As we come up on a year of the global pandemic, many things remain restricted or canceled but KINDNESS, HOPE & LOVE remain!
For the past 7 years we have annually celebrated the Holidays with a massive local giveaway. This year in the spirit of giving and of service to our community as well as love, we will instead highlight 24 days of local non profit organizations in our region showcasing how vitally important they are!
Feel free to share your favorites or share your story in the comments below!
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Sandwich Partnership for Families is a grant funded program through the Mass. Dept. of Early Ed. & Care, the Coordinated Family & Community Engagement grant (CFCE). That means all of their programs are free and have no eligibility requirement- income, special needs, residency- none are barriers to participation- everyone is welcome at any of the CFCE’s on the Cape. And every town is served by one! They offer parent & child programs such as play groups, music & movement, yoga, story hours, etc. The coordinator is local parent, Lauren Melillo. Lauren is an early childhood educator since 1979, and has worked in many public and non-profit early education programs, including 19 years with the Sandwich Public Schools. As founder of the Discovery Center, her duties include grant funding, outreach & communication as well as the development of program offerings & supervision of operations.
Due to the pandemic they are now offering more virtual programming to help you engage with them and with your children, but in a limited screen format. Knowing that young children learn best through “hands on” experiences, they will be sharing ideas and materials to use at home. Simply register for their programs and they will deliver the supplies necessary for each project. Beginning this month, Lauren M will be making a holiday greens arrangement that you can make with your child. Lauren G. will be making cinnamon & applesauce ornaments to decorate wreaths, trees & bird feeders! Miss Chris will be making cards that can be shared with those you love, but also with those that are less fortunate. They hope you will consider making one card for our Youth Street Reach charitable drive. If you can donate a piece of winter outerwear, such as mittens, hats or gloves, they will send them along with your child’s card and warm wishes!
They also have a Home Is Where The Heart Is Adoption Support Group Dec. 11th @ 8 p.m. Zoom meetings. They also offer ages and stages virtual appointments as well as help with bills, food costs, mortgage or rent.
Thank you to Lauren Melillo and her team at Sandwich Partnership for Families who work tirelessly to help our families in their time of need. Please take a minute and check out their website.
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