The Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod Charitable Foundation Trust has awarded $30,000 in grants to five nonprofit organizations that enhance quality of life by addressing fundamental needs and challenges in the community.
During the quarterly meeting of the board of trustees, the following grants were awarded:
- $5,000 to B FREE Wellness, to help facilitate the organization’s move to a larger location in Hyannis, enabling it to expand programs as well as establish a wellness co-op by offering rental space to other wellness practitioners. B FREE transforms people’s lives by providing free and affordable movement, mindfulness and coaching programs to those affected by trauma, addiction and oppression.
- $10,000 to Cape Cod Children’s Place, which will fund Phase II of its “Creating a Culture of Resistance” initiative to support children and families impacted by trauma, especially on the Lower and Outer Cape which has been inordinately affected by the pandemic. Cape Cod Children’s Place builds resiliency and strength in Cape Cod families by providing resources, referrals, high-quality early childhood education, advocacy and support to sustain healthy communities for the region’s future.
- $5,000 to Cape Cod Military Support Foundation Inc., to renovate the former Sandwich Police Station into a second Empowerment Center. The current Center is located on the Base and can be a challenge to access for those who do not reside or work there. The new facility will allow for greater accessibility for clients and volunteers, as well as the expansion of programs and services, including a food and clothing pantry, to improve the lives of veterans, military personnel and their families. The on-Base Center will remain open as well.
- $5,000 to Cape Cod Toy Library Inc., an organization that provides enriching, culturally sensitive educational environments to promote learning through play experiences to foster healthy child development. The grant will be dedicated to the creation of an “Outdoor Play Oasis” at the Hyannis Public Library designed to engage families and enhance children’s play-based learning.
- $15,000/3 years to WellStrong, a fitness and wellness community for people in recovery from substance abuse disorder. The grant will be used to expand an already successful program that creates professional growth and career opportunities for members in recovery. The program promotes economic self-sufficiency by offering fitness certifications for up to five members per year for three years.
“The pandemic shined a spotlight on the Cape’s nonprofits, illuminating the critical work they undertake, even during challenging times, to keep communities strong and provide those in need with assistance and compassion,” said Lisa Oliver, president, chair and CEO of The Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod. “The latest group of Foundation grant recipients serves the needs of some of our most vulnerable neighbors, including children, veterans, trauma survivors and those in recovery. The Coop Foundation is proud to support these remarkable organizations that are supporting the health and wellness needs of our communities.”