In Salem, New Jersey, roots run deep for both Mannington and our owners, the Campbell family. Under their leadership, Mannington has grown to be one of the largest companies of its kind in the world. The small town we call home has benefitted from Mannington and the Campbell family’s presence, too. For generations, they have given financial support, as well as time and talent, to support a wide range of local community programs. The newest is the Ann C. Campbell Garden House, a part of the Olive Street Community Garden.
Named for the Campbell family matriarch, Ann C. “Buffy” Campbell (who made a significant donation to Lighthouse Ministry for this project), the structure and surrounding grounds will serve a much needed purpose in this inner city neighborhood of Salem. Several generations of the Campbell family, including Mrs. Campbell (surrounded by family members in the photo above as she sits front and center) recently joined local dignitaries for the dedication event.
“This is especially heartwarming because I lived only a few blocks away when I first came to Salem after World War II,” said Mrs. Campbell at the dedication. “This garden has been a remarkable project, helping many young people and acquainting them with the job of working with the soil and watching the fruits of their labor grow. Now, the garden house can be the center and hub of this project.”
The Ann C. Campbell Garden House will be the first permanent structure on the grounds of the Olive Street Community Garden, creating a year-round facility for use by garden and city volunteers when working with kids on a variety of educational programs. It will enable volunteers to host programs year-round and work with an increasing number of kids—a goal of special interest to Mannington’s Campbell family.
“Salem has been our company -and family- home since 1915, the year that Mannington was founded by my great-grandfather,” adds Keith Campbell, Mannington Chairman of the Board. “This is a town that we love and are delighted to support in ways like this.”
Located next to the Olive Street Community Garden, the Ann C. Campbell Garden House will also provide indoor essentials like restrooms and a snack area. House renovations are scheduled to begin this year with completion targeted for Spring 2019.
Established in 2015 through a partnership with the ‘Stand Up for Salem’ organization and its Neighborhood Revitalization Grant, the Olive Street Community Garden engages local youth and helps provide fresh food to families of the youth who participate; and is run by First Presbyterian Church of Salem’s Lighthouse Ministry.