PFLAG Cape Cod’s Virtual Support Meeting TONIGHT March 30 7PM – 8PM

These past few weeks have proven to be a challenging time for all of us, and adhering to social distancing guidelines has made it more difficult to maintain connections with family members, friends, and coworkers. And for those of you who have come to depend on the monthly PFLAG support meetings, the loss of that connection has likely added more stress and anxiety, especially for those of us with few or no options on where to turn for support.

With that in mind, PFLAG Cape Cod is pleased to announce that we will be hosting our first ever “virtual support meeting” on Monday, March 30th from 7:00-8:00 pm (until 8:30 if needed) using the Google Meet platform (a Google email account is not required).

Although nothing compares to the in-person support meetings held in Brewster and Barnstable, until those meetings resume, we hope this opportunity will help fill the void. So no matter where you are, whether on-Cape or off, you can now participate in our support meetings… instructions on how to join are below!

PFLAG Cape Cod’s Virtual Support Meeting
Monday, March 30th
7:00 – 8:00 pm

(until 8:30 if needed)

There are two ways to join the meeting:

  • via dial-in with a mobile phone or landline/home phone (for audio only) by dialing 979-429-2063, and then entering the P.I.N. 587 484 772# when prompted

If you plan to join the meeting via the internet with a smartphone (for audio and optional video), you may be asked to download/install the free Google Meet app after clicking the link above.

The meeting will begin at 7:00 pm, although you are encouraged to join as early as 6:45 pm in order to resolve any technical issues you may experience. And please be aware that even if you join the meeting via the internet, you can easily turn off the camera/video feature at any time (the meeting facilitator, Joe, and other participants who are using the video feature will still be visible to you).

Finally, in order to maintain the privacy and confidentiality of those participating in the virtual support meeting, please join in from a private area of your home and/or wear earbuds or headphones… thank you.

PFLAG Cape Cod looks forward to “meeting” with you for support and community!

The Cape Cod Foundation Joins Partners in COVID-19 Community Relief Efforts

DATE: March 22, 2020
CONTACT: Joanna Christopher, Marketing and Communications Officer
The Cape Cod Foundation
261 Whites Path, Unit 2 | South Yarmouth, MA 02664
774-212-5502 (c);

The Cape Cod Foundation Joins Partners in COVID-19 Community Relief Efforts

South Yarmouth—The Cape Cod Foundation has joined local partners working to support the community during the rapidly evolving coronavirus outbreak.

The organization has made initial investments of $5,000 to the Cape Cod and Islands Major Crisis Relief Fund, a program of the Cape Cod Times Needy Fund, to support immediate individual needs as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, and $5,000 to the Cape and Islands United Way for immediate support to nonprofit organizations whose clients are disproportionately impacted by the coronavirus and the economic consequences of this outbreak.
In addition, The Cape Cod Foundation has allocated $100,000 in discretionary money to seed a Strategic Emergency Response Fund, which will provide immediate and long-term funding to support the continued operation of vital Cape Cod nonprofit organizations as they address the evolving impacts of COVID-19 on the health, economy, and vitality of our community.

““We live in an amazing community where people are ready to step up, work together, and help their neighbors. We know the needs will continue to evolve, and we are so grateful, and proud, to support the organizations in the community that are immediately serving our residents and providing critical services and needed financial relief during this difficult time,” said Kristin O’Malley, President and CEO of The Cape Cod Foundation. “We also know that to battle something on this scale requires a tiered, multi-pronged approach. As the community foundation for Barnstable County, our role is to not only provide resources to support the needs of today, but to provide resources as the needs of the community change. With that in mind, the Strategic Emergency Response Fund compliments the efforts of our colleagues on the front lines by providing needed operational support to our local nonprofits now and after this emergency” added O’Malley.  O’Malley also said that the Foundation is exploring how to work with existing grantees to release them from the original restrictions of their grants and repurpose funds since many may not be able to accomplish their original goals.

For more information about The Cape Cod Foundation Strategic Emergency Response Fund, including how to donate, visit
For more information about the Cape Cod and Islands Major Crisis Relief Fund, including how to donate, visit
For more information about the Cape and Islands United Way Community Response Fund, including how to donate, visit

The Cape Cod Foundation also encourages those wanting to support their favorite nonprofits to donate to them directly during this time of need.



The Cape Cod Foundation is a community foundation whose mission is to build permanent charitable resources for community betterment through informed grantmaking and civic leadership. The Foundation has distributed $75 million in grants and scholarships since its founding in 1989.

Reducing Stigma During Coronavirus Outbreak


Public health emergencies, such as the outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), are stressful times for people and communities. Fear and anxiety about a disease can lead to social stigma toward people, places, or things. For example, stigma and discrimination can occur when people associate a disease, such as COVID-19, with a population or nationality, even though not everyone in that population or from that region is specifically at risk for the disease. Stigma can also occur after a person has been released from COVID-19 quarantine even though they are not considered a risk for spreading the virus to others.

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It is important to remember that people – including those of Asian descent – who do not live in or have not recently been in an area of ongoing spread of the virus that causes COVID-19, or have not been in contact with a person who is a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 are not at greater risk of spreading COVID-19 than other Americans.

