To enable our clients to hold on to their homes and rentals while pursuing more self sufficient lives.
We provide full wrap around services (food, clothing, financial assistance, a jobs training program, tuition assistance, mentoring,access to SNAP, federal fuel assistance, and affordable healthcare.)
We sponsor 8 food pantries in the towns we serve plus nutritional workshops and monthly food distributions to local Councils on Aging and to Cape Cod Children's Place. Further, we offer our clients access to a free clothing/bedding store. We have more than 400 dedicated volunteers and a $1,250,000 fully funded budget that enables LCOC to be the only organization in our region to provide such comprehensive services.
Lower Cape Outreach Council recently successfully completed the vigorous "Points of Light" program that evaluates non profit/volunteer based organizations. Only !% of all charities in the US have achieved this status.
Also, see above for a specific listing of our full wraparound services.
Each client has an advocate who serves as the front line bridge between our client and our organization. We routinely follow up with each advocate as to the status of their individual clients. In this way, we are aware of client progress at all times.
Annually, we provide assistance to as many as 1,900 households housing over 4,000 men, women, children, and seniors. Three winters ago we partnered with Operation Warm (a GuideStar Platinum charity) to distribute NEW coats to our clients. We are very proud that this past winter we distributed our 1,000th NEW winter coat. LCOC is efficiently managed, performing most assistance via our 400+ volunteers. Our G & A expenses are managed very tightly, (please refer to our latest financial reports previously submitted.) LCOC is the premier human and social services on the Outer Cape, with solid and broadbased support from our 8 communities, enabling us to effectively administer an annual budget of $1,250,000.
As we continue with our commitment to providing this assistance, we are increasingly determined to provide our clients with the tools they need to move out of chronic emergencies and to build more self sustaining live as part of the Cape Cod community.
In 2018, LCOC is focused on expanding our donor base, particularly by partnering with well known and respected businesses and other non profits in our area. Two examples are a "Cool for Fuel" concert we did in January, 2018, in conjunction with Wellfleet Preservation Hall (which raised $9500 for fuel assistance) and an upcoming July event "Helping our Fishermen", also held in conjunction with WPH. Both events are new fundraisers for 2018.