About the Fund

CERF assistance is being extended to help employees and their families with unexpected financial hardships brought on by the COVID-19 virus.  Read more about the extension and apply for aid.  


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 $10 million dollars to aid more than 4,500 employees. Learn More > 


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Illness or Injury

Cox offers competitive and comprehensive health insurance to employees. But a catastrophic injury or rare illness can have a ripple effect through an employee’s life and create financial burdens generally not covered by any health plan.

Examples of how CERF can help:

  • Modifications to a home or automobile to accommodate an injury or illness that results in paralysis, loss of mobility or reduced capacity.
  • Airfare, hotel, or other travel expenses to enable treatment by a specialist for a rare condition. This support can include immediate family members.
  • Rent or mortgage payments.
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Loss of a Family Member

Basic funeral expenses can run into thousands of dollars. And in our mobile society, most of us live apart from our extended families.

Examples of how CERF can help:

  • Funeral expenses for an employee, spouse or domestic partner, child or parent of an employee.
  • Travel expenses or other accommodations for an employee to attend a funeral service of a spouse or domestic partner, child, siblings, parent or grandparent of an employee.
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Major Disasters

The Cox Employee Relief Fund can help employees recover from a tornado, fire, earthquake, snowstorm, or flood. Disasters can destroy homes and create major life disruptions.

Examples of how CERF can help:

  • Hotel expenses for short-term stays.
  • Rental cars to get employees to work and kids to school.
  • Clothing and lost school supplies.
  • Basic household necessities including furniture, kitchenware, and and linens.
  • Home insurance deductibles.