CCIF Sees Surge In Requests

By: Caoe Cod Chronicle

CHATHAM – A second round of applications, with an increased assistance cap, has resulted in a surge of requests for help from the Chatham Coronavirus Impact Fund.

Last week saw 33 applications approved and a total of $42,388 disbursed from the fund set up to help Chatham residents suffering economically because of the pandemic. Based on those numbers, “there's quite a lot of need out there,” said fund founder Stephen Daniel.

The fund has raised nearly $480,000 since it was announced in April. The latest donation came in the form of proceeds from an auction of six oil paintings of iconic Chatham locations by artist Sue Daly, which brought in nearly $4,000. Daly, who recently moved to town full-time, said she enjoyed getting to know the town through the paintings and was happy to give back to the community. She also acknowledged Jenn Allard of Main Sail Events for help in creating the auctions.

The 33 applications approved by the fund last week represented 66 adults, 54 children and seven seniors. Money went toward utilities, rent and mortgage payments, auto insurance and payments and excise tax. Each application is vetted by the Lower Cape Outreach Council and payments are sent directly to vendors.

Applications for assistance are available at www.chathamimpactfund.com/donateorapply or through Monomoy Community Services and the Lower Cape Outreach Council. For more information call LCOC at 508-240-0694 or email chathamfund@lcoutreach.org.

Donations can be made through the CCIF website or the MCS website, www.monomoy.org. Checks can also be sent to MCS at 166 Depot Rd., Chatham, MA 02633, with “CCIF” in the memo line.