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TELL US: Who Makes a Difference in Salem?

Help showcase people who are doing great things in your community with our new feature, Count Us In.

Your neighbor who volunteers at the library, your child’s bus driver, and the Little League coach in your community may not seem to have much in common at first glance.

But Patch’s new initiative, Count Us In, aspires to bring together all Good Samaritans by highlighting residents who are exemplary at making your community a more positive place.

From the Salem Fire Department doing their part to support the Muscular Dystrophy Association to Ericka Ayube's efforts to help Salemites do their part to make a change, Salem has many people trying to do good.

Partnering with Harvard Pilgrim Health Care (HPHC), Count Us In aims to illustrate HPHC's values. They believe that “amazing things happen when people work together” and that is why we want to share stories about just that.

If you know someone who exemplifies being a good neighbor, volunteer or teacher—or someone who has simply helped the community in an inspiring way—please tell us about it in the comments section below. Your local editor will keep an eye on the conversation and will be writing articles about all of the amazing people and stories you share.

We welcome all great stories coming from great people in the community. 

Don Nadeau October 01, 2012 at 04:04 PM
That is the biggest reason I love Salem so much! It has a huge heart. Having beeen a public servant most of my working life, I have already seen the public spirit and dedication-beyond-the-call of so many municipal employees, so I would consider that fact a given. That said, the first that springs to my mind (I don't have children, otherwise I am sure it would still be the many teachers, counselors, coaches and tutors) is the arts and culture community. They are exemplary in making Salem a more positive place. It is not only the beauty of their work or their fundraising activities, it it their friendliness and the many local connections they have built that weave a community fabric like none I have experienced in any other community. I also need to give a great shout out to the organizers, managers and participants in the Salem Farmers Market. What a boost to our community! Salem Main Streets, Salem Arts Association... etc. ...so many positive influences, so many good people giving their time and hearts. I am sure Salem State University, Peabody Essex Museum, and the National Park Service also contribute in ways I can't enumerate. Lastly I followed the link for the Count Me In partner, Harvard Pilgrim, and was pleased to learn it is a local (MA, NH, ME) non-profit health plan started by doctors, and is well known for its generosity. And Salem Patch for providing these forums for our community to share!
Letty C October 03, 2012 at 07:20 AM
I would like to give a shout out to Bonnie C., Parking Clerk (sorry if I have the job title wrong) for being more than fair hearing everyone's grumblings (especially mine) over parking tickets during the confusion of the ever-changing parking fiasco! Thank you, Bonnie for your smiling face and calm demeanor, and for representing Residents of Salem vs visitors and tourists!

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