Pasadena’s Barbara Patasce Serves People Across Neighborhoods


Whenever starting a new project, Barbara Patasce dives right in.

After only six months as a volunteer with SPAN (Serving People Across Neighborhoods), Patasce is on the board of directors, represents her church, writes grants and will soon begin training to become an interviewer.

“[SPAN is] so helpful to so many people in need,” Patasce said.

To become an interviewer, Patasce must go through two months of training. As an interviewer, Patasce will be able to directly meet with clients coming to SPAN in need of help.

“I want to work with the people,” Patasce said. In her current roles, Patasce does not get to work hands-on with clients.

When Patasce found out about SPAN’s baby pantry, she wanted to get involved with that, as well, said Ellen Kinsella, the director of development at SPAN.

“She lovingly hand-crocheted some baby blankets to give away to new or expectant mothers,” Kinsella said. “[Patasce] explained, ‘I want these blankets to go to the mothers who will not be receiving a nice baby shower.’”

This November, Patasce is helping with SPAN’s Thanksgiving food drive.

“We’ll pack up boxes that will have everything for a dinner, except perishables,” Patasce said. “[The families] get a gift card for perishables.”

However, due to a recent knee surgery, Patasce will not be involved with SPAN’s Turkey Trot. But not even the knee surgery slowed Patasce down.

“While she was still recuperating, Barbara was sending out emails about grants and other SPAN business,” Kinsella said. “She always has a positive attitude and a smile on her face.”

Before she started volunteering with SPAN, Patasce became a seasoned volunteer.

For seven years, Patasce was a volunteer EMT in Leesburg, Virginia. She taught CPR through the American Red Cross for 15 years, and served on the board for five.

In addition to SPAN, Patasce volunteers at Hope Springs Community Church. She is a Sunday School teacher and has helped with Operation Christmas Child for six years. She also does a weekly food collection through her church for SPAN.

SPAN is a food pantry and emergency assistance network serving families in need in 14 zip codes in Anne Arundel County. SPAN helps with court-ordered evictions, utility cut-offs, medical co-pays and prescriptions. SPAN is funded by churches, civic organizations, local businesses and individual donors.

Volunteer of the Month, SPAN


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