2021 Partnership Projects
Willamette Career Academy: The area’s newest Career Technical Education Center opened in Fall 2021 in the old Toys R Us location on Lancaster. Our $25,000 capital campaign contribution will bring more hands-on career technical education to our region—continuing our commitment to improving educational outcomes. When fully built out, WCA will offer six CTE programs including Health Services, Diesel Mechanics, Cosmetology, Manufacturing, Construction, and Information Technology—giving hundreds of rural students the opportunity to explore and engage in learning skills for high demand careers. Our Maps VP of IT is serving on the Industry Advisory Committee for the IT program that will open in 2022, and we look forward to having the IT classroom named for Maps.
Family YMCA of Marion and Polk Counties: Given the Y’s long history in Salem, Maps is proud to be a key community partner in the construction of the new 51,000 square foot downtown facility set to open in 2022. It will include a new aquatics center, redesigned childcare and youth development rooms, expanded workout facilities, a new regulation size gymnasium, as well as a community café. The rooftop terrace and running track will be amazing! We know this new space will contribute to a thriving community for decades to come. Our $50,000 gift over two years reflects our commitment to community vibrancy.
Boys & Girls Club of Salem, Marion and Polk Counties: MCF is proud to have given $25,000 toward the construction of the new Epping Homestead Boys and Girls Club Branch that will be located in NE Salem directly across from our Chemeketa Branch. The Clubhouse will serve up to 200 kids per day—providing tools and services to improve kids’ health (mental, dental, nutrition); educational support to help kids succeed in school; and opportunities for vulnerable kids and teens, including youth of color and low-income families, to build employable skills and improve life outcomes. The education classroom within the Club will be named for Maps and we look forward to being a long-term partner, providing both financial education and mentorship.
2020 Partnership Project:
Gilbert House Children’s Museum in Salem
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.