Thanks to all who joined us!

     
The 9th Annual Arts Dinner and Auction was truly a swanky, swell, time…really the bee’s knees. Thanks to all who joined us for the event as well as those who couldn’t be with us but supported Saint Martin’s.

Deborah Hudson Vornbrock
Director of Development
Saint Martin’s Ministries
PO Box 996
14374 Benedictine Lane
Ridgely, MD 21660

www.stmartinsministries.org
Phone: 410.634.2537 ext. 102

Fighting poverty on the Shore for over 30 years.

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Thanks to everyone who joined us to help Chase Off Poverty!

Chase Off Poverty Banner

     

On Saturday, June 7th, Saint Martin’s Ministries (SMM) hosted their first annual 5K and Family Fun Run to Chase Off Poverty. Over eighty runners participated and the money raised will help Saint Martin’s provide food, clothing and housing to local families when they can’t make ends meet.

Amy Amalfitano came in first place in the women’s division with a time of 20:10.  First place in the men’s division was Trey Hill with a time of 20:44.  And the top youth finisher was Mason Ratecliff with a time of 30:17.

Saint Martin’s is grateful for the generosity of all of the businesses that sponsored this event including: Callahan’s Appliances, Fred Frederick, Tri Gas & Oil, Choptank Transport, Doug’s Tire, Nagel Farm Service,  Towers Concrete Products, TriCycle and Run, Chesapeake Landing Restaurant, Foster’s Mini Mart, Freestate & Son Insurance, Impressive Printing,  Lewis Auto Body,  and St. Benedict/St. Elizabeth Catholic Community.  Food and water for the runners was provided by Food Lion in Denton, TriMe Grocery Store in Ridgely, Kent Island Depot in Stevensville and the staff and volunteers of Saint Martin’s Ministries.

Dobson’s Dogs was on site to offer breakfast sandwiches, drinks and hot dogs.  Michelle Meadows, author of children’s books such as “Piggies in Pajamas”, had a table set up, and read to the children. The event also offered face painting, and highlighted local agencies such Mid Shore Reading Council’s “Read for Shore” Program, the Pajama Program, a model train display, and the Eastern Shore Oral Health and Education Outreach Program. Saint Martin’s Barn was open for its regular Saturday Sale with great bargains on clothes, books, household items and furniture.

Caroline County ranks 7th in the state for overall poverty and on average more than 30% of the children living in Caroline County live below the poverty level.  Seven of the nine counties in Maryland with the highest poverty rates are on the Eastern Shore. For over 30 years SMM has helped low income families on the Eastern Shore meet their basic needs of food, clothing and housing.  Services offered by Saint Martin’s Ministries include an emergency food program, eviction assistance, a thrift store and a 2 year transitional housing program for women and their children.

Mark your calendars for next year’s event – the first Saturday in June 2015

Deborah Hudson Vornbrock
Director of Development
St. Martin’s Ministries
PO Box 996
14374 Benedictine Lane
Ridgely, MD 21660
www.stmartinsministries.org
Phone: 410.634.2537 ext. 102

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5K/Fun Run to Chase Off Poverty

On June 7 SMM is hosting our first 5K/Fun Run to Chase Off Poverty. We are excited to spread the word about all the good work SMM does. Please consider coming by to support our runners.  There will be a DJ, food vendors and tours of our facility. To register or support the Run to Chase Off Poverty, click here or go the active.com page and in the What’s your active? search box, search for St. Martin’s Ministries. For more information please contact Kim Hopkins at 410.634.2537 x 106 or by email at assistanthousedirector@stmartinsministries.org. Hope to see you there.

Deborah Hudson Vornbrock
Director of Development

St. Martin’s Ministries
PO Box 996
14374 Benedictine Lane
Ridgely, MD 21660
www.stmartinsministries.org
Phone: 410.634.2537 ext. 102 

Fighting poverty on the Shore for 30 years.

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An important message from the CEO about the April Food Challenge

Food Package in December

Food Package in December

Lots of folks know that before coming to Saint Martin’s, my second career was closely tied to food, and especially the issue of hunger. I obtained a Master’s degree in nutrition, coordinated the meals on Wheels program in Kent County, worked for SHARE of Eastern Pennsylvania and met many wonderful people in the world of anti-hunger both in the big city of Philadelphia and my new home in little Kent County. Saint Martin’s food pantry was like a new wonderful home to me.

We need your help to make this monthly food package better.

We need your help to make this monthly food package better.

This month Saint Martin’s work in anti-hunger or food security as the researchers and government folks like to call hunger has an opportunity to obtain additional funding for much needed food items.  The April Food Challenge needs your contribution. A generous donor will match all the funds we raise this month for the food pantry, up to $2000.

Our stock of food is very low and the federal program that provides food to Saint Martin’s is sending less food each month. Donations to the April Food Challenge will double in value and help us restock the warehouse.

Here are some examples of items that we need and the cost to purchase enough to feed 300 families from the Maryland Food Bank:

Peanut butter              $385                            Shelf stable milk         $125

Corn Flakes                 $388                            Brown rice                  $182

Please give generously and help us double your contribution to the April Food Challenge.

