This smiling mother-daughter pair are valued volunteers, Kim and Anna Crowell, photographed at our Hands of Hope Food Pantry and Outreach Center.
The Council’s work is possible only with the committed assistance of volunteers. During pre-COVID times, each year over 400 volunteers would donate over 16,000 hours of time in total at our different programs. Amazing. Equally amazing have been the smaller teams of volunteers who have continued to serve throughout this pandemic.
These intrepid groups follow strict protocols in order to reduce exposure and assure the safest possible environment for all volunteers, staff and clients. Many, like Kim and Anna, express gratitude for the ability to be of service to others during this time of such great need. We are certainly grateful for their time and effort and good will and prayers and partnership.
At this time, we are looking for a few additional volunteers to serve at Faith Family Kitchen and Hands of Hope. If you self-identify as someone who is less likely to have a severe negative reaction to COVID and are willing to follow all safety guidelines, please be in touch. Like Kim and Anna, a family COVID “pod” can serve together for a few hours a week. This can be a great way to serve our community, while sharing good work together.
Kim and Anna say it best:
Pinch-hitting for some of our Hands of Hope at-risk volunteers has been one of the silver linings of the pandemic for me. What was going to be a few weeks of stepping in, is about to meet its one-year mark…and it would be difficult for me to count all the smiles and heartwarming moments that “serving God by serving others” has brought me during this otherwise very challenging year. As a Council of Churches Board Member, I am so proud to see the work first hand — I am humbled to see how Cathy and her team provide nourishment and relief with dignity, sincerity, and care….I also am humbled to witness the weekly generosity of donations brought to the pantry by local individuals and churches. As a mom, I have been deeply fortunate to have built lifelong memories of sharing this volunteer time with my college-aged daughter, who has enthusiastically joined Hands of Hope forces while her college year has been turned upside down.
And from Anna:
I found out about Hands of Hope through my mom. Because of the pandemic, l’m home for a much longer period of time than usual and my mom thought it’d be good for me to dip my hands into some community service. This experience has helped me in many ways. Not only am l able to help my community, it’s also given me an outlet to be with my community
, even for the short amount of time l’m granted and for that l’m grateful.
We are so grateful for Kim and Anna and for all our amazing volunteers.
Come join us if the time and circumstances are right!
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Hands of Hope
We would like to thank the following businesses who made a very special effort to collect food and funds or make a special donation to the Pantry this year:
Four Seasons Hair Care
Little Stars Learning Center South Dennis
Three Harbors Pre School West Harwich
The Golf Guys of Dennis
Ladies Niners of Dennis Golf Courses
Horsely Witten Group Sandwich
The Friday Club Yarmouth Port
And many, many others. Thank you for your kindness and generosity.
Our annual Christmas program had to be "re-imagined" due to Covid precautions. In place of our usual Christmas gift distribution, Hands of Hope was able to mail gift cards to over 150 families, including over 370 children. In addition, we distributed 75 extra bags of groceries (beyond what we usually provide) for Christmas, including hams and turkeys. The Cape Cod Times Needy Fund, member Churches, Civic Groups and Friends of the Pantry made the program possible, as did the Cape Cod RTA, whose buses delivered orders to our clients. Sincere thanks to all!
A Baby Center
This year we had to revise our Santa Party and turned it into a Santa Bag, a bright cheery laundry bag filled with love. Brand new toys and books along with new pajamas and hats and mittens were carefully packed into these bags ready for Christmas! The numbers of babies we served this year was an unbelievable 512 and that is not a misprint! Last year we served 300 babies! I had assistance from Vicki Titcomb for books, Mass Military Toys for Tots with officer Brian Morrison, State Rep. Steven Xiarhos, State Rep. William Crocker, and Town Councilor Mathew Levesque, Yarmouth Police Officers’ Wives, and Luke’s Love Play-Ground’s Suzanne Powers, to name a few. These people are heroes! They made our job doable! We are so thankful.
ABC continues to see clients for diapers, wipes and formula only on Wednesday and Thursdays from 10-12 pm.
We are currently not distributing clothing but we hope to resume giving out clothing bags again the third week of February if Covid metrics at that time allow us to do so safely.
Similarly, we hope to resume accepting donations again the third week of February. Please call ahead 508-771-8157, or check ABC's Facebook page for updates. Cash donations always welcome!
We do have car seats (for newborns only) available to clients.
Faith Family Kitchen
We served up a delicious and nutritious Christmas at Faith Family Kitchen! A big thank you to all who
made our Christmas meal distribution possible! Pictured with Jeni are Pat Cawley of Duffy Health Center (on left) and Paula Schnepp of the Barnstable Town Council (on right).
Faith Family Kitchen continues to serve hot meals every Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights from 6-7pm. FFK has been operating with a wonderful group of volunteers who have offered their help as a Permanent Pandemic Team for the last 45 weeks. We are so grateful for this group's dedication, but we are now in desperate need of amplifying this team with at least 2 additional volunteers for Wednesdays and every other Monday. Please, if you may be interested in volunteering, contact Jeni at firstname.lastname@example.org
Executive Chef and Program Director
During this COVID-19 crisis, you may be depending on Amazon for some essentials. Consider adding the Council as your preferred charity on AmazonSmile. The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice. Click on the button below to get started, and thank you!
