Cape Cod Military Support Foundation Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation located in Falmouth, MA that provides aid and assistance to military personnel and their family during times of critical need.
We raise funds through donations, grants and special events as a means to support members of the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Air National Guard, U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod, Base Cape Cod, U.S. Army and U.S. Army National Guard and their families who are assigned to the Joint Base Cape Cod and Coast Guard Southeast Sector in Wood Hole. As an IRS-designated 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation.
Our foundation is led by a thirteen-member Board of Directors from the communities surrounding these military installations, including some who are also associated with the Otis Civilian Advisory Council, Inc. The council, one of the oldest such organizations in the country, and is a local civic organization that has been supporting the community for nearly 70 years.
Due to the October 28-29, 2016 terrible tragedy of our storage area fire, we lost thousands of items supporting our children's events and fund.
The Cape Cod Military Support Foundation was established in 2014 as a 501(C-3)
The mission of Foundation is to raise the funds and in kind donations necessary to support the needs of men and women who are stationed at Joint Base Cape Cod and Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England, Air Station Cape Cod, and Base Cape Cod. Born out of necessity after the Base Realignment Commission moved the Fighter Jets to Westfield. The Foundation now raises the money that was previously provided by Concession Stands, and Parking from the Air Shows at JBCC which ended in 2010. Founded by a group of business people, and members of the Otis Civilian Advisory Council the Foundation hit the ground running and has taken on more responsibility and created new programs each year. In 2014 the government sequester and subsequent budget cuts caused havoc with the fur lowing of personnel over a 6 month period.
The pressure put on The Chaplin's Fund to fund requests for day care, and food cards was five times greater than any one year period in the past. Also that year the demand for Operation Backpack increased by 300%, and Operation Santa hosted 450 children for the first JBCC Christmas Party. In six months we raised $ 165,000.00 and distributed $ 120,000.00.
For 2015 the full year receipts were $ 505,000.00 and many new programs were implemented that continued to provide assistance and support to our military families bringing our total distributions to $525,000.00. Results for 2016 showed another significant increase to $725,000.00, and in spite of a disastrous fire, the Foundation never missed a beat hosting over 900 children for the annual Christmas Party 41 days after the fire. The community has rallied around all of our programs, and Volunteer's have responded in resounding numbers for 2017 events.
The distribution network for in kind donations spans the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
and consists of corporations, and charities. Items like boots, hats, gloves, and coats as well as toy's have been successfully distributed from Pittsfield to Provincetown to Military, Coast Guard and Veteran Families. Backpack distributions for September of 2017 will exceed 4000 units including the Army National Guard Units to the Amory's in the Greater Boston Area. As the needs for services and support continue to grow so does the size of the orginazation.
The Otis Civilian Advisory Council, Inc.
Col. Tow’s primary assignment was to oversee the arrival and establishment of the new Air Force base. After retiring, he remained active with the council.
The first major project undertaken by the council was the Otis Memorial Park project, a park that was established in 1969 to honor fifty fallen military personnel who were assigned to Otis/Camp Edwards and perished in three separate crashes. About $24,000 was raised for this project.
The fundraising success of the park and the community’s enthusiasm and spirit encouraged the council to continue its support for the base and its personnel.
The council continues their efforts today. The council offers four $1,500 scholarship to deserving dependents of military personnel, supports Operation Backpack, & Operation Santa, and co-host the annual Military Awards Night. Members of the Council are knowledgeable of activities on JBCC and at USCGSSNE Woods Hole, and continue to serve as the liaison between the military and the surrounding communities.