If there is one thing we have learned in the past month, it's that Cape Girardeau County residents want to help each other in times of need.
Below is the start of a list of organizations in need
for those of you who want to help.
Boy Scouts of America
We know things are tough for a number of folks right now, but we also know that when we get to the other side of all of this, people will still need Scouting. Our anticipation is that there will be even more families who need financial assistance for this year’s programming, and we want to be sure we are equipped to do just that. If you are able, we are hoping you will make your donation today so that we can assure there is no interruption for programming when quarantines and social distancing is over. Visit https://stlbsa.org/donate/ and select SHAWNEE district.
Selecting Shawnee district will ensure that the funding raised in the Cape Girardeau area, stays in the Cape Girardeau area. Thank you for your support of Scouting!
Cape Public Schools
We are currently asking for donations to help support our students and families with extra food for this summer. https://capetigers.networkforgood.com/projects/81568-impact-cape-students
Gibson Recovery Center
340 S. Broadview
We have a need for hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes or other disinfectants. We have had difficulty finding them through our normal supply chains.
Options for Women
Options for Women continue to offer services to their clients as well as others that are being referred to them for assistance. They give out a wide variety of items. Their greatest need currently are paper products – diapers (size 4,5,6), baby wipes, paper towels, and toilet paper. They can also use non-perishable food items since the demand is growing.
Donations can be made by calling the office (573)339-2032 to arrange to drop off.
Old Town Cape, Inc.
Old Town Cape, Inc. will need assistance with the Cape Riverfront Market farmer's market, if and when the event is allowed to begin operating.
Volunteer tasks may include: counting people, monitoring event entrances, handing out market-related information on site, managing a hand washing station, monitoring distance among customers, and assisting with parking/drive-through operations.
Volunteers would be needed for a 5-hour timeframe on Saturday mornings, from 7 a.m. - noon.
Safe House for Women
The Safe House for Women continues to serve victims of domestic violence during the coronavirus epidemic.
Needs include: thermometers; disposable gloves; cleaning supplies such as Clorox wipes, Lysol, and bleach; household items such as trash bags, laundry detergent, dish soap, and dishwasher detergent; fresh and canned food.
Southeast Missouri Foodbank
Since the outbreak of coronavirus, we have seen the demand for food assistance double because of the number of people out of work. We are having to buy and distribute more food through our pantries and mobile food distributions in southeast Missouri.
The best way for people to help is through monetary donations online at semofoodbank.org or mailed to PO Box 190, Sikeston, MO 63801. $1 helps provide four meals.