Alice Kirwan’s ability to help people is matched only by her humility. A pantry helper at SPAN, Kirwan credits much of her volunteer journey to the people around her, although she carries with her an amazing track record of service.
Kirwan began her service in Pennsylvania after a move from her hometown of Severn. She began volunteering at a food pantry in 1998. Kirwan worked with the clients in the front end of the pantry, distributing food and supplies to those who came seeking help.
In 2006, Kirwan returned to her birth state, making a move from Pennsylvania to Severna Park. After some time, Kirwan had the urge to volunteer again. A friend, who has since moved away, volunteered with SPAN at the time. Kirwan described her involvement process simply by stating, “I went with her one Tuesday morning and stayed.”
Kirwan now volunteers in the back of the food pantry, accepting donations, sorting them into appropriate categories, marking expiration dates and putting everything into its proper place. While she certainly enjoyed her service in Pennsylvania, Kirwan said she prefers the responsibilities of her current position with SPAN. “I’m an organizer, so I like getting in there and getting it all squared away,” Kirwan said about her sorting and stacking duties.
Her most recent accomplishment at SPAN was helping during a delivery from Severn School. Kirwan, along with other volunteers, were responsible for sorting and stacking what she called “thousands” of donations that ranged from food to toiletries. Her work thus far at SPAN has not sheltered her from such challenges. During the remodel of the SPAN building, the county required that all cans located in the basement be moved into a 53-foot carrier truck behind the building. Baring the summer heat, Kirwan and fellow volunteers moved the countless cans onto the truck. “That was crazy, said Kirwan. “That whole process of the remodeling was a bit of a challenge, but we got through it.” Despite the challenge of the remodel, Kirwan said she enjoys the space that it now allows, as her Pennsylvania pantry was a single room attached to a church.
Kirwan, who occasionally straightens the pews and provides Sunday doughnuts for her own church, is ready for her next SPAN challenge. “I’m perfectly happy in the pantry,” she said, adding that she can’t see herself doing anything else.
Kirwan stressed the importance of doing volunteer work that brings enjoyment, and she certainly follows her own rule. The number of years Kirwan has been serving with SPAN is a memory lost to great experiences and passionate work. SPAN receives Kirwan’s lively spirit and fervent attitude for service on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month, days that she always seems to look forward to. “I like the people I work with,” she said to summarize her experience thus far. “I like what I do there, and we’re doing a good thing.”
Girl Scout Troop #10227 facilitated the annual Halloween candy collection drive at Benfield Elementary School. This drive benefited our community on many levels. The Girl Scout troop partnered with Dr. Collins Pediatric Dentistry and Dr. O’Reilly & Assoc., both of whom matched the number of pounds of candy collected with a monetary donation. Benfield students donated over 300 pounds of candy to this cause!!!! The monetary donation was then donated to SPAN. Through this partnership, the girls were able to collect $490.00 to give to SPAN. The local dentists then donated the collected candy to Operation Welcome Home, which is a program to support military personnel returning home. The girl scout troop is led by Laura Masone, Cristi Bishop and Elizabeth Nelson.
Join Girl Scout Troop #10227 in showing your support for SPAN. Donations can now be made on line through safe and secure Pay Pal. IT’S EASY- Just go to http://spanhelps.org bottom of Home page and click on Donate. All donations are tax deductible and a receipt will be provided. (Please note neither SPAN or PayPal will collect or use your personal information for any purpose beyond this transaction).
Olivia and Seth were celebrating their 33rd birthdays with a backyard BBQ. In lieu of presents, they asked their guest to bring food donations for SPAN. Through the generosity of their friends, Olivia and Seth brought bags of food to SPAN filled with dried pasta, canned vegetables and tuna, pancake mix, and other items.
When asked how they became involved with SPAN, Olivia said, “When we moved to this area last fall, we became involved through the holiday sharing program. This program reminded me that even though Severna Park has many residents with means, there are always families struggling among us. We have been blessed in many ways and we
want to be good stewards of the resources that have been entrusted to us, and we are fortunate that our friends felt moved to be generous. The amazing thing about asking friends to come together to help is that every friend’s small contribution adds up to much more than any of us could do on our own. And a birthday party is a fun way to make a difference”!
Join Olivia and Seth in showing your support for SPAN. Have a party, food drive or fundraiser for SPAN.
Donations can now be made on line through safe and secure Pay Pal. IT’S EASY- Just go to SPAN’s website Home
page (http://spanhelps.org), go to bottom of page and click on the Donate. All donations are tax deductible
and a receipt will be provided. (Please note neither SPAN or PayPal will collect or use your personal
information for any purpose beyond this transaction).
On Saturday, Dec. 15 the Severna Park Green Hornets, Boys 8/9 Basketball League (180 players) invite parents, family and friends to bring food, gift and monetary donations to the gym before their son’s basketball game. The Capital Gazette published a nice story about their generosity.
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 spanhelps.org and email to us at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
In August, Jenna F. of Millersville told her dad she didn’t want to go to the high school homecoming dance this year and wanted to have an alternative party instead. Jenna wanted to make this party special, because this year she wanted the party to be held for SPAN. “I wanted to do something for others, so my dad rented a moon bounce and everyone brought a donation. The reason why I did this is because I know there are many people who are in need and SPAN does a lot of good for people in our area”
In August, Jenna F. of Millersville told her dad she didn’t want to go to the high school homecoming dance this year and wanted to have an alternative party instead. Jenna wanted to make this party special, because this year she wanted the party to be held for SPAN. “I wanted to do something for others, so my dad rented a moon bounce and everyone brought a donation. The reason why I did this is because I know there are many people who are in need and SPAN does a lot of good for people in our area”.
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 email@example.com or call them at 410-846-1698.