community service

Fran Seaman ASPIRE Recognition


SPAN’s volunteer, Fran Seaman was recognized by the Association for Severna Park Improvement, Renewal and Enhancement (ASPIRE) at the organization’s annual Community Leadership Awards banquet.

In July of 2009, Fran walked through the doors of SPAN with the desire to make a positive difference in our community. Fran immediately became an intricate part of SPAN’s total operation. She is a client interviewer and assists clients on a one to one basis to determine how we can help, is on SPAN’s Board of Directors representing our partner church, Severna Park United Methodist, and also a member of SPAN’S review committee.

Whether working directly or indirectly with our clients, Fran faces unique and sometimes overwhelming challenges in responding to the needs of our neighbors. Her devotion in helping families through critical situations never falters, and her compassion has no boundaries. From assisting our neighbors, to clearing the entry way after a storm, creating and maintaining a data base, to assisting with the Holiday and Easter Caring programs, or encouraging others to do whatever they can, her passion to help our community remains strong.

When asked why you volunteer at SPAN, Fran said “because I really am touched by the significant challenges many people experience in our community just to stay warm or to feed their family. It makes me a passionate supporter of SPAN; it makes me want to be there and volunteer in different ways.”

Because of her endless energy, dedication, and love for her neighbors, Francie Seaman is making a difference every day – and together – we are making a difference today that will last for many tomorrows.

Bob Kelter

Bob Kelter

Bob Kelter has had a lot of interaction with SPAN since 1991. As a staff pharmacist at Park Pharmacy, Bob dealt with request for client’s prescription and medical needs and knew the frustration our volunteers felt trying to read the prescriptions, and wanted to help.  For over 13 years, Bob has given of his time and talent helping our neighbors in need. As an interviewer, Bob’s calming and caring demeanor has helped many clients understand the process to obtain financial assistance.

“Over the years I have seen many changes to SPAN, but the mission has remained the same – Helping our neighbors! In recent years, with empty nest and my retirement from Park Pharmacy, I have been able to spend a few more days at SPAN. I enjoy the work and count so many staff members volunteers as friends. It means so much to me to be able to make a difference in someone’s life”.

Ted Mathison Awarded ASPIRE


ASPIRE Community Leadership Awarded to Ted Mathison

On February 26, ASPIRE (Association for Severna Park Improvement, Renewal, and Enhancement, Inc.) presented Ted Mathison with an ASPIRE Community Leadership Award for his “sustained, positive and visionary leadership” within SPAN “with the goal of serving the larger Severna Park Community.”
Ted fits this description perfectly. He came to SPAN as a pantry worker in 2005, but in 2006 stepped in as President of the Board of Directors because of his well-known administrative ability (He had been CEO of the Baltimore-Washington International Airport for 14 years). During his four-years as President, Ted guided SPAN into the 21st century. Responding to the 2002 Sarbanes-Oxley Act and drawing from resources such as the Maryland Association of Non-Profits, Ted and his committee tied loose ends together, updating and formalizing SPAN’s structure, policies, and procedures. One product of his labors was the Board of Directors’ Handbook and Governance Manual, an important collection of SPAN’s credentials, Bylaws, policies, and procedures for Board members.
After his time as president, Ted took on another challenging and complex mission: management of the reinvention of SPAN’s building—construction of a new addition along with renovations to bring the building up to commercial code.  It all started when a SPAN volunteer (who wishes to remain anonymous) had suggested that SPAN’s small porch be enclosed to provide more space for food storage; she donated over $22,000 for the project.  According to Ted, “It took 11 months to get the building permit,” dated October 31, 2011. That marked the beginning of an increasingly complicated project that was not for the faint of heart. “Once we started building, we had to bring the building up to code, including a ramp for the handicapped and fireproof wallboard and heavy fire doors, along with many other modifications.” Ted’s expertise, persistence, and dedication guided the process step by step, finally resulting in an Occupancy Permit secured in February 2014.  Congratulations and a big thank you to Ted, a wonderful SPAN leader and volunteer.

Easter Holiday Caring

Holiday Caring Programs for SPAN

holiday-caringEaster is around the corner which means SPAN is preparing for The Easter Holiday Caring Program and we are now in the process of registering families for this program.

If you are interested in being a donor for either an Easter meal and/or children’s Easter basket, or would like to donate gift cards, simply complete the donor form below and return to SPAN. You may return the form either by mail or fax (410 647-7724). You may also download a form from our website at and email to us at or call us at 410 647-0889 for more information.

Food and Basket drop off is Monday March 18, 2013 between 10 am and 2 pm at SPAN

Thank you for your help.

Donor Forms

easter donor form website

Storage Village

Storage Village Partners With SPAN

Millersville, MD – June 15, 2012 Storage Village has established a partnership with SPAN to help alleviate the most urgent needs of our community members seeking for emergency assistance.  SPAN is now the beneficiary of Storage Village’s year-long and seasonal community service campaigns.

Storage Village is supporting SPAN’s efforts through donations of food, money, and time.  These three initiatives combined will have a powerful impact on the extent to which SPAN can assist those struggling in our community.

With each new move in, a tenant can get their first month for $1 if they bring in at least 3 cans of food to Storage Village’s onsite Canned Food Collection Center.  All food collected from Storage Village in Millersville is donated to SPAN.  Last year, the Storage Village community donated over 2,000 pounds through this program.

Each Thanksgiving, Storage Village donates Thanksgiving dinners to SPAN through their “Room for Dinner” campaign.  Storage Village donated 103 Thanksgiving meals companywide last year.

Additionally, Storage Village assists SPAN by purchasing and selling water bottles to collect monetary donations. Each water bottle costs $1, and all money collected from the sale of water bottles is donated.

Furthermore, Storage Village pays all full time employees to donate at least 8 hours each month to volunteer work.  Though the employee can volunteer at the organization of his or her choosing, SPAN is the recommended organization for employees based in Millersville.  All volunteer opportunities at SPAN will be listed in Storage Village’s new Volunteer Resource Book.

“We are thrilled to be able to help SPAN serve people in Anne Arundel County who don’t have the means to take care of some of their most basic needs.” -M. Goldberg, C.O.O, Storage Village Self Storage

 Storage Village’s partnership with SPAN was inspired by their core value of community service.  As a company, Storage Village expresses their gratitude for the community that they are a part of by giving back throughout the year.  By targeting all of their efforts towards assisting one organization, Storage Village will be able to maximize their impact.

Storage Village is proud to be an active member of their community.  They invite anyone in need of extra space, or that would like to contribute to SPAN to stop by their facility at  8374 Veterans Highway, Millersville, MD 21108 .

For more information on Storage Village and their effort to help our neighbors, contact: Aja Bair at or call them at 410-846-1698.