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Cape Life Briefs Spring 2020

April 1, 2020

CHEER suspends housekeeping and companion services

CHEER has suspended housekeeping and companion services as of April 1, 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.

YMCA redeploys as childcare center for essential personnel

In response to the COVID-19 global pandemic, the Sussex Family YMCA has mobilized response efforts to offer needed programs and services including childcare for emergency workers and essential personnel. Care is available for children ages 5 to 12 from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monday to Friday. Children can enjoy arts, crafts, games, sports, movies and supervision from experienced Y staff. For more information or to register, go to www.ymcade.org/emergency-child-care or email childcare@ymcade.org. The YMCA of Delaware is accepting donations to help meet the needs of the community. To make a charitable contribution to the COVID-19 emergency relief fund, go to www.ymcade.org.

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.

Love Your Library bookmark contest entries due May 30

The  Rehoboth Beach Public Library invites adults, teens and children to use their artistic skills to show support for the library by participating in its Love Your Library bookmark contest. To enter, contestants must design their own bookmark using the form available on the library website at www.rehoboth.lib.de.us and the library’s Facebook page. The designs must include something involving books, libraries or Rehoboth Beach. First-, second- and third-place winners will be selected for each age group. The library will print bookmarks based on the winning designs to distribute at its front desk this summer. The deadline for submissions is Saturday, May 30, via email to rehobothbeachlibrary@gmail.com. For more information, email Sarah Beham at sarah.beham@lib.de.us or Lauren McCauley at lauren.mccauley@lib.de.us.

Sussex County player wins $150,000 in lottery

A Sussex County Delaware Lottery player has claimed the final $150,000 top prize from the Instant Game $150,000 Fortune. The winner, who wished to remain anonymous, purchased the winning ticket from Shore Stop #254 in Angola.

"I was so surprised and thankful for this big win," the winner said. "I've enjoyed playing the Delaware Lottery since it began, and getting this big win was such an incredible feeling."

The player planned to put the winnings into the bank while figuring out what to do with the money. The winner claimed the prize from Lottery headquarters March 18.

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, while closed, 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/.

U.S. housing agency awards $400K to Delaware homeless programs

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator Joe DeFelice announced the agency awarded $389,354 to support two housing and service programs for people experiencing homelessness in Delaware.

This funding is in addition to the $7,825,678 to support 27 program grants awarded earlier this year. The Continuum of Care grants provide critically needed housing and support services to individuals and families experiencing homelessness throughout the First State.

“As one of only three states in the nation to have effectively ended veteran homelessness, Delaware has always been a leader in this area. So, it was surprising that the number of people experiencing homelessness increased last year. The good news is this year we turned the tide,” said Felice. “For Delaware’s CoCs to find the total number of persons experiencing homelessness declined by nearly 15 percent, it is evident their work is making a difference.”

HUD Continuum of Care grant funding supports a broad array of interventions designed to assist individuals and families experiencing homelessness, particularly those living in places not meant for habitation, located in sheltering programs, or at imminent risk of becoming homeless. Each year, HUD serves more than a million people through emergency shelter, transitional and permanent housing programs.

Rehoboth library survey responses due April 30

The Rehoboth Beach Public Library is evaluating its hours and seeking public opinion. A short survey is available through Thursday, April 30. To respond, go to www.rehobothlibrary.org.

Bunny Palooza set April 11 in Bethany

Presented by Mango’s on the Boardwalk in Bethany Beach, the Quiet Resorts Charitable Foundation announced the seventh annual Bunny Palooza will be held Saturday, April 11. Attendees may participate in a 10K run, a 5K run/walk or a combination run/walk. For more information, call 302-537-QRCF (7723) or go to www.Bunnypaloozarun.com. Proceeds benefit the many groups, clubs, and organizations that are served by the Quiet Resorts Charitable Foundation. 

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.

