Newsletter

Fall/Winter 2017

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LETTER FROM THE DIRECTOR: Brenda Swain

Brenda Swain

The Falmouth Service Center was incorporated in 1983. As by-laws were developed and our mission established, Danielle Guay, a board member and Enterprise Newspaper graphic designer, created a logo for FSC in those early days. And as we have grown and broadened our work, conversations have revolved around our logo and the message it gives about our work. I can remember answering the phone ten years ago and the person on the other end asked me for an appointment to rotate his tires! After all we are the Service Center!

   As part of our strategic planning in 2016 our Board continued to discuss the strength of our multiservice approach, and the importance of collaboration with existing and new partners to provide diverse and critical services to our Upper Cape clients. We talked about how many in the community who support us and who need us, really don’t know the breadth of what we offer. To that end, we have held fast to our image of neighbors together, and infused our new logo with vibrant colors of blues and greens, and three symbols that cut to the core of what we do and how we do it: an apple, two hands, and a heart. See the two logos side-by-side above. Helping neighbors in need continues to be central to our work.

apple_of_logo.jpgThis apple symbolizes our steady and consistent movement toward healthier options and nutrition education with greater amounts of fresh and frozen items at all our food offerings.  Two-thirds of our food is distributed via our pantry with 54,000 bags given out last year. Another third goes out to the community via our FRESH mobile markets and our community meals. The emphasis on healthy foods is carried into our Foods to Encourage program to help those dealing with the chronic conditions of diabetes and hypertension.

the_hands_of_our_logo.jpg These hands exemplify our commitment to partnerships with non-profits, businesses, individuals, and organizations who together strengthen the services we provide. We do not duplicate services; instead we seek partners who complement and broaden our scope of services.  This belief in working together is considered each time we make a programmatic decision and helps guide us as we move forward with our greater community. You can read on the next page about the 2017 Mass Nonprofit Network Award for Collaborative Excellence we received.

the_heart_of_our_logo.jpgThis heart is who we are and how we operate.  All services are delivered with compassion, respect and dignity. Knowing that when you walk through the door, you will be greeted by dedicated volunteers who are the heart and soul of our services is a non-negotiable reality. The smiles, comfort and companionship provided at FSC go hand in hand with the material goods and services people seek.  To many, the visit to our programs, whether they are within the walls of our pantry or thrift shop, or in one of our many community initiatives, brings a deep personal connection to others who care about who they are and what they need.

   Thanks for your partnership in this continued journey.

UPDATES & THANK YOUs

FALMOUTH SERVICE CENTER THRIFT SHOP UPDATE

EH_plates_2017.jpg The news is out!  We are thrilled to announce that as part of our strategic goal to increase the size and scope of our Thrift Shop we have hired an amazing manager: Colleen Wood, former owner of TWIGS on Main Street in Falmouth, who joined our team in early summer.  With her presence we have expanded the Thrift Shop’s hours to Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 10 to 3 and Thursday 10 to 6 for shoppers and donors.  If you want to join our volunteer force, we would welcome you to the crew.  Stop by and stay tuned for news of our expansion.

OUR FRESH START PROGRAM

Falmouth Service Center was so lucky to have a phenomenal team of volunteers that organized our back-to-school program this summer. They were able to help 171 children from 93 Falmouth families with a full set of clothing and a backpack filled with school supplies.  In addition, we gave out 122 additional backpacks filled with school supplies to Falmouth children in need.  We are extremely grateful to everyone who volunteered and donated to this vital program which makes sure that hundreds of Falmouth children begin their school year with a FRESH START!

We received a lovely thank you note that came in just recently that said, "I just wanted to say thank you so much for my son's back to school backpack and clothes! They were all wonderful! He loves everything! It is so appreciated by us, thank you!"   

FALMOUTH ROAD RACE 

Our biggest Falmouth Road Race team ever raised $29,676.  We had 25 runners for TEAM FSC and they raised money throughout the summer, making this an exceedingly successful fundraiser! Once again, we want to say a big thank you to Judy D’Amario for coordinating this special event. 

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AWARDS FOR THE FALMOUTH SERVICE CENTER

2016 NATIONAL ACTION FOR HEALTHY KIDS: HEALTHY SCHOOL HERO AWARD

Action for Healthy Kids (AFHK) mobilizes school professionals, families and communities to take actions that lead to healthy eating, physical activity and healthier schools where kids thrive. In 2016, the AFHK national review board selected our own Kerin Delaney from a pool of well-deserving nominees as one of 12 national winners. Kerin volunteers at Teaticket Elementary School and was recognized for her work in piloting the Grab n’ Go Breakfast Initiative along with physical education teacher, Carrie Shanahan.  Congratulations, Kerin, and thank you on behalf of all our clients, for your commitment to all aspects of food security.

FROM MASSACHUSETTS NONPROFIT NETWORK

2017 EXCELLENCE AWARD FOR COLLABORATION

Winning_the_Excellence_Award_2017.jpgWe are honored that the Falmouth Service Center has won the 2017 Nonprofit Excellence Award for Collaboration. We proudly collaborate with numerous agencies to provide integrated services that bring health, wellness, and education to many of our mutual clients.  FSC is incredibly appreciative to the Cape & Islands United Way for nominating us for this special award and to the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network for all of their vital work supporting nonprofits in Massachusetts. We were presented with this award at the annual Massachusetts Nonprofit Awareness Day held in June at the State House in Boston.  

A VERY SPECIAL DONATION

Hazel_donating_to_Fresh_Start_2017.jpg It was a Friday morning in August when Hazel, about 7 years old, came by to donate to our Fresh Start back-to-school program. She had washed cars for a month and was able to raise $109.64 so that we could buy backpacks, school supplies and hand sanitizers for our back-to-school program.  Hazel had all of this money which she had collected in a special red cup.  Her grandmother told her about the FSC back-to-school program and Hazel decided she wanted to raise money for that!  We were all in awe of her compassion and generosity!  

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