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Giving Back to Salem, OR

Our community is our responsibility. That is why we make every effort to foster change in the ways that we can. Whether that means supporting children with disabilities, donating to local homeless shelters, or running an annual food drive. This page is a resource for those who want to give back to the Salem community in a meaningful way. Here you can find local  organizations where you can volunteer or donate to. To learn more, click on each organization to be redirected to their website.

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"Our mission is to help families experiencing housing instability achieve sustainable independence through a community-based response."

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"Union Gospel Mission of Salem holistically approaches homelessness. Working to help rewrite the futures of our unsheltered neighbors’ lives, UGM provides for basic needs, yet moves beyond immediate relief by teaching guests self-sufficiency, self-worth, and skills for independent living through our advanced services."

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Moving Forward Towards Independence is transitional housing with programs for women, and women with children. Moving Forward is for women that have the desire to learn essential life skills and exploring various career paths that work well with their gifting and skill set. This is a faith based program designed to provide a safe, supportive, stable, encouraging, and educational path towards independence.

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The Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians have a food distribution center, which is funded by the USDA, that provides food to the federally recognized tribal families in the US. Low-income individuals and/or households can choose if they want to receive commodity foods instead of food stamps as they cannot receive both in the same month. The program offers a variety of packaged, canned, refrigerated, frozen and fresh foods. 

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Every month, more than 46,000 people – including 15,000 children – will access emergency food through the Marion Polk Food Share partner network. This food may be a hot meal served at a shelter, a free community meal served at a church, or an emergency food box from a food pantry. This nutritious food will help children and adults learn, work, and thrive