Honoring Coast Guard members and their families

The Cape May County Coast Guard Community Foundation provides programs that assist and honor Coast Guard personnel and their families to create a vibrant and welcoming “hometown” for them in Cape May County.

Our Charter Program is the Community Activity Program reimburses Active-Duty USCG families living and or stationed in Cape May County for community related activities.  In 2023, the Foundation funded over $10,000 in reimbursements for activities such as gymnastics, karate, little league and piano lessons! 

The Backpack Brigade Program provides a means of support for families to get a head start on back-to-school shopping.  USCG families who register for the Backpack Brigade Program given backpacks full of supplies as their children head back to school. 

The Seamanship Award Program partners with USCG Auxiliary Flotilla 08-02 Cape May. This program provides funding for the Marlinspike Rigging Knives that are presented at each graduation to the Recruit who demonstrates the highest degree of proficiency during the Seamanship phase of training. This Program has been generously funded by a local Cape May family. We are extremely grateful for their support.

Through our special relationship with Coast Guard families, we learned that there is a significant amount of them who Homeschool their children. In 2023 we launched the Homeschooling Families Support Program. This initiative assists Homeschooling Families with the cost of their chosen curriculum.

Other means of support we have provided include:

Our goal is to continue to strive to identify programs that meet the needs of Coast Guard members, their families and Recruits in Training in our community.