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Community involvement

Nurses Shine On

In 2010, the program was launched under the approval of Salem Health’s Practice Council, Chief Nursing Officer, and Nurses Week Committee.

The project was born from attendance at the 2009 American Nurses Credentialing Committee National Magnet Conference in Kentucky. Specialty Practice Teams (SPTs), consisting of nurses, unanimously voted to forgo their traditional nurses week gift and instead donated those monies along with volunteerism to charitable organizations.

This spirit of volunteerism is in keeping with the mission, vision and values of Salem Health to support our community. 

As a result, over 30 projects and organizations were supported during the first year. This project has continued to this day during National Nurses Week. The project have had several names — including Nurses Give Back and Salem Health Gives Back — to include any nursing or non-nursing SPTs the chance to give back to the community, each year since 2010, designated money is donated to charitable organizations along with volunteerism during National Nurses Week in May. 

Several videos featuring nurses in volunteer roles are available on our Community Matters page.

Organizations served by Nurses Shine On include:

Name Mission
Adaptive Riding Center One of the goals of the Adaptive Riding Institute is to help ease the challenges faced by a child with a disability by providing a unique and comprehensive blend of supportive equine services. The program strives to encourage these children and young adults so that they may discover their innate talents and abilities and live productive, independent lives.
Boys and Girls Club, Dental Program To inspire and enable all youth grades 1-12, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens through the development of a positive self-image and self-reliance.
Boys and Girls Club, Athletic Program To inspire and enable all youth grades 1-12, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens through the development of a positive self-image and self-reliance.
Bush School Donation would go toward a wheelchair glider (approx 900. each), these chairs are used in a specialized medical classroom for kindergarten thru second grade. Most students have cerebral palsy, these chairs allow the student to rock independently.
Camp Quest Camp Quest provides an educational adventure shaped by fun, friends and freethought, featuring science, natural wonder and humanist values. This organization caters to children ages 10-15 with autism.
Camp Tapawingo Tapawingo is where kids learn how to be leaders, how to be true friends, and how to be themselves. Tapawingo is a safe place for the development of character and values: judgment, personal responsibility, and independence.
Compassionate Friends It is a self-help support organization that offers friendship, understanding, and hope to bereaved parents, grandparents and siblings. We have no religious affiliation, and charge no membership dues or fees.
Comfort Care Quilters IMCU nurses donate their time in making these handmade quilts that we give to dying or comfort care patients on our unit.These have been such a wonderful gift for these patients and families.
Dallas Emergency Food Corp Looks for volunteers to make and serve meals for the homeless.
Dallas Free Clinic This faith-based free clinic serves the uninsured of Polk County who have either medical or mental health issues.
Dental Van Provide low income/homeless minor dental treatments to prevent infection and other illness.
Family Building Blocks Family Building Blocks is a private, nonprofit organization that works to break the intergenerational cycle of child abuse and neglect by providing services for high-risk families that have children six weeks to five years old. We are the Crisis Relief Nursery serving Marion & Polk Counties.
Father Taaffe Home Catholic Community Services is a non-profit, faith-based organization serving children, youth, adults and families with special needs in the Mid-Willamette Valley and Central Oregon Coast.
H2O Help and Hope 2 Others is a non-profit organization that provides services to residents in Polk County
Habitat for Humanity Through volunteer labor and tax-deductible donations of money and materials, Habitat for Humanity of the Mid-Willamette Valley builds and rehabilitates simple, decent houses with the help of the homeowner (partner) families.
Hayden's Helping Hands Haydens Helping Hands is a non-profit foundation who helps families in the midst of tragedy. Hayden’s Helping Hands assists Oregon families after the birth of a stillborn baby by paying for a portion or all of their hospital delivery medical expenses.
Her Place Drug & Alcohol Addiction - Halfway House
HOAP (Homeless Outreach & Advocacy Project) HOAP provides psychiatric care including medication management for mentally ill clients; counseling; case management; housing assistance; supported living services; and other services to help those with mental illnesses live stable and productive lives.
H.O.M.E HOME's mission is to provide a safe, supportive environment where Salem's at-risk and homeless youth may have their immediate needs met as well as have positive opportunities to reconnect with their community.
