The Chatham Fund Awards PBCB and other Chatham-based Nonprofits

The Chatham Fund of The Cape Cod Foundation Awards $30,000 in Grants to Ten Nonprofit Organizations

The Chatham Fund of The Cape Cod Foundation recently awarded $30,000 in grants to ten nonprofit organizations serving the town’s residents.

“This year’s grant recipients are helping residents facing extreme financial hardships, providing critical services for those with Alzheimer’s disease, and creating job training opportunities for people with disabilities,” said Henry R. Holden, Chair of The Chatham Fund’s Advisory Committee. “They’re also bringing wonderful arts experiences and educational programs for children into our community.”

Holden was among a group of residents who established The Chatham Fund with the Foundation in 2013 to build a permanent endowment for the town through private donations and to provide grants to nonprofit organizations that enhance the quality of life in the community.

“Since then, with the continued generosity of our donors and the investment and grantmaking expertise of The Cape Cod Foundation, we have been able to invest $152,845 in nonprofit organizations that are doing extremely important work in our community,” Holden said.

Three other Cape towns have established similar funds with the Foundation: Falmouth, Sandwich and Harwich.

“The Town Fund model is a powerful one,” said Kristin O’Malley, President and CEO of The Cape Cod Foundation. “When people share a vision for their community and work together to support it, they are able to make a greater impact every year and build resources for the years to come.”

The Chatham Fund generously support PBCB’s First Sail program and Marine Education programs for Chatham families and children.

We are so grateful to The Chatham Fund and The Cape Cod Foundation for their support of our work.

Click here to read the entire press release:  The Chatham Fund

PBCB Wows at the “Celebrate Our Waters” Festival–and Inspires a Local Writer!

Orleans Pond Coalition held its annual “Celebrate Our Waters” festival on September 15-17, and PBCB played a starring role. During this weekend of free events and activities focused on the beauty of our waters, we were delighted to provide free sailing to 60 festival participants, many of whom had never sailed, been on Pleasant Bay, nor visited our campus. We all had a blast!
Among those sailing with us was a journalist who set out for her very first sail, accompanied by PBCB volunteer Steve Najarian. She describes her adventure in this

Cape Cod Chronicle article you can read by clicking here.

Cape Cod Chronicle Highlights Floating Classroom Collaboration with FOPB, CCS, and PBCB

The Friends of Pleasant Bay’s (FOPB) Floating Classroom project was recently featured in the Cape Cod Chronicle. Using an electric-powered 35-foot pontoon boat to teach marine and environmental education to local children, this project is a unique collaboration among FOPB, PBCB and the Center for Coastal Studies, whose professionals will help develop and teach marine and environmental education classes. The boat will be moored at PBCB. To read the full article, click here.

PBCB brings fun science to Brewster Conservation Day!

PBCB joined 45 other exhibitors  at Brewster Conservation Day on July 8, informing and delighting the 800 event visitors.  Representing PBCB, Executive Director Charlie Sumner, Science Program Director Sarah Griscom, and Board members Lyndy Rogers and Suzy McDowell lent a hand at the exhibit which focused on fresh and salt water salinity levels. As always PBCB made the science FUN!  Kids (and adults) learned how to use “refractometers” (which measure the density of a liquid) to see just how “salty” various water samples were. Salt makes water denser! The kids tested Pleasant Bay water, and it came in at nearly 30% – which helps to keep us afloat!

PBCB Stars in Edible Cape Cod

What do climate change, local food production on Cape Cod and … hmmm, PBCB have to do with one another? Local journalist Aline Lindeman connects the dots for you. In the Spring edition of Edible Cape Cod, the quarterly magazine that investigates and celebrates the local, organic food of Cape Cod, Lindeman explores the connections between the changes we’re already enduring from climate change and the land and sea-based food products produced here on the Cape. Along the way, she pauses to explore how the origins of Pleasant Bay Community Boating fits into this. Curious? To read the article, click here!