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The date stamp reads: October 8, 2014, SPUR Inc.

Yesterday marks a milestone in our history, for it was yesterday five years ago that SPUR was born with a mission to cultivate a Community of Doers.

I spent yesterday fumbling with videos and photos in an effort to present you with something to celebrate this milestone. A captivating visual which invites you along the twisty, high peak and deep valley journey this has been to build an organization of purpose.

To show you the behind the scenes of meetings overflowing my dining table, and thousands of boxes of school supplies crammed into my basement…which fast forward to our first office space, with room to grow and support a flurry of activity. My attempts however, fell short of capturing what has transpired because of your active and engaged partnership these last five years.

In total, SPUR has mobilized 3,165 unique volunteers, of which, 805 were under the age of 10.

We have organized & managed 126 volunteer activities and hosted 18 youth enrichment workshops.

Through SPUR, 6,910 servings of food have been prepared for local shelters, 2,271 new backpacks full of school supplies have been provided, along with 1,831 bundles of cheer.

Eight seed grants have been awarded to local youth, which empowered them to implement or further their community impact projects.

The Community Roots Garden at St. Andrew’s, has grown in three years’ time, 1,968 lbs of organic produce for local food pantries.

In just eight months, our partnership with Shubie's Marketplace Wines and Spirits, has rescued over 2,000 lbs of surplus food, redirecting it to those facing food insecurity, and working with local nursery & elementary schools, the travel size toiletries we collect at Shubie’s has been assembled into 2,542 personal care kits.

In this calendar year alone, we have clocked 1,550 volunteer hours, and overall, we have engaged 1,737 different households in our mission, along with 275 businesses.

Thank you! Thank you for believing in SPUR, investing in our communities through SPUR and partnering with us to bring about a thriving, multi-generational Community of Doers.

In honor of our fifth birthday, I invite you to give a $5/mo gift. Be a vital part of building the success of our next five years.

Thank you again. I am humbled to grow SPUR with you. 

Sincerely,
Jocelyn

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