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1177 East Missouri Avenue

 ~ An Extension of Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust~

The Story
Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust supports organizations that enrich health, well-being, and opportunity for the people of Maricopa County, Arizona. The Trust concentrates its efforts in six areas: arts and culture, children, education, healthcare and medical research, older adults, and religious organizations. Piper Trust works side-by-side with nonprofits as a partner in developing solutions to pressing problems and strengthening quality of life. The Trust strives to be a vital part of Maricopa County, not only as a source of leadership and financial support, but as a neighbor sharing a lasting stake in the county’s future.

As such, Piper Trust’s location at 1202 E. Missouri Avenue affords the perfect setting and environment for the foundation to be truly embedded within the community it serves. When the 1177 property located adjacent to its offices (southwest corner of 12th Street and Missouri) became available—the Trust saw it as an ideal opportunity to add an extension location for its offices and enhance the neighborhood.

1177 E. Missouri beautifully honors Virginia Piper’s philanthropic commitment to improving quality of life and strengthening community. The location is home to two important efforts underway, which are also supported by many partners, they are:

  • readon-logoRead On Arizona—a public/private collaboration committed to building an early literacy system that improves language and literacy outcomes for Arizona’s children from birth through age eight.
  • EOL-logoEyes On Learning—a statewide initiative to ensure all children have effective vision screening and appropriate follow-up services that are essential to good health and learning success.

Special Features

  • A “Station of Service”—as a tribute to early origins of the property (at one time it was the site of a “Flying A” service station)—passersby can refill water bottles (or dog bowls), bike tires, or charge a cell phone at the “station of service.”
  • A “Little Library”—to encourage literacy among all ages, neighbors are free to “take a book and/or leave a book” or share a poem at the 1177 Little Library. Learn more about the growing “Little Library Movement” at:
  • “Community Voices”—Concrete walkways showcase etched quotes from community members who share their thoughts about the meaning of community.

The building is not open to the public, however, the Station of Service, Little Library, and Community Voices are for the community to enjoy.