The coronavirus pandemic has significantly impacted the Cape and Islands community. During times of crisis, we all wonder how we can reach out and help those who are facing economic hardships and concerns about their health and safety. Acknowledging that we are “all in this together,” WeNeedaVacation.com has made a $500 donation to The Lower Cape Outreach who provides financial, food and clothing service to the Lower and Outer Cape towns.
If you are interested in learning more about how to help the Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard or Nantucket community, or if you need resources and assistance, here are some organizations to learn more about:
The Cape Cod Foundation "has joined other local partners who are collaborating to support the community through the rapidly evolving coronavirus outbreak. We have made initial investments of $5,000 to the Cape Cod and Islands Major Crisis Relief Fund, a program of the Cape Cod Times Needy Fund, to support immediate individual needs as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. We have also invested $5,000 in Cape and Islands United Way for immediate support to nonprofit organizations whose clients are disproportionately impacted by the coronavirus and the economic consequences of this outbreak."
Falmouth, Sandwich and Chatham offer specific town pages - Donate to a town fund
The Cape Cod and Islands Major Crisis Relief Fund (MCRF) "is a nonprofit disaster response organization that provides humanitarian aid to local individuals and families. Addressing critical, long-term needs that are unmet by traditional forms of private and public disaster aid, we fill existing gaps in preparing for and responding to natural disasters, such as blizzards and hurricanes, and man-made crises such as health epidemics and terrorism. Our services include financial aid for food, housing, transportation, and medical/mental healthcare."
The Cape and Islands United Way
- "Your generosity will help our most vulnerable families and people access critical information and services like food, shelter and more. 100% of the dollars contributed to this response fund will go directly to local organizations working with communities who are disproportionately impacted by the coronavirus and the economic consequences of this outbreak."
Here are a few more news sources and organizations offering services:
On Nantucket, The Nantucket Cottage Hospital is accepting donations and volunteers. Here is a fun activity from the Nantucket Chamber of Commerce - COVID-19 Support Local Business Bingo game
On the Vineyard, The MV Hospital is also accepting donations. Here are ways to help and gain resources from MV Community services who work with a broad range of Island nonprofits.
The Homeless Prevention Council offers a thorough list of community resources for anyone needing help with finances, food, mental health support, etc.
Pandemic inspires formation of Wellfleet nonprofit group
Donate blood in your area
Lower Cape Outreach is accepting financial donations.
Whether you are able to help, or need the help, we all take turns giving and taking. We hope you and your family are safe and healthy.