Salem Volunteers Newsletter - August 15, 2017

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The 2017 Salem Jazz and Soul Festival is here! There are still spots available on Saturday and Sunday; see below for details.

Salem Sound Coastwatch's annual Swim & Fin is on Sunday morning, and help is needed in a variety of capacities. And pitch in Saturday to help clean up Forest River Park to prepare for the Swim & Fin.

August's PEM/PM is on Thursday evening and August's Salem Flea, the fourth of five this year, is on Saturday. Sunday morning also offers a cleanup of Salem Common.

The North Shore Moving Market, the Salem Farmers' Market, and Joseph's Storehouse Food Pantry are all running as usual this week.

SPUR still needs one more volunteer to prepare a meal for tomorrow's Lifebridge meal service. Sign up online to prepare a meal for tomorrow evening.

This Week

Wednesday, August 16: North Shore Moving Market

The North Shore Moving Market (NSMM) is a free food, free delivery service operating to assist low-income elderly, handicapped, and disadvantaged individuals and families. The NSMM delivers groceries monthly to nearly 200 households in local communities. The NSMM is also the only mobile market that includes pet food with regular delivery.

We all need to be fed. Here's how you can feed and be fed!

Volunteers are needed to help deliver groceries on Wednesday mornings from approximately 9am to noon. Come and learn the side roads of Salem, see first hand how your volunteering helps, and hear a heartfelt "God bless you." All you need is a car and a warm heart!

Contact Linda at

Thursday, August 17: Salem Farmers' Market

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The Salem Farmers' Market runs every Thursday from June 8 until October 12. Volunteer once a month, every other week, or every week! All help is appreciated.

Contact Gillian at

Thursday, August 17: PEM/PM

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The PEM/PM programs are creative, lively evenings in the museum with a party atmosphere and lots of interesting content. PEM/PM occurs on the third Thursday of every month. We have a cash bar, tapas-style food, music, art making, gallery experiences, and more.

August's PEM/PM is End-of-Summer Blues, Vol. 2. Shake off the blues with live music by area artists, play some lawn games, savor backyard BBQ, and sample a selection of whiskey.

Volunteer responsibilities include:

If you are interested or would like more information on volunteering, please contact Doneeca Thurston at or 978-542-1662.

Saturday, August 19: Salem Jazz and Soul Festival

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The 2017 Salem Jazz and Soul Festival will take place Saturday, August 19 and Sunday, August 20.

Volunteer shifts run 4 to 4 1/2 hours and are varied. Help is needed in the beer garden, for equipment transport, merchandise sales, for gate, stage, and general grounds help, and more.

Please note that some positions may require a short follow up interview, in which case the organizers will be in touch via e-mail.

For more information and to sign up, see the Salem Jazz and Soul Festival volunteer page. Contact

Saturday, August 19: The Salem Flea

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Derby Square in Salem hosts The Salem Flea, a juried selection of vendors of vintage and up-cycled furniture, vintage clothing, collectibles, antiques, and architectural salvage as well as select jewelry, art, and handmade goods by local artisans.

Volunteers are needed to help vendors unload and set up before the flea. Volunteers will need to be able to lift up to 50lbs. The vendors will have time spots between 8 and 9am to get their cars and trucks unloaded and set up in their spots. Volunteers will also help with traffic management during setup.

Contact Ryan and Matthew at

Saturday, August 19: Joseph's Storehouse Food Pantry

Joseph's Storehouse's mission is to alleviate hunger with supplemental food and emergency food assistance in the greater Salem area; to provide children with life-changing opportunities; to deliver groceries to the elderly, disabled, and disadvantaged; to offer programs to all ages that promote growth and self-confidence; and to serve the community with grace, dignity, and non-discrimination.

Volunteers are needed to help at Joseph's Storehouse food pantry on Saturdays from 10am to 3pm.

Contact Carl at 978-594-4423.

Saturday, August 19: Scrub the Beach!

Sunday, August 20 is the Swim & Fin open-water swimming race to benefit Salem Sound Coastwatch. Join us Saturday, August 19 to help make sure they have a clean beach to use! The event is at the far beach next to the pool from 9 to 11am. Bring trash bags, rakes, and gloves.

See the Facebook event page for more information.

Sunday, August 20: Salem Jazz and Soul Festival

See the Saturday, August 19 listing for information about the Salem Jazz and Soul Festival.

For more information and to sign up, see the Salem Jazz and Soul Festival volunteer page. Contact

Sunday, August 20: Swim & Fin Race for Salem Sound

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The 12th annual Swim & Fin Race for Salem Sound, open water races celebrating the clean water in Salem Sound and benefiting Salem Sound Coastwatch, will take place Sunday, August 20th at Forest River Park in Salem.

It takes a lot of people to make the Swim & Fin run smoothly. If you can volunteer some time, we can use you!

Volunteers are needed for set up, registration, helping with parking, food, raffles, and awards, assisting the timers and swim officials, and anything else that pops up!

We also need safety kayakers and paddlers on the course. This will require being out on the course for at least two hours.

Contact or 978-741-7900.

Sunday, August 20: Operation Common Ground

Help clean up Salem Common! The Common needs a cleanup from cigarette butts and other trash. Gloves and trash bags will be supplied, but please bring rakes and snow shovels if you have them. Meet at 10am at the playground.

Watch for updates on the Facebook event page (you must be logged in to Facebook to see this page).

Contact Brendan Murphy at or 978-498-4800.