Some groups of people who may be experiencing stigma because of COVID-19 include:

  • Persons of Asian descent
  • People who have traveled
  • Emergency responders or healthcare professionals

Stigma hurts everyone by creating fear or anger towards other people.

Stigmatized groups may be subjected to:

  • Social avoidance or rejection
  • Denials of healthcare, education, housing or employment
  • Physical violence.

Stigma affects the emotional or mental health of stigmatized groups and the communities they live in. Stopping stigma is important to making communities and community members resilient. See resources on mental health and coping during COVID-19.

Everyone can help stop stigma related to COVID-19 by knowing the facts and sharing them with others in your community.

*Reposted from the CDC website.

HRAC Attends White Ribbon Day to Raise Awareness about Violence Against Women

On Thursday, March 5, 2020, the Barnstable County Human Rights Advisory Commission participated in White Ribbon Day at Cape Cod Community College.  The event was sponsored by Independence House, Cape and Islands District Attorney’s Office and the Yarmouth Police Department, to raise awareness about violence against women.   On this day individuals throughout MA, are encouraged to promise to be part of the solution in ending violence against women.


Human Rights Advisory Commission 7th Annual International Women’s Day Breakfast

March 4, 2020 – The Cape Women’s Coalition held its Seventh Annual International Women’s Day breakfast today.  Approximately 200 women gathered to hear inspirational words from the Keynote Speaker, Sara Gould, past president and CEO of the Ms. Foundation for Women.

Keynote Speaker Sarah Gould presents ‘It’s All About the Vote”. Sara currently works as a consultant and advisor to non-profit social justice organizations and leaders across the country. She recently co-founded and co-directed the Steinem Initiative at Smith College, a pilot program experimenting with the use of women’s and gender history as an organizing tool to strengthen today’s social justice movements.

Ms. Gould gave an overview of the stride’s women had made over the past 100 years, since the passage of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote.  This was followed by three local speakers, Suzanne Brock, Co-Chair of the League of Women Voters Cape Cod area; Britt Beedenbender, Town Councilor for the Town of Barnstable; and Hilda Haye, member of the Town of Barnstable Housing Committee.  All speakers described the increased role that each was engaged in to advance female empowerment.  Before exiting the breakfast, attendees where challenged to consider what additional roles take on during this important national election season.

From left: Britt Beedenbender, Town Councilor for the Town of Barnstable, Keynote Speaker Sarah Gould, Suzanne Brock, Co-Chair of the League for Women Voters, and Hilda Haye, Member of Housing Committee at Town of Barnstable adn Cape Women’s Coalition.


Calling all Men to Help End Violence Against Women

Annual Cape Cod White Ribbon Day Calls for Action Against Domestic Violence

From this day forward, I promise to be a part of the solution in ending violence against women.

The 8th annual Cape Cod White Ribbon Day will take place on March 5th, serving as a call for men and boys to take action against domestic violence.

Independence House, Yarmouth Police and the Cape and Islands District Attorney’s Office are collaborating on the annual event at Cape Cod Community College where men will pledge not to commit violence against women and children.

Men of all ages are encouraged to attend the event which creates awareness among the males in our community about the issue of men’s violence against women and gender based violence, along with taking action to be part of the solution.

Members of the Cape Cod Community College police department and the Yarmouth, Barnstable and other Cape Cod police departments will be taking part.

The event is part of the 13th annual Statewide Commonwealth of Massachusetts White Ribbon Day.

WHEN: March 5, 2020 t from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM at Cape Cod Community College cafeteria. The public is invited, there is no charge.

Appearances by:

Yarmouth Chief of Police Frank Frederickson

Independence House Executive Director Lysetta Hurge-Putnam

Cape & Islands District Attorney Michael O’Keefe

Barnstable Chief of Police Matthew Sonnabend

Cape & Islands Assistant District Attorney Michael Patterson

State Representative Timothy Whelan

State Representative Will Crocker

Breakout Session (Light Lunch provided)


Barnstable County Human Rights Advisory Commission Seeks New Members





Deb’orah Battles, M.Ed., Coordinator

Tel: 508-375 6611

Representing all 15 Cape Cod Towns



Contact: Deb Battles, Human Rights Coordinator

Barnstable County Human Rights Advisory Commission at 508-375 6611





September 12, 2019 – The Barnstable County Human Rights Advisory Commission (BCHRAC) seeks candidates to fill vacancies beginning January 1, 2020. The (9) member volunteer BC-HRAC was recently re-structured under BC Ordinance 19-10 by the County’s Assembly of Delegates to promote equality and human rights throughout Barnstable County.


Responsibilities include attending HRAC meetings and assisting the Human Rights Coordinator in educating the public about Human Rights and the HRAC through community & educational projects.


Interested candidates need to be permanent residents of Barnstable County. Persons with varied language skills and diverse backgrounds strongly encouraged to apply!   Please submit a letter of interest and resume/bio, by Email to , or Mail to: BC Human Rights Advisory Commission, HRAC Candidates, P.O. Box 427, Barnstable, MA 02630, or deliver in person to 3195 Main St.  Applications MUST be received no later than Thurs. October 10th, 2019 at 4:00 PM!!!


Interviews to be held the week of October 21st, 2019 for those selected.


For more information about the newly structured BC Human Rights Advisory Commission, please go to or contact our new Human Rights Coordinator, Deb Battles at (508) 375-6611 or