Last week, the Cape and Islands United Way announced the list of funded partners to receive community impact grants. In years past, this announcement would follow a celebration to honor the grant recipients and the work they are putting into the community in the categories of education, financial stability, health, and housing. In response to COVID-19, the Board of Directors, gave approval to shift most of the funds to address basic human needs in the categories of financial stability, and housing. Within each of the four focus areas, the awarded grants were based on the partnership and contribution to the overall community results that the United Way envisions. By category, the 24 nonprofit partnerships and programs include: Education • Cape Cod Children’s Place – Inclusive Preschool Learning • Boys and Girls Club of Cape Cod – The Boys and Girls Club Education Program • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cape Cod and the Islands – School-based Mentoring Program • The Family Pantry of Cape Cod – Food to Encourage program • Nantucket Interfaith Council – Food, Fuel and Financial Assistance program • Falmouth Service Center – Fresh and Healthy Foods program • Cape Cod Council of Churches – Faith Family Kitchen • Cape Kid Meals – Cape Kid Meals • WE CAN – WE CAN Service Expansion Health • Alzheimer Family Support Center of Cape Cod – Comprehensive Cape-wide Support Groups • Outer Cape Health Services – Substance Abuse Prevention, Screening and Recovery Services • Community Health Center of Cape Cod – Healthy Aging Initiatives • Behavioral Health Innovators – RecoveryBUILD Alternative Peer Support Group • Calmer Choice – Increasing Access to Calmer Choice Housing • Independence House – Emergency Shelter for Domestic Violence Victims • Homeless Prevention Council – Comprehensive Case Management program • Duffy Health Center – In from the Streets program • Housing Assistance Corporation – Homelessness Emergency Financial Aid • Catholic Social Services – Housing Navigator program • Harbor Homes of Martha’s Vineyard – Harbor Homes of Martha’s Vineyard • Boys and Girls Club of Martha’s Vineyard – After School Program • Island Grown Initiative – Increasing Healthy Food Access on Martha’s Vineyard • Hospice of Martha’s Vineyard – Caregiver Respite Program • Sassafras Earth Education – Summer Programming In addition to the Community Impact Grants, the Cape and Islands United Way has also: — Distributed close to $100,000 to more than 20 local nonprofits from the COVID-19 Community Response Fund — Continued their Mobilizing Volunteers Micro Grant Program which invests dollars in volunteer-led community projects — Through Women United, funded both a Cape Cod Community College scholarship and an additional $5,000 to the college’s Student Emergency Fund, as well as continued funding for Reach Out and Read for our area So far this year, approximately $500,000 has been distributed back into the community. Mark Skala, President and CEO of the Cape and Islands United Way said, “As you can imagine, making decisions for this year’s funding was particularly challenging. We count on our community partners to make lasting change happen on Cape Cod, Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard, and we are proud to be able to support the important work they do.” To learn more about grants, micro grants, or apply for COVID-19 relief , please visit the Cape and Islands United Way website: https://www.capeandislandsuw.org/grants.