Comcast provides CIVOC Hyannis location with new “Lift Zone”

Comcast is providing Cape & Islands Veterans Outreach Center with a new “Lift Zone” at our Hyannis location. This program is designed to provide non-profits and various other social agencies with a free high speed internet connection for the clients. CIVOC is working on putting together a “Veterans Technology Access” program which will include a small computer lab at the Stevens Street location. Veterans will be able to stop in to use the computer and/or the free high speed internet, to access any web-based benefits programs, as well as being able to come in and print, scan and email documents for free. Check back for more updates as the program is launched.

Learn more about Comcast “Lift Zone”

Join the Veterans Outreach Team!

We’re Hiring!

Cape & Islands Veterans Outreach Center is hiring a part-time PROGRAM MANAGER to oversee the administration of components of programs we offer to our veteran clients and their families. Responsibilities include planning, organizing, staffing, leading, coordinating volunteers and controlling all program activities.

Learn more about the PROGRAM MANAGER position.

Development Manager POSITION FILLED – Cape & Islands Veteran’s Outreach Center is hiring a Part-time Fundraising Manager. Reporting to and in partnership with the Executive Director, the Fundraising Development Manager will spearhead fundraising efforts as CIVOC continues to grow.

Learn more about the Fundraising Manager position.

Military Guest Authors Virtual Talk

Two Military Guest Authors will virtually speak Thursday, August 19 at 3:30pm  

George Wallace

George Wallace will be joining us via Zoom to speak about submarine operations. He will also share stories about the filming of Hunter Killer with Gerard Butler. Born and raised in Eastern Ohio, Commander Wallace received his commission in the US Navy and a degree in engineering from The Ohio State University. After the obligatory and memorable interview with Admiral Rickover, he was accepted into the nuclear power and submarine communities. He served on two of Admiral Rickover’s famous “Forty One for Freedom”, the USS John Adams SSBN 620 and the USS Woodrow Wilson SSBN 624, during which time he made nine one-hundred-day deterrents patrols through the height of the Cold War. To learn more about George Wallace, click here.

William Craig Reed

William Craig Reed will be joining us via zoom to speak about Putin’s plan and the current geopolitical climate regarding the Arctic and open sea lanes. William Craig Reed is the author of several award-winning non-fiction books including Spies of the Deep (Post Hill Press, 2020), The Seven Secrets of Neuron-Leadership (Wiley, 2017), and the critically acclaimed Red November (HarperCollins, 2010). He earned commendations for completing secret missions during the Cold War, some in concert with SEAL Team 1, and is one of only a few authors invited by the U.S. Navy to observe Ice Exercise (ICEX) submarine operations in the Arctic and submerge beneath the ice. Reed is an alumnus or member of numerous military, veteran, and technology associations, allowing him to reach an audience of millions. To learn more about William Craig Reed, click here.


For questions contact Gwen at

The Military Guest Authors Virtual Talk can be accessed here via Zoom on Thursday –

Salute to the Military Dinner and Dance at Willowbend

CANCELED – Thank you for your interest in Willowbend Solutes the Military. We have been closely monitoring the situation with COVID-19, and after much consideration, we have made the decision to cancel. Take care of yourselves and we hope to be able to honor and celebrate together again soon.

COVID Gradual Reopening Protocols


1. All clients will be required to call the individual staff member with whom they wish to meet 24 hours in advance to schedule an appointment.

2. During the call, the staff member will conduct a brief health screening to determine whether an appointment can be scheduled.

3. When a client arrives outside the office, he or she will call the staff member with whom they have an appointment from their automobile. The staff member will then:

• Come to the door to meet you
• Make sure you are masked
• Take your temperature
• Show you where to sanitize your hands
• Escort you to the appropriate office, providing you do not register with a temperature.

4. Once within the staff member’s office, both you and the staff member will maintain a six-foot distance from each other, and continue to wear a mask.

All of these precautions, dictated by the CDC, will be in place to protect the health and well-being of both our staff and clients during the current health situation.

Thank you for your patience!!!!

CIVOC’s Response to the Current Health Crisis

Dear Clients of the Cape and Islands Veterans Outreach Center:

We wanted you to know that we are making every effort to remain open to serve you in this current health crisis in our country. Of course, we reiterate the advice of health professionals in urging people not to come out unless absolutely necessary.

On our doors we have posted the request that all clients observe advised protocols, and not enter if they are feverish or feeling ill. We encourage clients to call the member of our staff with whom they are working by phone, and conduct as much business as possible in that way. Our main number is 508-778-1590.

If by chance, the main phone is not being answered, please call 508-488-8033 or email if you are in need of assistance.

