Ways of Helping Locally

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Commonwealth of Massachusetts Volunteer Helpline

Governor Mitt Romney announced the activation of the Operation Helping Hand Volunteer Helpline for those who wish to volunteer their skills to assist the survivors of Hurricane Katrina who will be our guests in the Commonwealth over the next few months. The phone number is 1-800-293-4031.

Telephones will be staffed beginning Monday, September 5 from 5:00pm until 11:00pm. Beginning Tuesday, September 6, the line will be staffed from 7:00am until 7:00pm, seven days a week.

The purpose of the volunteer Helpline is to develop a database of potential volunteers and the skill they can offer when requested. This is NOT for donations. Callers will be advised to continue to make financial donations to appropriate charities and agencies. Material donations may be requested sometime in the future when specific needs present themselves.

Help for Guests at Otis Air Force Base

WHOI has donation boxes in the Clark, Redfield, and Smith lobbies. Items collected for the guests at Otis Air Force Base will be brought to the Falmouth Service Center and distributed through the Salvation Army. Requested items  include:
New Clothing
New Personal Care Items/Toiletries
Bottled Water

Items donated at the WHOI drop boxes in Clark, Redfield, and Smith will be sent to Stennis Space Center and brought to the Falmouth Service Center for the new arrivals at Otis Air Force Base.

PLEASE NOTE: if you are donating clothing, please put warm weather clothing and cold weather clothing in separate bags/boxes and clearly label them. This will make shipping them to the appropriate locations a lot easier. Thanks!

Benefit Spaghetti Dinner - 9/14/05

There will be a spaghetti dinner to benefit the Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund on Wednesday, September 14, beginning at 4 p.m., at La Cucina Sul Mare, 237 Main Street, Falmouth. The cost is $15 for adults and $10 for children. Call for more details: 508-548-5600.

Police Athletic League of Cape Cod

The Police Athletic League of Cape Cod has set up a fund to assist the victims of Hurricane Katrina that have been relocated to our area.  It will use all of the donated funds to purchase educational materials, clothing, food, water, recreational items, baby items, and other essential needs for all of the victims.  PAL has contacted its national organization and will utilize its partners to purchase items at a discounted rate.  It will also be organizing several “Meet our new neighbors” cook-out that we will host for the families on the base which will include food, games, interactive booths and music for all to enjoy.  PAL will be contacting local businesses for donations for our new neighbors and attempt to assist them in any way possible.

Donations can be sent to:

PAL of Cape Cod Katrina Fund
C/O Citizens Bank
50 Davis Straits
Falmouth, MA  02540

100 % of the proceeds will and items collected will go to our new neighbors on the Otis ANG base.

Local Relief Agencies

- American Red Cross, 286 South St., Hyannis, MA 02601, 508-775-1540; to ''Hurricane Katrina.'' On the Web at www.redcross.org.

- The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 369, 100 North St., Hyannis, MA 02601; to ''Katrina Disaster Relief.'' On the Web at www.salvationarmyusa.org.

Cape Cod and Islands Boy Scout Council

The Cape Cod and Islands Boy Scout Council will be coordinating assistance to those at Camp Edwards, working through the Barnstable Sheriffs office now stationed at the Camp. The Boy Scouts will be providing man power for distributing materials stored at emergency locations around the Cape and for collecting new materials.  WHOI will try to coordinate efforts with them through Scott Gallager, whose scout troop is involved.


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Last updated September 9, 2005
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