Charitable Society's mission is to provide
occasional financial assistance to those in less
fortunate circumstances. It is our goal that by our
actions we will help the recipients lift themselves
up into a better position with a brighter future.
Charitable Society of Salem was first organized in
Salem, Massachusetts, on December 10, 1832. It was
later incorporated in 1881.
Drawing upon a legacy of 186 years, the mission of
the Samaritans continues to be to provide occasional
help to keep "desolation from the homes" of those
less fortunate. This was the intention of a "few
ladies of Salem" at the time of incorporation.
The recipients of assistance are residents of Salem,
or were originally from Salem, as was the intent of
the originators. Over the years, the Samaritan
Society has assisted several thousand individuals
and families. More recently, the society has
supported a 12-week job training program provided by
Salem Harbor CDC, assisted residents of Brookhouse,
helped with food pantry supplies, supported the
Salem Mission, contributed to programs for
Plummer Youth Promise, plus a myriad of other needs.
We focus on providing one-time offers of assistance
(as opposed to ongoing financial support) that will
enable people to get back on their feet and resume
their financial responsibilities. The scope of aid
provided to the recipients has ranged from paying a
month's rent and helping with moving expenses to
paying for overdue heating, electricity, and
telephone bills. Often, the reason a recipient needs
assistance from the Samaritans is a sudden loss of
income due to a job loss or injury, for instance.
As the Samaritan Society enters a new era, the
mission of the society is unfortunately no less
needed or valued. As there will always be those in
need of assistance, the Samaritans will strive in
good faith to provide assistance to the extent that
we are financially able to do so.
If you would like to
assist our efforts, please make a donation or ask
about volunteer opportunities. The Samaritan
Society meets in Salem several times during the
year to conduct business. You are welcome to join