Today we launch our annual Enterprise Community Fund to support the Falmouth Service Center.
There can be few who don’t know how important the work of this organization is. For many years now, the service center has helped individuals and families experiencing financial distress. We have heard story after story about how precarious thousands of Falmouth families’ well-being are; a car accident, an illness, a death in the family is all it takes to send a stable household into crisis.
Now enter COVID and the need is more acute than ever. Unemployment skyrocketed in March and April. Fortunately there was supplemental government assistance, but that has run its course and, as we leave summer behind, COVID rates are rising at a frightening rate. And so is financial distress.
Requests from the service center have mirrored the rise, fall and now rising COVID cases.
“In March and April we had a huge spike,” said service center director Kerin Delaney. Need leveled off during the summer, but it is increasing again. “Since October, we are seeing March and April numbers,” she said.
It’s not only food that is needed; there has also been a big increase in the need for rental assistance.
So far, the service center has been able to meet the need. The community has given very generously. The number of people dropping off turkeys over the weekend was gratifying, although it caused traffic jams on Gifford Street.
But the future is uncertain. Not only are COVID cases rising at a frightening rate, the moratorium on rental evictions lifts at year end.
We hope you will give to the Enterprise Community Fund. No donation is too small.
Unlike some charitable drives that take a percentage of their collections to pay for overhead, the Enterprise turns over every penny. Staff and volunteers handle the fund’s administration so that your donation is passed along in its entirety to the service center.
Our hope is to write a check for $100,000 to the service center at the end of January. It’s a lofty goal, but the Falmouth Service Center will, we think, need every penny of it.