Maps Credit Union Honors its Educator Roots by Supporting Local Schools

12/15/2020

The Maps Community Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Maps Credit Union, is giving Oregon schools $34,600 raised by members who opened checking accounts.

The funds 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 Foundation. Schools will receive the funds this month.

Members selected 119 schools in 33 districts to receive funds. With nearly half of Maps members calling the Salem area home, it is no surprise that more than half 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. Outside the valley, 14 local private schools and 26 public schools 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 instruction to virtual learning this year.

In addition, school officials are finding that many of their students whose parents lost their jobs in recent months are struggling and need help with basic necessities like 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 online 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, our incredible schools need support now more than ever before.” 

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