Maps Honors its Educator Roots by Supporting Local Schools

Dec 8, 2020

Foundation Gives nearly $35,000 to 119 Schools Selected by Members -
 
(SALEM, Ore., Dec. 8, 2020) – The Maps Community Foundation will give Oregon schools $34,600 raised by Maps Credit Union members opening checking accounts.
 
The gifts, which will be awarded this month, were made possible by a Maps promotion that invited every member opening a new checking account in October to choose a K-12 school in Oregon to receive $100 from the Maps Community Foundation, the charitable arm of the credit union.
 
Members selected 119 schools in 33 districts to receive their gifts. With nearly half of Maps members calling the Salem area home, it is no surprise that more than half, or $18,600, of the total raised will go to 50 schools in the Salem-Keizer School District. Several other local school districts in the Mid-Willamette Valley, including Central, Cascade, Silver Falls, Santiam Canyon, North Santiam, and Woodburn will share approximately $10,000. Fourteen local private schools and 26 public schools outside the valley will receive the rest.
 
The donations could not have come at a better time. Oregon schools have had to upgrade technology and adjust curriculum as they pivoted from on-campus to online instruction after the pandemic led to the closure of school campuses this year.
 
In addition, school officials are finding that many of their students whose parents lost their jobs during the pandemic are struggling and need help with basics such as food and clothing.
 
“This type of flexible funding is greatly needed,” said Scott Pillar, Director of Fiscal Services for the Cascade School District. The $1,800 his district is receiving from the Foundation “will be used wisely by our principals to buy things like shoes or clothing for students in need, or for additional on-line learning supplies such as Chrome books.”
 
Maps created the campaign to support area schools as well as to honor those who founded the financial institution 85 years ago. The credit union started in a classroom in Salem Senior High School, now North Salem High School, in 1935, when 17 teachers pledged to support each other financially by pooling their resources, which they kept in a shoebox.
 
“We are proud to be honoring our roots and supporting our schools during this challenging year,” said Kim Hanson, Executive Director of the Maps Community Foundation. “We know that this extra support will help each school to meet its students’ unique needs.”
 
Jordan Young, Director of Sales and Service at Maps, said he is proud to work for a credit union that gives back to the community.
 
“With the challenges brought on this year by the pandemic,” he said, “our incredible schools need support now more than ever before.”
 
Maps supports teachers and students in many ways, including scholarships, teacher grants, and Career Technical Education partnerships. Find details at mapscu.com
 
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Maps Community Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Maps Credit Union, a member-owned financial cooperative with 69,000 members and 9 branch locations in Salem, Keizer, Monmouth, Woodburn, Silverton, and Stayton. The mission of the Maps Community Foundation is to “enrich the lives of members and our community by investing in education, economic empowerment, and community vibrancy.” Programs include student scholarships, teacher and community grants, financial education, and nonprofit event sponsorship. The Foundation is funded through Maps Credit Union, which invests one penny each time a member swipes a Maps Free Community Checking debit card. In 2019, members generated more than $94,000 to be distributed locally through the Maps Community Foundation.

Contact:
Kim Hanson, Executive Director, Maps Community Foundation
office: 503-588-0181 x5752; cell: 503-881-4388; email: [email protected]