During unpredictable times, one thing is certain. Community support has never been as important as it is today. Whether it’s donating your unnecessary items after spring cleaning or a monetary donation to your charity of heart, there are plenty of ways we can help our communities. We must get through this time together and build a foundation for brighter months ahead. Below is a list of local charities here on Cape Cod.
Animal Rescue League of Boston, Brewster Branch
Ever thought of adopting an animal? Now could be the perfect time! As we continue to social distance and adapt to our new way of life, these animals need us now, more than ever. With volunteering at a low point, there are many animals that could use a daily walk and social interaction. Ponder the thought of a temporary foster. The joy that an animal could bring to your home and family, could be just what you need. Contact your local animal rescue center for more information. The Animal Rescue League of Boston, Brewster Branch, was founded in 1921 to advocate for animal rights and fight for the rescue of abandoned animals in the area. Now, the organization counts 520 volunteers who help animals in need. They also focus on prevention, by advocating for animal rights and initiating adoption campaigns.
Masonic Angel Foundation
The Masonic Angel Foundation has served Cape Cod for twenty years. It has supported the community through many programs providing modest assistance to children in need. Everything from winter coats, to eyeglasses, to monthly food packages, to school supply kits. MAF’s Laptops for KidZ project has provided nearly 2,000 refurbished laptops to local children. MAF is 100% volunteer operated.
PO Box 1389, Orleans, MA. 02653
Salvation Army Family Store
The Salvation Army donation centers accept clothes donations, furniture donations, car donations, and other gently used goods. Located in Yarmouth, all items sold at our thrift stores help fund local programs that heal addictions, restore families and change lives. Visit the website below to schedule a free donation pick up, or to find out how we help local communities. Find a drop box at most town transfer stations as well!
174 Route 28, West Yarmouth, MA. 02673
Child And Family Services of Cape Cod
Child and Family Services of Cape Cod is an organization that offers mental health and child welfare services to individuals with special needs. It additionally provides counseling and case management services. It designs and conducts training programs based on personal and family-related issues. Child & Family Services of Cape Cod provides mentoring, specialized assessment and adoption services for families and individuals.
Living Independently Forever, commonly known as LIFE, offers various programs and services for adults with learning disabilities. It provides housing opportunities through its condominium villages located in Hyannis and Mashpee. The organization offers training sessions in cleanliness, meal planning, laundry, shopping, health, hygiene, and money management. Living Independently Forever conducts classes in exercising, cooking and art. It offers various activities, including dance, bowling, basketball, volleyball and tennis. The organization provides job assistance and training services through its Impressions Print Studio. Living Independently Forever’s campuses have fitness centers with televisions and music systems. It serves more than 70 adults between the ages of 22 to 55.
550 Lincoln Road Ext, Hyannis, MA. 02601
Disabled American Veterans
Adjusting to life for civilians is hard enough. Adjusting to civilian life as a Veteran, let alone a disabled one, is imperative. We need our Veterans to know that they have the support of their communities. DAV empowers veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity. It is dedicated to a single purpose: fulfilling our promises to the men and women who served. DAV does this by ensuring that veterans and their families can access the full range of benefits available to them, fighting for the interests of America’s injured heroes on Capitol Hill and educating the public about the great sacrifices and needs of veterans transitioning back to civilian life.
One of Cape Cod’s largest nonprofits, Cape Abilities was established on 1968 with the intent of supporting individuals with disabilities. The organization has implemented services that enable participants to access educational, counseling, social and therapeutic support in order to fill in equal meaningful roles in the local community. This nonprofit has been offering those with disabilities both, employment and personal growth opportunities for over 50 years. It continues to expand with the regular implementation of new appealing programs. Program centers have been set up by the organization in Falmouth, Hyannis and Eastham and is currently serving individuals diagnosed with various types of intellectual and development impairments and disabilities, such as autism, blindness, Down Syndrome or limited mobility. Cape Abilities is also a great resource when discarding your unwanted furniture. Call to make pickup appointments!
Family Pantry of Cape Cod
Starting off as a pantry put together by a group of 10 people in 1989 to support locals in need of food, Family Pantry of Cape Cod has quickly developed into an impressive non-profit, non-denominational organization. It has support from more than 700 volunteers serving meals to the less fortunate as well as distributing groceries among families in financial difficulty. Besides functioning as a local food bank, the institution distributes clothing as well, welcoming people from any backgrounds. Those who want to support the cause of this organization have the possibility of making donations directly to the institution or join the charity’s actions by volunteering.
133 Queen Anne Road, Harwich, MA. 02645
Elder Services of Cape Cod & the Islands
With a significant percentage of the Cape Cod population being elderly, what better time to check on our neighbors and make sure they’re supported.
With 16 senior dining centers, ad a wide range of in-home services for senior help, ESCCI is the non-profit organization, designated Area Agency on Aging and state designated Aging Services Access Point in Cape Cod. Yearly, the agency delivers meals to seniors as well as support them with other daily life tasks, pursuing programs that enable the maintenance of Massachusetts’ seniors’ quality of life. Being funded by the state, but also privately, ESCCI continue to develop various counseling, nutrition, care and protective programs that support those who have surpassed a certain age, and are unable to properly look after themselves. Those who want to support the cause of this organization have the possibility of making donations directly to the institution, join the charity’s actions by volunteering or contribute through Giving Assistant’s online shopping portal.
68 Route 134, South Dennis, MA. 02660
Housing Assistance Corporation
Finding housing on the Cape is an adventure of it’s own. If you’re in need of assistance, this is a great resource. The Housing Assistance Corporation Cape Cod was founded more than four decades ago and continues to develop quality housing for the community. The mission of this organization is to create good housing options while at the same time minimizing impact on the environment and supporting economic development.
460 West Main Street, Hyannis, MA. 02601
If you find yourself searching for a way to help your community, hopefully one of the charities listed above will help you fill that void. Cape Cod is special place and there’s no greater gift to give, then a helping hand.
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