Make a Difference Day helps 80 fam­i­lies

Record Observer - - News - By DOUG BISHOP dbishop@kibay­times.com

GRA­SONVILLE — The third an­nual Make a Difference Day, held in early Novem­ber at Gra­sonville El­e­men­tary School, pro­vided some 38 dif­fer­ent booths where the county’s home­less and/or at-risk pop­u­la­tion could find free ser­vices and op­por­tu­ni­ties to help sub­stan­tially im­prove their lives.

The event was co-chaired by Candice Dar­ling, Jone Tay­lor and Judy Corchiarino.

The first year, 2014, the event was held in Cen­tre­ville, when, ac­cord­ing to Corchiarino, “25 fam­i­lies turned out.” In 2015, the event was held in Sudlersville, where the num­ber of fam­i­lies at­tend­ing tripled (75). This year, in Gra­sonville, “Ap­prox­i­mately, 80 fam­i­lies regis­tered as par­tic­i­pat­ing,” Corchiarino said.

On-site ser­vices in­cluded 24 free hair­cuts pro­vided by Bar­ber Tyler Wal­ter, com­pre­hen­sive health care in­for­ma­tion, free den­tal treat­ment for 22 peo­ple with 10 ap­point­ments for fol­low-up den­tal work, free hear­ing tests were ad­min­is­tered, 16 adults and 25 chil­dren were pro­vided free vi­sion tests by the lo­cal Lions Club, with fur­ther as­sis­tance to pro­vide free eye glasses, and 38 free flu shots were ad­min­is­tered.

Many agen­cies and as­sis­tance groups were on-hand, in­clud­ing the Queen Anne’s County Health Depart­ment, em­ploy­ment ser­vices, hous­ing as­sis­tance, the WIC pro­gram for new moth­ers, shel­ter for home­less via Haven Min­istries, free le­gal as­sis­tance, men­tal health coun­sel­ing, and vet­er­ans ser­vices and ben­e­fits.

Make a Difference Day is spon­sored by the Queen Anne’s County Depart­ment of So­cial Ser­vices and Depart­ment of Com­mu­nity Hous­ing. For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion about ser­vices avail­able, call So­cial Ser­vices at 410-758-8000.

PHO­TOS BY DOUG BISHOP

Nearly 30 groups and or­ga­ni­za­tions were rep­re­sented Satur­day, Nov. 5, in­side Gra­sonville El­e­men­tary School’s multi-pur­pose room as par­tic­i­pants in Make A Difference Day for Queen Anne’s County. The groups pro­vide free ser­vices for lo­cal res­i­dents who are in need.

Free den­tal ser­vices were pro­vided Satur­day, Nov. 5, at the third an­nual Make A Difference Day in Queen Anne’s County. From the left, “The Mo­bile Den­tist” trav­el­ing unit rep­re­sen­ta­tives Tas­min Rich­mond and Kat­lyn Cron­shaw, Dr. Jonathan Soist­man of Soist­man Fam­ily Den­tistry in Cen­tre­ville and his as­sis­tant Laura Put­man, as they pro­vided den­tal care to an uniden­ti­fied lady from Gra­sonville. Soist­man served more than 24 pa­tients dur­ing the event.

PHOTO BY DOUG BISHOP

From the left, Make A Difference Day vol­un­teer Denise Hen­der­son of Ch­ester was on hand Satur­day, Nov. 5, help­ing Shar­lene Copes of Gra­sonville with needed sup­plies for her home. Co-Chair for the event, Judy Corchiarino pre­sented Shar­lene with a free bagged lunch to take with her.

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