The Harwich Fund of The Cape Cod Foundation recently awarded $13,250 in grants to eight nonprofit organizations serving the Harwich community.
These grants will help provide new, warm outerwear and sneakers for local children and support unique classroom field trips, alternative programs for at-risk youth, innovative cultural experiences, and services to increase housing stability among Harwich residents in need.
“This is a true community effort: ‘Harwich Helping Harwich,’” said Brian Scheld, chair of The Harwich Fund Advisory Committee. “We are actively raising funds from individual donors to support nonprofit organizations serving the Harwich community. In just two years, we have awarded over $36,000 in grants to strengthen the critical framework that supports the Harwich community.”
While the fund’s initial focus has been on health and human services for youth, families, and seniors, Scheld said they expect to address the town’s historic, cultural, and environmental needs as they move forward.
This year’s grant recipients are:
- Behavioral Health Innovators, $1,250, to support Harwich participation in the PASS (Positive Alternative to School Suspension) Program, which offers high school students an opportunity to experience a productive, safe, and supportive alternative to suspension so that they can return to the classroom and find success.
- Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra, $750, to support the orchestra’s final program of the 2022/2023 season, “Toward the Sea,” which depicts the Pilgrim voyage and its implications for the Native American population on Cape Cod.
- Friends of the Harwich Council on Aging, $1,000, to support the “Don’t Forget! What You Need to Know About Dementia” program, an educational program for Harwich patients, families, and care-givers which also builds awareness of the signs of cognitive decline and early dementia.
- Friends of the Harwich Youth Center, $5,000, to support The Harwich Children’s Fund 2022 Outerwear and Clothing Drive, which provides new, winter coats, boots, mittens, and hats to Harwich youth ages 1-18 during the holiday season.
- Harwich Junior Theatre: $1,500, to support a planning grant for the Harwich Junior Theatre to explore and plan a Harwich community read in 2023.
- Homeless Prevention Council: $1,250, to support the case management program, which provides personalized and long-term support for Harwich individuals and families, empowering them to attain financial stability, stay in their homes, or find stable and affordable housing.
- Lower Cape Outreach Council: $1,000, to support a partnership between Lower Cape Outreach Council, the Harwich Children’s Fund, and Operation Warm to provide new, warm sneakers to Harwich elementary school children in need.
- Pleasant Bay Community Boating: $1,500, to support Harwich children participation in the First Sail Program and Floating Classroom Field Trips.
To donate to The Harwich Fund, visit harwichfund.org or send a check payable to The Harwich Fund to The Cape Cod Foundation; 261 Whites Path, Unit 2; South Yarmouth, MA, 0266