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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Thank You to Helene Pierson

Thank You to Helene Pierson

Helene Pierson came to Stand Up For Salem in October of 2013 as the Director of Community Development and project manager under the newly launched Neighborhood Revitalization Tax Credit (NRTC) Program, a $985,000 grant.

Most people got to know Helene, as she completed 170 projects in the city including demolitions, board ups of abandoned houses, homeowner façade improvements in the Oak to Olive Street neighborhood and supported the Olive Street and Hires Avenue Community Gardens.

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Alleyway Activation

Alleyway Activation

On a rainy day in June Stand Up For Salem dedicated our new mural painted by mural painter, Sam Donovan, Salem County resident and mural artist. The 4 panel mural shows some of Salem’s notable people and memories from the 16, 17, 18 and 1900's including the covered bridge on Rte. 45, John Rock, the Goodwin home and one of the sisters. Thanks artist Sam Donovan!

To make it even more memorable, SUFS recently received a grant from the Gloucester Salem Counties Board of Realtors to do an Alleyway Activation in the space as well.

Over the next few months the SUFS design committee will be purchasing string lights for the space, tables and chairs and an outdoor movie screen to host outdoor movie nights.

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New Adult Playground at Salem Senior Village

New Adult Playground at Salem Senior Village

SUFS was recently awarded over $37,000 in funding by the Community Foundation of South Jersey Aging Innovation Fund after an intense competition.

The grant will allow us to install adult specific exercise equipment outside, hire an exercise and Tai Chi trainer, and certify additional trainers chosen from the 55+ community in Salem.

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