• Help for local military and other furloughed workers

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    January 24, 2019

    Cape Cod Times
    Posted January, 16, 2019


    Help for local military and other furloughed workers

    Contact the following organizations for more information on services, including food and household goods, for members of the military who are furloughed or working without pay or to find out how to donate:

    ‒ Cape Cod Military Support Foundation at its Empowerment Center on Joint Base Cape Cod, 1015 South Inner Road, Buzzards Bay. For more information and to donate go to capecodmilitaryfoundation.org, call 774-392-5698 or 617-755-7413, or go on Facebook at facebook.com/capecodmilitarysupport

    ‒ Massachusetts Military Support Foundation covering East Boston; East Providence, Rhode Island; Portsmouth, New Hampshire; and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut. For information on how to donate go to massmilitarysupportfoundation.org
    ‒ Heroes in Transition at contact@heroesintransition.org

    The following organizations are offering discounts or free services to furloughed government employees and members of the military (in some cases a government ID may be required):

    ‒ Falmouth Service Center, 611 Gifford St, Falmouth, 508-548-2794

    ‒ Family Pantry of Cape Cod, 133 Queen Anne Road, Harwich, 508-432-6519

    ‒ Falmouth Art Center at 137 Gifford St., Falmouth, is offering free art classes to furloughed government workers. Class size limited to 10 people, first come, first served. Call 508-540-3304 to sign up. For more information go to FalmouthArt.org

    ‒ Cape Cod Children’s Museum at 577 Great Neck Road South in Mashpee is free to furloughed government employees and their families, up to four people.

    ‒ The British Beer Company, which has locations in Hyannis, Falmouth and Sandwich, is offering $50 off the bill for furloughed government employees, not including alcohol.

    ‒ CapeSpace, a Hyannis company that rents office space and meeting rooms by the hour, is offering federal employees and family members free office space and coffee.

    ‒ Homeless Prevention Council in Orleans offers free case management services related to housing and income. This includes help with budgeting, and with applying for fuel and other financial assistance. The council is located at 14 Old Tote Road in Orleans and can be reached at 508-255-9667.

    ‒ The Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod has rolled out programs for government employees affected by the shutdown. Federal employees are eligible for a special, zero-interest loan, available to current and new bank customers who live or work on the Cape and Islands and have a checking account at the bank.

    ‒ Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank is offering no interest loan program and has donated $30,000 to the Cape Cod Military Support Foundation to support people who are affected by the shutdown. The loan program is for Cape Cod Five customers employed by the federal government and directly affected by the shutdown. Half of the bank’s donation to the foundation will go to help fund the transportation and distribution of food and supplies to local military families and individuals with the remaining money being granted over two years to the foundation’s ongoing programs. The bank is also collecting items for those in need. Items can be dropped off at any of the bank’s locations.

    ‒ The Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals will hold a pet food distribution for furloughed government workers from 9-11:30 a.m. Saturday at its Jamaica Plain, Methuen and Centerville locations. Anyone who wants to donate food can do so on Saturday or anytime when the adoption centers are open. For more information, go to mspca.org.

    ‒ While supplies last, Pawsitive Provisions at 1336 Phinneys Lane, Unit 1-2, in Hyannis is offering not so perfectly packaged cat and dog food at no charge. For more information and to check on availability, call 508-957-2124.

    Bourne, Falmouth and Mashpee public schools are offering free school meals for students from military families.