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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 Friday, May 1 at 2:34 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!

Please consider taking 5 minutes to complete CCYP's COVID-19 Needs Survey to help us better understand how the pandemic is impacting our young working-age adult community on Cape Cod. Survey participants have the opportunity to enter a drawing to win $100 cash from CCYP! Complete the survey here.

Public Health Information
  • Learn about symptoms of COVID-19, local testing information, and read the latest updates from Cape Cod Healthcare
Food
Housing
  • Housing Assistance Corporation (HAC) is also 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 get help with finding, affording, and/or keeping your housing.
Job + 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

  • 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.
  • The Arts Foundation of Cape Cod is providing one-time relief in the form of $500 grants for artists who live, work, create, and/or perform on Cape Cod. Learn more and apply here
  • 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.
Child Care
Resources for Small Business

Check out the recording of our two-part Virtual Connect + Chat on Crisis Management for Small Businesses + Nonprofits, featuring Meghan Rothschild of ChikMedia and Attorney Bruce Bierhans

  • Local community advocacy organization Love Live Local is spearheading the Cape Cod Resilience Fund, which will issue one-time grants of $500 to $2,000 to eligible Cape Cod small businesses to supplement day-to-day operational expenses. Preference will be given to year-round, community-minded, brick and mortar businesses located in a downtown area. Applications will become available in early June once there are enough funds to have an impact.
  • From Senator Ed Markey's Office: A Guide to the CARES Act (Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) passed Friday, March 27
  • 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.
Resources for Nonprofit Organizations

Nonprofit organizations are especially vulnerable during this unprecedented global crisis. Many rely on funding from in-person programs and fundraising events that can no longer take place. In some cases, the demand for services (and associated costs) has increased as more community members find themselves in need. If you work for a nonprofit, see below for resources specific to the nonprofit sector. If you support a nonprofit - or ever have - now is the time to give back if you are able.

  • 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.
Government Resources
Work from Home + Remote Work 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.

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. 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 establishments 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


Other Take-Out Options

  • 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
Civic Engagement + Running for Office
  • CCYP is keeping an updated list of Cape Cod's 2020 Town Meeting dates and locations here
  • Run for Something has compiled a list of resources to support candidates during the COVID-19 pandemic
Miscellaneous/Other Resources
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 the COVID-19 Relief Fund. The Governor and First Lady Lauren Baker announced on Friday, April 10 the launch of the Massachusetts COVID-19 Relief Fund, which will help support essential frontline workers and vulnerable populations across the state, including Massachusetts residents and immigrants facing homelessness, food insecurity, and loss of critical services as a result of the COVID-19 public health crisis. Donations can be made online by visiting MACovid19ReliefFund.org.
  • 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!
  • Donate to the Cape Cod Resilience Fund, spearheaded by Love Live Local. The fund will issue one-time grants of $500 to $2,000 to eligible Cape Cod small businesses to supplement day-to-day operational expenses. To donate or learn more, visit lovelivelocal.com/resilience.
  • 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.
  • Support hourly, tipped, and low-wage workers directly. 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 generously!
  • 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.