“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”
— President Barack Obama
Countless Salemites work daily to transform the community into a more positive place for everyone. Some of the needs they address are obvious; others you may not have known existed.
This month, we launch a new project in partnership with the Salem Photo League, a collective of local documentary photographers, to bring you the stories of those who work tirelessly to help others — and to illuminate the important needs of the community.
For the past several months, Salem Photo League members have been documenting the stories of an array of local nonprofits. They turned the inspiring people (and animals) they met into a collection of photo essays that capture the impact these groups have made. We bring you the first two of their essays today, with many more to follow next month.
But telling the stories isn’t enough. We also wanted to provide a way for others to support and engage in these causes. So we hosted a community event and gathering of all the organizations featured in the photos — to give you a chance to meet and connect with them.
“We Are the Change: A Gathering of Salem Causes” was held Saturday, Sept. 20, from 6–9 p.m. in Cat Cavern, on the second floor of Putnam University Center at Willamette University. If you missed the event, check out our photo gallery to get a glimpse of the evening.
We Are the Change
The Willamette Valley’s abused and neglected farm animals find healing on 54 acres in Scio.
Garten Services does much more than recycle paper. It helps people with disabilities find jobs — and a sense of purpose.
Local churches partner with schools to combat hunger and make sure children are ready to learn.
A facility located south of Salem provides a second chance for injured and displaced wildlife.
Local quilters keep a folk art form alive, and their creations provide comfort and warmth to those in need.
Local supporters of this international movement live by the motto, “More books, more reading, more better.”
Volunteers harvest overabundant fields to keep fruits and vegetables from going to waste — and help alleviate hunger in the process.
Local foster families provide children with safe, stable homes — and a lot of love and support.
Volunteers build trails to turn unused, wild land into something that the entire community can enjoy.
The Mid-Valley’s only listener-supported community radio station aims to be a reflection of the region’s identity.