While we are not the city government, we gladly partner with local government, residents, businesses and other non-profits to create together a better future for all of Salem!
Stand Up for Salem Inc. is a volunteer based non-profit organization working to bring new life to the center of Salem. Our mission is to stimulate business opportunity, historic preservation and community growth through grassroots community development.
Who We Are
Stand Up For Salem Inc., is a 501 C3 nonprofit organization which was first launched in 1988 by a group of civic-minded residents to stimulate the revitalization of the center of Salem. Since that time SUFS has begun its vision to transform the city’s neighborhoods by fostering resident based planning and volunteer driven projects as an independent and versatile community development corporation.
Hundreds of volunteers who care about Salem's future have helped achieve a mind boggling total $40 million in mostly private real estate investment in the center of Salem.
Our non profit program is volunteer based and modeled after the national Main Street approach to downtown revitalization: Promotion (activities), Design (cleanups/fixups), Business Development (start-ups and existing) and Organization (fundraising and outreach).
2016 Stand Up For Salem Board of Directors:
Jim Waddington, President
Zach Zehner, Vice President
Rebecca Gower Ferguson, Secretary
Kevin Danna, Treasurer
Keith Campbell, President Emeritus
Dr. Michael Gorman
Chris Davenport, Executive Director
Jody Veler, Director of Workforce and Economic Development
Elois Cooper, Office Assistant
Willie McBride, Parking Garage Assistant
Ellis Sye, Street Assistant
Alonzo Dunn, Street Assistant
Lorenzo Daniels, Street Assistant