How We Started:
The Denard Span Foundation first got its start in 2014. Although its existence is brief, Denard has been serving single parent homes much longer than that. He quickly realized the power of his influence when first entering the major leagues in 2008 with the Minnesota Twins. During his time there, he hosted the “Twins and Pins” bowling event which benefitted the Jeremiah Program, an organization dedicated to helping single parents break the cycle of poverty. From this event on, a spark ignited in Denard to continue helping others the best he could and to one day start his own foundation.
Fast forward, Denard and his family are still hosting events that help serve and empower single parent homes. This foundation and its inspiration comes from real and raw experiences that Denard and his mother, Wanda, had gone through themselves as a home with one parent. They use their stories to spread hope and empower others in similar situations.
“We don’t just look back at our own experiences, we want to bring others up with us.” -Denard Span
Our mission is to serve and empower single parents. We are dedicated to creating strong sustainable home environments where both parents and children can thrive physically, emotionally, financially, and spiritually.
Our vision is to see communities where all single parents are provided the resources and encouragement to build and sustain strong families.
Helping Single Parents Help Themselves
The Need Is Here, And It’s Now.
Consider these facts from the most recent US Census:
- Nationwide, 27% of all family households have a Single Parent.
- In the Tampa metro area, more than 57,000 homes are headed by Single Parents-19% of them fathers.
- Single Parent families are disproportionally at or below the poverty line, resulting in higher school drop-out rates and instances of teen pregnancy, creating hopelessness and a huge drain on public resources.
Giving Single Parents The Extended Family They Need
We can’t do it without your support!
Your donation of money, products, even services, can change the lives of these families struggling with the emotional and financial burden of trying to keep their kids safe, secure, and on the path to becoming responsible adults. They need you as part of their extended family. See our Get Involved Page for more information. As always, we would love to hear from you!