Marion County opens sign-ups for volunteers to help wildfire evacuees, plus more ways to help

Nicole Vanleerdam, right, and Hecto Martinez, of Marion Estates Independent Living, set up cots for their residents to use overnight after evacuating from Sublimity at the Oregon State Fairgrounds on Tuesday, September 8. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter) Update, Sept. 14: The sign up link below is no longer current. Volunteers can[Read More…]

Salem extends helping hand to an overlooked community disproportionately affected by the pandemic

Jerron Love helps load a produce box into a car on Friday, Sept. 4. (Saphara Harrell/Salem Reporter) Jackie Leung and Sandra Wells stood outside Peoples Church in northeast Salem Friday morning, helping distribute food to community members in need, specifically those from Salem’s Pacific Islander community. Three cars were lined[Read More…]

First executive director will guide deeper research, online museum for Oregon Black Pioneers

Zachary Stocks, the first executive director of Oregon Black Pioneers (Courtesy/Oregon Black Pioneers) For more than 20 years, a small group of volunteers has worked to find historical records of Black Oregonians scattered across the state. They’ve documented hundreds of lawyers, distance runners, miners and foresters in nearly every county[Read More…]

Nearly 72% of Salem residents have experienced discrimination, city survey shows

Salem’s Human Rights Commission conducted a survey in January that found 72% of respondents have experienced discrimination. Salem has work to do around discrimination, a new city-sponsored survey has found. A sampling of Salem residents gave the city a “C” grade for discrimination, according to the results of a survey[Read More…]