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:
Zach Zehner, President
Jim Waddington, Vice President
Rebecca Ferguson, Secretary
Keith German, Treasurer
Chris Davenport, Executive Director
Jody Veler, Director of Economic Development
Elois Cooper, Office Assistant
Linwood Davis, Public Assistant
Al Baytops, Street Assistant
Wayne Johnson, Street Assistant
Christina Chinnici, Community Engagement Vista
Essence Lindsey, Opioid and Substance Abuse Vista
Brianna Pitts, Youth Development & Education Vista
Jahyda Villegas, Capacity Building Vista
Annual Dinner Committee:
Main Street Volunteer Committee Chairs
Debbie Gralley, Design
Gail Slaughter, Promotion
Tom Smith, Economic Restructuring