HPC Launches 20th Annual “Backpack-to-School” Program

The Homeless Prevention Council (HPC) is partnering with the Nauset Rotary Club, Orleans Police Department, Nauset Marine, and Staples for its 20th Backpack to School program. 

2020 was a challenging school year for all of us, and especially hard for our children. HPC and its partners are making this year’s Backpack to School program extra fun and special for over 200 students in need, grades K-12 on the Lower and Outer Cape.     

Families with children in need on the Lower and Outer Cape who would like to participate in this year’s Backpack to School program should call HPC’s office at 508.255.9667 and ask for the case manager of the day. The community can also join HPC in making our students return extra special. For a list of needed supplies, visit hpccapecod.org.

 Starting August 1, 2021, school supplies can be dropped off at:  

• HPC office (14 Old Tote Road, Orleans), 

• Orleans Police Department (99 Eldredge Park Way)  

• Nauset Marine (45 Cranberry Hwy, Orleans) 

• Nauset Marina East Marina (235 Main Street, Orleans)

• Staples (136 MA-6, Orleans)

The Homeless Prevention Council is an independent, non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization. Founded in 1991, its mission is to provide personalized case management solutions to promote stability for all who live in our community.

If you are interested in contributing, please visit the website or send a check to Homeless Prevention Council at PO Box 828, Orleans, MA 02653. 

Concerned about the impact of climate change in Truro?

Truro’s Climate Action Committee is sponsoring three sessions to gather input from year-round and seasonal residents. The purpose is to hear from you, the residents of Truro, on what you believe should be their priority climate actions over the next five years and to understand what information you need to respond to climate change.

The Truro Climate Action Committee (CAC) is charged with developing a Climate Action Plan.  One step in creating the plan is to get input from the residents of Truro.  The first session is this Saturday, July 31, 10 – 11:30 a.m. and will be followed by two more: August 28, 3:30 – 5 p.m. and September 25, 10 – 11:30 a.m.

These sessions, which will take place on the back deck of the Truro Public Library at 7 Standish Way in North Truro,  will cover:  1.  High-level background on climate change and actions already taken in Truro, 2.  Brief survey with close-ended questions about climate action priorities and what information residents need to address climate change, and 3.  An open-ended discussion about addressing climate change. The information from these sessions will be used (along with other inputs) to develop the Climate Action Plan.

For more information e-mail the Committee [email protected]