Cox Charities this week awarded at least $23,500 in grants to nonprofit organizations serving Maricopa. 

Andrea Katsenes, Cox Charities spokesperson, said in a news release the groups receiving grants were Treasures for Teachers, $10,000; Saving Amy, $5,000; and STEP Student Expedition Program, $3,500. 

Treasures for Teachers grants provide Maricopa teachers with dollars for school supplies to low-income students. 

Saving Amy Kids Go Program serves Maricopa, providing a year-round mentoring and tutoring program with high school students as positive role models who establish strong relationships with much younger students. 

Cox Charities also funded grants in Maricopa for the Student Expedition Program, or STEP, for its college preparation Alaska Leadership Expedition Program. 

Other organizations that could benefit from Cox Charities grants in Maricopa are Salvation Army, Arizona Ballet, Make A Wish Foundation, the Be Kind Project, Southwest Development, National Kidney Foundation and Gabriel’s Angels, Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Arizona and Arizona Burn Foundation. 

Cox employees raised $637,810, which was distributed to 130 Arizona nonprofits and organizations this year. For Cox Charities, that represents a 10% increase in giving, Katsenes said. 

Cox employs 3,100 Arizonans, many of whom live and work in Maricopa. 

Cox employees, through Cox Charities, have raised money for 27 years to help the communities in which they live and work.  

Cox Arizona employees in Pinal, Yavapai, Maricopa, Pima and Cochise counties have raised nearly $10.5 million and awarded grants to 1,851 Arizona nonprofit organizations since 1996.  

Cox Charities grants help Arizona nonprofits that align with the company’s focus areas: education, diversity, environment and sustainability. 

Most of the funds come from employee-driven fundraisers, donations by the employees, and their families, Katsenes said.