Cape Cod’s health care workers are often the region’s unsung heroes, and it can be difficult to balance their challenging careers with the high costs of living.
A certified nursing assistant in Barnstable reached out to the Cape Cod Times Needy Fund for assistance with an electric bill after her service had been shut off.
Despite her efforts to make the monthly payments, the single mother of a 19-month-old child with asthma still needed money. After rent, however, she would have only $100 left to pay the bill, which wasn’t enough. Needing heat and hot water, especially as cold weather approaches, she wasn’t sure what to do.
The single mother contacted the Needy Fund, which paid the bill and the woman’s electricity was restored. The Needy Fund also provided the woman with resources and referrals, enabling her to apply for fuel assistance and establish a payment plan for future utility bills.
More about the Cape Cod Times Needy Fund
Many human service agencies offer assistance to those in need, but the Cape Cod Times Needy Fund has been helping with multiple immediate, short-term emergencies such as food, rent, medical costs and other basic expenses since 1936.
No cash is given to Needy Fund recipients. Instead, the agency pays vendors through a voucher program. The nurse’s story was provided by the Needy Fund on the condition of anonymity.
Last year’s total:Cape Cod Times Needy Fund campaign raises $1.62M, exceeding goal
How to donate to the Needy Fund
Donations, which are tax-deductible, may be made at needyfund.org. Checks can also be made payable to the Cape Cod Times Needy Fund and mailed to the Cape Cod Times Needy Fund, PO Box 36, Hyannis, MA 02601.
How to receive Needy Fund assistance
Those needing assistance may contact the Needy Fund at 508-778-5661 or 800-422-1446.
Questions can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. The Needy Fund is also on Facebook (facebook.com/NeedyFund) and Twitter (@NeedyFund).
Total contributions to this year to date, $133,765.02:From the estate of Alice Janet Defulvio; $52,570.33The Estate of Patricia M. Sanford; $45,000 The estate of William C Snow; $5,000 Anonymous; $3,000 Anonymous; $2,500Edward and Sharon Giorgio; $2,000 In memory of William Craig from Judy and Bob Winston; $1000Sydney & Marjory Krause Fund John and Ellen Citron; $1,000 In loving memory of Sue Patton from Richard Patton; $1,000A Friend of the Needy Fund; $1,000 In memory of Dara from Mr. and Mrs. LG Singmaster; $860The King’s Way Mah Jongg Players; $775The Cape Cod and Islands Club of The Villages of Florida; $535Joan and Tom Frederick; $500 Commandant Ronald Timm II and all the members of the Marine Corps League Detachment 125 of Cape Cod; $500
Bruce and Barbara MacLean; $500Golf Course Superintendents Association of Cape Cod; $500 In memory of Blanche Downey; $500David Wilk; $500Teresa Loughlin Cavanagh; $500Delia Flynn; $500Frank and Sheila Carotenuto; $500 Cornel J. Faucher and Mary Beth Rooney; $500Katherine Mattson; $500 Edward and Christine Morassi; $500 The Federated Church of Hyannis Mission Committee; $500David Wilk; $500 The Blackbaud Giving Fund on behalf of YourCause LLC and its donors; $735.50Jeffrey Beatty; $598.15Cape Cod Needy Fund NCAA Basketball Pool; $440 United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley; $407.57Paul and Amy Greeley; $300Teresa Loughlin Cavanagh; $300 Dan and Lisa Desmarais; $257.50Michael Pierce; $255.77Oceanside Inc.; $250Leslie Murphy; $250The Desmarais Family; $250Paul and Amy Greeley; $250 In memory of Arlene K. Reinhold from Peter M. Witham; $250The Ballard Foundation; $250Barbara and David Constance; $200Denise Volpe Sullivan; $200Paul and Mary Alice Gallant; $200 Cheryl Ahonen; $10 In honor of Kim Wolfe – Happy Birthday!; $103Amanda Murphy; $100 For Lorry O’Donnell; $50 In memory of Charles and Florence McCarthy; $103 Matching gift from Collegium Pharmaceuticals; $250 In honor of my friend Kim Wolfe on her birthday from Cynthia Petrie; $25Paul and Patricia Connolly; $100 In memory of Marie Grace Lucier from The Bayberry Place Residents Association; $25 In honor of Kim Wolfe; $25Centerville Elementary Students and Staff; $103Charles and Lois Kerbel; $100 In memory of Maureen Puchalsky from David and Deborah Poirier; $40 Joseph and Edna Holland; $50 In memory of Maureen Puchalsky from Joe Power and Deb Valcourt; $50 Mark and April Robinson; $100 The Team at Condon Sullivan Wealth Management and Planning; $100 In memory of William Mortenson; $103In memory of Peter K. Bassett from Valerie Taff; $100 Anonymous; $61.80Judy and Dick Knowles; $50 In memory of Marie Grace Lucier; $100 In honor of Kim Wolfe’s birthday; $100 In memory of Joseph “Jay” LaFrance; $50In Honor of Sandra James and Marilyn O’Leary; $50 Rosemary and Lester Moeller; $100Antonio Pinto Jr.; $20 In memory of Arlene Reinhold; $25.75In memory of Robert Robicheau from Mary, Jerry, and Judy Joyce; $100 In memory of Maureen Pulchasky; $51.50 In memory of Maureen Puchalsky from Shawna Kowal; $50 In memory of Arlene K. Reinhold; $51.50American Online Giving Foundation Inc.; $100Frank Walsh; $51.50Mary Steede; $25Bruce and Patricia White; $50 In memory of Maureen Puchalsky from Tom and Nancy Cunningham; $50Thomas L. Philbrick; $100 In memory of Maureen Puchalsky from Kathleen MacDonald; $50 George and Janet Levesque; $100Paul Fiore; $100 In memory of Arlene Reinhold a lifelong friend to those in need; $50 Surge Boutique’s monthly Give Back Promotion; $75 On behalf of Pampered Chef Independent Consultant Tara Mason of Yarmouth along with CapeCod residents: Cynthia Golden of Harwich, Janet Hart of Kingston, NH – formerly of Yarmouth; Catherine Morris of Harwich, Kathryn Murphy of Orleans, Kristen Stewart of Harwich, and Regina Wood of Yarmouth; $51.34 Anonymous; $51.50Patricia F. Henderson; $50Barbara Draper; $20Bruce and Patricia White; $50 In honor of Van Lucier’s mother Marie Lucier from David and Kristan Khtikian; $100 In memory of William Mortenson; $100 In memory of My Abuelita; $103 In honor of Susie Johnson; $51.50 In memory of Maureen Puchalsky from Patricia Peter Ben Sophie and Julia Fontaine; $50 Anonymous; $103Helen Hinckley; $100 In memory of Arlene; $15.45 Anonymous through Network for Good; $191Dean Peterson; $95.36Bruce and Patricia White; $50 In memory of Bob Hoey from Maureen Hoey; $25Paypal Charitable Giving Fund; $249Philip Goddard; $100 Peter and Emilie Beckwith; $50 In memory of Christine Nelson Eldridge from Liz Sarah and Helen; $100 Anonymous; $100Robert Welch; $50 In memory of Jack Maroney; $150 In memory of Maureen Puchalsky from Bernard and Jean Gallagher; $25