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COVID-19 Resources for Cape Cod

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COVID-19 Resources for Cape Cod's Businesses, Nonprofits, and Young Adults + Families

Last updated Monday, March 30th at 4:10 PM

CCYP is closely monitoring developments with the ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus) public health crisis, as well as its impacts on local businesses, nonprofits, and young workers and families on Cape Cod. In an effort to continue serving as a trusted resource for our members and the community at large, we have compiled the list of resources below, which are organized by category. We will be updating this page at least daily, so check back regularly and be sure to share the link with your networks!

Critical Needs for Workers + Families

HEALTH
Learn about symptoms of COVID-19, local testing information, and read the latest updates from Cape Cod Healthcare

Review the latest guidance and updates from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

Review the latest guidance and updates from the Barnstable County Department of Health and Environment

HOUSING

Cape Cod Five is allowing temporary deferral of mortgage payments based on need and request

Housing Assistance Corporation has established a COVID-19 Workforce Housing Relief Fund to provide urgent and ongoing assistance with past due rent or mortgage payments and other housing-related expenses current, year-round Cape and Islands residents who are losing income due to the coronavirus public health crisis. Learn more, apply for support, or donate at www.haconcapecod.org, and view this flyer for more info. HAC's goal is to have applications available by April 2 and to begin distributing funds in May.

Housing Assistance Corporation (HAC) is available to assist anyone who may need help with housing during the COVID-19 crisis. Contact them directly via phone at (508)771-5400 or visit their website at www.haconcapecod.org to learn how you can get help to find, afford, and/or keep your housing.

JOB AND INCOME NEEDS
If you have been laid off from your job, apply for unemployment benefits here. As of March 18, 2020, the 7-day waiting period to apply for unemployment benefits has been eliminated

A Step-by-Step Guide for Filing for Unemployment in Massachusetts

The MassHire Cape + Islands Career Center is currently closed to foot traffic, but Career Center staff are still providing services to both job seekers and employers during this crisis. Visit their website for more information and resources for job seekers.

Wellfleet SPAT has released a new "Community Food Share" programto purchase shellfish from local harvesters while also providing food to local families

The Greg Hill Foundation has partnered with Samuel Adams to provide grants to full-time restaurant workers in Massachusetts who are dependent on wages plus tips to cover basic living expenses and provide for their families

Provincetown residents have started a GoFundMe page to raise money for neighbors in need

FOOD
Stop & Shop will open earlier to service customers age 60-and-over

Comprehensive list of free meal services and pickup sites for the Cape + Islands from EOS Foundation

Fox + Crow Cafe (Wellfleet) offers free student AND family meals beginning March 17, 2020

Barnstable Schools offers breakfast and lunch to ANY child, regardless of school or town of residence

Cape Cod Tech Regional High School offers free breakfast and lunch for students

Dennis-Yarmouth Schools offers breakfast and lunch to students/children

Monomoy Schools offers free breakfast and lunch for students beginning March 20, 2020

Nauset Schools offers free breakfast and lunch for students beginning March 17, 2020

Provincetown Schools offers food packs to provide three meals per day for students/families beginning March 16, 2020

Sandwich Public Schools will provide breakfast and lunch daily for students beginning March 23, 2020

Truro Central School offers food packs for students ages 3-18 once weekly

CHILD CARE

Information on Emergency Child Care for "essential workforces" in Massachusetts

Massachusetts Governor Charles Baker orders child care closures statewide with some exceptions beginning March 23, 2020

A Baby Center in Hyannis offers free diapers and wipes for drive-thru pickup - call ahead or email for more information

If you're concerned about child care during the statewide school closures, and/or still have to report to work while your kids are out of school/child care, contact the YMCA Cape Cod at speugh@ymcacapecod.org to share your needs. They are working on solutions and need to get a sense of what the needs are over the next few weeks.

GENERAL/MISC.

For those in need of fuel assistance, call the South Shore Community Action Council at (509)746-6707 or (877)FUEL-AID Monday-Friday 9:15 AM-3:00 PM to do a telephone intake.

Comprehensive list of resources from WCAI

COVID-19 Insurance Resources from RogersGray Insurance

Cape Cod COVID-19 Resources Facebook Group

Resources for Small Business

From Senator Ed Markey's Office: A Guide to the CARES Act (Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) passed Friday, March 27

Massachusetts Association of CDCs (MACDC) has rolled out a new Express Bridge Loan designed to meet interim disaster-related needs for small businesses while awaiting long-term financing (Deadline: March 31, 2020)

Baker-Polito Administration Announces $10 Million Small Business Recovery Loan Fund

Unemployment Insurance Flexibility - as of March 18, 2020, the 7-day waiting period for unemployment benefits has been eliminated.

The Federal Small Business Administration has declared COVID-19 a disaster in Massachusetts as of March 19, 2020 - eligible small businesses can now apply for low interest loan assistance here

Complete the Cape Cod Chamber's Survey to help measure the impact of COVID-19 on businesses and report lost business during the crisis

The Massachusetts Small Business Development Center offers free advising services for small businesses in the area. Visit their website and complete the request form to set up an advising call.