For our food pantry clients, we have altered the procedures we normally observe, but food will be available and directions as to how to proceed are posted on the doors.

We wish all of you the best, and hope that you fair well in the days ahead. We look forward to seeing you again in our office when our situation once again returns to normal.

Thank you and be healthy!!!!!

Veterans Town Hall: Thank You

The CIVOC Board of Directors and Staff would like to thank all the members of the community who attended our Third Annual Veterans Town Hall on Monday, November 11th at the Barnstable Town Hall.  It was a respectful community event which followed the Veterans Day parade hosted by the Department of Veteran Services.

During the Town Hall, seven combat veterans spoke to nearly one hundred community members for ten minutes a piece, describing their experiences during and after combat.  Their talks culminated with a final presentation by Gold Star father, Steven Xiarhos who shared a video with the audience, and gave a brief overview of the life and death of his son Nicholas, a young Marine who was killed in Afghanistan in 2009.  Nick’s father, Steven has since founded the Nicholas Xiarhos Foundation through which he raises funds to assist veterans of Cape Cod.

This event was coordinated for the third year in a row, by our Director of Counseling, Jack Bonino who first brought the concept of this event to us three years ago. He followed the model of Congressman Seth Moulton and the author, Sebastian Junger, who first conceived of this event as a way of showing the deepest form of respect to our veterans, the act of listening to their experiences. Jack assumes  the responsibility of contacting the veteran speakers, and organizing the event each year.

An added treat for our guests this year, was a full buffet donated and served by volunteers from the Hyannis Elks, who are ongoing supporters of both our food pantry and the residents of our Transitional Housing Program.  Their generosity is moving and very much appreciated by our organization and the veterans we serve.  We would also like to thank Lynne Poyant, Community Services Director for the Town of Barnstable for all of her gracious assistance in planning this event.


2019 TGC for the Troops Golf Tournament Raises $52,902!


Cape & Islands Veterans Outreach Center in Hyannis would like to thank all of the generous tournament sponsors, local vendors, and individual supporters for a most successful 2019 TGC for the Troops Tournament which raised $52,902!

The tournament was hosted and run by the Sacconnesset Golf Club in East Falmouth.  Proceeds from this year’s tournament will help fund the building of the Dennis Veterans House, consisting of five bedrooms and five bathrooms which will become a home for five homeless veterans.

The Sacconnesset Golf Club has established a legacy of giving within the community and is well known for its philanthropic endeavors in several other areas in addition to veteran causes.  The TGC for the Troops Fund has been a fundamental source of support for veterans and their families all over Cape Cod raising $410,000 in the past 11 years.

Vietnam Veterans Unbroken

On Wednesday, July 17th at 1 pm. the Cape and Islands Veterans Outreach Center will host the author of the newly published, Vietnam Veterans Unbroken, Conversations on Trauma and Resiliency, by Jacqueline Murray Loring.

This book is based upon interviews with seventeen Vietnam Veterans, most of whom were clients of our Director of Counseling, Jack Bonino who originally suggested the concept of interviews about veterans’ resiliency after war. Jack is the author of the Forward of this book.

The Outreach Center is honored to host this event, during which the author will discuss the individual veterans who were interviewed, and the origin of the project. Following questions and discussions with the audience, this intriguing view into the minds of veterans will be on sale. For reservations, please call Jack Bonino at 508-778-1590, x 17 or email Space is limited so call today!!!

Thank You Mid-Cape Home Centers


The employees of Mid-Cape Home Center, many of whom are veterans, have chosen to enter into the Annual Charter Cup hosted by Jaxtimer, with CIVOC as the recipient of the $2000 prize, should they win. They have also set up for us a GO-FUND-ME page through which community supporters can help fund the many programs we offer to Cape Cod Veterans in need. Click on the Promotional Landing Page above to access that fund.

We sincerely thank Mid-Cape for their efforts, and we thank our community for your contributions and your attention to the needs of those who, at one time, in some way, served all of us.

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Thank You Shaws!

Cape and Islands Veteran Outreach Center’s food pantry has been chosen by Shaw’s to receive a donation through the Shaw’s “GIVE BACK WHERE IT COUNTS” reusable bag program for the month of April!

How it Works:

Every time a GIVE BACK WHERE IT COUNTS bag is purchased at the Shaw’s store located at 1070 Iyannough Road, Hyannis, during the month of April, Cape and Islands Veteran Outreach Center food pantry will recieve a $1 donation. You can find the GIVE BACK WHERE IT COUNTS bag on the reusable bag rack at the store. The rack will have a sign letting customers know Cape and Islands Veteran Outreach Center is the beneficiary during the month of April.