About Shore Up



SHORE UP! Inc. is a private, non-profit Community Action Partnership* located in Salisbury, on Maryland's Lower Eastern Shore.  Formed in 1965, SHORE UP! has been serving low-income and disadvantaged persons on the Eastern Shore for over 45 years.  SHORE UP is an acronym for “Self-Help on Rural Economics and Urban Problems.” Our Agency’s main focus is to help people reach economic self-sufficiency. ** We offer services in the areas of employment; education; housing; and health care, nutrition and disabilities.  In 2010 we provided services to over 13,200 persons (unduplicated count).  Click here to see our service area.

SHORE UP!  has a Board of Directors that helps guide Agency policy.  Our Executive Director is responsible for all day-to-day operations.  There are eight administrators who report to the Executive Director. Currently SHORE UP!  has over 300 employees who work in our service area. 

Although SHORE UP! Inc. is a private organization,we receive most of our funding from state and federal grants. We also receive funding from state and local grants, as well as private foundations and businesses. We work closely with our local partners—such as social service agencies, health departments, colleges and universities and other non-profits—to maximize the programs and services available to our customers and to avoid duplication of services.

*Community Action Agencies are non-profit organizations created by the signing of President Lyndon B. Johnson's signing of the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964. This Act embodies the philosophy that low-income individuals can best identify the problems their community face and also develop solutions that will resolve the issues.

**Definition of “Self-sufficiency”:  If a person is economically self-sufficient, he/she can take care of themselves and his/her family, he/she can pay the rent, he/she has a car for transportation, he/she has a job and he/she can pay his/her bills.  The individual does not need to depend on anyone for anything; he/she is off all assistance programs.  He/she can pay for daycare for his/her children, he/she can buy groceries and he/she can pay for life necessities.


SHORE UP! Inc., a private, non-profit Community Action Partnership on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, is dedicated to building communities, changing lives, and empowering individuals and families to maintain long-term independence and achieve economic self-sufficiency, through a comprehensive system of services and resources.


SHORE UP! Inc. envisions a community where individuals and families have the opportunities and resources to live with dignity, achieve their fullest potential, maintain long-term independence, and become economically self-sufficient.


Realizing that our customers are in need of assistance, we will:

  • Strive for excellence and provide quality services
  • Respect the rights of our customers and treat them as we would like to be treated
  • Research best practice and innovative approaches to ensure outstanding delivery of services.

We believe that:

  • The employees of SHORE UP! are our most valuable resource;
  • Our customers must be empowered in order to achieve self-sufficiency;
  • Our reputation in the community must be held in high regards; and
  • We must be the catalyst for change in the community so that customers may reach their fullest potential.

These beliefs and values guide our operational strategies, business practices, and relationships with our customers, community, and the employees of SHORE UP! Inc.



To provide programs that will enhance employability skills, job mobility, and increase employment opportunities that will allow individuals and families to earn a decent wage and provide a reasonable standard of living for themselves and their families.


To promote developmentally-appropriate quality education, training, and skills that will be necessary to achieve lifelong learning in order to compete in an increasingly global marketplace.


To increase the availability of affordable, safe, sanitary, and decent housing in order to improve the living conditions in the community and enhance the quality of life for individuals and families.


To strengthen family support systems and make available positive interventions in order that families achieve long-term economic self-sufficiency.


To provide accessible, affordable, quality health care services, promote nutritional awareness, and create opportunities that will help children and families maintain optimal well-being and a healthy lifestyle.


To increase and maintain the agency’s capacity to plan, develop, implement, and evaluate quality programs that will increase customer services and produce long-term results.


1.   Employment

2.   Education

3.   Housing

4.   Family Support Services

  • Children/Youth issues:  Childcare; Activities for Youth/Children; Teen Pregnancy; Parent Involvement with Children/Schools;Children of Incarcerated Parents
  • Crime:  Gangs, Safety
  • Homelessness
  • Transportation
  • Substance Abuse
  • Treatment of Elderly
  • Energy Assistance
  • Participation in Local Community Affairs
  • Services for Persons Coming out of Prison
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5.   Health care/Nutrition/DISABILITIES