Newsletter

Spring/Summer 2018

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LETTER FROM THE DIRECTOR: Brenda Swain

Brenda Swain

The Falmouth Service Center, Inc. (FSC) is celebrating 35 years of providing support to our neighbors in need on the Upper Cape. In 1983, Peter Kirwin, the Human Services Director at the time, gathered several members of the faith community together to discuss the need for a central place that could assist those who needed help with food and financial assistance.  Thus was born FSC. Throughout the past three and a half decades, the wording of our mission has varied slightly, but the key foundation of “reducing hunger and easing stress” has never wavered. This significant anniversary will be celebrated throughout 2018 with a variety of events and we invite and welcome community-wide involvement. This is an opportunity for all of us to appreciate Falmouth Service Center’s historic and humble beginnings, ever-evolving partnerships, significant accomplishments, extraordinary commitment by volunteers and donors, and most importantly, the myriad services provided to our neighbors in need. 

FSC continues to be led by a small dedicated staff that works hand in hand with our mighty force of more than 450 volunteers.  Key volunteers effectively coordinate the services through more than fourteen programs inside and outside of our Gifford Street walls.  We invite you to review the 2017 highlights on page three of this newsletter to fully understand the critical work we do together and its tremendous impact on the Upper Cape community today. Please visit our website to find out about 35th anniversary events and how you can become involved in this 2018 celebration.

UPDATES & THANK YOUs

EMERALD HOUSE TO BECOME HAND-IN-HAND THRIFT SHOP

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In September of 2016, the FSC Board outlined a strategic objective to increase revenue in support of the FSC mission through expansion of our thrift shop. We are happy to report that we have found the perfect location, 141 Sandwich Road, where Robert Burke is in the process of erecting a 6,500 square foot building.  Drive by the location to watch the progress as the building becomes a reality over the next several months. 

We know that many of our dedicated thrift shop volunteers will be joining us as we make this transition to a larger space that will have a wider variety of clothing, home goods, housewares, small appliances, furniture and more.  We will be open extended hours and have additional kinds of volunteer needs, so we will look for morevolunteers to help with everything from accepting and processing donations, to driving our truck to pick up furniture, to selling the expanded offerings in our retail space.  If you wish to become involved, please click here for more information & a coupon! 

Attention all SHOPPERS & DONORS: As the transition from Emerald House to the new Hand-in-hand Thrift Shop becomes a reality this summer, look for details on our website and Facebook. All donations will move to our new thrift shop location on Sandwich Road to be processed in one central location.  We will no longer accept any clothing or household donations at Gifford Street once our new thrift shop opens.

OUR FRESH START PROGRAM

Do you remember that first day of school? When you stepped off the bus with your new outfit and backpack?  You couldn’t wait to meet your new teacher, see your friends and be back at school.  That is the aim of our Fresh Start Program; we hope all children feel that same excitement for their first day.  As part of this special program, numerous Falmouth children in need will receive backpacks filled with brand-new school supplies, a complete set of back-to-school clothes plus a warm sweatshirt and a gift card towards the purchase of a new set of sneakers.  

Our greatest need for this program is your assistance! Would you like to help fill the profile of a child?  Or perhaps you might be able to contribute a backpack or school supplies?  Oftentimes a book group, a family group, or several friends pool their resources to fill a profile or order several backpacks to donate.  We especially need sturdy, dark-colored backpacks for kids 12-18! If you would like to help by filling a profile, please contact Sue Ball at 508-564-4781. Thank you for helping to give many Falmouth children a Fresh Start!   

JOIN TEAM FSC AND RUN WITH OUR TEAM IN THE FALMOUTH ROAD RACE 

CHEF_JOE_AT_FRR.jpgHave you always wanted to run the iconic Falmouth Road Race?  Think about joining TEAM FSC and you will help us to  raise critical funds and reduce local hunger while running in a world famous race.  You can help us to help our  neighbors in need and help us to continue to play a vital role in our community by running this race for our team. We  are fortunate to once again have a team running in the Falmouth Road Race through the Numbers for NonProfits  Program.  If you need a number and would like to help us raise funds in support of our mission, contact us at 508-548- 2794 or email our Executive Director at fsc_dir@falmouthservicecenter.org. 

A HEARTFELT THANK YOU

We are truly appreciative of all who contribute time, talent, and resources to the critical work of FSC.  Whether you volunteer in a program; donate items to our pantry or thrift shop; or sustain our ongoing efforts through your monthly pledges, annual gifts or donations in honor or in memory of a friend or loved ones; your support is what keeps our doors open to those who depend on our being here in their time of need. Together we make a difference

STATISTICS FOR 2017 FOR THE FALMOUTH SERVICE CENTER

FSC racked up some pretty impressive numbers last year both inside and outside of our pantry! Are you curious how many bags of food we distributed last year or how many pounds of food we distributed? Click here to find out!

A SPECIAL FUNDRAISING EVENT - SKID ROW MARATHON

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Falmouth Service Center and the Woods Hole Film Festival are once again collaborating to bring a special film to Film Falmouth this spring! Skid Row Marathon SKID ROW MARATHON follows four runners as they rise from the mean streets of LA to run marathons around the world, fighting the pull of homelessness and addiction at every turn. Their story is one of hope, friendship and dignity.  Learn more about the film and purchase tickets here.   

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