About the Neighborhood Partnership Program

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The Neighborhood Partnership Program helps Salem neighbors and community partners make a difference where they live and work.  Collaborating with the City through a two-year partnership program, your group identifies neighborhood strengths and challenges, sets goals, and coordinates efforts to strengthen your neighborhood and leverage additional resources.

Some examples of past community building activities include neighborhood celebrations, health fairs, concerts in parks, crime prevention efforts, community gardens, free activities for kids, and a children’s lending library.

Partnership projects

Examples of past community building activities include:

  • Neighborhood celebrations
  • Crime prevention efforts
  • Beautification projects
  • Community gardens
  • Neighborhood walking groups
  • Free activities for kids
  • Little free libraries
  • Health fairs
  • Concerts in parks

Partnership areas

All of the neighborhood areas involved in the Partnership Program are still actively building community:

Neighborhood Partnerships typically see huge returns on small investments. In 2015, the Partnership Program leveraged $270,377 in combined donations, volunteer and in-kind contributions with $5,600 in City funds.

Partnership benefits

The program has provided opportunities for residents, businesses, churches, and other community groups to work together to:

  • Identify challenges
  • Organize activities and projects
  • Leverage additional resources

Past Neighborhood Partnership teams have contributed to:

  • Reduced crime rates
  • Educated and empowered citizens
  • Cleaner streets and parks
  • Hundreds of thousands of dollars in leveraged contributions
  • More neighbors talking and watching out for one another
  • Increased awareness of resources
  • Better neighborhood livability

​Application process

Partnership applications are available late summer of each year for anyone with an idea on how to improve their part of Salem. Proposals are evaluated by City staff, scored based upon demonstrated neighborhood need, measurable goals and readiness of partners to work with the City in addressing them. The group that is selected receives two years of direct City support which includes staff time and a small amount of money.

Community gardens and walking groups are two ways partnerships improve neighborhoods.

What’s happening
Dec. 11
North Neighbors (N2) Meeting11:30 a.m.1:00 p.m.

Join neighbors and partners as they work together to make a difference in North Salem Neighborhoods. For more information, call Salem Leadership Foundation at 503-315-8924.

Dec. 17
South Salem Connect (SSC) Meeting12:00 p.m.1:00 p.m.Westminister Presbyterian Church 3737 Liberty Rd S

Join neighbors and partners as they work together to make a difference in South Salem Neighborhoods. For more information, all Salem Leadership Foundation at 503-315-8924.

Phone: 503-315-8924

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Dec. 19
Community and Partners of East Salem (CaPES)11:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.Goodwill
3535 Lancaster DR NE
Salem OR 97301

Join neighbors and partners as they work together to make a difference in North Salem Neighborhoods. For more information, call Salem Leadership Foundation at 503-315-8924.

Phone: 503-315-8924

Dec. 25
Christmas

City offices, Center 50+, and the Salem Public Library will be closed for the holiday observance.

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Dec. 26
Edgewater Partnership Meeting12:00 p.m.1:15 p.m.West Salem Boys & Girls Club
925 Gerth ST NW
Salem
OR 97304

Join neighbors and partners as they work together to make a difference in the Edgewater District of West Salem. For more information, call City of Salem Neighborhood Services at 503-588-6207.

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Jessica Loewen Preis
555 Liberty Street SE RM 305
Salem OR 97301
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