Ike Box - Isaac's Room Isaac’s Room helps divested young people build the capacity to rise to the challenges of life. We will do whatever we would do for our own kids in pursuit of this mission. We provide experiences that build character, confidence, and skills and a community of people living life with intentionality, intelligence, and spirit. We currently focus on building critical work skills in a team concept through an IKE Quest Internship at the IKE Box, the family business of Isaac’s Room. We continually seek and pursue opportunities to better meet the needs of divested young people. We are rising to the challenge to build a progression of opportunities and services that help divested youth get on their feet, learn to walk, and then learn to run. Such services should include shelter and transition housing, viable education alternatives, and training and experience in vital life skills.
James 2 Community Center Non-profit organization in Dallas for those in need of warm meals. Volunteers always needed to prepare and serve. Put on through Dallas church.
Liberty House Liberty House is a child abuse assessment center serving Marion and Polk Counties- providing special assessment services in a safe, comfortable, child-friendly environment. Since 1999, Liberty House has provided child-focused, high quality assessment services to children when adults are concerned that they may have been hurt by sexual abuse, physical abuse or neglect. With compassion and expertise, medical providers conduct complete medical examinations for the children coming to Liberty House. Specially trained child interviewers also help children talk about what has happened to them in a neutral and sensitive manner to ensure the objectivity of the assessment and the wellbeing of the child.
Love Reins Therapy horses for children with autism and special needs.
Marion-Polk Food Share Your gift to Marion-Polk Food Share will help us provide emergency food to more than 35,000 people in Marion and Polk counties this month, including 14,000 children.
Mended Hearts of Salem National & community based non-profit that offers the gift of hope to heart disease patients, their families and caregivers through peer-to-peer support via hospital visiting, online visiting, and phone visiting. Their support groups help people understand that there can be a rich, rewarding life after heart disease diagnosis. Members listen, share their experiences and volunteer to talk to other heart patients about what they may face including lifestyle changes, depression, recovery, and treatment.
Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep (NILMTS) Mission: To introduce remembrance photography to parents suffering the loss of a baby with a free gift of professional portraiture. Our Work: NILMDTS trains, educates, and mobilizes professional quality photographers to provide beautiful heirloom portraits to families facing the untimely death of an infant. We believe these images serve as an important step in the family’s healing process by honoring the child’s legacy.
NW Mothers Milk Bank Milk Bank - donations needed for equipment and hire staff.
Relay for Life Each year more than 4 millions people in over 20 counties take part in this global phenomenon and raise much needed funds and awareness to save lives from cancer.
Salem Free Medical Clinic Provide quality health care at no cost to the poor, the unisured and the underinsured children and adults in our community.
Salem Saturday Market Salem Health is partnerins with the Saturday Farmers Market to provide free blood pressure checks and health information.
Simonka Place for Women & Children (Part of UGM) Providing emergency services, such as nourishing meals, warm safe shelter, a hot shower, clean clothing and personal care items are just the first step in sharing Christ’s love and providing for those in need.
St Francis Shelter Our mission is to provide safe, temporary housing for families with children by working in solidarity to recognize their innate worth and dignity.
Summer in the Streets Backpack and school supply giveaway to underprivledged children in the Turner/Aumsville Cascade School district. Staff voulnteer time to hand out supplies, do face painting, play games and give out snow cones/hotdogs to kids in need.
Union Gospel Mission Since 1953, Union Gospel Mission of Salem has been tending to the needs of men, women and children from all walks of life. They are hungry, cold, wet and discouraged. They are the hurting, the lost, the poor and the overwhelmed. They come to the Mission each day seeking meaningful help for urgent, emergency needs. They are welcomed here with hot nourishing meals, safe overnight shelter and, most of all, hope for a new life in Christ.
Willamette Humane Society Willamette Humane Society (WHS) was founded in 1965 and serves Marion and Polk counties providing compassionate services to pets and people.
Without Strings Without Strings is a collective of various community members looking to enhance the quality of life for no/low income andpeople without homesin Marion and Polk counties. We believe that to be effective we do not replace available services but instead support them and look to fill in service gaps to provide wrap around services. Preventative care is our priority in health, nutritional and necessities of daily living.