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Rancho Santa Margarita's Cox Cares grants $55,000 to nonprofits

Human Options received the $10,000 award for its community education and violence prevention program.

By Breanna MoorePublished: October 09, 2009 12:30 PM

Cox Cares recently donated $55,000 in grants to 10 nonprofits after the local community voted for their favorite organizations.

Of the 114 applications, the largest portion of the grant money – $10,000 – was awarded to Irvine-based Human Options. The organization specializes in assisting victims of domestic violence and putting an end to the domestic-violence cycle. The nonprofit was recognized for its community education and violence prevention program, Love is Not Supposed to Hurt.

“We are so grateful for Cox Cares and the many people who voted for our organization,” says Vivian Clecak, Human Options founder and CEO.

On Aug. 17, Cox Cares  – which was created by Rancho Santa Margarita-based Cox Communications to provide funds to local nonprofits – asked residents of Orange County, North Camp Pendleton and Palos Verdes to assist in choosing which organizations would be most deserving of grant money by casting their vote online. And Human Options, which offers services that provide safety for battered women and their children, long-term assistance and educational programs geared toward creating a safer community, garnered the most votes.

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