Connecting People to Services

Committee Responsibilities

Advisory Responsibilities:

The Committee is responsible for advising the Board of Selectmen regarding human service related needs, policies and services for the town.  All meetings are open to the public and subject to the MA Open Meeting Laws.  Meetings are held on the 1st Tuesday of each month.

Committee Work:

  • Needs Asssessment
    Committee members participate in gathering, conducting and analyzing a variety of data sources, key informant interviews, focus groups and community forums to identify current and emerging human service needs in our community.  This meta-analysis informs the prioritization of the 4-6 categories of unmet needs.
  • Community Awareness
    Committee members educate the community regarding priority human services needs in Falmouth via community forums, position statements and/or media releases.
  • Promoting Local Initiatives
    The Committee, in conjunction with the Human Services Department, utilizes a 3 year, cyclical Request for Proposals process to solicit applications from non-profit entities and/or partnerships to address Falmouth’s identified unmet human service needs.  Competitive proposals are sought each year to address 2 of the identified unmet needs in our community.
  • Advisory
    The Committee, as a whole, makes annual funding recommendations for the upcoming fiscal year operating budget and provides an annual report to the Board of Selectmen regarding human service related priorities and policies.
  • Commendation Awards
    Periodically since 1987, the Human Services Committee has presented Commendation Awards to individuals, organizations, agencies, groups, coalitions, partnerships, etc., who have made significant human service related contributions to our community.  Commendations awards are considered for individuals or organizations who, over time, have alleviated human suffering that results from such factors as poverty, physical and/or mental handicaps, unemployment, alcohol and drug abuse, lack of health insurance, anxiety and stress, crime and violence, over-crowded housing or lack of housing, and any other condition that creates suffering.  Nominations may be submitted at any time and will be held until the Committee conducts a open process for accepting nominations.  Commendations Award Nomination Form
  • Peter D. Kirwin Scholarship Funds
    This scholarship fund was established by the Committee in honor of Peter D. Kirwin on the occasion of his retirement after 25 years as Director of the Falmouth Human Services Department.  This fund provides scholarships to Falmouth/Cape Cod residents who are pursuing higher education in the field of social work.  The fund is managed by the Cape Cod Foundation and Committee members are involved in the selection process.

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