Three simple words that represent a philosophy of spirit that we at All Marblehead hope to exemplify. Our love for our community drives much of what we do day in and day out.
Clearly, Jocelyn Cook, Founder and Executive Director of SPUR, knows the feeling. A wife, mother, and tireless volunteer, Jocelyn and the SPUR team are committed to finding ways in the everyday to inspire good deeds, connect the community and provide a platform to engage others in volunteerism to benefit our neighbors in need in Marblehead, Salem, Lynn and Swampscott.
In 2016 (only their second year in operation), SPUR mobilized 596 volunteers ages two and up; organized 26 volunteer activities; offered 1,500 servings of food at Lifebridge Shelter; held six enrichment workshops for children ages 3-10; prepared 642 personal care kits for the homeless; organized five drives, the two largest of which provided 587 local children with new backpacks and school supplies and 433 local children and 80 homeless adults with winter essentials and meaningful gifts; funded two seed grants which empowered local youth to carry out their ideas for community impact projects and successfully installed and maintained an organic, 540 sq. ft. garden which benefited the Marblehead Food Pantry. They were also, quite deservingly, named Non-Profit of the Year by Marblehead Chamber of Commerce.
If a need exists, and Jocelyn learns of it, she works tirelessly to find a way to help. Be it a child who might otherwise go without school supplies, an elderly resident with an icy sidewalk, or a homeless family in need of a warm meal, SPUR is there to make a difference – not only in the lives of those in need but, as importantly, in the lives of those who help. The saying “it takes a village” may be trite, but Jocelyn Cook and the network of helpers SPUR has inspired is proof positive that TOGETHER our communities affect change greater than anything we can do as individuals.
Learn more about SPUR and how you can get involved at http://www.spur.community/.