A Harwich resident in her 20s who is a full time mom, CNA, and waitress who is starting nursing school at Cape Cod Community College.
A Chatham resident in her 50s who lives in a Habitat house and was recently laid off from her job.
A Chatham resident in her 30s who is a musician and music teacher, who has lost 90 pounds over the past three years.
A Chatham native and mother of four who is finishing up her bachelor’s degree and is actively involved with local early education programs.
In order to be eligible, applicants/nominees had to be full time, year-round Cape Cod resident aged 18 or older and committed to using the membership for a year.
Special consideration is given to nominees/applicants who might not be able to afford a membership due to financial reasons.
“In the year and a half since we awarded the first Local Works sponsored membership, we’ve seen it make a profound impact on the lives of multiple people in our community”, said Chatham Works co-founder, owner and manager Lindsay Bierwirth. “We’ve seen recipients make major improvements to their cardiovascular conditioning and really reshape their bodies.”
“But perhaps more importantly,” added co-owner Fred Bierwirth, “we’ve heard repeatedly about how important coming here and getting regular exercise has been to people from a mental health standpoint. So what our donors do makes a direct and significant impact for recipients and their families.”
Local Works was only expected to be able to award one membership for fall 2021, the Bierwirths noted, but given the number of “very worthy” nominees, additional donors were identified after the nomination period had ended to enable more memberships to be offered.
The next Local Works funding will be in spring 2022.