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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 Hosts Drive-Through Volunteer Appreciation Event

SPAN's volunteers are the best ones around, and SPAN literally could not do what it does without them. On July 30, we held our annual Volunteer Appreciation event, but given the coronavirus state of affairs, we took the safe route; we had a drive-thru event! Each volunteer got a frozen Luigi's Italian Ice plus a gift bag containing a custom SPAN face mask, a SPAN car decal, a bottle of hand sanitizer, and a gift card to The Big Bean. We hope next year we can have a nice catered brunch! Thanks to all of our volunteers for all you do! You are not paid because you are worthless - you are not paid because you are priceless!

 


Appalachia Service Project Team from SPUMC Donates to SPAN in Lieu of Canceled 2020 Trip

At SPAN we are often impressed by the generosity of our local community. But this particular delivery was deeply touching and incredibly meaningful. It was about four car/truckloads full of food.

Here is the backstory: Severna Park United Methodist Church's youth group, MYF (Methodist Youth Fellowship), led by Youth Pastor Lee Ferrell, has been traveling to Appalachia with The Appalachia Service Project for 40 years to do home repair projects for the poor of Central Appalachia. Because of the coronavirus this year the trip was sadly cancelled. Not to let the goodwill of the senior high students be dampened, these hardworking youth put their faith into action by doing a massive food collection for SPAN. There was so much food, the group made two deliveries. We are officially blown away by the generosity of this group! And what's more, they are also making a substantial financial donation to the area in Appalachia that they were unable to travel to.

Thank you SPUMC's youth, families, and community for supporting this cause! To learn more about ASP or donate to the church for this cause, click this link: https://severnaparkumc.org/serve/asp/#SPUMC


SPAN Welcomes Dylan Roche as Secretary/Woods Church Board Rep

SPAN is happy to introduce Dylan Roche as Secretary to its Executive Board. Dylan will also serve as SPAN's representative for Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church. Dylan is a lifelong member of Woods Church, where he teaches Sunday School, and also serves on the Families With Children Committee. Dylan is a freelance writer and editor whose work has been featured in local, regional and national publications. His first novel, The Purple Bird, debuted in 2019. 

In addition to SPAN, Dylan serves on the boards of Children's Theatre of Annapolis and Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre, among others, and he is the immediate past president of the Greater Severna Park and Arnold Chamber of Commerce Board. When he isn't writing or volunteering, Dylan can often be found training for his next marathon, or hanging out with his corgi, Tyrion.


We Want To Thank You!

For 30 years, SPAN has been helping families in need with food, utilities, prescriptions, and eviction prevention. But we at SPAN are just the messengers - the real gifts come from our amazing donors, starting with our member churches, and including our local businesses, civic groups, scout troops, classrooms, neighborhoods, and of course our many individual donors! Each month we mail out thank-you notes to our financial donors. This past April, in response to the economic emergency due to the coronavirus, we sent out a record-breaking number of thank-you notes. They went out in three different batches, but we have reason to believe that one of the batches might have gotten lost in the mail. We know this because one of our volunteers who had sent in a donation notified us that hers didn't come. If you donated to SPAN but did not receive a thank-you note, please email us at [email protected] and let us know so we can mail you another. Thank you for your understanding, and mostly, thank you for your extreme generosity. You are truly neighbors helping neighbors!

 

 

 



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