Giving Tuesday in Salem, Massachusetts

Giving Tuesday is here and we’re sharing ways you can give back to local nonprofits in Salem, Massachusetts! Salem is home to numerous museums and historic sites, along with nonprofits in education, social justice, and more that rely on visitor contributions and purchases to support their missions. Here are a few ways you can participate in #GivingTuesday in Salem:

Essex Heritage

The Essex National Heritage Area encompasses events, programming, and historic facilities and landscapes around the region. Here in Salem, Essex Heritage manages the Boat Tours to Bakers Island Light in the summer along with the Salem Witch Hunt Film & Tours out of the Salem Regional Visitor Center. Many of the lectures and seasonal events that take place within the Visitor Center are programmed by Essex Heritage as well along with some of favorite October events like Imprisoned! 1692. Seeing the film at the Visitor Center and participating in their programming helps support Essex Heritage’s mission, and if you’re looking to give a little extra this Giving Tuesday you can also make a donation online here or learn more about their initiatives going into 2020 here.

The House of the Seven Gables

The House of the Seven Gables is putting a spin on Giving Tuesday this year by sharing a wishlist to support their settlement association. Gables’ founder Caroline Emmerton began offering educational opportunities for immigrants and their families in 1907 and this mission is continued today with ESL and citizenship class, community conversations, and more. If you’re looking to share some support this Giving Tuesday, you can view the wishlist and purchase supplies for settlement programming here. And on your next visit to Salem, your admission to tour The Gables along with any purchases made in their museum shop (which is perfect for holiday shopping!) also support the The House of the Seven Gables’ mission.

Harbor Sweets

A favorite destination for holiday shopping, Harbor Sweets also contributes to a variety of local community organizations (on Giving Tuesday and throughout the year). Harbor Sweets dedicates a minimum of 5% of their pre-tax profits to community outreach and location nonprofits including Plummer Youth Promise, HAWC, Lifebridge, the Northshore Community Development Coalition, and more. Do some shopping in-store this holiday season and support a local business and these valuable organizations, or if you can’t make it to Salem, shop online at harborsweets.com.

Voices Against Injustice

Voices Against Injustice brings social justice programming to Salem with the annual Salem Award for Social Justice, and they are also responsible for preserving the Salem Witch Trials Memorial on Charter Street. Supporting Voices Against Injustice this Giving Tuesday means remembering the victims of the Salem Witch Trials and taking the lessons learned from this tragic events to inspire social change in local communities and beyond. You can learn more about Voices Against Injustice here, or make a donation today here.

North Shore Community Development Coalition

The North Shore CDC invests in local neighborhoods to support initiatives like affordable housing, community engagement, youth development, economic development, urban art, and placemaking. Their current annual fund goal is set at $150,000, with past contributions going toward the Harbor Street Housing for formally homeless youth, the 75+ murals for the Punto Urban Art Museum, the 40 graduates for the YouthBuild program and more. You can make a donation to their annual fund here, or learn more about the North Shore CDC here.

Salem Main Streets

Salem Main Streets works with local businesses to support the continued revitalization of downtown Salem as a vibrant, year-round, retail, dining and cultural destination through business retention, recruitment, and promotion of the downtown district. They are responsible for many of our favorite events around town including the Salem’s So Sweet Chocolate & Ice Sculpture Festival, the annual Howl-o-ween Pet Parade, the Salem Farmers’ Market, the volunteer info booth during Salem Haunted Happenings and so much more! This time of year, Salem Main Streets also manages Santa’s Arrival and the Holiday Tree Lighting, and their team of volunteers decorate the downtown with wreaths and ribbons. You can learn more about Salem Main Streets and donate to support their extensive programming around our historic downtown at SalemMainStreets.org.

Sail Salem

Children from around the North Shore can be introduced to sailing with Sail Salem’s educational programs that include lessons conducted right in Salem Harbor. The programs offer scholarships and financial for many children who would not otherwise have the opportunity to learn to sail, and this Giving Tuesday there are plenty of ways you can help support Sail Salem’s programs. You can donate here, which will support everything from teaching and office supplies to tuition for sailors, or consider making a purchase from Sail Salem’s store.

Root

Root provides youth, ages 16 to 24, with a pathway to employment and financial independence. Programs at Root allow participants to develop life and work skills and while preparing themselves for future success in the workplace. Root’s 12-week culinary program includes over 200 hours of culinary skills training along with Food Handler & Allergen ServSafe Certifications to help students prepare for entering the culinary industry. Consider donating to Root this Giving Tuesday here.