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Severna Park United Methodist Church Donates an Amazing Amount of Food with "Reverse Advent" Bags

A huge thank you to Severna Park United Methodist Church! This is their 4th year of doing a "Reverse Advent" program in December. Church members fill our blue SPAN bags with food items each day during advent. More than 200 bags were returned this year filled with food! Our office was filled several times around Christmas with the delivery of the bags! Thank you especially to Francie and Carl Seaman, Donna Barnabe and Bob Wimbrow for organizing and delivering the bags.


Holiday Schedule - Come by the 23rd


Thanks for Making the Holidays Brighter!

Thanks to our very generous community, SPAN was able to help over 150 families with Thanksgiving meals and over 170 families (300 children) with Christmas food and gifts for the children! The support from the community was tremendous! So many individuals, businesses and community groups came together to help others!

In addition to the food and gifts for Christmas, two of our amazing volunteers made ornaments to give to many of the families, The Blended Essentials put together gift bags for all of the mothers and we had several Christmas trees to give thanks to the SUN Networking Group!

Thank you so much to everyone who made our Holiday Caring possible, many more than I can name - both those who contributed items and those who gave time to make it possible! So many contributed to making this event a success! You were a blessing to so many and I wish I could pass along all of the appreciation from those receiving!

Merry Christmas!


Fall Fun at the Shoptoberfest Shop Local Event in Severna Park!

It was great to see everyone at the Shop Local Shoptoberfest event on Saturday October 23rd! Thank you to Greater Severna Park and Arnold Chamber of Commerce and others who organized it!

Lots of children enjoyed playing our fishing game. And it was a great opportunity to talk with community members about SPAN.

SPAN raised more than $200 that day including a generous donation from Kwon's Tae Kwon Do! Thank you to our great community members who gave! Thank you also to students from the Severna Park High School Thespian Society for helping at the booth and to Rolly Pollies, WEBBY Dance Company Annapolis, Eco Adventures and Music Together Chesapeake for our wonderful raffle prizes!

There were lots of creative costumes in both the kid and dog costume contests.

It was beautiful weather and a fun day - we enjoyed being in the community and sharing about SPAN!


Severn School Delivers Van Packed Full of Food - 3 Times in the Week!

Thank you Severn School for your amazing Spirit Week donation of food for SPAN! Every year Severn School collects food for SPAN during their Spirit Week. The generous donations help fill our shelves and provide help to those in need locally.

The van was packed full of food and toiletries and came to unload three times during the week! The last time there was so much food that they brought a 2nd truck also!

Severn School thank you so much for all that you do for SPAN and our clients!

 


Ribbon Cutting for SPAN's New Porch Roof!

September 28, 2021, we celebrated the new roof over our back porch with a ribbon cutting! Thank you so much Landmark Roofing for the roof! It is so helpful especially as we head into winter. It rained a little that day to help us all appreciate even more the usefulness of the roof!

For the last year plus we have used our back porch as a drive up method of delivering the food to clients. The porch railing was modified to allow us to pass through boxes of food that can be packed ahead of time.

Below are before and after photos showing the umbrella we had and now a roof!

Thank you to the Chamber of Commerce, Delegate Heather Bagnall, Landmark Roofing and also to our many wonderful volunteers!


Holidays are Coming! - SPAN's Holiday Caring Program

Now that students have headed back to school and pumpkins are everywhere, many are starting to count down the days until Thanksgiving and Christmas. But many families worry about Thanksgiving and Christmas because they can't afford a large meal and gifts for their children. Unforeseen circumstances, such as a car accident, illness or job loss can throw family budgets into crisis mode. At SPAN, we help ease the burden a bit.

Please consider becoming a sponsor - you will be matched with a SPAN client family to purchase the food and or gifts for the family and deliver to SPAN for distribution. Sponsors have the option of sending SPAN a tax deductible donation or gift cards.

For more information please email us at [email protected] or 410-647-0889. You can also print the form below, complete it and return it to us.

Thank you for your generosity!

 


New Roof for SPAN's Porch!

SPAN has been using our back porch as a drive up way to distribute food. It has been great and just made even better when Landmark Roofing gifted SPAN with a new roof over the porch. Very much appreciated especially on rainy days and the upcoming winter! Thank you Landmark Roofing!

