Maps Gives Back: 2022 Maps Community Awards
Published August 8, 2022
Join us in celebrating this year’s incredible group of award winners; 15 local individuals who inspire us in the way they give back generously to our community.
Every year, our Maps Community Foundation offers a chance for community members to nominate neighbors, friends or family members who contribute to a better Mid-Willamette Valley region.
The individuals selected through this nomination process each select a local nonprofit to receive a $1,000 grant. We also give the winning individuals a gift that celebrates our region and supports local businesses.
This year’s theme is “Make a Difference,” honoring those who help the Mid-Willamette Valley thrive. Continue reading to see stories about this year’s Maps Community Award winners.
Ash Creek Arts Center, Nancy Lodge
Nancy was a founding member of the Ash Creek Arts Center and has been a dedicated volunteer since it was founded in 2013. The Center proudly promotes the arts and inspires creativity in all, but especially disadvantaged children and young adults to increase their self-confidence.
Be Bold Ministries, Hailey Hulsey
Hailey is a fierce advocate for at-risk teens and homeless youth, working with the nonprofit HOME Youth Resource Center organization in Salem. Hailey is on a mission to find the homeless youth in Marion County and give them a hand up. She created Backbone—a youth action board to give youth experiencing homelessness a voice. Hailey chose Be Bold Ministries, because they have turned a stereotype into a masterpiece of hope, love, and acceptance.
Bridges Oregon, Chad Ludwig
Chad founded Bridges Oregon in 2017 as the only culturally specific and responsive nonprofit organization in Oregon to provide advocacy and accompaniment services to individuals who are Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing (DDBHH) in their heritage languages. As a Deaf and ASL user, Chad started Bridges Oregon to remove unnecessary barriers that many DDBHH individuals experience and improve their quality of life.
Bridgeway Recovery Services, Holly Perez
Bridgeway Recovery Services provides drug and alcohol treatment, substance abuse counseling, mental health therapy, and primary medical care. Holly has been a nurse for more than 15 years and assists with homeless shelters in the community. Holly chose Bridgeway Recovery Services where she is employed because the people who come to the nonprofit are brave, good people who are struggling.
Capaces Leadership Institute, Juan Navarro
Capaces Leadership Institute aims to increase leadership among communities and gives a voice to those who are systemically silenced. Juan is an academic advisor to low-income students at Oregon State University. Juan advocates for undocumented immigrants at the local, state, and national level; aiming to make the Oregon University System accessible and inclusive to the undocumented.
Celia’s College and Career Center at South Salem High School (Saxon Success Fund); Edie Frolichman
This Center was named for Celia Baculi, whose volunteer legacy ― and the center’s purpose ― is preparing our students to graduate from high school and be ready for what comes next. As a retired Federal Probation Officer who now volunteers with South Salem High School, Edie has seen first-hand what happens when young people have no one to believe in them, mentor them, guide them, or push them to become their better selves.
Elsinore Theater, Nancy Lindburg
At 86 years old, Nancy has been involved in Salem’s arts community for more than 50 years. Nancy has a special interest in art for the public, managing the Arts Commission Percent for Art in Public Places program from l978 to 1991. In 1984, Jim Mattingly painted the iconic mural Theatrical Landscape on the historic Elsinore Theatre and Nancy became involved in the preservation of the beloved Salem landmark, working with a dedicated group raising funds to repair and restore the mural.
Family Building Blocks; Trever Pfeifer
Trever’s generosity with his own time while encouraging employees to also support the community is greatly appreciated by his team at Pfeifer Roofing. Trever is a Salem native who believes in the Family Building Blocks mission to keep children safe and families together. Family Building Blocks provides care and a nursery dedicated to supporting families; helping parents form strong bonds with their children and increasing their readiness for the future.
Hope Station; Mike Kaser
Mike has volunteered at Hope Station for the past 11 years and has devoted countless hours toward this community resource for the working poor; doing everything from stocking shelves to driving vehicles for supplies and donations. Hope Station offers a variety of resources to community families in need, including groceries, various household items, clothing, and training classes.
North Willamette Habitat for Humanity; Stephanie Wells
Stephanie is a real estate agent known for being actively involved in the Woodburn area; including working to make Woodburn a safe place for the unsheltered population and assisting at building workshops at the local lumber store. Stephanie chose Habitat for Humanity because they put deserving families and individuals into homes close to their existing communities. This means children do not need to move schools, commute times to work are minimized, and the family can continue to build roots.
Salem Angels; Nora Deglow
Nora is a labor and delivery nurse, stepmom, dog mom and board member for Salem Angels. She is passionate about Salem Angels changing the lives of families across the Mid-Willamette Valley. As an advocate for women and children, Nora recognizes the importance of safe and healthy resources for families. By walking alongside these families and providing them with support and resources, we can change the future for each child experiencing foster care.
Salem Leadership Foundation’s CaPES program; Jackie Franke
Jackie is a semi-retired consultant who volunteers countless hours to help nonprofit organizations fulfill their missions. Salem Leadership Foundation’s CaPES program is a Community Partnership Team with a simple concept: every sector of town has individuals and organizations who want to plan and deploy meaningful projects to address the needs of their neighborhoods. Interested citizens pool their ideas, resources, and volunteer hours to implement successful strategies.
Santiam Canyon Wildfire Relief Fund, Deana Freres
Deana co-founded the Santiam Canyon Wildfire Relief Fund in response to the 2020 Labor Day fires that ravaged our community. Deana leads the SCWRF advisory committee in supporting the canyon with direct-to-survivor grants and is also on the Long-Term Recovery Group advocating for the rebuilding of the canyon and community resiliency.
Saxon Youth Football; AnneMarie DuFault
AnneMarie serves as the President of Saxon Youth Football, which she built from the ground up. The board has worked hard to make football accessible and affordable for all kids who want to play in the South Salem High School feeder area. Saxon Youth Football also works to create a culture of connectivity for the kids in our community through youth sports.
Seed of Faith Ministries, Wade Harris
Pastor Wade and Seed of Faith Ministries have served the Salem community for more than 25 years, including the creation of the Community Recovery and Wellness Living (CRAWL) program. CRAWL opens multiple transitional homes to provide opportunities for the unhoused to be sheltered. CRAWL and Pastor Harris also partner with the City of Salem, NAACP, Hope, Marion Polk Food Share, United Way, Arches, and more.
We want to thank everyone who nominated a community member, as well as all the individuals who work to make our community stronger. See more about the winners on the Maps Community Awards page. Find out more about the Maps Community Foundation on our website.