Our 2nd Annual 5K and Fun Run to Chase Off Poverty is right around the corner. Registration is open on active.com. Please consider running as a fundraiser or starting a team to fundraise. This is a great run for kids and families. The entire course is on private property/closed roads. We will have music, food, kids activities and the Barn will open for shopping. It is also a great opportunity to learn more about the work SMM is doing to help our neighbors in need! We hope you will join us and please share with your friends. You can also share the link from our Facebook Page.
Saint Martin’s Ministries and the Luncheon Committee extends sincere appreciation to all of our friends who supported or attended our Annual Authors’ Luncheon. For the past 18 years the Authors’ Luncheon has brought nationally bestselling authors to the Eastern Shore for an afternoon of discussions with the authors, book signings, and a silent auction. This enlightening afternoon is an important fundraiser for the work of Saint Martin’s Ministries.
With the frozen bay as a backdrop, this year’s authors provided insight into the inner workings of the Supreme Court, of the iconic painted screens Baltimore and the beauty and uniqueness of the Eastern Shore through poetry.
Joan Biskupic whose biography of Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Breaking In: The Rise of Sonia Sotomayor and The Politics of Justice looks at Sonia Sotomayor’s rise from poverty to Supreme Court Justice. Ms. Biskupic has been featured in the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine and NPR and is the editor in charge for legal affairs at Reuters News. Elaine Eff’s book, The Painted Screens of Baltimore documents a beloved folk art of Baltimore. Local poet Meredith Davies Hadaway’s two collections of poems, At the Narrows and The River is a Reason explores the beauty of local places and emphasizes the sense of place that is the Eastern Shore.
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Your support makes it possible for us to help families who come to us for food, clothing and shelter. Here are some new, easy ways to support Saint Martin’s Ministries.
Together we can continue to make a difference for families in need.
When you do your Holiday shopping at AmazonSmile and choose Saint Martin’s Ministries as your preferred charity, Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price to Saint Martin’s Ministries.
Simply go to www.goodsearch.com and click on Find a cause to support.
Type St. Martin’s Ministries.
Next, click through to the partner merchants (clicking on the merchant’s link will open a new browser window and redirect you to their site) and start shopping! A percentage of your purchase will go to Saint Martin’s.
Donate your car to Saint Martin’s Ministries. We are working with CARS to make the process as easy as possible. Visit their website to learn more about the process or give us a call at the office (Deborah at 410.634.2537 x102). Just call 855-500-RIDE (7433) or complete the Easy Online Form. Be sure to choose your Favorite Non-Profit (St. Martin’s Ministries in Ridgely, MD). CARS will do the rest from pick up to receipt and Saint Martin’s will receive a donation!
The Benedictine Sisters in Ridgely have a long history with Saint Elizabeth’s parish in Wilmington, Delaware and thus, so does Saint Martin’s Ministries (SMM). This history includes Sisters that have taught at St. E’s schools, many donors who graduated from St. E’s and at least two Board members of Saint Martin’s who attended church and school in the parish.
Each year that relationship of giving and caring grows when St. E’s students conduct the annual Thanksgiving food drive. SMM Board Secretary Dana Delle Donne, principal of the Middle School, gives the assignment and every grade, PreK through 12 participates. Dana says, ‘They really take ownership of the food drive because the students have come to know and understand what SMM is about.’
This year SMM received more than 3000 pounds of donated food from the St. E’s drive, along with much needed personnel care products collected by the faculty. Father Norm Carroll, whose prior assignment was the Ridgely/Denton parish of St. Benedict/St. Elizabeth not only helps the students learn about helping others, but also came with Dana and a group of students to deliver all the food.
Cereal, pasta, tomato sauce, tuna and peanut butter and jelly flowed into Saint Martin’s warehouse. Many families’ food boxes will contain the foods from Saint Elizabeth’s students.
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
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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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 email@example.com. Hope to see you there.
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.
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.
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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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)