Maps.com Makes Charitable Donation to Schools in Iraq
Santa Barbara, CA
, April 12, 2006 — Santa Barbara based Maps.com is helping to improve education in the war-torn country of Iraq. Over the past several months, Maps.com has made several donations to schools in Baghdad. It was a joint effort with the non-profit organization Spirit of America, whose mission is to extend the goodwill of the American people and assist those advancing freedom, democracy, and peace abroad.
The educational system in Iraq has been neglected due to decades of political unrest and lacks many of the teaching resources, such as libraries, science labs, and basic learning materials. According to Spirit of America, among the first items the schools requested were up-to-date geography maps. Maps.com responded to the need, sending thousands of atlases and folded maps of the Middle East and Iraq to the region.
"Working with the incredibly helpful and committed people at Spirit of America made it easy for Maps.com to make donations of maps and atlases to Iraqi schools," says John Serpa, President and CEO of Maps.com. "The feedback we received through Spirit of America's Iraqi contacts was overwhelmingly positive and reinforced our decision to do this and hopefully through geography the Iraqi students will gain some feeling of world community."
Maps.com and Spirit of America hope their efforts to promote education for the children of Iraq will establish a bond of friendship and understanding between the young generation in Iraq and its counterpart in the US.
For more information on how you can donate, visit www.spiritofamerica.net
Founded in 1991, Santa Barbara based Maps.com is the industry's most comprehensive mapping services company with offerings in the business, consumer, and education marketplaces. Whether it's creating a regional wall map or planning a multi-stop travel route online, Maps.com strives to meet the mapping needs of today's digital era. Today, over 2 million monthly visitors, 8,500 U.S. Schools, and both small and large companies, such as Lowe's Home Improvement, Nextel, and AAA currently benefit from Maps.com's vast service offerings. For more information, visit