Events & Volunteer Opportunities

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Window Box Competition & People's Choice Garden Competition

Check out the Window Box & Garden Competitions' page for more details and to register! Registration closes on July 19, 2024.

Litter Cleanups

Please register in advance so we can plan for materials

March 24, 2024

Gallows Hill Cleanup (10am-12pm)

Ryan Brennan Memorial Skate Park (Gallows Hill Park)

April 20, 2024

The Great Salem Cleanup

Multiple sites across the city

May 19, 2024

Trader’s Way Cleanup (10am-12pm)

Trader’s way and First Street

June 8, 2024

Palmer Cove & The Point Cleanup (10am-12pm)

Help clean the neighborhood, park, and basketball court.

July 13, 2024

CANCELLED: Pickering Wharf Cleanup (10am-12pm)

Help cleanup the Wharf and National Park

August 11, 2024

Pickering Wharf Cleanup (10am-12pm)

Let’s cleanup the park, neighborhood and walkways around the cove.

Traffic Island Volunteering

No experience required - bring gloves and any gardening tools you have available.

Mondays - 5-7pm

Please check Facebook, Instagram or subscribe to our email list for locations each week, as well as time changes.

Tuesdays and Wednesdays - 9-11am

Please check Facebook, Instagram or subscribe to our email list for locations each week, as well as time changes.

Lady of Salem

The Ladies of Salem are only up late spring through early autumn, catch them while you can!

May 29, 2024: Return of the Lady of Salem figureheads

Figureheads installed on lampposts on Essex Street, Central Street and Derby Street. The Lady of Salem Maritime Public Art Exhibition on display just in time for the Salem Arts Festival in early June.

August 3, 2024: Salem Maritime Festival

The Maritime Festival is located at Salem Maritime National Historic Site along Salem Harbor.

September 14-29, 2024: Trails & Sails

Trails & Sails featuring the fabulous figureheads of the Lady of Salem Maritime Public Art Exhibition via a self guided tour.

Past Events

Thank you to all our wonderful volunteers!

Traffic Island Volunteering

Twice a week: Spring, Summer and Fall of 2023. Planting, mulching, watering, weeding, trash pickup, and more.

Window Box Competition

2023 saw a beautiful competition with residences and local business coming together to refresh their entryways. Congratulations to all our category winners!

Monthly Neighborhood Cleanups

From Gallows Hill to Collin’s Cove, volunteers (in partnership with Keep Salem Beautiful) have been doing monthly cleanups to remove trash and debris. Hundreds of pounds of garbage are removed from the streets; we are very thankful for those folks coming out every month with grabbers and buckets keeping trash out of our local ecosystems. 

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The mission of the Salem Beautification Committee is to assist the City in developing and pursuing initiatives that promote the beautification of the City. The goal of the Committee is to create civic pride and to motivate the City’s diverse population to participate in the beautification process. The Committee will identify areas in need of improvement, will create programs, recruit volunteers and will secure the funding resources to achieve its goals.

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