Cox Charities, the philanthropic arm of Cox Communications, Las Vegas, awarded a $10,000 grant to the LGBTQ Center of Southern Nevada to aid in the Center’s addition of a self-sustaining pharmacy to its HIV / STD Testing Clinic.
Located at 301 S. Maryland Pkwy., the Center serves as a neighborhood resource for the Las Vegas valley’s LGBTQ community, local residents and the transient homeless population. In addition to its testing, education, advocacy, mental health and social services, it provides free meeting spaces for LGBTQ groups and organizations and operates as a cultural and social hub.
The Cox Charities grant goes to services that will become part of developing the Arlene Cooper Community Health Center, which was named this year in a Jan. 31 ceremony for the beloved longtime employee and LGBTQ ally who died in 2018.
The Cooper Center will house the existing MGM Resorts International Health and Wellness Clinic providing services made worse by the COVID-19 pandemic, which the Center says has disproportionately affected LGBTQ+ people and, in particular, LGBTQ+ people of color.
“We are grateful to Cox Communications for their continued support of The Center,” says John Waldron, CEO of The Center. “People in the LGBTQ community face many challenges when accessing healthcare. This grant will help us improve the quality of life for LGBTQ persons and the vulnerable populations we serve from our downtown location.”
Cox Charities’ $10,000 grant to the Center follows an earlier announcement that Cox Business and the Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce Nevada partnered to offer two $5,000 cash prizes to small business that are members of the GLCCNV.
For more information about the LGBTQ Center of Southern Nevada, visit https://www.thecenterlv.org.