How to Prepare for Recovery from the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center

Massachusetts Association of CDCs (MACDC) offers resources to address urgent needs for small businesses in the State of Massachusetts

Cape & Plymouth Business COVID-19 Resource Center

Cape & Islands Association of Realtors COVID-19 Impact Update

CapeSpace List of Resources During the Coronavirus Outbreak

List of What's Open on Cape Cod from Love Live Local

SCORE Cape Cod is offering remote mentoring services for small businesses via phone, email, and video

WE CAN is Offering Legal, Financial, Career & Business Consultations By Phone

Resources for Nonprofit Organizations

Nonprofit organizations are especially vulnerable during this unprecedented global crisis. Many rely on income from programs, fundraising events, and services which now cannot be delivered or implemented as planned due to limitations on public gatherings. During these uncertain times, sponsors and other supporters may consider limiting or scaling back their financial contributions. For a vast majority of small nonprofit organizations, these changes could be devastating, and may result in layoffs or organizations closing their doors for good. If you work for a nonprofit, please review the wonderful Mass Nonprofit Network resource below. If you support a nonprofit - or ever have - please consider maintaining or increasing your support wherever possible to ensure these vital service organizations can continue to sustain their operations and fulfill significant community needs both during and after this crisis.

From Senator Ed Markey's Office: A Guide to the CARES Act (Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) passed Friday, March 27. Nonprofits may qualify for some forms of relief outlined in this legislation.

Mass Nonprofit Network - Coronavirus and Massachusetts Nonprofits

Government Resources

Read the latest news and and State orders regarding COVID-19 on Mass.gov

Visit the Barnstable County COVID-19 page for the latest information for the Cape Cod region

Cape + Islands State Senator Julian Cyr - COVID-19 Information Page

Coronavirus News + Resources for Local Government Leaders

Work from Home Resources

If you've suddenly found yourself having to adapt to a remote work or work-from-home arrangement, you are not alone! See below for resources on how to structure your day, access free Internet services, and more.

Comcast Offers Free Internet and Data during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Tips for Working from Home Effectively

Office Closed? New to Remote Working? Follow these 7 Tips from Cape + Plymouth Business

CCYP Member Restaurants Offering Take-Out!

In response to growing public health concerns over COVID-19, Massachusetts Governor Charles Baker issued an order on March 17, 2020 banning on-premises consumption at food and drink establishments through at least April 5, 2020. Take-out and delivery are still permitted during this time. Many year-round food and beverage businesses on the Cape are in a perilous position, facing indefinite closures, layoffs, and more. They need our support to make it through this tough time. Check the list below for restaurants offering take-out or delivery - or consider buying a gift card by phone from your favorite businesses to use later!

Cape Cod Beer is offering curbside pickup of their locally brewed beer

Cape Cod Coffee Mashpee Location is offering their full cafe menu for takeout

Chatham Shellfish is offering pick-up and delivery to Chatham, Harwich, & Brewster

Mom + Pop's Burgers in Chatham (our 2019 Best of the Bash Winner!) is offering take-out by phone order only

Original Gourmet Brunch is offering take-out


The Cape Cod Chronicle has compiled a list of restaurants Cape-wide offering take-out

Follow along with Facebook threads from Edible Cape Cod and Cape Cod Beer to compile a list of restaurants open for take-out

Restaurants in Provincetown have compiled a list of which businesses are open for take-out, accessible through this Facebook link

The Orleans Chamber of Commerce is maintaining a list of Orleans restaurants offering take-out here

The Falmouth Chamber of Commerce is maintaining a list of Falmouth restaurants offering take-out here

How to Help

With so many people now staying home and practicing social distancing to slow the spread of COVID-19, it can be unclear how to help others in our community during this time of great need. Here are a few ideas to do good and offer assistance to those who need it most:

  • Donate to your local food bank. Donations to many food banks across the country are down significantly, while community need has simultaneously increased. If you have extra food or are making a trip to the store for essentials, consider dropping off a donation of non-perishable goods to a local food bank - just be sure to call ahead and practice safe social distancing (staying at least 6ft from others) when you go!
  • Support small businesses, especially those that employee hourly or tipped workers. Restaurants, retail, and small business in general have been especially hard hit by state-mandated closures. Lots of businesses are adapting by developing modified menus and products for pickup or delivery - consider taking advantage of these opportunities to show your support and keep our small businesses afloat during this difficult period! Take a look at our list of Local Delivery/Takeout Options above for a great place to start, and for retail check out the many local online shopping options compiled by our friends at Love Live Local.
  • Find ways to support hourly, tipped, and low-wage workers. For those that rely on tips, hourly wages, or gig-based work to make their living, times are especially tough right now. Consider making a donation to restaurant worker support funds like the one started here in Massachusetts by The Greg Hill Foundation. Check out the Cape Cod "Virtual Tip Jar" to tip direct to your favorite local service worker. And if you get pickup or delivery, remember to tip well!
  • Check in, Say Hello, and Show Gratitude. Now, maybe more than ever, it's important that we find ways to connect with each other as a community. Send a letter to a loved one, make an unscheduled phone call to a colleague or friend (yes, you can do that!), leave a note in your neighbor's mailbox, say "thank you" (virtually or via a letter) to healthcare and other workers on the front lines of the pandemic. The humanity we show to each other in times of need is what makes us great as a community.