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More funding dispersed for food and safe housing

Each week, we receive requests from local nonprofits for financial support due to the COVID-19 crisis. We are so humbled and grateful that we have been able to quickly respond to organizations providing basic needs for so many in our community.

Last week, we funded four additional organizations:

Island Food Pantry

  • Grant amount: $5,000

  • Funds will be used to ensure continued access to food on Martha’s Vineyard. We recognize the increased need and the increased costs associated with changing their service delivery model to accommodate public health safety precautions.

  • Island Food Pantry website

Health Imperatives

  • Grant amount: $5,000

  • Funds will be used to ensure that eligible individuals and families are aware of the benefits of the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program and have access to services quickly.

  • Health Imperatives website

Housing Assistance Corporation (HAC)

  • Grant amount: $3,000

  • Funds will be used to ensure that the four family homeless shelters HAC operates are appropriately prepared with needed items to respond to the COVID 19 crisis. This includes providing staff with personal protective equipment, food for residents and other costs associated with maintaining safe access to housing are critical for those families that rely on these services.

  • HAC website

Duffy Health Center

  • Grant amount: $5,000

  • Funds will be used to ensure that individuals experiencing homelessness have access to daily meals.

  • Duffy Health Center website


In previous weeks, the Cape and Islands United Way provided support through the COVID-19 Community Response Fund to six additional nonprofit organizations:

  • Lower Cape Outreach Council - to provide much needed food and other supplies as the organization transitions to mobile food pantries

  • CapeAbilities - to provide food, access to technology, personal protective equipment and other necessary supplies for residents and staff support individuals with disabilities in residential programs

  • Cape Kids Meals - to provide weekend food bags to school-aged youth in need

  • YMCA Cape Cod - 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

  • Cape Cod Council of Churches - 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

  • Nantucket Interfaith Council - for a meal delivery service to replace their food pantry, and for rental assistance as more Islanders are requesting assistance


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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