NEEDY FUND: Family reaches out after illness, job loss

A husband and wife were both working as educators prior to the pandemic, when the wife was diagnosed with cancer and became unable to work for an extended period.

Supporting a five-person family, the household budget became strained under a single salary. In 2020, the wife was diagnosed cancer-free and was able to find a new job. But the pandemic caused lay-offs, and she was among those let go since she was a new employee.

Although unemployment benefits helped for a while, the family eventually was forced to live on a single income again.

In 2021, both husband and wife were able to secure positions as teachers, and the family welcomed a new baby.

However, with the ups and downs of employment, the family had fallen behind on its mortgage, and its savings had been spent. The family reached out to the Needy Fund, which was able to assist with the mortgage, and referred them to partner social services agencies.

More about the Needy Fund

Many human service agencies offer assistance to those in need, but the Cape Cod Times Needy Fund has been helping with a host of immediate, short-term emergencies such as food, rent, medical costs and other basic expenses since 1936.

No cash is given to Needy Fund recipients. Instead, the agency pays vendors through a voucher program. The case described above was provided by the Needy Fund on condition of anonymity.


Donations, which are tax deductible, may be made at Checks also can be made payable to the Cape Cod Times Needy Fund and mailed to Cape Cod Times Needy Fund, P.O. Box 36, Hyannis, MA 02601.


Those needing assistance may contact the Needy Fund at 508-778-5661 or 800-422-1446.

Questions can be emailed to The Needy Fund is also on Facebook ( and Twitter (@NeedyFund).

Total contributions to date,$1,531,280.75

The TJX Foundation, Inc.;$10,000

Taylor and Barry;$10,000

Greg and Jeannie Botsivales;$5,000


Charles and Martha Clifford;$2,500



With thanks to the donors and benefactors including The Relics, Pete's Point, Brewster VFW, and the Lobster Roll cruise;$1,800

Kimberly and David Sterling;$1,545

Dorothy Savarese;$1,030

Kevin Campbell and family In memory of Judith D. Campbell;$1,030

Allison Makkay Davis;$1,000

David and Kathleen Lovett;$1,000

James and Jeanne Longo;$1,000

Joel and Beth Crowell;$1,000

Mr. and Mrs. D. Scott Brown;$1,000

Jean Bannister;$1,000

Bill and Carolin Dunlea;$1,000

In memory of Fifi Burton;$1,000

On behalf of David Healey from The White Companies Charitable Trust;$1,000

The employees of the Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod;$651

Ronald Bourgeois;$535

In memory of our colleague Bob Brunell, whose compassion, humor and dedication is sorely missed;$515

In memory of our son in law Jim Murphy from Joan and Steve Foley;$515

In memory of Patrick Butler;$515

It takes a village;$515


Marc and Nancy Landry;$500

Susan and Bruce Jankowski;$500

Charles and Louisa Wellington;$500

Margaret Mullin;$500

Katherine O'Neil;$500

Margaret Nicholson;$500

Ann and Rich Wolf;$500

Felicia Penn and Joe Hoffman hoping we all get along in 2022;$500

In memory of Anne A. Daniels;$500

Ladies of the Hyannis Yacht Club Annual Night Of Giving;$500

Richard Mark and Maura Harway;$500



Bass River Properties;$350

Paula Schnepp;$300

Robert and Anne Smaglia;$300

Pierre and MaryEllen Guertin;$300


In loving memory of Lucas H. Trask and Judy Chamillard;$257.50

In loving memory of our son-in-law Sean Gannon from Kathy and Dean Bryan;$257.50

Leslie E Scheer;$257.50

Linda Habeeb and Mark Rotondo;$257.50



Bruce and Nancy Bierhans;$250

Christine Clarke;$250

Margaret Homko;$250

Timothy Kehoe;$250

Dow and Martha Clark;$250

Paul and Amy Greeley;$250

Connie and Bill Nicholson;$250

In loving memory of George, Lois, and Terry;$250

In memory of Patrick M. Butler and family and friends no longer with us from Sarah Manning and family;$250

In memory of Suzanne Courcier;$250

Jim and Rosemary Blacquier;$250

La Tanzi, Spaulding and Landreth, LLP matching a gift from Jane Benoit;$250

Mykrantz Family;$250


Penny Schiller and Carter Luke;$222

Stephen Nadeau;$206

Donald and Ruth Wright;$206

Dave and Susan Duchesney, in memory of our parents and ancestors. Thank you;$206

In memory of Bib and Betty Anne Pelletier;$206

Sabrah and Donald Harper;$206

Tod and Andy Doane;$206

Sara Jane Plehn;$200

Robert and Susan Norton;$200

David and Denise Kelly;$200

Cape Cod Salties Sport Fishing Club;$200

Charlotte and Richard Miller;$200

In loving memory of Richard Dick Court and Winthrop Buddy Baker - Love and miss you, Pam Baker;$200

