Human Services

Lower Cape Outreach Council, Inc.

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

Quick Facts

aka LCOC

Orleans, MA


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



Larry Marsland

Chief Operations Officer

Gennie Moran

Main Address

PO Box 665

Orleans, MA 02653 USA


Emergency assistance, cash, food, clothing, jobs programs, resume building, community support, holiday drives, fuel assistance, utilities assistance, basic necessities, micro-loans, nutrition





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

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

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

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

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

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

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

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Food Pantry

Food to Encourage

Pay It Forward

Katy's Korner

Financial Assistance


Hope Chest

Where we workNew!

Charting Impact

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

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.

External Reviews


Lower Cape Outreach Council, Inc.

Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Board Leadership Practices

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Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Not Applicable


Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Not Applicable


Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

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Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

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Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

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