DACA Informational Program Wednesday, February 10 at 6:30 pm
Please join the Immigration Department at Catholic Social Services for a presentation on the recently reinstated DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program! We will discuss the requirements to both qualify for DACA for the first time and for DACA renewals. We will also explain the application process for an initial DACA application, and briefly discuss the renewal process. Lastly, we will touch upon Advanced Parole, and some of the benefits and risks involved in applying for DACA.
To register, send an email with #DACA in the subject line to Zoom-Immigration@cssdioc.org and you will receive an email with a link to the registration page. We look forward to seeing you there!
Microaggression Workshop Tuesday, February 16 7:00 PM
with Dr. Seyana Mawusi
Co-sponsored by No Place for Hate Barnstable and No Place for Hate Falmouth. Please join us via Zoom for this Workshop to learn to identify and respond to subtle acts of racism and bias against yourself and others. For more info, please click here.
The Cape Cod COVID-19 Response Task Force and MassSupport Network are partnering to present Season of Change, Coping During COVID. The event will focus on understanding the psychological impact of the challenges faced during this time and will offer helpful coping and self-care practices. The event will also provide an opportunity for attendees to ask questions of local health and human service experts. Click here to register.
The annual Human Rights Celebration, sponsored by Church Women United of Cape Cod “Women of Faith,” was held in mid-January. Congratulations to the 2021 Honorees Amy Doherty, Penny Duby and Sarah Swain! These women have done amazing work in the field of Human Rights on Cape Cod. Please click here to watch a recording of the Celebration.
Independence House is sharing information about The Cape Cod Enough Abuse campaign, which is offering online training about the prevention of child sexual abuse. Silence is the main factor in the epidemic of child sexual abuse and the campaign offers trainings that can fit any group's time frame. In the general overview of the campaign, we discuss “Why is child sexual abuse a public health issue? What factors keep it quiet? and What can I do as a community member to prevent child sexual abuse?” For further information, please contact Beverly Costas-Ciavola at email@example.com or Chris Morin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Churches: Do you have members of your congregations who could benefit from this opportunity?
Steve Spillane, Options Counselor for CORD, has developed video presentations to share information and resources about alternatives to nursing home care. These video discussions cover services such as Personal Care Attendants, Prescriptions for Transportation, and the Home Mortgage Loan Program.
Steve and his colleague Jeri are prepared to do video sessions of various lengths with Q&A's following. A popular video session would be Personal Care Attendants: What do they do? How are they identified? How does Mass Health pay them? Another video session would focus on roundtrip transportation paid for by MassHealth to medical appointments all over Massachusetts. Finally, another session would focus on the wonderful Home Mortgage Loan Program that would pay up to $50,000 to modify homes to make them more accessible including adding assistive technology! We would be very open to customizing our video sessions to the audiences and receiving questions in advance so we could address them.
Churches, please be in touch with Steve at email@example.com or at 508.499.8409.
Children's Health Study is recruiting preschool age children in Hyannis
Did you live in Hyannis before 2016? Do you have preschool age children? If so, you may be eligible for a new health study! Silent Spring Institute welcomes families of preschool age children to participate in our PFAS-REACH Children's Health Study. We are conducting this study to learn about how exposure to PFAS chemicals may affect children's immune systems. PFAS chemicals were found in the Hyannis water supply before 2016. While the Hyannis drinking water supply no longer contains elevated levels of PFAS, we are conducting this study to learn about how mother's exposures during pregnancy and early life can affect children. Doing this study is more important now than ever, since we know that exposure to PFAS and other chemicals can negatively affect the ability of children’s immune systems to fight off infections.
To learn more or sign up, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call/text us at 617-600-8348. More information is available through our recruitment flyers in English, Portuguese and Spanish.
Cape Cod Family Resource Center has new programming for parent education and support for February. Click here to view their calendar for this month!
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Cape Cod Council of Churches is a charitable 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization
About the Council
The Cape Cod Council of Churches serves people of all ages from Cape Cod and the Islands who are facing some of life's most difficult challenges. We have been privileged to serve our neighbors for 60 years, meeting people at their points of critical need and helping them move forward to greater stability. We are able to impact the lives of over 7,500 residents each year through the Council's six different programs and the work of over 400 volunteers. With the help of churches and our community our mission comes to life, "Serving God by Serving Others," as we offer practical assistance, spiritual support and hope - all without regard for religious affiliation.
A BABY CENTER, Hyannis
A BABY CENTER, Nantucket
Provides critical basic baby needs to income eligible families (WIC) for infants up to age four on Cape Cod and the Islands. The Hyannis Center serves over 500 babies each month. Families receive diapers, wipes, formula, gently-used clothing and other baby necessities.
COVENANT TO CARE
Matches a Cape & Islands congregation with Foster Care Families, supporting those families and the foster children in their care. This program works in partnership with the MA Dept. of Children & Families.
FAITH FAMILY KITCHEN
Provides hot, nutritious meals to our food insecure neighbors three evenings a week in Hyannis. Volunteer congregations and community groups help to prepare and serve free meals each Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
HANDS OF HOPE FOOD PANTRY AND OUTREACH CENTER
Offers emergency assistance to low-income families in the mid-Cape area (Mashpee to Harwich). Assistance includes: food, clothing, small household goods and financial relief to prevent evictions.
Homeless Ministries Services
Offers short term emergency shelter for families and individuals facing homelessness.
Enables teens to interact with our homeless neighbors by serving a meal and hearing firsthand how a life's path can lead to unexpected circumstances.
Sponsors a Chaplain at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital who offers prayers, hope and comfort to patients and families in their time of illness and recovery.