In memory of Joan and Frank Robert and Alice and Stan Makarewicz;$200

MaryAnn Giddings Eldred;$200


Steve and Carol Malaquias;$100

The Potters;$100

Geoffrey Giampapa;$100

Bradford and Christine Haven;$50

H Virginia Shannon;$100

June Bertucci – In memory of my Mom Rita Steinberg;$103

The Helfrichs;$75


Scott and Nancy Prager;$50

In memory of Charlie and in honor of Lois;$50


In memory of Bruce McDonald from Bruce Bennett;$25

In memory of Irene and Robert Bennett from Bruce Bennett ;$25

Merry Christmas from Midnight Mail, LLC;$100

Eric Nelson;$103

William Morrison;$50

John and Pamela Bosko;$100

Lillis Palmer;$100

In memory of Don Craft from Dorothy Craft;$25

Bob and Sandy Powers;$50

John and Cathy Klim;$100

In the name of Ronnie Burns from Vic and Barbara Tagliaferro;$50


Louise Innis;$50

Anne Reynolds and Brendan Annett;$100

Paul and Janet Sisson;$51.50


In memory of Jack Maroney;$100

Arthur and Margaret Lindberg;$25


In memory of Tom Jenkins;$72.10

Phyllis Bradley;$50

Theodore Ell;$150

Janet and David Dohan;$100


Rebecca Scott;$100


Dennis and Theresa Backus;$40

Linda Bykowski;$25

Chris and Barbara Cummins;$50

Art and Susie Hartung;$100

Jane E. Harding;$25

Gary and Heidi Senecal;$51.50


Deborah Brodeur;$100

Mary A. Sullivan;$100


Scott Harman;$100

Kitt Kelleher;$150

In lieu of family gifts from George Eldridge;$100

Virginia and Stephen Bryant;$25

Mr. and Mrs. Huntley Harrison;$103

In memory of my sister and brother from Jean Jackson;$50

Ron and Barbara Minor;$100

Michael Deasy;$100

In memory of Irwin M. Golden;$103

In memory of Jack;$154.50

The Mahjongg Ladies;$25

Judy Adams;$100

David and Ellen Sullivan;$100

Kevin Galligan;$103

Joseph Shramek;$40

Marla Vincent;$100

Lee and Norman Weill;$100

Gail Briere;$25

Cornelius and Elizabeth Gleeson;$25


Emilie and Ray Pirrone;$154.50


Ann O'Malley;$51.50

Dennis and Barbara Howard;$100

John Anderson;$150



In memory of Ellen;$51.50

In memory of Bernie and Alice from customers of a small Cape business;$41.20

Bob and Gail Kahn;$103


In memory of Richard Robb;$103

John and Mary Danella;$25

Laurelie Walker Hodgson;$100

In memory of Derek Williams;$103

Cape Cod Bonsai Club;$100

In memory of John and Mary and Ray and Rita;$25

Barnstable Newcomers Club;$150

Patricia and Gordon McKean;$103

Gary and Cathy Pastva;$100

A neighbor;$36.05

Lois M. Mahony;$25

BRHA Hand and Foot Group;$130

The Berbrick Family - in memory of Kenneth L Berbrick;$100

Janice Gildawie and Thomas Wiggins;$25

Remembering Robert;$150

Susan Moeller;$20.60

Judi and Kevin;$100

Elaine and Paul Biegelsen;$100

In honor of Betsey Sethares from Ellen Chahey and Ed Maroney;$100

Gretchen Maloney in memory of Jack Maloney;$51.50


Bill and Kim Kerlin;$150

Stanley Rivers;$50

Gordon Evans in memory of Barbara;$50

In memory of Maureen Frasca Lewis;$50

Dennis Yarmouth Womens Club Bayberry Antiquers;$160

Nancy Walker;$100

David and Sandra Palley- Brandt;$100

Carol Terasconi;$100

Barnstable Stove Shop, Inc;$100

In memory of Jordan/Cady Family;$150

In memory of Frank Carrick from Jeanne;$103


James and Sieglinde Rogers;$100


Richard and Joan Coco;$50

Jane Rudd and T James;$100


Stanley and Louise Issokson;$50

In memory of Howard Simpson;$100

Jaquelin Taylor;$20

Louis and Jean Tarricone;$100

Mike and Delia Connors;$100

Matthew and Judy Scavarelli;$25

Beverly B. Hankinson;$50


Allan and Lesley Williams;$75

In memory of Carol Campana;$103

Gordon and Carol Wright;$50

Dean and Marie Troxell;$100

Maryann Harward;$30

Mary Virginia Borkowski;$100

Peter and Joan Roche;$25

German American Club of Cape Cod;$100

Thomas and Deborah Cambareri;$103

Jane Driscoll;$100

Shirley Desalliers;$20

Harry and Deborah Billings;$51.50

Don and Judy Bonci;$75

Michelle Margules;$25.75

David J. Mott;$75

Liz Devine;$25

Upper Cape Cod Regional Tech - Staff jeans day donation;$90

Thank you Seaside Disposal;$155

Kathleen and Louis Gregorio;$100

Thomas Sykes;$125

Mary Smith;$100

John Picard;$155

Roger and Betsey Reid - Hyannis;$25

Eric Wittet;$100

In loving memory of Carmine and Vinny;$50


In memory of Thomas and Wanda Eaton, parents of Joyce and Osborne Bearse;$100

Joann S. Curley;$25

Elizabeth Gibbs and Eliot Raymond;$103

Thank you to Osterville Cape Cod Rehab from Martha Jane Curtis;$50

In memory of dad from Megan M Igoe;$25

In memory of Jean Doyle and John Celli ;$25

In honor of all veterans and in memory of my wonderful coworkers;Tracey, Darrel, Freddy, and Josh;$100

In loving memory of Andrea Pedersen from Errol M. Chamsarian;$50


Patricia Avenell;$103

Mary McCarthy;$100


Wendy Segel;$25

Chris and Kristen Boyd;$100

Patricia and Richard Ryder;$100


David and Roseann Smith;$100

Paul and Maida Masi;$100

Richard and Julie Salvatore;$100

This article originally appeared on Cape Cod Times: Cape Cod Times Needy Fund helps family after illness, job loss