The Cape Cod Times Needy Fund summer fundraiser hopes to raise $150,000 between now and August 14.  In the past year, the Needy Fund has handled more than 6,500 requests for help and provided help to more than 3,000 households.

Cape Cod Times Needy Fund Launches Summer Fundraising Campaign

With the summer season on Cape Cod and the islands kicking into gear, many residents who provide services to visitors and second home owners are struggling financially.

“Rising inflation is especially devastating to our neighbors who already live paycheck to paycheck,” said Susan Johnson, executive director of the Cape Cod Times Needy Fund. “Almost all of their income goes toward basic necessities — food, electricity, gas, housing — and these are the very same areas where we’ve seen the biggest price increases.”

“We don’t see that abating anytime soon,” she said, “add to that the Cape and Island affordability crisis and we have a perfect storm on the way.”

The Cape Cod Times Needy Fund summer fundraiser hopes to raise $150,000 between now and August 14.  In the past year, the Needy Fund has handled more than 6,500 requests for help and provided help to more than 3,000 households.

Today, the Cape Cod Times Needy Fund kicks off its appeal to raise money for the summer, hoping to raise $150,000 between now and August 14. The Needy Fund has completed more than 6,500 requests for help in the past year – a 44% increase from the previous year providing aid to more than 3,000 households. A contribution can help a family stay in their home, a service worker can pay for childcare and gas, an elderly person to cover housing costs and a resident with transportation or health problems.

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The Needy Fund offers short-term emergency aid to residents of the Cape and Islands, so that they can continue to work and/or live at home.

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