Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cape Cod & The Islands, Cape Cod Children’s Place, Homeless Not Hopeless and Pause A While Among New Beneficiaries for First Quarter of FY2024 Hyannis, Mass. (July 18, 2023) -- The Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod Charitable Foundation Trust (The Coop Foundation) has awarded $43,750 in grants to local nonprofit organizations dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in the communities it serves. During the recent quarterly meeting of the Board of Trustees, the following grants were awarded: • $6,250 ($25,000 over four years) to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cape Cod & The Islands for its “Commitment 1,000” campaign, through which it plans to reach, serve and mentor at least 1,000 children living in the region. An unprecedented investment in outreach for volunteer recruitment, strategic partnerships, technology and direct services will be implemented to reach the ambitious goal. • $5,000 to Cape Cod Children’s Place, a provider of programs and services to local families to ensure children are raised in healthy, nurturing and safe environments. The grant will be used to support the organization’s “Creating a Culture of Resilience” initiative to provide nonclinical mental health support through free home visiting services and a public outreach campaign to raise awareness of mental health issues and corresponding support resources. Filling the gap of limited access to mental clinicians for new parents at risk for Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADs) is also a priority for the organization. • $5,000 to Homeless Not Hopeless, an organization dedicated to housing and educating people experiencing homelessness to live independent, productive lives. The grant will be used to fund major repairs and capital improvements necessary to maintain safe and healthy homes for residents. • $5,000 to Pause A While, a community center for recovery with a sole purpose to provide a dedicated and warm environment to host 12-step recovery meetings and classes tangential to recovery, including meditation, yoga and nutrition. The grant will be used to make necessary repairs and improvements to the parking lot of the organization’s recently opened new facility in Brewster, which more than doubled the size of its previous location in Orleans. In addition, The Coop Foundation issued the latest installments of multi-year grant disbursements to Cape Cod Healthcare Foundation’s capital campaign for a new patient tower ($10,000); Cape Cod Times Needy Fund to provide housing stability for vulnerable residents ($7,500); and Cape Cod Community College Educational Foundation’s capital campaign for the new Frank and Maureen Wilkens Science and Engineering Center ($5,000). “I am so proud that The Coop Foundation, in less than five years, has become a major force in supporting nonprofit organizations making a difference and improving lives on Cape Cod,” said Lisa Oliver, Chair, President and CEO, The Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod. “Congratulations to the most recent grant recipients. The work they do with the most vulnerable members of our communities, including children and those in recovery and/or experiencing homelessness, is extraordinary.” About The Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod Charitable Foundation Trust The Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod Charitable Foundation Trust is a 501(c)3 registered nonprofit in the state of Massachusetts with a mission to cultivate vibrant and thriving communities. Established in 2018, The Coop Foundation solidifies and formalizes The Coop’s commitment as a mutual bank to give back to the community, earmarking funds for philanthropy that won’t decrease according to the bottom line, but increase as the assets of the Trust grows. The Coop Foundation serves as an extension of the Bank’s current community giving program by enhancing and expanding it. For more information, please visit www.mycapecodbank.com/charitable-giving.