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Maps Community Foundation

The Maps Community Foundation was created to support lifelong learning and economic development throughout our community. This gives our members and our employees the chance to pool individual contributions to make a difference in the lives of their neighbors. The Foundation builds community partnerships, works with local youth to provide guidance for the future, funds college scholarships, and engages in cooperative efforts that strengthen our community.

Historically, 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 of all types.

Our commitment to the community leads us to continuously seek opportunities to partner. If you or your organization is interested in joining forces with us to provide an opportunity for lifelong learning or economic development, please complete the following form to express your interest.

Partnership Application

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 Local Teachers

The Maps Community Foundation was created to support lifelong learning and economic development throughout our community and to bring together all of the credit union’s philanthropic efforts, including the mini-grant program.

Since 2012, Maps has offered small grants (maximum $250 per grant) to fund school projects and programs for local teachers. Applications will be accepted from Salem-Keizer, Monmouth-Independence, Silver Falls, North Santiam, and Woodburn School Districts. Priority will be given to projects that promote financial education and college preparedness.

To apply for a 2015 grant, complete the application

Congratulations to our 2014 Mini-grant recipients:

Stephanie Hodges, Straub Middle School
Megan Mucken, Kalapuya Elementary School
Karen Almquist, Howell Elementary School
Eryn Willow, Mark Twain Middle School
Sarah Bucholz, Sprague High School
Alison Kaiser, Salem Heights Elementary School
Jason Hohnbaum, Stayton Middle School
Amber Gardner, Sublimity Elementary School
Karen Anderson, Heritage Elementary School
San Juana Acosta, Washington Elementary School
Dusty Price, Woodburn High School
Chris BuCkley, Waldo Middle School
Laura Ziebart, Hammond Elementary School
Hope Mwaniki, Ash Creek Elementary School
Jessie Padilla, Ash Creek Elementary School
Martina Ochoa, Monmouth Elementary School
Tara Heikila, Parrish Middle School
Karen Hammerquist, Cummings Elementary School
Kristi Auvinen, Keizer Elementary School
Sarah Greco, Kennedy Elementary School
Deborah Jones, Weddle Elementary School
Lauren Stephenson, Whiteaker Elementary School

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2012 Annual Summary

Find out the projects and initiatives funded by the Maps Community Foundation in 2012 in the annual summary document.

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.


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