Maps Community Foundation
The Maps Community Foundation was created in 2010 to support lifelong learning and economic development throughout our community and to bring together the credit union’s philanthropic efforts. The Foundation builds community partnerships, works with youth to provide guidance for the future, funds college scholarships, and engages in cooperative efforts that strengthen our community.
Maps has partnered with schools to deliver education about managing personal finance, with non-profit agencies that teach youth entrepreneurial skills, with local Chambers of Commerce to increase the vitality of the business community, and with service organizations.
Support the Foundation
Read more about the programs the foundation supports below, then help support those programs through cutouts and See's Candy purchases in our branches and by choosing the Maps Community Foundation when you shop through AmazonSmile.
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Mini-grants to Teachers
Since 2012, Maps has offered grants of up to $250 each to fund school projects and programs for teachers. Applications are accepted from Salem-Keizer, Monmouth-Independence, Silver Falls, North Santiam, and Woodburn School Districts. Priority is given to projects that promote financial education and college preparedness.
Check back for more information about the 2016 grants.
High School Finance Programs
A cornerstone of Maps’ community involvement efforts is our high school branch program. Since 1995, Maps has operated student-run credit union branches in Salem high schools. Students at North Salem, McKay, and West Salem High Schools are educated in all areas of professional branch operations during regular business classes. These students then run the branches, handling transactions for teachers and classmates during school lunch hours.
This program helps approximately 60 students each year to gain practical business skills, earn internships at Maps full-service branches, and develop professional skills that pay off later in life.
Credit Unions for Kids Campaign
The Credit Unions for Kids campaign benefits children's hospitals and clinics in Oregon and Southwest Washington. For more than a decade, Maps employees have worked to raise and donate funds to organizations such as Doernbecher Children's Hospital. Annually, Maps contributions generate about $10,000 while the cooperative efforts of more than 100 credit unions have raised more than $8 million for Doernbecher alone.
Some projects funded have included pediatric ICU rooms, endowed teaching and chairman positions, and the new hospital, in which the 7th floor has been named the Credit Unions for Kids Outpatient Clinics. Additionally, funds have been donated to pediatric units at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eugene and Rogue Valley Medical Center in Medford.
Food Box Service
Each holiday season, Maps employees pool their resources to donate food boxes to many of the school districts we serve. These schools then distribute the boxes to provide holiday meals for families needing the extra support during a busy and sometimes stressful time of year.
If you would like to donate to the Maps Community Foundation to increase our capacity to provide funding to local teachers, please mail a check to Maps Community Foundation, PO Box 12398, Salem, OR 97309. Please contact Mitzi Smith at [email protected] with any questions or concerns.