Maps Community Foundation Lends Helping Hand to Local Nonprofits During Pandemic
As of July 2020, the foundation has awarded $78,000 to 34 organizations in the area.
Since the beginning of March, Maps Community Foundation, the member-supported philanthropic arm of Maps Credit Union, based in Salem, Oregon, has distributed $78,000 to 34 nonprofits assisting Mid-Valley area residents in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis.
“We care deeply about the community,” said Kim Hanson, Maps Community Foundation Executive Director. “As soon as the pandemic hit, we knew we needed to get emergency funds out to nonprofit organizations working on the front lines in Marion and Polk counties.”
As part of the first wave of giving, the foundation awarded unsolicited emergency grants of $2,500 to eight organizations:
- AWARE Food Bank Woodburn
- Marion-Polk Food Share
- Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency – ARCHES Program
- Polk County Service Integration Team
- Santiam Service Integration Program
- Silverton Area Community Aid
- United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley
“As schools and workplaces closed, our local nonprofits were inundated with requests for emergency food boxes, supplies, and financial assistance,” said Hanson. “We selected these groups because they knew where the greatest needs were in our community and how best to help. We wanted to support their efforts as quickly as possible.”
To broaden its efforts after the initial emergency grants were issued, the foundation established the Maps Community Recovery Fund.
“Once it became clear that we were only at the beginning of the crisis, we wanted to do more,” said Hanson. “Through the Maps Community Recovery Fund, we have been able to provide support to an even wider range of organizations, using a responsive and equitable process.”
Applications were accepted on a rolling basis, with Hanson and three Maps employees reviewing requests weekly so that funds could be issued right away. In the last few months, awards from $500 to $2,500 have been made to a diverse group of organizations providing a range of vital services.
Grants were earmarked for a variety of purposes, from helping organizations continue services while social distancing, to providing emergency food assistance and supporting children, families, and individuals experiencing homelessness, abuse, anxiety, or depression exacerbated by isolation and stress. Some grants helped off-set revenue losses due to canceled events and fundraisers.
“Community giveback is a key priority of Maps and the Foundation,” said Hanson. “Our hope is that these grants have made a real difference to local nonprofits and their ability to meet the rising need.”
ARCHES, a program of the Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency, received an emergency grant of $2,500 to address the impacts of COVID-19 and provide services for the unsheltered.
“We are thankful for the support provided by Maps Community Foundation,” said Program Director, Ashley Hamilton. “These are hard times for everyone. Maps’ confidence in us to supply basic needs services to our most vulnerable neighbors speaks not only to their generosity, but also their heart.”
As of July 2020, the following organizations have received grant funds:
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