With the Cape Cod Parent Resource Fair rapidly approaching we will be sharing blog posts on our participating sponsors, vendors and nonprofits. You will find out more about these amazing businesses and what they offer to our community. They will be sharing their services, advice, what challenges face our community as well as upcoming events they will be having. Make sure to check out our virtual program and resource guide ahead of the event so you can plan for what you want to see! Childcare is available as well for use during speaker panels. If you preregister for the speakers or childcare you will earn extra raffle tickets-just email us and you will receive tickets at the door! We hope to see you at the Resource Fair!
1. Tell us about your business/non profit and how it benefits local families?
The Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod has been in business for almost 100 years. Founded as a simple Savings & Loan, we’ve grown into a full-service community bank. And when we say “community bank,” we’re really telling you our story in a nutshell. giving back to the community has been at the heart of everything we do. That’s a privilege and a responsibility that we take seriously. Deposits that customers make at The Coop go directly back to Cape Codders. From loans to help start new businesses, or help existing businesses grow and expand, to mortgages to help folks purchase their homes, our success helps others succeed. By putting relationships ahead of numbers, we’re able to serve our customers with a human touch and with tailored solutions. Our doors are open, our phones are answered by real people, and we value personal conversations with our clients. That’s community banking…it’s what we do and why we’re here.
2. Where is it located?
We have 9 branches from Falmouth to Harwich, but our Operations & Administration Center is located in Hyannis.
3. What is your favorite thing about our community?
Cape Cod is a special place. At The Coop, we consider it an honor to part of a community that is so connected and cares so much about their neighbors. When there’s a disaster or tragedy, everyone comes together to support one another. When there’s something to celebrate, we’re all there with smiles and hugs. It’s a joy and an honor to have a part in finding solutions and contributing to the community.
4. How else do you get involved with the community?
The Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod has a proud tradition of providing charitable support to the communities where we live and work. Some of the ways we provide that support is through sponsorships of programs, events, scholarships, and community initiatives; grants administered through the bank’s Charitable Foundation Trust; and through the volunteerism of our employees, Board of Directors, and Corporators.
5. What do you think are the biggest challenges facing parents in our community?
a. Cost of childcare and access to providers
b. Rising cost of living and low housing stock, including year-round rentals
6. What is your favorite memory or story over the years involving you and your business?
There are so many stories to choose from, but anytime we’re able join our fellow Cape Codders to help those in need are the ones that rise to the top. Whether it’s bringing in a dunk tank to participate in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, participating in United Way Day of Caring, or spreading kindness through hosting a Kindness Rocks table, we’re always looking for ways to give back and get involved.
7. What advice would you give parents and caregivers in our community?
Take advantage of the resources available. This community is so willing to come together and help. Get connected and share resources.
8. Do you have any specials, events, or anything else taking place this upcoming year that our parents should know about?
a. Every September, we host a free Soccer Clinic at Barnstable High School with Olympic Gold Medalist Kristine Lilly. Kids ages 6-14 are all invited to come from 10:00 AM-12:00 PM for coaching from Kristine and members of the BHS Girls Varsity Soccer Team. Each child receives a free Soccer Clinic tshirt, opportunities to have Kristine sign their gear, and time for Q&A. The Coop provides drinks and snacks throughout the day.
b. We hold an annual #MyCapeCod photo contest every year between Memorial Day and the end of September. We invite everyone in the community to submit their favorite photos for Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter for a chance to win cash prizes and a spot in our annual Community Calendar. Details on our website coming in May.
c. We’re giving away gifts for every new checking account opened, or referred. Information can be found at any of our branches. The gifts change each month, but you can get all of them with referrals!
d. We encourage parents and caregivers to involve their kids in both our #GivingTuesday Restock the Shelves food drive in November for local food pantries, and also our Stuff-a-Stocking toy drive in Decemberfor local Cape kids in need. Both drives are held in all of our branches and we ask the community to partner with us in donating unexpired non-perishable food items during the food drive and new, unwrapped toys for our toy drive. We always post all the details on our website and social media pages.
Cape Cod Moms