Doing Good

By: Staff Reports and Contributors

Topics: COVID-19

Donny Starkins will speak at a May 24 Zoom class benefiting RecoveryBuild. COURTESY PHOTO 

Do you know someone who is going above and beyond in this extraordinary time? Let us know! For the next few weeks we'll be highlighting those who do good deeds in our local communities by selflessly helping their neighbors. Drop us an email at if you know of any good deeds you'd like to see exposed.

Impact Fund Update

The Chatham Coronavirus Impact Fund has provided $43,000 since it was launched last month and continues to receive applications from residents needing financial assistance due to the shutdown.

Last week the fund received 10 applications, providing $7,200 in assistance to 18 adults, 18 children and five seniors, according to fund founder Stephen Daniel. Since it began in mid April, the fund has helped 57 local families, including 106 adults, 95 children and 13 seniors.

“Every application received has been approved,” he said.

While the fund has exceeded its initial $300,000 fundraising goal, Daniel said organizers are concerned there will be a “bump” in demand after extended unemployment benefits end in late July. The fund is still accepting donations, all of which go to assist year-round residents pay for necessities such as rent, mortgages, utilities and vehicle costs.

“It's working as designed,” Daniel said. “We're so proud of this community and what it's done.”

For information on donating or applications for the fund, visit, or

Yogis Unite Online Benefit

The Yogis Unite crew will hold a Zoom class to benefit RecoveryBuild, supporting teens struggling with substance use. Special guest speaker Donny Starkins, lululemon ambassador, leader, teacher and coach, will speak about his journey of recovery. Local instructors from Power Yoga of Cape Cod include Stephanie Briody, Jill Abraham, Talia Arone, Nicole Chamberlain, Ayanna Parrent, Jennifer Plusch and Pat Clancy.

The RecoveryBuild Alternative Peer Group (APG) Program has provided recovery support for teens with substance use disorder since early 2018. With clients ranging in age from 13 to 18, the group provides a critical piece of the care continuum that serves to disrupt the pathway to addiction and offers young people an opportunity to create a path of recovery that will lead to healthier, more productive lives.

All donations are welcome. The event happens on Sunday, May 24. The session will open at 11:30.  Class starts at noon. To register, visit

Walk For Alzheimer's

The Alzheimer's Family Support Center will sponsor the 5 By 5 Virtual Walk for Alzheimer's to support the community-based nonprofit organization. People are invited to take walk — in their home, around their yard or neighborhood — donate $5 and invite five others to participate. Proceeds help connect facility caregivers of people living with Alzheimer's or dementia with the support they need.

To register or for more information, call 508-896-5170, email, or visit