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First round of funding distributed under COVID-19 Community Response Fund

Updated: May 20, 2021

The Cape and Islands United Way established this fund toprovide support for local nonprofits on the front lines. The first priority area of funding is for organizations providing access to basic needs during this crisis.

Last week, three organizations were funded, all with whom we have a long history of community partnership:

YMCA Cape Cod

  • Grant amount: $5,000

  • Funds will be used to support their work as child care providers for essential employees of Cape Cod Healthcare and other healthcare organizations. The Y will operate those child care centers at 4 locations across the Cape and can serve up to 40 children at each location.

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We have partnered with the Y for many years and know the quality of their services. We are not surprised that they have stepped up to support our medical personnel and their families. – Mark Skala, President & CEO, Cape and Islands United Way

Cape Cod Council of Churches

  • Grant amount: $5,000

  • Funds will be used to support their work with low income and at-risk individuals and families through two of their programs: Faith Family Kitchen and A Baby Center. Faith Family Kitchen usually provides meals three times a week through a partnership with Faith Assembly Church. They are changing their model to provide meals on a carry out basis for individuals and families. A Baby Center provides essential supplies for families with babies and young children that include diapers, wipes, and formula.

  • More information at

Nantucket Interfaith Council

  • Grant amount: $3,000

  • Funds will be used for a meal delivery service to replace their food pantry, and for rental assistance as more Islanders are requesting assistance. They are one of they only nonprofit organizations on Nantucket that offer a range of assistance.

  • More information at

How you can help

Together we are making an impact on the Cape and Islands to mitigate the fallout from this worldwide pandemic. Your contribution to the Community Response Fund is allowing us to work with our collaborators to address critical issues. It is so heartening in these times of crisis to see our community rise up and Live United. Together we can make a powerful difference.

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