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:
The Salem Pantry
The Salem Pantry works to eradicate hunger in our community by providing those in need with nutritious foods. This Giving Tuesday, you can support the Salem Pantry by making a donation, or if you’re local you can learn about volunteer opportunities here. The Peabody Essex Museum has joined forces with the Salem Pantry for Feeding Community, an initiative to collect donations onsite at the museum and help to distribute food, and during the first three Fridays of December, NAGLY is partnering with the Salem Pantry to host a drive-up food donation.
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. 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 2021 here.
The House of the Seven Gables
The House of the Seven 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, consider making a donation, 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 their mission.
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’ 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.
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 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.
Lifebridge Northshore provides emergency and transitional shelters, community meals, permanent supportive housing, intensive case management, and supportive programs and training to people from around the North Shore in need of assistance. The program is supported by the Lifebridge Thrift Shop which provides essential funding for the organization’s programming with proceeds from purchases and ensures a steady supply of clothing and essentials for clients. Donate to Lifebridge this Giving Tuesday by shopping the thrift shop, or by making a donation. If you are doing holiday shopping on Amazon, you can also use Amazon Smile to support the organization while you shop.
Salem Children’s Charity
This year’s holiday party in support of Salem Children’s Charity is going virtual! Join an online silent auction December 15, 2020 at 6 pm, to be broadcast live from the Hawthorne Hotel on Salem Access Television (channel 3) and their YouTube channel. The auction continues running online through December 18. Click here for more information.
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Stay local with your shopping this holiday season and help support Salem’s small businesses! Beginning December 4, 2020 and running through New Year’s Eve, pick up a Stay Local Salem postcard from a participating retailer. For every purchase made at a participating location, you’ll receive one punch, and after five punches you can be entered to win a Salem Staycation. Find more information and a list of participating businesses here.