Julie Shay Bridges The Gap Between Local Resources And Needs

“When she lived in Panama, she noted people used resources to their fullest; when she moved to Germany, she learned residents there recycled everything; when Air Force wife Julie Shay relocated to Maryland, the West Severna Park resident noted the majority of people around her had so much stuff, she began to devise a way to connect those resources with people in need.

“Established in 2006, Shay’s Good Neighbors Group aims to bridge the gap between local needs and resources with the assistance of a 425-member network of community members and organizations (otherwise known as good neighbors) Shay has built relationships with over the years. Together, they have met needs locally and globally, including supplying groceries for Annapolis families, prom dresses for students at Broadneck High School, shoes and school supplies for children in Honduras, clothing for local residents in need, a bicycle for a homeless man in Annapolis and more.

“’The problems that are around are so gigantic, but when you break them down into small pieces, people feel they can better respond to a need and work toward a solution,’ Shay said, explaining she reaches out to her 425 volunteers for items such as sheets, toiletries and any little thing that can meet a local need. Additionally, Good Neighbors Group partners with local outreaches such as the Light House Shelter, Agape House, HOPE For All and We Care and Friends, as well as Anne Arundel and Baltimore City schools, to broaden its impact.”

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