One of the reasons we launched the Cape Cod Resilience Fund was because the community kept asking how they could help small businesses during this incredibly challenging time, beyond getting takeout from local restaurants and showing shops some love online. So we had some expectations that we’d be able to raise a little bit of money from a grassroots fundraising effort.
We were able to get the fund off the ground with generous donations from Cape Built Development, Beacon Financial Planning, Logie CPA, and a number of generous Cape Codders.
What we have been so amazed and humbled by is the selflessness that the small business community has shown during this time when their futures are so uncertain. Beanstock Coffee gave away bags of their delicious coffee to help us raise over $4000 for the Fund. The ladies from Washershore and Consigning Women raised money by promising to jump in the 48 degree ocean , Scenic Roots sold Mother’s Day bouquets (and chipped in a little bonus), and Pawsitive Provisions, 1856 Country Store, Cape Camo, Littlenecks, Solstice Day Spa, Fussy Goose, Salt Yarn Studio, Cape Cod Home Remedies, Vintage Picks by Jen, Starr Struck Studio donated generously to help their fellow business owners a fighting chance….and that is not where the Cape Cod business community’s generosity ends. So many have offered to help raise money so the fund can help as many small shops, restaurants, brands and product makers as possible:
- 10% of sales over Memorial Day Weekend at Painted Daisies will be sent to the Fund;
- Fisherman’s Daughter has teamed up with Jetty Apparel to come up with a line of tees and hoodies for everyone in the family, and will donate 10% of sales until June 3;
- $10 from each of Kiya Designs’ Healthcare Heroes custom made necklaces will be donated to the Fund;
- Mermaids on Cape Cod is donating the proceeds from their inspiring Together We Rise clothing line (tanks, tees + hoodies);
- 50% of the proceeds from the Atlantic Soap Company’s special edition ‘Under the Sea’ soap will go to the Fund;
- NSW Jewelry Designs will is donate $5.00 of every pair of handcrafted and painted earrings through Memorial Day;
- Maria Poly Dolls is donating $2 for every one of their adorable (and handmade) whale, shark or llama plush key chains they sell;
- Cape Girl Strong will donate $2.50 for every Cape Girl sticker they sell in the month of May;
- and $10 will be donated by C Breeze Treasures for every Cape Cod Glazed Pottery Bracelet sold.
But guess what? There’s more. Cape Codders are also putting on virtual events to raise money for the Cape Cod Resilience Fund.
On May 21, Cape Cod Beer, the Kindness Rocks Project and the Cape Cod Community Media Center will host their usual May Story Slam in an unusual way. The storytelling event – with the theme “Because of your Kindness” – will be held virtually instead of live at the brewery. The event is now free but there is an option of donating to the Cape Cod Resilience Fund when you register as a guest or a storyteller!
And on May 31 local fitness instructor Emily Mulla will be hosting a VIRTUAL Pound and Pour for a Purpose with Devil’s Purse Brewing Company. The Pound class is free but donations for the CCRF will be accepted.
Sometimes we find ourselves speechless by how generous our Cape Cod community is – whether it is a $5 donation or one that is larger than that – every single dollar contributed to this fund will help our small business community weather this storm.