Lower Cape Outreach Council, Inc.

Real People. Real Problems. Real Solutions. Making a difference since 1980.

aka LCOC   |   Orleans, MA   |  lcoutreach.org

Mission

The mission of Lower Cape Outreach Council is to provide emergency assistance of food, clothing and financial support to residents of the 8 towns that constitute Lower Cape Cod and to follow up with services and support in the areas of employment and education.

Ruling year info

1986

CEO

Larry Marsland

Chief Operations Officer

Gennie Moran

Main address

PO Box 665

Orleans, MA 02653 USA

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EIN

04-2864255

NTEE code info

Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash) (P60)

Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (W99)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The primary problem we face is a shortage of affordable housing in an area where property values and rents are high, wages are low, and jobs are often seasonal. The median hourly wage needed on Cape Cod to pay a median monthly rental is $31 per hour. The median actual wage on Cape Cod is $17 per hour. Almost all other problems - food, daycare, healthcare, clothing - derive from this core problem.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Food Pantry

The Lower Cape Outreach Council (LCOC) serves qualified residents in the lower Cape communities of Brewster, Chatham, Eastham, Harwich, Orleans, Provincetown, Truro and Wellfleet.

LCOC sponsors 9 food pantries on the lower Cape and makes monthly food distributions to local Councils on Aging, WIC and Cape Cod Children’s Place.

We also provide special nutritional programs like The Greater Boston Food Bank’s Brown Bag Program for seniors and Food to Encourage in collaboration with Outer Cape Health Service, the Barnstable County Public Nurse and Cape Cod Cooperative Extension.

In 2019, Lower Cape Outreach Council provided $606,000 worth of food to the communities we serve.

Lower Cape Outreach Council worked in collaboration with St. Vincent de Paul Society, St. Joan of Arc Church in Orleans, Nam Vets, Nauset Newcomers and many local businesses to provide Thanksgiving turkeys, fresh vegetables, stuffing, cranberry sauce to 275 households from Harwich to Provincetown.

Seasonally, our Gilmore Garden of Hope and food donations from local gardeners make it possible for us to provide fresh produce to our clients.

Population(s) Served
Seniors
Families

The Lower Cape Outreach Council (LCOC) serves qualified residents in the lower Cape communities of Brewster, Chatham, Eastham, Harwich, Orleans, Provincetown, Truro and Wellfleet.

LCOC, in partnership with the Barnstable County Public Health Nurse, is looking to explore the impact of nutrition and healthy eating on diabetes and hypertension.

THIS PROGRAM INVOLVES:
Health monitoring at the Orleans United Methodist Church with a Barnstable County Public Health Nurses
Extra bag of fresh fruits/vegetables twice a month
Free recipes, food samples and ideas for healthy eating
Complete confidentiality for every participant

Population(s) Served
Seniors
Families

The Lower Cape Outreach Council (LCOC) serves qualified residents in the lower Cape communities of Brewster, Chatham, Eastham, Harwich, Orleans, Provincetown, Truro and Wellfleet.

Pay It Forward is a micro-loan program for LCOC clients.

It takes money to make money, especially when you are self employed, especially when credit is an issue.

House painters, landscapers, carpenters, shop owners, everyone knows the end-of-winter pinch that can slow down spring preparations and cut into summer profits.

Clients of LCOC who are struggling to get it together, can apply for a Pay It Forward micro-loan program through their Advocate.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Lower Cape Outreach Council (LCOC) serves qualified residents in the lower Cape communities of Brewster, Chatham, Eastham, Harwich, Orleans, Provincetown, Truro and Wellfleet.

Katy’s Korner, located at LCOC Center at 19 Brewster Cross Road in Orleans collects and distributes donations of quality clothing and bedding.

The shop is arranged so that clients can select items they need for themselves and family members at no-charge.

Over 1800 bags of clothing were distributed in the past year.

Population(s) Served
Families
Adults

LCOC serves qualified residents in the lower Cape communities of Brewster, Chatham, Eastham, Harwich, Orleans, Provincetown, Truro and Wellfleet.

Financial assistance is available to qualified applicants for payments of essential household services including electricity, heat, rent/mortgage payments, insurance, medical and prescription drug expenses, transportation and other expenses which can break an already stretched budget. This assistance is short-term in nature, designed to help people make ends meet until they can help themselves.

In 2019 we provided $612,000 of emergency financial assistance to over 1,400 households. These funds went to cover the costs of overdue mortgage and rent payments, to pay for utilities that were about to be shut down, to fill oil tanks, meet unexpected medical and prescription costs, or help meet child care costs so working parents can keep on working.

We also provided $16,000 worth of toys for 342 local boys and girls over the holiday season.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Families

The Lower Cape Outreach Council (LCOC) serves qualified residents in the lower Cape communities of Brewster, Chatham, Eastham, Harwich, Orleans, Provincetown, Truro and Wellfleet.

At LCOC, our goal is to help our neighbors lead more secure and independent lives. Providing emergency food, clothing, and financial assistance are some ways we help. Now we are offering a program to help clients achieve their career goals and job objectives.

Through HopeWorks, clients can get individual help:
• identifying suitable job targets
• creating or updating a resume
• preparing for interviews
• using online job match tools and other job resources
• enrolling in Commonwealth of Massachusetts Career Opportunities program
• upgrading skills through referral to and tuition aid for adult education and training programs

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth, Health, Social and economic status

Related Program

Financial Assistance

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

# of volunteers is a critically important metric for LCOC. 86 cents of every $ received goes into front line client services. This would not be possible without our dedicated volunteers.

Average number of service recipients per month

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Work status and occupations, Social and economic status, Family relationships, Health

Related Program

Food Pantry

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Number of clients served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Age groups, Family relationships, Health, Social and economic status

Related Program

Financial Assistance

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

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 9 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.

Annually, we provide assistance to as many as 1,900 households housing over 4,000 men, women, children, and seniors. 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 2020, 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.

Financials

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Lower Cape Outreach Council, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 8/26/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

John Roman

Retired

Term: 2020 - 2022

Lee Chirgwin

Page McMahan

Jim Kivlehan

Susan Walsh

John Roman

Pat Rowell

David Willard

Joe Gorski

Jim Botsford

George Malloy

John Kanaga

Susan Carlson

Brad Carlson

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 08/24/2021

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Leadership

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White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male

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