Each year, the Social Action Committee distributes the funds raised through our Food Certificate Sales to local charitable organizations on Cape Cod on behalf of the whole congregation. The congregation supports this effort both by purchasing food certificates and making donations to the Food Certificate Distribution account. The organizations receiving funds from this program include: Cape Cod Center for Women, Carriage House Independence House, Fairwinds, Around the Table, Bourne Food Pantry, Falmouth Service Center, Sandwich Food Pantry, South Coastal Counties Legal Services, Silent Spring, CIGSYA now known as Thrive, and Habitat for Humanity. We* rely on food certificates you buy after Sunday Services Our Social Action Committee raises money for local charities by selling food certificates to our members and friends and anyone else who wants to donate regularly without adding to the family budget.
At the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Falmouth on Sunday after services and during the week between 9 am and noon in the meetinghouse office. Gift certificate are available for $25, $50, $100 and $200. Pay in cash or check for your certificates and use the certificates to pay for your food.
Cape Cod Center for Women, in North Falmouth, assists and supports battered women and their children in leaving a violent environment and transitioning to independent living, through a crisis hotline, emergency transportation, free confidential shelter, one-to-one coaching while in shelter, community living meetings and empowerment groups, housing, welfare, education, employment and healthcare advocacy and child care. (508) 564-7233; www.capecodshelter.org
Carriage House, in North Falmouth, is a Housing Assistance Corporation shelter providing a safe haven for families in a housing crisis with services that include training to improve skills as a parent and tenant. Carriage House specializes in serving first-time mothers and their children. (508) 564-6485; www.haconcapecod.org
Falmouth Service Center FSC's food pantry serves residents of Falmouth, Mashpee, Otis Air Force Base and those working in Falmouth, also striving to ease stress and improve quality of life for neighbors in need by helping with fuel assistance, food stamp and MassHealth applications, clothing and household goods, home food delivery, financial assistance, budget management, and resource and referral information.. (508) 548-2794; www.falmouthservicecenter.org.
South Coastal Counties Legal Services is the primary provider of free civil (non-criminal) legal assistance to low-income individuals, families, elders and the disabled throughout Southeastern Massachusetts, including Cape Cod and the Islands. (508) 775-7020 (Hyannis office); www.sccls.org.
Bourne Friends Food Pantry Operating under the auspices of the Bourne Council on Aging, the food pantry serves individuals and families in Bourne who do not have the resources to provide themselves with adequate nutrition and offers referrals and resource information on other services, e.g. WIC, fuel assistance, food stamps, etc. (508) 759-3351; Bourne Food Pantry
Sandwich Food Pantry Totally staffed by volunteers, the Sandwich Food Pantry helps individual residents and families struggling on a minimum income by providing supplemental food, advice and directions to further sources of assistance. (508) 888-3816; www.sandwichfoodpantry.org
Independence House, in Hyannis, is a community-based provider of services for battered women and sexual assault survivors, including a crisis intervention hotline, emergency safehomes, court advocacy, support groups, rape crisis and sexual assault counseling, information and referrals. (508) 771-6507 (Hyannis); Independence House
Friends of Fairwinds Fairwinds' clubhouse in Falmouth, the Peter D. Kirwin Center, offers opportunities for friendship, support, employment, advocacy and education for people with psychiatric disabilities who live in Bourne, Falmouth, Mashpee and Sandwich. (508) 540-6011 ; www.fairwindsfalmouth.org
Silent Spring Institute , a Newton-based research and environmental justice organization, partners with physicians, public health, community advocates and scientist to identify and break the links between environmental chemicals and women's health, as in its study of elevated breast cancer rates on Cape Cod. (617) 332-4288; www.silentspring.org
Thrive: Cape & Islands Gay & Straight Youth Alliance CIGSYA House in Hyannis is a place for young people 22 and under to gather, where there is camaraderie and support, in a peer-led, adult-advised environment, free from judgment based on inherent differences. (508) 778-7744; www.cigsya.org
Around the Table is a volunteer-operated, interdenominational "soup kitchen" serving free lunches tor homeless and otherwise needy people at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Falmouth. (508) 548-1520
Habitat for Humanity Cape Cod builds homes for families in need, using volunteers to construct the houses. We sell our homes with an affordable mortgage to hard working local families so that they can stay on Cape Cod and thrive in their communities. http://habitatcapecod.org/