Why donate to SPAN? Longtime donors, Joe and Heather DiIorio speak to their connection and involvement with SPAN.
Q: What has been your favorite part about being a donor for SPAN?
A: (Joe) “Heather and I have been married over 40 years, we have two beautiful children, two grandchildren, a very loving family. And to think about what some of these women and children go through, it was really the main reason I got involved. As far as being a donor, I remember there was a walk-a-thon one time, I raised the most money and this woman came over to me and she was holding a baby and she had another baby in a stroller, and she said, “Thank you for all you do for this organization, I don’t know what I would do without it.” It’s just things like that that really moves me.”
Q: What is your favorite memory from your time with SPAN?
A: (Heather) “Along the lines of watching the faces and hearing the stories of these families that have been protected and saved because of what SPAN does, it’s amazing. And it’s done in such a loving way, I don’t think these women, these children, these families, feel pitied. They’re allowed to feel worthy and loved and safe, from SPAN. So that’s my favorite memory, the faces of the clients.”
(Joe) “I would agree with Heather, I think when you hear the testimonials from the clients of where they started with SPAN and where they are now. Being back on their feet, having a job. Or, the kids! The kids, I remember there was a 12 year old boy at a farm-to-table event awhile back and he did an incredible talk about what SPAN did for him and his mom. It’s stuff like that, you guys are just awesome.”
Q: Among all of the other worthy organizations, what made you choose SPAN?
A: (Heather) “I was working for a pregnancy care center the first time that I met Anne. And I’m not sure if this was after or before Joe’s involvement but I had several clients that wanted to carry their babies and they didn’t feel safe and didn’t know where to go, because of the father of the child. I remember talking to Anne, and her just making me feel safe in sending my clients to her. Knowing that maybe a lot of values cross sometimes, there are women’s rights, etc. But again, SPAN is a very safe place, regardless of your choice moving forward. There are no questions asked, there is no judgment, we value you and we value whatever you choose to do.”