As Maps Community Foundation expands the scale of its give-back efforts, we plan to make larger investments in significant community projects, such as nonprofit capital campaigns and high-impact, collaborative initiatives.
Our first Impact Investment is a $25,000 contribution to the Gilbert House Children’s Museum in Salem for their new Bubble Exhibit, known as Bill’s Bubble Factory, and the new ADA accessible outdoor play area, Nature’s Workshop. The Gilbert House’s mission is to: “inspire children to learn through creative play” through interactive exhibits and engaging outdoor play spaces. Centrally located adjacent to Salem’s Riverfront Park, the Gilbert House welcomes over 95,000 visitors each year.
The Bubble exhibit, always a community favorite, was available from the Gilbert House’s opening in 1989 until a water leak forced it to close in 2012. Maps is proud to be one of the community partners that is bringing back this wonderful hands-on exhibit.
The current Outdoor Discovery Area was built by over 6,500 volunteers in 18 days in 1998. An impressive community feat! A generation of children have enjoyed running, playing, and learning on this one-of-a-kind outdoor playground, but it has reached the end of its life. The new Nature’s Workshop will include interactive exhibits and give children a natural outdoor play setting, while preserving the iconic Erector Set maze that children have loved climbing and sliding down for over twenty years. We look forward to seeing many generations of Maps members enjoy the Gilbert House and all it has to offer for years to come.