Salem Health Volunteers Improve Riverfront Park
Ange Bradely, Salem Health switchboard operator and
Sarah Anderson, RN, Neonatal Care Unit nurse,
paint a railing with Peter Courtney
Minto Island Bridge in the background
Salem Health employee volunteers
work to spread bark dust and plant
flowers at Riverfront Park
Salem's Riverfront Park is a flagship venue
for many annual events, including last weekend's
World Beat Festival and the upcoming
Bite & Brew of Salem.
Thanks to a boost in Salem Health volunteerism,
it's becoming an even more vibrant
The City of Salem purchased the land from
Boise Cascade and began developing it in the
1980s. The beginning stage of the park was
launched in 1996 and now the long-awaited
Peter Courtney bridge has opened over the
Willamette River, connecting the park to
miles of bike and walking paths in Minto-
Brown Island Park. The Riverfront Carousel
and A.C. Gilbert House also call Riverfront
On June 22, volunteers
on the park to
plant flowers, paint
railings, and participate
to welcome the
of World Beat Festival.
donated the flowers
and our crew is
working hard to clean up the beds and plant
them," noted Bryce Petersen, community relations
Salem Health knows the importance of giving
back, and has a base of more than 400
volunteers who serve a variety of needs, from
helping in the emergency room and waiting
rooms, to way-finding and pet therapy.
Salem Health's Volunteer Services Projects
Committee also benefits the community by
hosting sales to fund scholarships for students
pursuing health care careers.
The Riverfront Park beautification project
was one way Salem Health staff gave back to
the community in a new way.
"We save lives every day. Now we're planting
life and hoping to regenerate the community,"
said Melissa Shortt, clinical education
and care management nurse. "Watching
this happen is just spectacular."
With more community volunteer projects
in the works, Salem Health is working hard
to fulfill its commitment to being as big a
community partner outside of its walls as it
is inside them.
"Community really does matter!" said Petersen.
Yes it does.
First Lube Plus Celebrates First Anniversary
Steve Hunter GM, Dave Campos
Lead Tech - Artist Timo Teo Valencia
Manager Steve Hunter and his crew have
certainly fine tuned the former Delon oil
change center. Now featuring extended auto
services and U-Haul rentals.
What you will find at the new First Lube Plus
is first class auto service and first class artwork
through out the property.
Dave Campos, lead tech is also a fine art illustrator.
Car logos and an entire wall of cars.
Visit the shop and you'll discover a real concern
for your vehicle, any make any model.
Fast Lube Plus is the only downtown oil
change store, enjoy shopping while your car
gets pampered. Drop offs as early as 7am with
no appointments necessary.
First Lube Plus is owned by First Babtist
Church of Salem, and encourages local empolyment
615 Liberty St. NE.
503-967-6216, Open, Monday - Friday: 8:00
Am - 6:00 Pm, Saturday: 8:00 Am- 5:00 Pm
Art on a Port-A-Potty
Property owners, merchants
and restaurateurs work to
addressg urban cleanliness
Arta Potties is a community
organized project that
provides clean and art-decorated
safe porta potties in
the downtown core of Salem,
Oregon, which has, at times,
been overwhelmed by dangerously
high levels of human
waste due to a lack of
facilities for the city's homeless
The costs are minimal. The
monthly professional cleaning
fees are only $75.00 a
month. The toilets are purchased
at extremely low
costs, other costs include the
printing and application of
graffiti and fire resistant art
The art used for the ultimate
goal of 7 potties, is
selected and provided by
the Roger Yost Gallery and
com. with the exception
of the historic capitol Arta
Pottie whose image was provided
by Arts and Antiques Plus.
Gorgeous art on a port a
potty has engaged property owners, merchants
and restaurateurs to work collectively
addressing issues involving homelessness
and urban cleanliness.
Through these efforts, alleys are cleaner
and businesses are flourishing, with entrances
into "Gallery Alley"... located behind the
Reed Opera House.
Five women from the Art, Business, Faith
and Human Services began this humble, yet
successful project launching three test Arta
Potties throughout 2015-2016.
Each Arta Pottie collected up to 30 gallons
of human waste a week in each chemical toilet.
They also reduced arrests for indecent
exposure , prevented crime and provided a
necessary bathroom option to the public attending
events, as well as serving a critical
need to our homeless community.
For 2017-2018, Arta Potties is collaborating
with Partnerships in Community Living,
a fabulous non-profit partner, which is prepared
to receive tax deductible donations.
Partnerships in Community Living - Expand
the Horizons and ... www.pclpartnership.org
Arta Potties still receives donations at Ace
Chemical Toilets ...where we like to say "At
least you know for sure that your money is
going to the toilet" www.acesepticandexcavating.com
Arta Potties is currently building the fleet
of potties and establishing NEW locations ...
preparing to launch as many toilets as possible
by fall 2017.
Contact Rebecca Maitland Courtney for details
or inquiries at 503-586-3993 ... artapotties@