Community Baby Shower

In the spirit of a traditional baby shower, the Community Baby Shower is a celebration for new and expectant mothers. The purpose of the event is to serve low-income families with access to the valuable local resources to help give them a stronger start to parenthood.

Note: This is a private event for families in need. We do rely on the generosity of our donors to fulfill our wish list of shower gifts and resources.


 

COVID-19 Update

Due to the circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 epidemic, we did not hold a public event this year. But resources are needed now more than ever – as such, we hand delivered baby supplies and educational materials to our families in July.  READ MORE >

 

BACKGROUND

In the fall of 2016, the Cape and Islands United Way formed a multidisciplinary team of local experts to brainstorm how we could “get upstream” of the challenges we face as a community – including substance abuse, mental health, food insecurity, financial instability, and an adequate work force -- by addressing the needs of our youngest children. The factors contributing to our community challenges are complex and interconnected. But we know that:

  • Investing in young children is an investment in future productivity and public safety that can return as much as $8 for every $1 invested.

  • Family environments are critical in determining education, skill, motivation, persistence, and self-control. Growing numbers of children face adverse environments that restrict their development. 

STATISTICS

In Barnstable County, the challenges of poverty and achievement are at the forefront.

  • 13% of Cape Cod's children live in poverty. Many more children are suffering from emotional poverty.

  • Children from low income families are exposed to 30 million fewer words than their higher income peers by age 3.

  • 30% of the Cape’s children are not reading proficiently by grade 3.

  • The first 3 years of life are the period of most rapid brain growth.

CAPE AND ISLANDS UNITED WAY

1600 Falmouth Road, Unit 25
P.O. Box 367

Centerville, MA 02632
508.775.4746 

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Need help and don’t know where to turn? 

A partner of the Cape and Islands United Way, Mass 2-1-1 is here to answer your calls 24/7. They are a human services help hotline that will direct you to the services in your area that are appropriate for your needs. Call Now: Dial 2-1-1