Nelsonville, OH – CSX has made a $5,000 gift to the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio (FAO) to support FAO’s work to ensure that every child in Appalachian Ohio has access to the educational opportunities needed for success.
“CSX is committed to being a positive influence in the communities we serve,” said Rusty Orben, Director of Public Affairs at CSX. “FAO has a proven track record of supporting the communities of Appalachian Ohio and providing the region’s students with the educational opportunities that are a vital component of any community’s health.”
Through its ICAN! Corporate Partnership, an extension of the Foundation’s signature I’m a Child of Appalachia campaign, the Foundation provides business members of the I’m a Child of Appalachia Network® the opportunity to invest in building FAO’s capacity to create educational and quality of life opportunities now and in the future. Other companies that, like CSX, are supporting FAO’s work to enhance available educational opportunities and raise the region’s levels of educational attainment include American Electric Power, Ohio CAT, AK Steel, Tata Sons Limited, Duke Energy, Oxford Mining, McNational, Inc., Grange Insurance, Diagnostic Hybrids, WesBanco, the Graham Family, Peoples Bank and Walmart.
“The Foundation for Appalachian Ohio welcomes CSX’s support,” said Cara Dingus Brook, President and CEO of FAO. “As a company with an established dedication to corporate social responsibility and community, they are contributing greatly to our educational and philanthropic efforts throughout the region.”
CSX, based in Jacksonville, Fla., is one of the nation’s leading transportation companies, providing rail, intermodal and rail-to-truck transload services. The company’s transportation network spans approximately 21,000 miles with service to 23 eastern states and the District of Columbia, and connects to more than 70 oceans, river and lake ports.
During its ten years of service, FAO has made a tremendous difference by developing tools and partnerships to combat regional problems, including investing over $1.3 million in grants and scholarships to meet unique needs and opportunities in communities across Appalachian Ohio.
The Foundation for Appalachian Ohio is a regional community foundation serving the 32 counties of Appalachian Ohio with the mission of enriching the region’s current and future quality of life. FAO’s I’m a Child of Appalachia® campaign is a program and partnership working to grow the financial and aspirational resources to support students’ educational endeavors and the teachers who are helping to shape and inspire their futures. For more information or to learn more about the I’m a Child of Appalachia® Network (ICAN!) to promote regional access to education, visit www.appalachianohio.org.