Pause A While Receives $2500 Grant from Mass Bankers Association

Filed Under: Non Profit News

December 9, 2019 (Orleans, MA) – Pause A While, Inc., an Orleans facility which hosts 12-step meetings, is the recipient of a $2,500 grant from the Massachusetts Bankers Association (MBA) Charitable Foundation.  “The Pause” was nominated for the grant by The Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod and is one of 45 non-profits to receive gifts as part of the Foundation’s year-end community grant season.
“We are very grateful to both the MBA Charitable Foundation for their generous gift and to The Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod for nominating us” said Paul Dart, President of the Board of Directors of Pause A While Inc.  “Addiction affects all of us and it’s wonderful to see the banking community play an active role in supporting the pathways for long-term recovery from drug addiction and alcoholism.”
With an average of four meetings held at the facility each day, and with close to 200 individuals attending these meetings, “The Pause” is one of the largest dedicated facilities of its type in Massachusetts.
“Pause a While provides a safe, dedicated environment for people in their journey to recovery,” said Lisa Oliver, President and CEO of The Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod.  “Addiction is a crisis affecting all communities, but it’s especially hard hitting here on the Cape. Organizations like The Pause are quietly making a huge impact on the epidemic and a huge impact on the lives of thousands of people in recovery. We’re thrilled that their impact was recognized by the MBA.”
“The Coop has been an early and active supporter of Pause A While Inc,” said Dart. “They are helping us to raise funding for a permanent home for The Pause, and Mary Lenihan, First Vice President, Commercial Relationship Manager at The Coop is serving on our Advisory Board, providing her time and leadership which has been invaluable. We are very grateful for The Coop’s dedication and support.”
 The 45 grants awarded by the MBA in 2019 total $172,500, a record dollar commitment this year. The foundation has provided gifts totaling approximately $2.7 million over its 23-year history, which is only a small part of the more than the $106 million contributed annually by Massachusetts banks to charitable non-profits and social agencies throughout the Commonwealth. Of the many well-deserving social service agencies, the MBA particularly attempted to craft some awards to those aiding in the battles of opioid/drug addiction, homelessness/women shelters and empowerment, and hunger.
About The Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod
The Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod is an independent, local, mutual community bank with over $900 million in assets and over 170 employees. Established in 1921, the bank is committed to investing in the Cape Cod community where we live and work. The bank is headquartered in Hyannis with branches on Route 6A in Yarmouth Port, East Dennis and West Barnstable; in Sandwich at 275 Cotuit Road; in Hyannis at 695 Attucks Lane in Independence Park; in East Harwich at 1470 Orleans Road/Route 39; in North Falmouth at 660 North Falmouth Highway; in Falmouth at 238 Worcester Court; and in Marstons Mills at 3878 Falmouth Road.  For more information, please visit,, or call 508.568.3400.

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