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The Harwich Fund Awards Over $6,500 in Grants During Inaugural Year

SOUTH YARMOUTH—The Harwich Fund of The Cape Cod Foundation has awarded two new grants to local nonprofit organizations serving the Harwich community, bringing its total to more than $6,500 in awards during its inaugural year of grantmaking.

The Harwich Children’s Fund was granted $4,300 to support its 2020 Outerwear Drive Program. The grant will purchase coats and boots for about 200 Harwich students ages 5-18 in need of winter clothing.

“Outfitting the kids in toasty warm coats and boots always makes parents smile to know that their kids will be snug, safe, and well-protected for the coming winter weather,” said Sheila House, Secretary of Harwich Children’s Fund and Director of Harwich Youth Services. “The women of Harwich Children’s Fund picked out items that were both trendy and practical, and the effort was appreciated by parents who sent thank you emails and notes.”

The Harwich Fund awarded a second grant of $535 to The Children’s Center of Harwich Port to support the 2020 Playground Equipment Project at its recently re-opened day care center.

Abby Newberry-West, Director of The Children’s Center, said, “”Our new equipment helps the children maintain social distancing while promoting creativity and problem solving as they develop gross motor skills. The teachers also have more to add to the outdoor curriculum which is great because we are trying to be outdoors much more often during this time.”

Earlier this fall, The Harwich Fund awarded $1,750 to Friends of Monomoy Early Childhood Advisory Council to support Family Activity Kits for a virtual program benefitting more than one hundred Monomoy families. Each kit contained materials for children ages 3-5 to make projects safely at home during the quarantine period.

Brian Scheld, Chair of The Harwich Fund’s Advisory Committee, said the initial focus of The Harwich Fund is to help nonprofit agencies which serve youth, families, and seniors in the Harwich community because so many people and businesses have been adversely impacted by the pandemic. He added the Fund will expand its focus to also address the town’s historic, cultural, and environmental areas.

Anyone interested in supporting The Harwich Fund can contact Cheryl Barnes at or Brian Scheld at To donate to the Fund, visit For more information about Town Funds, visit

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