being, or providing quality health care to low-income families during the pandemic,” said Sam Attisha, senior vice president and region manager for Cox Communications. “We’re all in this together, and Cox is here for our community.”

Located in the Barrio Logan neighborhood in the city of San Diego, the Monarch School received a $150,000 grant to support crisis needs related to COVID-19 for their 300 K-12 students experiencing homelessness, including distance learning support (wireless hotspots and one on one academic tutoring) and basic needs including emergency housing, food assistance and mental health and therapy services for families.

“There has never been a more important time to support our students,” said Afira DeVries, CEO of Monarch School. “During these uncertain times, it’s critical that Monarch School continue to be a source of stability and hope for those we serve and we are very grateful to the James M. Cox Foundation for the generous grant to support these efforts.”

Family Health Centers of San Diego provides caring, affordable, high-quality healthcare and supportive services to everyone with a special commitment to uninsured, low-income and medically underserved persons. The nonprofit received a $100,000 grant to support their COVID-19 response efforts, focused on providing community testing at multiple sites across the county and processing over 1,000 tests per week. In addition to increasing access to testing, the funds will also support multi-language community education specific to COVID-19 and a plan to promote immunizations for those community members who are delaying health care services due to COVID-19 fears.

“We thank the James M. Cox Foundation for their generous support of our continued efforts to provide accessible, high-quality health care to our patients during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Fran Butler-Cohen, CEO of Family Health Centers of San Diego. “Our organizations share a dedication to supporting our communities and improving the quality of life for everyone, and this grant will help us continue to move that mission forward."

The James M. Cox Foundation is named in honor of Cox Enterprises’ founder and provides funding for capital campaigns and special projects in communities where the company operates. James M. Cox was Ohio’s first three-term governor and the 1920 Democratic nominee for president of the United States. The foundation concentrates its community support in several areas, including conservation and environment; early childhood education; empowering families and individuals for success; and health.