COVID-19 Resources for Business and Employees

Useful information about the many indirect impacts facing Barnstable County businesses and local economies.

The Baker-Polito Administration is committed to partnering with the business community to navigate the outbreak of COVID-19. Click here for resources available to businesses.  

Need to work from home? Comcast is offering assistance in connecting low-income family to dependable internet access. Click here for details. 

Cape Cod SCORE has compiled multiple resources  in a single location: local and national info, SBA loan details, tax information as well as resources on how to manage your business during this time period. Mentoring and consultation is offered via phone, email, and online.

Lower Cape Outreach assists with micro-loan programs. Click here for their website.

Community Development Partnership (CDP) in Eastham offers loans and business guidance. Click here for website.

If you are a restaurant or business that can remain open during the outbreak, and/or offer take-out or delivery service please add your name to the widely circulated LoveLiveLocal digital database. Click here for database and contact info. 

MassHire Cape and Islands Career Center have put in place emergency programming to ensure that we can continue to provide critical services customers while maintaining social distancing protocols for the health and safety of our community, our customers and our staff. The staff is available for assistance by phone and/or email. Visit their website for more information and resources for job seekers.

MASS 2-1-1: Mass 2-1-1 is an easy to remember telephone number that will connect you to information about health and human services available in your community. It will help you find government benefits and services, nonprofit organizations, support groups, volunteer opportunities, donation programs, and other local resources. All calls are confidential and the service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Visit www.mass211.org.

Restaurants

The Cape Cod Family Table Collaborative is a collaboration between The Cape Cod Culinary Incubator along with Chef Jeni Wheeler (owner of Jeni’s Joy and Chef at Faith Family Kitchen (FFK), a ministry of the Cape Cod Council of Churches) and the Cape Cod Chapter of The American Culinary Federation (ACF) to provide free meals to culinary industry folks affected by the shutdown.

The Greg Hill Foundation has partnered with Samuel Adams to provide grants to full-time restaurant workers in Massachusetts who are dependent on wages plus tips to cover basic living expenses and provide for their families.

The Restaurant Employee Relief Fund was created to help restaurant industry employees experiencing hardship in the wake of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak. Through this Fund, grants will be made to restaurant industry employees who have demonstrated being financially impacted by COVID-19, whether through a decrease in wages or loss of employment. These grants will be made on a first-come first-served basis, subject to availability of funds

Unemployment and Food Assistance

Apply for unemployment benefits here. As of March 18, 2020, the 7-day waiting period to apply for unemployment benefits has been eliminated

DTA (Department of Transitional Assistance) has partnered with local organizations to assistance in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program/SNAP applications. Visit their website to start your online application here or contact the local organizations below:

Harbor Health in Hyannis is happy work with those looking for food assistance. Visit their website here for info and contact Camila Barbosa directly at (508) 778-5413.

Falmouth Service Center provides assistance with SNAP applications. Visit their website for updated hours and services. 

WIC provides a range of services for qualified families. From nutrition and health education to food and support, all services are free. Visit their website here for info and the online application.

Housing

Housing Assistance Corporation (HAC) is available to assist anyone who may need help with housing during the COVID-19 crisis. Contact them directly via phone at (508)771-5400 or www.haconcapecod.org.

Community Development Partnership (CDP) in Eastham offers assistance and guidance in securing housing, from rentals to home ownership. Click here for their website.

Lower Cape Outreach offers financial assistance for essential household services. Visit their website here.   

Falmouth Service Center offers financial assistance for essential household services. Visit their website here. 

Health Insurance

Falmouth Service Centers offers assistance in applying for MassHealth. Visit their website here. 

MassHealth information and online application can be found at the state website here.

Emergency Daycare Services

The Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care has put together a list of designated emergency daycares that will remain open to care for the children of first responders, health care workers and other essential employees. It will be up to families to apply to a daycare, and up to that daycare to determine who qualifies for a slot, in consultation with the EEC’s regional office.

Cape Cod locations (home-based and center-based) currently include:

Barnstable

Only Cape Cod Healthcare Employees can utilize the services at the Cape Conservatory:

2235 Iyannough Road, Route 132
West Barnstable, MA 02668

508.362.2772

Centerville

Marilia Sousa, 37 Longboat Drive, Centerville, 774-287-7315, mariliasereia@hotmail.com

West Barnstable

YMCA Cape Cod Children’s Crossing, 2245 Iyannough Road, West Barnstable – Denise Graham-Reardon, 508-802-1298, dgrahamreardon@ymcacapecod.org

Hyannis

Cristiane Lacerda, 250 Sudbury Lane, Hyannis – Cristiane Lacerda, 774-836-0220, happykids2008@live.com

Rafaela Fonseca, 313 Castle Wood Circle, Hyannis, 508-280-1803, rafaela_aff@hotmail.com

Verdiana Molina, 97 Old Town Road, Hyannis, 203-781-6512, veridianamolinausa@gmail.com

Bourne

Cherri -Ann Strom, 7 Easting Road, Bourne, 774-836-2532, stromcb@comcast.net

Crayon College at Bourne, 254 Shore Road, Bourne – Meghan Muratore, 781-336-8675, directorbourne@crayoncollege.us

Brewster

Ellen Brookhart, 283 Bog Pond Road, Brewster – Ellen Brookhart, 508-221-5718, e_brookhart@aol.com

Kristine Taylor, 18 Ebenezar Lane, Brewster, 508-896-6549, ktebenezar@gmail.com

YMCA Cape Cod Stony Brook, 384 Underpass Road, Brewster – Denise Graham-Reardon, 508-802-1298, dgrahamreardon@ymcacapecod.org

Falmouth

YMCA Cape Cod Falmouth Hospital Campus, 67 B Ter Heun Drive, Falmouth – Denise Graham-Reardon, 508-802-1298, dgraham-reardon@ymcacapecod

YMCA Cape Cod North Falmouth Early Ed. Center, 155 Old Main Road, Falmouth – Denise Graham-Reardon, 508-802-1298, dgrahamreardon@ymcacapecod.org

Harwich

YMCA Cape Cod Harwich Elementary, 263 South Street, Harwich – Denise Graham-Reardon, 508-802-1298, dgrahamreardon@ymcacapecod.org

Sandwich

Julie Coughlan, 14 Tyler Drive, Sandwich, 508-648-0305, busylilbees@gmail.com

South Dennis

Little Stars Learning Center, LLC, 434 Route, Unit E, South Dennis – Tonya Stump, 614-519-6602, Tonya@starpreschools.com