Resource Families make a one-on-one difference by temporarily "adopting" a child for once-a-month outings. Children at Salem know all about "resources". Every child longs for a resource family. Unlike many mission opportunities, being a resource family does not require one to give up home and personal belongings, say goodbye to loved ones, risk life or health, raise support, make a two-year fulltime commitment, or be subjected to painful immunizations. Being a Resource Family is a rewarding mission which requires only a little bit of time and a share of love.
In addition we have a partnership with the local Big Brothers/Big Sisters.
Volunteer opportunities at Salem include workdays--typically in the summer--to tackle tasks such as clearing hiking/riding trails, freshening paint, cleaning up the grounds, and working in the garden. Volunteers have come from as far away as Baltimore and Washington, DC, to work, play and eat with the children of Salem.
Watch here for details--or let us know us if you would like to be informed of the next Workday via email or phone.
WCBC CHRISTMAS PARTY
Each year WCBC Radio, Cumberland, plans and hosts a magnificent party for the children of Salem. Volunteer "Host Families" are seated with "their" child for the evening to exchange gifts and enjoy food, a visit from Santa and a brief program featuring the Salem Choir.
Volunteer individuals and businesses also give gifts from a wish list provided by each child.
The WCBC Party is legendary among Salem children, who look forward to it eagerly each year and tell newcomers about it immediately when they arrive. Mary Clites has organized the party for over 15 years. If you would like to be involved in any aspect of the WCBC party, contact Mary at 301.724.5000.
Gardening at Salem is both therapeutic and an introduction to a healthy lifestyle. Flower boxes at the windows, and a garden filled with more flowers and with vegetables, teach kids an appreciation for the earth and let them experience the thrill of seeing--and eating--the literal fruits of their labor.