August 2019
Live, Work, Thrive
Your Monthly Update
from the Community Development Partnership
A Word from Jay... For all of us at the CDP, one of the highlights of the summer is our annual fundraising event, A Summer Evening on the Farm. I hope you will join us on Thursday, August 22 nd from 5 to 7 pm at Halcyon Farm in Brewster. Our host, Lucas Dinwiddie, operates this unique vegetable farm on just one acre and borrowed funds for an irrigation system through the CDP’s Micro Loan Program in 2013.

Over the past six years, this wonderful community gathering and celebration of the work of the CDP has evolved into an important fundraiser for us. Thanks to the persuasive powers of Cape Air Founder and CEO Dan Wolf, attendees have opened their checkbooks and helped us to raise over $100,000 annually to support the important programs we offer.

This year, I’m so grateful to share with you that donors Steve & Ruth Barr have offered a challenge matching gift to encourage your participation in our “Fund a Need” Auction. They will match all gifts, dollar for dollar, up to $88,000. With your help, we hope to raise over $175,000 at the event that will help us create a healthier and more vibrant Lower Cape Community. And all donations of $1,000 or more are eligible for a Community Investment Tax Credit  worth 50% of your contribution.

Click here to purchase tickets or to make a contribution in support of the event. Enjoy the beautiful summer days that August has to offer and I hope to see you at a Summer Evening on the Farm.
Jay Coburn
Chief Executive Officer
Housing Rehab
It was just supposed to be siding: A Housing Rehabilitation Story
A lot of people are just reluctant to ask for help, but you have to look into it!    

Carol Nickerson
Housing Rehabilitation Client, Truro

Six months into the year and the CDP’s Housing Rehabilitation program is at capacity. With 20 low to moderate income households participating from the towns of Truro, Wellfleet, Provincetown and Eastham, over $600,000 will be paid to six local contractors to complete critical repairs ranging from a installing a new septic system to lead-paint removal. Among our current clients is an 81-year-old woman who has been showering at the gym since her septic system failed last March and a young family who recently discovered that their house was full of lead-paint after their infant tested positive for high levels of lead.
In June, our housing rehab team received a request from a Truro resident for siding. It was from Carol Nickerson, a long-time resident of Truro, and retired Town Hall employee who is undergoing treatments for a medical condition.

Photos: Carol's home before and after renovations
Supporting Local Business
The Plant Work Shop: a place to explore the art and craft of plants  
“You have to ask for help and it’s really hard to do that. It is a humbling experience recognizing that you can’t do it all.”
Milisa Moses
Owner, The Plant Workshop

Milisa Moses’ face lights up when she talks about plants. Whether it’s flowers or herbs, she is always thinking about the creative and medicinal uses of the various plants she grows.
What began as a small stand at local farmers’ markets has blossomed into a visually inviting retail store with a creative space where Milisa hosts workshops on Wednesdays throughout the summer.

 Photo: Owner Milisa Moses outside her storefront
Supporter Spotlight
Mary Kay Leonard - helping people reach their full potential
“Without the CDP, there would be fewer thriving businesses, less affordable housing and more people living in substandard housing, and fewer people working together to improve our communities”
Mary Kay Leonard
CDP Advisory Council Member

For over thirty years Advisory Council member Mary Kay Leonard has worked to ensure families have the resources they need to be healthy and financially stable. 
Prior to establishing a consulting practice in which she helps organizations anticipate and manage change, Mary Kay served as President and CEO of the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City, a national nonprofit that works to grow businesses in inner cities. She led the integration of the Community Initiatives and Property Management functions for Community Builders, a developer and manager of affordable housing. She spent almost a decade with United Way, as the COO and Interim CEO of the United Way serving greater Boston, and as the leader of Investor Relations at United Way Worldwide. Prior to this she held senior management roles at Work Family Direction (WFD), Inc., a for-profit company that was at the forefront of the work life industry. developing community-based child and elder care programs for Fortune 500 companies. Mary Kay started her management career in state government, as the Commissioner of the Mass. Office for Children, which regulated over 12,000 child and youth-serving programs, and shaping public policy for state agencies as Chief Counsel to the Mass. Executive Office of Human Services.  

Public Service Announcement

All of us who care about the Lower Cape need to take an active role to ensure that our communities are vibrant and thriving. Don’t be silent. Speak up, show your support!

Upcoming Events
Summer Evening on the Farm

Join us on Thursday, August 22 for our 6th Annual Summer Evening on the Farm at Halcyon Farm in Brewster.

This is one of the highlights of the summer with great food and drink supplied by the local businesses we love and great music featuring the Bert Jackson Quartet.

To find out more and reserve your tickets, visit our Summer Evening registration page .
To join Team CDP, visit our team registration page here .

Our team training rides will take place every Wednesday at 5:30 and will begin on June 5th. We will meet in the parking lot of the CDP offices in Eastham.

Contact Britt at
508-240-7873 x25 or
if you have questions.
The Gasp:
CDP Group Training Rides on Wednesday!

The Gasp is a fun-filled all day event that begins with a bike ride from Sandwich to Provincetown. Hop on a boat and watch whales breach as you head back to the Sandwich Marina. Finish the day with a clam and lobster feast at the Sandwich VFW.

The best part? The ride raises money for several local charities, and the CDP is a beneficiary!!

The ride takes place on Sunday, September 15th from
7:00 - 3:00.

The biggest change this year...Most of the ride will take place along the Cape Cod Rail Trail.

To learn more about this event, visit
Business & Credit Workshops
SCORE Individual Business Counseling

August 21
9:00 - 1:00
CDP Offices, Eastham
Cape & Islands License Plate Program

Here's something exciting...those Cape & Islands License Plates are a huge benefit to the CDP. Did you know that each year they generate nearly $200,000 in funds to support our programs? 

You can order your plate online here. The funds generated as a result of this program help support a number of organizations across the Cape including the CDP.

This Place Matters
 our bi-weekly radio & television show
Tune in
 92.1 WOMR & 91.3 WFMR   
 Wednesdays 12:30pm
  Also on  Lower Cape TV

Join host Jay Coburn & guests to learn more 
about activities affecting the people and places on the Lower and Outer Cape.

August 14 : Join Andrew Stern, Founder of the Global Development Incubator and the Pants Factory and Grant King , freelance graphic designer as they discuss moving to the Lower and Outer Cape and working remotely.

August 28 : Join Christine Menard, Executive Director of the Family Pantry of Cape Cod as she discusses the Family Pantry.

If you have an idea for a guest or topic -  Contact Britt Beedenbende r
Thank you for supporting the work we do to make the Lower Cape a place where we can all live, work and thrive !