100 Years of Mannington Mills

100 Years of Mannington Mills

Having only worked for Stand Up For Salem for a year, my history with Mannington Mills is short. I never knew Johnny Campbell, only that he was one of the founders of Stand Up For Salem Inc. because of his great love for a community that was already in some distress even in the late 1980’s.

Keith Campbell has followed in his father’s footsteps in more ways than one; not just making Mannington Mills a major player in American industry, but keeping his family’s commitment of noblesse oblige by being honorable, responsible, and generous, freely donating time and financial resources to others.

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Lights on at the Penney’s Building

Lights on at the Penney’s Building

For the last 18 years the JC Penney Building has sat forlornly on the corner of E. Broadway and Walnut. Many a resident has asked a staff member of SUFS about the building, which was tied up with a private owner who chose to use it as a warehouse for printing equipment.

In the spring of 2016, with the passing of the owner his widow eagerly sold the building to SUFS.

In the time that I have been with SUFS, one of the most expressed concerns of residents has been the future of Salem City’s young adults, particularly those that have dropped out of the school system. At SUFS we felt that the old Penney’s building would make a great youth education center for the future of our children.

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Kids + Bikes + Learn & Fun

Kids + Bikes + Learn & Fun

This summer Stand Up For Salem hosted their first ever youth program in partnership with the Salem Family Success Center. The pilot program started in late June and ran the middle of August for 18 children aged 7-14.

SUFS was thrilled to find a wonderful program director this summer; Ms. Krishore Holloway, an college senior working toward her degree in Social Services at Cumberland County College.

Krishore developed curriculum in literacy and math skills based on hands on bicycle construction and repair, but found a serious need for instruction in prosocial behavioral skills which she provided.

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