Bringing people and resources together to empower refugees to thrive in Salem, Oregon

How to get involved…


Donate | funds to support refugees in Salem by contributing through our fiscal sponsor, Salem Leadership Foundation. Every dollar you donate will be used to benefit refugees in the Salem/Keizer area. To give online, follow this link: Salem For Refugees Fund. To give by check, make check out to Salem Leadership Foundation and write “Salem For Refugees” in the memo line. Mail the check to: Salem Leadership Foundation, PO Box 7384, Salem, OR 97303. All donations are tax deductible.

Collect | Re-Start Kits to provide items to set up homes for newly arriving refugees. See below for a complete list of Re-Start Kits needed & instructions for putting them together.

Attend | “Welcoming Our New Neighbors” Meetings hosted by Salem For Refugees on the first Monday of every month. Our next meeting is on Monday, November 6 from 12:00-1:30pm at Salem Alliance Church (555 Gaines St. NE, Salem, OR 97301). Everyone is welcome.

Join | the Salem For Refugees email list below to be notified about future meetings and other opportunities to get involved.

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Restart Kits

Most refugees arrive to the United States with next to nothing, but you can help them rebuild their lives by putting together a Restart Kit. Please purchase new items. The hope is that these kits will bring honor to refugees coming to Salem, reflect their dignity, and meet tangible needs. Choose a category below, place the items in a clear plastic tub that can close, and label the top of the container with the Restart Kit name. We also encourage you to include a hand-written, unsealed note welcoming the family. This is a great opportunity to invite your friends, work teams or small groups to build a kit together. *Note: If an item doesn’t fit in the tub, please tape it to the top of the kit.

When your kit is ready, send an email to: info@salemforrefugees.org to arrange a time to drop off your donation.

Personal Care Kit:

  • Toothbrushes (4-6)
  • Toothpaste (2)
  • Shampoo (2)
  • Conditioner (2)
  • Deodorant (2 men’s, 2 women’s)
  • Bars of soap (3)
  • Razors (4)
  • Shaving cream (2)
  • Feminine hygiene pads
  • Rolls of toilet paper (4)
  • Alarm clock

Welcome Kit:

  • Electric tea kettle and tea
  • Oregon calendar
  • Map of Salem area
  • Scented jar candle with lighter
  • Blanket
  • “Welcome” doormat
  • Notebook and pens and/or pencils
  • Umbrella
  • Scissors
  • Small sewing kit
  • LED Flashlight

Baby Kit:

Choose any age. Include on kit label.

  • Diapers
  • Baby wipes
  • Small baby items (onesies, rattle, etc.)

Bedding Kit:

Choose twin, full, or queen. Include on kit label.

  • Comforter
  • Blanket
  • Sheets and pillow cases
  • Mattress pad
  • Pillow (1 for twin, 2 for full or queen)

Bathroom Kit:

  • Bath towels and hand towels (4 of each)
  • Washcloths (6-8)
  • Shower curtain with rings
  • Hand soap
  • Rolls of toilet paper
  • Small waste basket
  • Floor bathmat

Cleaning Kit:

  • Mop and bucket
  • Broom and dustpan
  • Pack of sponges
  • Bottle of bathroom, kitchen, and all-purpose cleaner spray
  • Toilet brush
  • Dish soap
  • Laundry detergent
  • 4 light bulbs (CFL or LED)
  • Paper towels (2 rolls)
  • Tissues (2 boxes)
  • Small waste basket

Kitchen Kit 1:

  • Dishes (plates and bowls for 6)
  • Cups/glasses and mugs for 6
  • Silverware (forks, knives, spoons for 6-8)
  • Silverware tray/holder for drawer
  • Dish towels (2)
  • Potholders (2)
  • Paper towels and holder
  • Hand soap
  • Trash can (11-13 gallons)
  • Garbage bags
  • Dish drying rack

Kitchen Kit 2:

  • Mixing bowl
  • Serving bowl
  • Plastic tupperware or storage containers
  • Large frying pan
  • Large pot with lid
  • Baking dish (glass or ceramic)
  • Cutting board
  • Large carving knife, smaller paring knife
  • Spatula
  • Can opener
  • Wooden spoon
  • Serving utensils
  • Serving tray

*Note: This website is currently under construction.