Beebe Auxiliary seeks volunteers

Beebe Auxiliary, a local volunteer group, is nearing its 83rd anniversary. The group currently has 170 members.

The auxiliary needs volunteers, any age, young or seasoned, to help out at the Beebe Treasure Chest Thrift Store, open seven days a week in the Midway Shopping Center on Route 1 behind Candy Kitchen. Volunteers can choose the hours they want to work. Tasks include sorting donated items, arranging displays, restocking shelves and working the cash register. Especially needed are young, strong individuals who can help with furniture pickups and deliveries.

Volunteers are also needed at the Margaret H. Rollins Lewes Campus to help in the gift shop as well as the east and west information desks.

To submit volunteer applications, go to www.beebehealthcare.org/volunteer-beebe. For more information, email Nancy Almacy at nalmacy@gmail.com or call 302-703-2600.

Use Rehoboth library card for online resource access 

Many Rehoboth Beach Public Library users don’t realize the wide variety of valuable resources their library card can unlock.

If they enjoy browsing through current magazines or looking up articles from past issues, it’s as easy as visiting the library website, www.rehobothlibrary.org, and looking up Flipster Digital Magazines under the Resources link. Magazines can be viewed page by page on a PC, laptop, or tablet, and articles can be printed out if needed.

For card holders with a Kindle, Nook or other e-reader who would like to borrow an ebook rather than buying one, there’s a Resources link to find out how to download an app for that. The Resources tab also will provide access to the entire available ebook collection, searchable by title, content, author or language.

There are also links to countywide and statewide library databases, the Library of Congress, and more.

For more information on accessing these and other library services, go to www.rehobothlibrary.org, call 302-227-8044 or stop by the Rehoboth Beach Public Library, 226 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach.

Millsboro Lions collect eyeglasses

Millsboro Lions Club collects eyeglasses to recycle for new wearers. Eyeglasses may be dropped off at the following collection sites: Accurate Eye, Peninsula Crossing, 26670 Centerview Drive No. 5, Millsboro; American Legion Post 28, 31768 Legion Road, Millsboro; Best Ace Hardware Long Neck, 32362 Long Neck Road, Millsboro; Christian Storehouse, 149 Mitchell St., Millsboro; Delaware Eye Clinic, office of Dr. Jaoude, 28322 Lewes-Georgetown Highway, Milton; Indian River Senior Center, 214 Irons Ave., Millsboro; Millsboro Public Library, 217 W. State St., Millsboro; Millsboro Post Office, 100 Main St., Millsboro; and Sussex Eye Long Neck, 32030 Long Neck Road, Millsboro.

Commemorative brick paver sale to benefit Rehoboth library

Rehoboth Beach Public Library is now selling commemorative brick pavers to be engraved with memories or milestones such as remembering loved ones, weddings, births, graduations and anniversaries. The library has adopted the fundraiser from Rehoboth Beach Main Street. Each commemorative brick is $175, and all purchases are 100 percent tax deductible. Proceeds will help the Rehoboth library maintain its commitment to the vibrant seaside community. Commemorative bricks are installed in the Penny Lane area, in the beach block between Rehoboth and Wilmington avenues. For more information or to purchase a brick, go to www.rehobothlibrary.org, or call 302-227-8044.

Delaware offers online help for veterans

The Delaware Commission of Veterans Affairs has launched an online application for making donations to programs that serve veterans. Donors can easily make online contributions to the Delaware Veterans Trust Fund and the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery. To find the  DCVA mobile-friendly application, go to www,de.gov/donatevets. The commission is dedicated to assisting veterans and their family members in obtaining benefits and coordinating support programs. Users can designate donations to the Delaware Veterans Trust Fund to help assist veterans with immediate needs or toward projects such as beautification of the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemeteries for commemorative events honoring Delaware veterans or the Memorial Tree in memory of a loved one. Donations can be made in honor of a specific individual or cause. For more information, go to www.veteransaffairs.delaware.gov.