Cape Cod Cooperative Bank Supports Cape Children

HYANNIS, MASSACHUSETTS, June 28, 2011 – Joel G. Crowell, President of Cape Cod Cooperative Bank, announced that Cape Cod Cooperative Bank has supported two local initiatives this year for Cape children. “We are pleased to have promoted Project Linus and the Diaper Drive for A Baby Center in our branch offices again this year,” said Mr. Crowell. “Both of these charities serve the youngest and most needy members of our community and we are proud to support them.”

During the month of April, the Bank participated in a successful campaign in cooperation with the United Way of Cape Cod and other local sponsors for the “Diaper Drive” to benefit A Baby Center. Cape Cod Cooperative Bank collected a total of 1,852 baby diaper donations at all of its convenient branch locations and the operations center. Donations came from employees, customers and the community. The Bank has participated in the drive for the past three years and would like to thank Infor for their generous participation in the diaper drive again this year. The Bank’s total was the largest to come from one local business.

A Baby Center, located at 81 Willow Avenue in the Lorusso Room at the Federated Church in Hyannis was founded seven years ago by members of the Cape Cod Council of Churches in response to the needs of young families who, despite having jobs, found it difficult to make ends meet. Infants and children up to 3 years old in families who meet the financial guidelines of the federal Women, Infants and Children program and who live on the Cape and Islands may receive services. The center provides 15,000 diapers per month in addition to providing much needed formula, clothing, blankets, bottles and the occasional crib to very appreciative clients. A Baby Center also acts as a referral service for families, single parents, grandparents, and foster parents to other programs that are available such as fuel assistance, food pantries, and shelters.

Presently serving more than 500 babies a month with a staff of 40 dedicated volunteers, A Baby Center has lent a hand to more than 5,000 Cape and Islands residents since opening their doors. To contact A Baby Center to share your love of babies and children by volunteering or offering support please contact Mary Pat Piersons, Director; or Tish Friend, Program Assistant at 508.771.8157.

The Bank was successful, once again, in their efforts to collect blankets for Project Linus throughout the month of February. More than 233 handmade, washable blankets were brought into the Bank’s six branches and satellite branch in Kings Way during the month long promotion. Susan Provencher, Branch Manager of the Yarmouth Port Branch and the Cape Cod Chapter Coordinator of Project Linus, is thrilled. “Once again, I am overwhelmed and touched by the response of our customers and neighbors within our community,” said Susan. “I would like to thank all of them along with my co-workers for their help in making this year’s Make-A-Blanket Day such a success. Project Linus seems to have become a tradition that our customers look forward to each year!” Project Linus is a national non-profit organization whose mission is to provide love and a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need. This is done through the gifts of new, handmade, washable blankets and afghans, lovingly crafted by volunteer “blanketeers.” Each February they hold their Annual Make-A-Blanket Day. For more information visit www.projectlinus.org.

All blankets will benefit children in need on Cape Cod. Susan will be delivering the blankets to A Baby Center, Cape Cod Hospital, and Children & Family Services of Cape Cod.
Cape Cod Cooperative Bank is an independent, local, mutual community bank with over $602 million in assets. Established in 1921, it is headquartered in Hyannis with branches; on Route 6A in Yarmouth Port, East Dennis and West Barnstable; in Sandwich at 275 Cotuit Road; in Hyannis at 695 Attucks Lane in Independence Park, and in East Harwich at 1470 Orleans Road/Route 39.