Cape Cod Volunteers

P.O. Box 358
Yarmouthport 02675
508 362-3526


Mission: Cape Cod Volunteers is a nonprofit organization that links people with meaningful opportunities for community service on Cape Cod.

Life December 2010 Cape Cod Volunteers began with a basic premise that there is no better feeling than helping other people and building a better community. The new nonprofit began as an initiative of the Cape Cod Foundation in Yarmouthport and this fall transitioned to an independent organization. Through resources such as a website, regional drop-in centers, community networking, and training around volunteerism, Cape Cod Volunteers is engaging more people to volunteer by helping them identify their interests and skills and helping them find the right match or opportunity.

Helping Our Women

P.O. Box 1376, 336 Commercial St. #9
Provincetown 02657

508 487-4357

Mission: To educate, empower, and support women as they cope with chronic diseases and life threatening illnesses.

The original focus of Helping Our Women was on women with cancer. In 1994, the mission was expanded to include all women diagnosed with chronic, life-threatening illnesses and disabling conditions. HOW offers direct services such as case management, support groups, transportation, and a financial aid program. There are two weekly drop-in support groups, one focusing on women with cancer, the other for women with chronic diseases.

Hope in Bloom, Inc.

202 Bussey Street
Dedham, MA 02026

781 381-3597

Mission: To improve the quality of life for breast cancer patients by planting gardens free of charge at their homes.

Life December 2010 Hope in Bloom has planted 90 gardens across the state for women and men with breast cancer, including gardens in Dennis, Harwich, and Forestdale. Studies show gardens provide comfort for those struggling with the emotional aspects and often harsh realities of breast cancer. The gardens may be planted indoors, in outdoor containers, and in-ground. The calming effects of nature increase serotonin levels, boost energy levels, and help ward off depression. In turn, these healing benefits elevate morale, allowing recipients to be more receptive to medical intervention. Cape Cod recipient Sue Gierej said, “The garden Hope in Bloom and landscape designer Will Clarke of Perennial Solutions in North Falmouth planted for me did more than any medication. When you are sick, you feel helpless. Not only did my new garden provide visual beauty, it empowered me. It gave me the confidence I needed to take charge and keep it looking its best.”

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Mary Grauerholz

Mary Grauerholz is the communications manager of the Cape Cod Foundation and a freelance writer.

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