County sets Make a Dif­fer­ence Day

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GRASONVILLE — It’s some­thing to be­hold when scores of both pro­fes­sion­als and vol­un­teers come to­gether for one day, in one place, to help at-risk fam­i­lies in the com­mu­nity on Make a Dif­fer­ence Day.

This year’s Queen Anne’s County Make a Dif­fer­ence Day event will be held from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, at Grasonville Ele­men­tary School. Food will be pro­vided. Any­one who would like to ar­range for trans­porta­tion, please con­tact An­nette DiMag­gio at An­net­tedi99@gmail.com.

Candice Dar­ling, who re­tired from the county’s Depart­ment of Com­mu­nity Ser­vices, con­tin­ues to be in­volved in or­ga­niz­ing this day that brings ser­vices to those who most need them along with Judy Corchiarino, com­mu­nity ad­vo­cate, Jone Taylor, Depart­ment of So­cial Ser­vices, and a host of vol­un­teers.

“Ch­e­sa­peake Helps was awarded a grant and gave the Make a Dif­fer­ence Day event fund­ing for help with pur­chas­ing the goods and ser­vices for the Mo­bile Den­tal Van. We have re­served two for this year and have two lo­cal den­tists, Dr. (Jonathan) Soist­man and Dr. (James) Pochron of Ch­e­sa­peake Den­tal, who have vol­un­teered their time.”

Dr. James Cham­ber­lain and Dr. Daniel Kon­ick of Mary­land Pri­mary Care will be on hand to an­swer ques­tions and pro­vide in­for­ma­tion, Dar­ling said, adding, “We will have hear­ing and sight screen­ings, flu shots and free hair­cuts.”

“We will be well rep­re­sented by the Queen Anne’s County De­part­ments of Health and So­cial Ser­vices as well as many com­mu­nity and faith-based or­ga­ni­za­tions, such as Haven Min­istries,” she said. Other ser­vices of­fered are vet­er­ans ser­vices and ben­e­fits, and em­ploy­ment.

“To bet­ter serve you, please bring all per­sonal iden­ti­fi­ca­tion, birth cer­tifi­cates, So­cial Se­cu­rity cards, etc., that could be needed to gain ac­cess to much needed ser­vices,” Dar­ling said. Each par­tic­i­pant and their fam­i­lies will work with a vol­un­teer guide who will help them find the ser­vices they need.

There will be two vol­un­teer train­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for those who are in­ter­ested in help­ing guests nav­i­gate the ven­dors on the day of the event. The first train­ing will be 2 to 3:30 p.m. Thurs­day, Oct. 20, at the Depart­ment of So­cial Ser­vices, 125 Comet Dr., Cen­tre­ville. The sec­ond will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tues­day, Oct. 25, at the Kramer Cen­ter, 104 Pow­ell St., Cen­tre­ville. Walk-ins are wel­come.

Any­one who wishes to do­nate or vol­un­teer their time and ser vices for the event is asked to con­tact CDar­ling03@gmail.com.

PHOTO BY ALEX WOLF

An­nette Dimag­gio, right, and Danielle Davis pre­pare plates of food for peo­ple at St. Paul’s Epis­co­pal Church dur­ing Make a Dif­fer­ence Day 2014.

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