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Cape Life Briefs Spring 2020

May 27, 2020

Drive-thru pet food giveaway set June 5

The Brandywine Valley SPCA has teamed up with Terra Technical Services to hold drive-thru pet food pantries to help families financially impacted by COVID-19. Free cat and dog food will be distributed from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., Friday, June 5, at DE Turf Sports Complex, 4000 Bay Road, Milford.

Participants must arrive and remain in a vehicle while BVSPCA staff requests information on household pets, then loads the pet food into the trunk or hatchback. Food will be available for cats and dogs while supplies last.

“The number of families struggling financially right now is staggering,” said Adam Lamb, BVSPCA CEO. “We’re providing free pet food at our shelters and drive-thru pantries so families don’t have to give up the cat or dog they love simply because they can’t afford food.”

The BVSPCA welcomes donations from the community to continue to supply pet food to families in need. They will be matched by a generous grant from the Petco Foundation up to $25,000 through Tuesday, June 30, when made at https://bvspca.org/petcomatch.

Operations SEAS the Day moves Warrior Beach Week to 2021

Operations SEAS the Day announced its 8th Warrior Beach Week will not be held in 2020.

Becky Johns, president, said, “This event is important to Bethany Beach and surrounding areas, and we are extremely disappointed to make this decision. However, the impact of COVID-19 on the health and well-being of our geust families as well as our volunteers and the community outweigh holding this event this year.”

Warrior Beach Week provides military veterans a week of rest and relaxation to enjoy the sun, sand, and recognition of the community in the Bethany Beach area. The community support has changed lives and made this a highly desirable event for veterans and their families. Recognizing that warriors and their families still need help, organizers suggest that contributions that would be made to Operation SEAS the Day this year be redirected to veterans organizations and/or to those being affected by the pandemic. 

In the past seven years, the event has hosted more than 1,000 individuals, held four weddings, and, with community support, positively affected the lives of guests simply by extending thanks and hospitality. The celebration is set for Tuesday to Sunday, Sept. 7 to 12, 2021.

For more information, go to www.operationseastheday.org.

Morning meditation offers connection

The Community Coherence Project created by Dr. Krista Griffin is a way for community members to share 20-30 minutes of connection and meditation, at 7:30 a.m. each day via Zoom. To join and be a part of this collective consciousness, find Alchemy 4 Life Delaware on Facebook or go to www.Alchemy4Life.com.

Recovery program meetings info available online

Due to government restrictions and continuing concerns about the spread of coronavirus/COVID-19, many area facilities that host recovery program meetings have been closed indefinitely. Some meetings have been moved online, while others are canceled until further notice.

Recovery is a challenging process, made more so during this time of limitations on face-to-face contacts and group meetings.

To help those who are dealing with alcohol-related substance use issues and need support, information and resources have been made available online. Those seeking help can find out about locally based meetings that have temporarily moved online or have been newly created. For details, go to www.sussexaa.org.

Historical society postpones Lewes Preservation Awards to 2021

Nominations for the Lewes Historical Society 2020 Preservation Awards by are being postponed until April 2021.

The biennial awards honor outstanding Lewes preservationists in the areas of Restoration/Rehabilitation, New Construction, Community and Stewardship. The honorees are those who will be deemed to have made an indelible impact on the Lewes community by preserving and enhancing the town through preservation, and thoughtful design and services.

Applications will be available in January 2021 to nominate an individual or organization. For more information, go to www.historiclewes.org or call 302-645-7670.

CHEER suspends housekeeping and companion services

CHEER has suspended housekeeping and companion services for an indefinite time. A CHEER representative will call customers periodically to check on their well-being. CHEER’s top priority is the safety and well-being of its clients and employees. For more information about CHEER services, call 302-515-3040 or go to www.cheerde.com. Everyone, including staff and volunteers, is reminded that they should not enter any CHEER facility if they have coronavirus symptoms or if they have been around someone with symptoms. Symptoms include fever, cough, fatigue, sore throat and shortness of breath.

Nonprofits may apply for COVID-19 grants 

Delaware nonprofits affected by COVID-19 are invited to apply for immediate grants from the Delaware COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund. To apply, go to www.delcf.org/covid-grants

Each week, applications received by noon on Monday will be reviewed, grantees will be selected Friday morning, and funds will be transferred Friday afternoon. Nonprofits are encouraged to reapply weekly.

Applications will be accepted weekly on a rolling basis and grants will be awarded weekly for as long as funding is available and community needs exist related to COVID-19.

The Strategic Response Fund, housed at the Delaware Community Foundation, is part of the Delaware COVID-19 Emergency Response Initiative, a nonprofit collaborative response to the 2020 coronavirus pandemic. The foundation, United Way of Delaware, Philanthropy Delaware and Delaware Alliance for Nonprofit Advancement are partnering to coordinate charitable resources to maximize impact statewide during this crisis.

Dimitra Yoga offers online classes

The Dimitra Yoga team wants to spread some peace, love and yoga in these difficult times caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The studio has found a way to provide online classes so community members can have a source of stress relief, physical activity and safe interaction with one another.

A variety of yoga classes is offered live each day, from a gentle class for beginners to a power class for more experienced yogis. New students can enjoy an introductory month for $49 or a single-class drop-in for $16. Monthly memberships and class packs are also available. A free 60-minute gentle yoga and meditation class will be held at 11 a.m., Sundays, aiming to give back to those in the healthcare industry, and others who are feeling anxious during this time but may not be able to pay.

For a full list of classes and to sign up, go to www.dimitrayoga.com/schedule/.

Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk Buddy Walk donates to KSI

KSI received a generous donation from the Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk Buddy Walk organization which will enable individuals in KSI’s programs to continue experiencing community opportunities for inclusion. KSI provides vocational training, employment, supported employment, community integration, transportation, day habilitation, life enrichment, and nutritional services to individuals with disabilities throughout Sussex and Kent counties. For more information, go to www.ksiinc.org.

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