Our mission at SLF is to engage people-of-faith and people-of-goodwill to transform the community for good—neighborhood by neighborhood.

Our Community Partnership Teams (CPTs) are a driving force to help us achieve that mission and bring lasting transformation to our neighborhoods.  People of all ages benefit from our work with the CPTs, although there’s a special emphasis on the youth of the neighborhoods, who represent future generations.  Currently, the CPTs are serving more than 3,000 people per year in the three Salem CPT geographies.  More than 450 volunteers provided nearly 10,000 hours of service in 2016… worth more than $200,000!  Find out more about Community Partnership teams below.

The idea behind CPTs is simple.  Every sector of town has individuals and organizations who want to plan and deploy meaningful projects to address the needs of their neighborhood/s.  CPTs provide a regular forum for interested citizens to pool their ideas, their resources, and their volunteer hours to implement successful strategiesPeople helping people with a common sense of geography.

CPTs inspire and support a broad range of community-led programs and initiatives.  They focus on strengthening youth and families, but deploy a ‘whole-neighborhood’ approach.  Many of the programs and activities are designed to support family engagement with school, youth development, healthier lifestyles, and cross-cultural relationships.  CPTs provide and support:

  1. After-school programs, parenting classes, seasonal events, community gardens
  2. Neighborhood watch, crime prevention, strategies for re-entry and addiction recovery
  3. Block parties, community dinners, health fairs, music concerts, summer feeding programs
  4. Supports for foster kids and foster families; family strengthening programs
  5. Adult and child literacy, English classes, GED and education-advancement opportunities
  6. Outreach to our unsheltered neighbors for housing, employment, recovery, transportation, mental health
Your Community Partnership Teams meet all over our city on varying days of the week. Click here for our calendar of meetings. All are welcome! To find out more, please contact the SLF office at (503) 315-8924, or email
Community and Partners of East Salem (CaPES)

Community Partners of East Salem was formed in 2013 and is rapidly growing with members who envision connected, supported, cherished neighborhoods within the McKay-area community. CaPES focuses its efforts in three man areas: Activities for kids, neighborhood celebrations, an community gardens.

Neighborhoods: 10, 15,18 and C on map
Lansing, Northgate, ELNA, NOLA, ESSNA neighborhoods; plus the larger McKay High School feeder area.


  • Facilitate community connections
  • Support children and families
  • Promote a safe, healthy, clean environment in neighborhoods with schools that feed into McKay High school.


  • Little Free Libraries
  • School support and resourcing
  • Community gardens
  • Food insufficiency

Get connected: CaPES meets every third Thursday from 11:00 am -12:30 pm at various community partner locations in East Salem. Contact for details.

North Neighborhoods – N2

North Neighborhoods (“N-Squared”) has been affecting change since 2001. Their mission is to raise the voices, identify priorities, develop plans, and engage resources to make a difference and advocate in Salem’s north-central neighborhoods.

Neighborhoods: 5,6,7,8, and 12 on map
Grant, Highland, NEN, Northgate and CaN-DO neighborhoods; plus the larger North Salem High School feeder area (Parrish and Houck communities).


  • Increase people’s skills to function effectively as a family.
  • Raise the pride and the image of the neighborhoods.
  • Reduce crime and increase the feeling of safety.
  • Increase communication throughout the neighborhoods.
  • Increase connections throughout the neighborhoods.


  • Neighborhood events
  • Community gardens
  • School support and resourcing
  • Parks and recreation

Get connected: N2 meets every 2nd Wednesday from 11:30 am -1:00 pm via Zoom. Contact for the meeting link.

South Salem Connect (SSC)

South Salem Connect was formed in the south High School catchment area in 2002 and has been working toward strengthening families and neighborhood livability though a variety of community partnerships and programs ever since.

Neighborhoods: 1,2,3,4,9,13,14,16 and 17 on map
South Gate, Faye Wright, SCAN, SESNA, NESCA, Morningside, Sunnyslope, SWAN, and SEMCA neighborhoods; plus the larger  South Salem High School and Sprague High School feeder area.


  • Support safe environments
  • Support educational opportunities
  • Expand community involvement to improve livability
  • Support the development of fundamental skills in K-12 students
  • Encourage positive connections for children, families, and all South Salem residents


  • Community gardens
  • School support and resourcing
  • Unsheltered community
  • Food insecurity
  • Community health initiatives
  • Connecting and supporting South Salem businesses and non-profits
  • Promoting biking, walking routes, and bus transportation

Get connected: SSC meets every 3rd Tuesday from noon – 1:30 pm at Westminster Presbyterian Church (3737 Liberty Rd S). Contact for more details.

Edgewater Partnership (West Salem)
Edgewater Partnership is working to make the Edgewater District a healthy, safe, and vibrant community where diverse families and businesses can thrive together.

Neighborhoods: 11 on map
West Salem Neighborhood Association; plus the larger West Salem High School feeder area.


  • Increase community connections
  • Cultivate a safe and healthy environment
  • Enhance neighborhood pride


  • Monthly walking cruises
  • Food insecurity
  • School support and resourcing
  • West Salem Market

Get connected: Edgewater Partners meets every 4th Thursday from 9:00 am -10:30 am via Zoom. Contact for the meeting link.

Keizer United (McNary)

Keizer United has been functioning in Keizer for 20 years.  Although Keizer United is it’s own 501c3 non-profit, Salem Leadership Foundation supports them in whatever way is needed through staff support, funding, and community involvement.

It offers a forum for Keizer to collaborate and gather resources, volunteers, and ideas to strengthen the community within.


  • Community gardens
  • School support and resourcing
  • Little Free Libraries
  • Connecting neighbors to their Neighborhood Association

Get connected: Keizer United meets every 3rd Monday (except for holidays) from noon – 1:30 pm at the Keizer Civic Center (930 Chemawa Rd N)E. Contact for more details.

Contact our CPT Coordinator for more information about upcoming meetings