We are going to celebrate the new top to the porch with Greater Severna Park and Arnold Chamber of Commerce and a ribbon cutting here on Tuesday September 28th at noon. Please join us, and if you can, bring a monetary or canned food donation to stock our shelves and help clients facing evictions. Thank you in advance!

Below are the before and after pictures. You can how the porch is used to give our clients boxes of food and the great protection from the elements that the roof will provide.


Great Donation from Vacation Bible School!

What a nice Monday morning surprise! I arrived to a huge donation from the Vacation Bible School at Severna Park United Methodist. So nice to see all the children helping to contribute! Thank you so much!


Great night at Anne Arundel County Eastern District: National Night Out

We had a wonderful night at the Eastern District National Night Out. It was so much fun to see the kids' faces as they enjoyed our fishing game. I asked one what she imagined her bait was and she said "Cupcakes! Red velvet cupcakes!" Her rod immediately connected with a fish! Another child smiled as she said she would use gummy worms to catch her fish! Lots of smiles as they hooked and pulled up fish.

The SPAN bathtub costume received lots of attention. We were highlighting that SPAN helps with emergency financial assistance for utility shut offs, evictions and medical expenses in addition to food. 

 


Severna Park United Methodist Youth Food Frenzy for SPAN

The Youth Group from the Severna Park United Methodist Church was not able to go on their annual service project trip to Appalachia this year. Instead one of the projects they are doing is a food collection for SPAN. Look at all the food they collected! They also used our wish list and the boxes contained many of our most needed items. A huge thank you to the Severna Park United Methodist Youth Group!


Another Wonderful Severna Park Independence Day Parade!

We had a wonderful time marching in the Greater Severna Park and Arnold Chamber of Commerce's Independence Day Parade! It was great to be in the parade and see many of our amazing volunteers and community members who support SPAN!

A big thank you to Kathy Taylor, Nancy Stow, Chris Haines and Diane Byus for helping to prepare our materials and to Carolyn Smith for braving the heat and walking with us.

Once again SPAN partnered with Chartwell Young Leaders. We had a fun float with the youth hitting golf balls and playing tennis. We won 2nd place in the Non-Profit category! A huge thank you to Marci Flynn, her team and all of the youth! With their help and the generous community we collected food and financial donations during the parade.

 


SPAN Receives $1,000 of Diehl's Gift Cards From Anonymous Donor

Thanks to a very generous local donor, SPAN received $1,000 worth of Diehl's Produce gift cards. A local community member purchased 20 $50 gift cards and donated them all to SPAN so our clients can enjoy fresh produce from our favorite local source! 

 


Welcome to SPAN's New Directors, Maia Grabau and Michele Sabean

Please join us in welcoming our new SPAN directors, Maia Grabau, director of operations, and Michele Sabean, director of development. We know both of these women will be great assets to SPAN and will keep it running smoothly. Please feel free to reach out to either of them at [email protected]

Maia has 20 years of experience as a pastor’s wife and serving in church leadership in a variety of settings. She has ministered to people from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds from the projects to the streets of Baltimore and more. She has deep compassion for the poor and those who are broken. She also has been a content writer for N2 Publishing area magazines. She has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and computer science from California State University and a master’s degree in public policy from Regent University. She is married to David and is the proud mother of four grown children.

Michele Sabean has a bachelors degree in mathematics from Smith College and an MBA from Duke's Fuqua School of Business. Previously Michele has worked as Director of Operations for a Charter School Operator in Baltimore City and as a Program Manager developing math and reading tutoring programs. She has experience training and teaching in a variety of settings. She is a member of Our Lady of the Fields Church and has taught Faith Formation classes there for many years. Michele also enjoys running, spending time outdoors, and dabbling in art and other creative projects. She and her husband John are raising their two sons in Crownsville, where they have lived for more than 15 years.
Welcome Maia and Michele!

SPAN Voted "Best Nonprofit for 2021"

Thank you to all who voted for SPAN for Best Nonprofit in the 2021 Severna Park Voice "Best of Severna Park" reader poll! We are proud to be accepting this title for the third year in a row, but we could not do it without our fabulous supporters and donors!

