Make a Difference Day helps 80 families
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.
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.
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.