Maps Credit Union Honored for Social Responsibility and Community Service

Oct 19, 2018

TACOMA, Wash. — Salem, Ore.-based Maps Credit Union has received a Credit Union Movement award for social responsibility and community service. Named for a co-founder of the North American Credit Union Movement — Dora Maxwell — the award was presented Oct. 18 during the Northwest Credit Union Association’s (NWCUA) annual MAXX Convention in Tacoma. NWCUA represents more than 180 credit unions in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. 

The Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Community Service Award honors exceptional efforts to improve people’s lives through community outreach programs. Last year, Maps Credit Union awarded $10,000 in grants to the local K-12 education community through its Teacher Grant Program. Ten teachers in Oregon’s Marion and Polk counties were given $1,000 each for educational programs.   

Teachers who applied were asked to submit a video, describing their needs and explain how students would benefit from the grant. 

The public voted to select 10 winners. Community engagement was strong, with 3,244 votes registered from 26 states and four counties.

“The teachers who applied for grants had excellent ideas and inspired students to be heavily involved in the video application,” said Mitzi Smith, Community Development Officer, Maps Credit Union. “Grants were awarded for programs such as providing critical teaching tools educational field trips, and supplies for teaching students important life skills such as a growing and selling food.” 

The funding for the program is raised through Maps Credit Union’s Free Community Checking account. Maps invest a penny in the community each time an account holder uses their debit card.” 

The Teacher Grant program impacted more than 4,390 students. 

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