 

 


Scouting for Food Yields Mountains of Food for SPAN

Thank you to the local Scout Packs and Troops in our community for making SPAN the recipient of your #ScoutingForFood drive. We were blown away by the amount of food we received, and also by the efficiency by which the endeavor was run. Thank you Troop 918 (Severna Park Elks #2482), Troop 993 (Severna Park United Methodist Church), Pack 688 (Shipley's Choice), Severna Park Teen FASA (Michele Seebold - Teen Food Allergy Support and Awareness), and Troop 1644.


Good Neighbors Group S(o)uper Bowl Food Drive is a Huge Success!

How can we begin to thank our local community for the outpouring of generosity during the Good Neighbors Group #souperbowlfooddrive - We have never seen anything like it! Even though the bounty was shared with the #WestAnnapolisPopUpPantry and the #tylerheightspopuppantry, SPAN is still bursting at the seams!
Despite cancelling the delivery on Super Bowl Sunday due to the snow, the neighborhood captains faithfully came through the four days following; many even adding to their food collections during the extra time! Not sure who the "winning" neighborhood is, but it is clear that we are all winners!
Heartfelt gratitude and a loud BRAVO to organizer Julie Shay for setting everything up.

Clement Hardware Makes Generous Donation to SPAN

 

 

Wow, talk about a gift! Clement Hardware donated 20 cases of face masks and 2,500 bottles of hand sanitizer! Not only do we now have enough to put these essential items in every food box, but there were also enough to share with Asbury Assistance network, Light House - Homeless Prevention Support Center, and My Brother's Pantry. Thank you Clement's for always being a loyal supporter of SPAN!


SPAN Will be Closed Dec. 24 - Jan. 3


Thank You to All of Our Holiday Caring Donors

Thank you to all who donated to our Holiday Caring program this year. We are overwhelmed at the generosity of our donors. Christmas and Thanksgiving will certainly be different this year, but with your help, our local families in need will feel just as much love!

Thank You Severn School for Another Successful Spirit Week Food Drive for SPAN!

Thank you Severn School for helping us stock our food pantry!

As they have done every year, Severn School conducted a food drive during their Spirit Week, and donated all the food to SPAN. Despite the pandemic, students and their families donated generously.

Severn, we love your dedication to community and service, and best of all, your donations are going to help families right in our local area. #neighborshelpingneighbors


Diehl's Produce Donates Gift Cards to SPAN From Their Round-Up Program

What a fabulous gift SPAN has gotten from Diehl's Produce! Thousands of dollars worth of gift cards to date, to distribute to our clients so they can buy delicious fresh food! Thank you to Dieh's, and also to their customers who have donated!
Diehl's has a "round up" program, where their customers are given the option of donating the change from their purchase to help families in need. Imagine how wonderful it is for our clients to be able to stock up on fresh peaches, and corn that was just picked that very morning! Diehl's also carries items you might not expect, like eggs, bananas, soup, jams, sauces, vitamins, and even essential oils! Diehl's is a local landmark. Just look for the red and white striped tent next to Adams Ribs!

Pine Creek Structures Helps SPAN Obtain A Gazebo

The coronavirus has presented many unique challenges, foremost among them how to maintain a safe distance while staying in touch with clients, especially in bad weather.
Pine Creek Structures in Millersville helped us with a solution by offering SPAN a great discount on a gazebo for our front yard. Our interviewers can safely sit here and maintain distance, while communicating with clients. Perhaps an electrical line down the road will allow us to use a space heater in it when the weather gets cold...

SPAN-A-THON (too) Fundraiser During the Month of September Will Match Your Donation

Thanks to the generosity of Trish and Mike Davis, every donation to SPAN during the month of September will be matched 100%, up to $5,000. This allows SPAN more funding with which to help local families keep their utilities on, and stay in their own homes. Donate now, and write SPAN-A-Thon somewhere in the memo or message to have your contribution doubled! (We will never share or sell your information.)

You may mail a check payable to SPAN to PO Box 626, Severna Park, MD 21146, or donate online using this link: https://www.spanhelps.org/donate_money

 
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SPAN, Inc. (Serving People Across Neighborhoods)
400 Benfield Rd.
Severna Park, MD 21146

Please mail checks to:
PO Box 626
Severna Park, MD 21146

Phone: 410-647-0889
Fax: 410-647-7724
Email: [email protected]
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 10:00am-12:45pm