Click here to donate online.

Jean F. Austin, Chief Executive
Saint Martin’s Ministries
Fighting poverty on the shore for 30 Years
NEW MAILING ADDRESS
P.O. BOX 996
Ridgely, MD 21660
410 634 2537 Ext 101

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Authors’ Luncheon Press Release

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17th Annual Author’s Luncheon a Great Success

     

I want to extend a big THANKS to the Author’s Luncheon Committee members and to all of Saint Martin’s supporters who attended the 17th annual luncheon on Saturday. In addition to the warm weather we were treated to stimulating discussion and insight from the three authors, Ron Culberson, Elliott Holt and Marvin Kalb.

Ron Culberson’s story about tubing as a metaphor for what’s meaningful in life, Elliott Holt’s reflections on how her Russian friends view Vladimir Putin, and Kalb’s in-depth perspective on US and world affairs came together in unique ways.

Ben Tilghman served as Master of Ceremonies for the afternoon and guests left with the sense of another great event in support of the Ministries.  Check the slide show for details.

Jean F. Austin, Chief Executive
Saint Martin’s Ministries
Fighting poverty on the shore for 30 Years
NEW MAILING ADDRESS
P.O. BOX 996
Ridgely, MD 21660
410 634 2537 Ext 101

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Saint Martin’s Run to “Chase Off Poverty” 5K/Family Fun Run

Saint Martin’s Ministries will be hosting our first annual run to “Chase Off Poverty” 5K and Family Fun Run in Ridgely on Saturday, June 7th 2014. The 5K, a timed event, and the Family Fun Run, a 1 mile event, will be held on the grounds of Saint Martin’s Ministries and The Benedictine School. The event will be a festive, family oriented event with music, vendors and local businesses set up in the runner’s village area. We are currently looking for those interested in volunteering, sponsoring and/or participating in this great fundraiser. More details will be available soon on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/St-Martins-Ministries/146146165419502. For more information regarding our “Chase Off Poverty” event, please call us at 410.634.2537 and speak with Deborah Vornbrock (extension 102) or Kim Hopkins (extension 106). Or you can reach us by email at devdirector [at] stmartinsministries [dot] org or assistanthousedirector [at] stmartinsministries [dot] org.

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St. Michaels Running Festival

Saint Martin’s Ministries is very pleased to announce that we have been chosen as a charity partner for the 2014 St. Michaels Running Festival. The St. Michaels Running Festival, now in its 3rd year, is one of the premier destination races in the Mid-Atlantic. Based in one of the oldest waterfront towns on the Chesapeake, runners will be treated to gorgeous water views, a quick mile past charming main street shops for the 10k and half marathon and an after-party in downtown St. Michaels.

Last year, St. Michaels Running Festival raised over $40,000 for its charity partners, and expects to well exceed that amount this year. Saint Martin’s staff, volunteers, residents and clients will be participating in the event. We are currently in need of volunteers to assist with the Running Expo, held on Friday, May 16th, as well as for race day. Any school age volunteers will be given credit for service learning. Saint Martin’s is also encouraging anyone and everyone to join our official race team. The course for each race is flat and fast, and an easy run or walk for anyone from seasoned runners to beginners. If you are not a runner, but would like to support Saint Martin’s in the race, please visit our official team site to sponsor one of our team members, or to donate to Saint Martin’s. (https://fundraising.active.com/fundraiser/SaintMartinsMinistries)

If you are interested in helping in any way, please call us at 410.634.2537 and speak with Deborah Vornbrock (extension 102) or Kim Hopkins (extension 106). Or you can reach us by email at devdirector [at] stmartinsministries [dot] org or assistanthousedirector [at] stmartinsministries [dot] org.  Please visit our Facebook page for updates about the race and other events. https://www.facebook.com/pages/St-Martins-Ministries/146146165419502

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Sudlersville Middle School Students Volunteer

     

Saint Martin’s is grateful for the help from Sudlersville Middle School 8th grade students.  On September 26, a group of 8th grade students spent the morning volunteering and providing much needed help with various jobs.  The Sudlersville students have been coming to Saint Martin’s for a number of years. The time that the spend helping satisfies the hours required as part of their service learning curriculum. They will come again in October and November. We welcome groups of volunteers to help in the food pantry, thrift store and house.

If you are interested in learning about group volunteering opportunities at Saint Martin’s please contact Kim Hopkins at 410.634.2537 or by email at assistanthousedirector@stmartinsministries.org

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2013 Arts Dinner & Auction ~ Fun Under the Big Top

     

The Arts Dinner and Auction – Under the Big Top – was a wonderful evening filled with exceptional art and good friends.  A special thank you goes to the Dinner Committee for all of their creative efforts and just plain hard work.  The event is an important fundraiser for Saint Martin’s Ministries and has a direct impact on the level of services we are able to provide to those who come to us for help.  This was our most successful year ever.

The Dinner Committee, Saint Martin’s Staff and all of those who are helped by Saint Martin’s offer our sincere thanks to all who attended or supported the event.

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