• Community Leadership Awards. Since 2004, ASPIRE has recognized community leaders for their efforts. Nominations come from other community groups. Click here to see a list of winners.
• The mission of
ASPIRE is to create and implement solutions to present and future needs
in order to enhance the lives of Severna Park residents.
• ASPIRE was founded
in 1994 by a community planning task force that grew out of a joint
effort of the Greater Severna Park Council and Greater Severna Park
Chamber of Commerce.
• ASPIRE's founders
recognized that both the Greater Severna Park Chamber of Commerce and
the Greater Severna Park Council are important forces in our community,
with powerful missions. But all agreed that a new type of independent
organization with a totally proactive role was needed. This organization
should reach out, through community leaders, to the various constituencies
and organization within the community, including the Chamber and Council,
with the goal of building a better future for Severna Park.
• After much consideration,
the founders felt that the mission of a proactive organization could
be best achieved through establishing a 501(c)3 organization. Using
the basis of "relieving the burdens of government," ASPIRE received
its tax exempt status in 1994 and this status became permanent in 1999.
• As a 501(c)3 tax-exempt
organization, ASPIRE is supported by donations and memberships from
individuals, businesses and grants. Donations and memberships are tax
deductible as charitable donations.
• ASPIRE is committed
to community improvement and has worked cooperatively with other Severna
Park organizations to launch new projects, including the Hatton-Regester
Green (Friends of the B & A Trail) and the performing arts deck
at the Community Center.
• The scope of ASPIRE's
work is deliberately broad and can include: beautification, community
planning, environmental health, community enhancements, revitalization
projects, cultural arts activities, and historic preservation.
• ASPIRE members,
as individuals, were directly involved in the creation of the Severna
Park Small Area Plan (a segment of AA County General Development Plan).
• ASPIRE can be
thought of as a “catalyst for building a better future
for Severna Park.”