News from the Cape and Islands United Way

June 2019

Without YOU and your support, the Cape and Islands United Way could not have lasting impact and collaborate with its partners to create change needed on the Cape and Islands.

We know you are inundated with requests for support from many non-profits, so let me say a big THANK YOU for choosing to team with the Cape and Islands United Way. Together we are working for a community in which children succeed, families are financially stable, residents are healthy, and there is safe and affordable housing. It seems like a tall order, but we continue to make great strides and there is much work to do.

Just recently, the Cape and Islands United Way provided close to $500,000 in Community Impact grants to some 32 non-profits on the Cape and Islands. That was made possible by our generous Founders, corporate partners and individual donors. The impact of YOUR support has made an enormous difference to all of our non-profit collaborators.

As we look to the future and evolve as a United Way focused on impact and results – and being a stronger partner in the communities we serve – we hope to count on your continued support. In this newsletter exclusively for our founders, we share with you some of the great work we are doing on your behalf.

As the Founders' Circle chair and CIUW board member, I see that we’re leading change, measuring results and focusing on long-term solutions. We can all feel confident contributing to our community when we do it through the Cape and Islands United Way. Please feel free to reach out to me at any time with questions, or possible suggestions for future founders. You can reach me directly at

Thank you again for your support and leadership.

– Steve Cundall

Founders' Circle chairman Steve Cundall (far right) is pictured at a reception at the home of Tony and Lorraine Shepley, with Mary Catherine and Tim Telman and Lisa and Richard Oliver.

A note from our Founders' Circle Chairman
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The Best Night of the Year

By now, you should have received your invitation to the Cape and Islands United Way’s 21st annual Best Night of the Year on Sunday, June 30, at 5:30 p.m. at Willowbend Country Club in Mashpee.

We are in for a fun, engaging and impactful evening. We have a few new surprises for this year’s event under the tent and will also feature live music and dancing to Stage Door Canteen, delectable food and beverages from our local chefs and restaurants, and fabulous live and silent auction items – including a trip to beautiful and historic Charleston, S.C. and a trip sailing aboard the America’s Cup Yacht in San Diego, CA.

To get your complimentary tickets, please call Silvi Johnson at 508-775-4746, ext 301.

The Shepley family at Best Night 20

The Impact of YOUR Support:
Community Baby Shower 

In so many ways, YOUR contributions and leadership support to the Cape and Islands United Way is having measurable impact in the communities we serve.

One moving and touching example is our Community Baby Shower. In just its second year, this project has brought together a number of nonprofits, convened by the CIUW, to address a growing need in our community – supporting vulnerable mothers, babies and their families.


In April, we hosted a beautiful event at Premier Audi in Hyannis, thanks to the generous support of the Premier Companies. Close to 50 moms and families (identified by our collaborating partners as families in need) were feted at the shower with car seats, strollers, gift baskets, diapers – you name it.

It was truly a community effort supported by dozens of individuals and businesses. It was so moving to see the moms and their families so touched, many of them in tears, that a community cared enough about them and their baby to provide all these essentials. Their faces and genuine appreciation reaffirmed the impact of all of our efforts. To us, it represents the heart of what the Cape and Islands United Way is all about – working with our partners to assess problems/challenges in our community and convening groups and individuals to come together for a common purpose. 

Community Impact Celebration

With the generous support of our founders and supporters, the Cape and Islands United Way has announced 32 local nonprofit partnerships for 2019-2020, made public at our annual grant reception at CapeSpace in Hyannis on May 14.


Close to $500,000 in grant money was awarded to make 35 critical programs possible in our four focus areas: education, financial stability, health and housing. In addition, we have a fifth community impact team dedicated to Martha's Vineyard.


The grant review process allows us to study the needs and identify strategies that will affect lasting change. In addition to the community impact grants, four awards were presented and the efforts of the many donors and volunteers were recognized. 

Board of Directors Chairman Todd Machnik and Co-Chair Carrie Woods with Marielouise Hutchinson, who received the Ron Reed Award for Outstanding Volunteer Leadership. 

Stay Engaged

This is not your grandparents United Way. We live in an ever-changing world with new demands and challenges. The Cape and Islands United Way is committed to being at the forefront of these issues and we encourage our Founders and supporters to stay engaged with us in several ways:

Founders' Receptions

We have begun hosting periodic Founders’ receptions as a way to engage, inform and socialize with all of you. Tony and Lorraine Shepley as well as David Oppenheim and his team at Chatham Wayside Inn have already generously hosted two events. Several more are upcoming, including one in July in Osterville and one in August in New Seabury. Stay tuned and be on the lookout for invitations to these events. We would love to have your presence.

Justin Blair, Todd Machnik, chairman of the CIUW board, Mark Skala, President/CEO of the CIUW, Mandee Blair and Kelly Skala at a Founders' reception at the home of Tony and Lorraine Shepley.

Rick Morris and Anne LeClaire at a Founders’ reception at The Wayside Inn in Chatham.

Join us at Best Night of the Year on Sunday, June 30, at Willowbend in Mashpee. Founders receive four complimentary tickets - please contact Silvi Johnson at 508-775-4746, ext 301 to RSVP.

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Our Website

The CIUW social media channels – Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Youtube – are very active and provide some fun, informative and engaging materials about what we are up to. Shown here is one of our videos recently created to promote our Live United campaign.

Social Media

Of course, we encourage you to reach out at any time with questions, concerns and issues. You can reach our President & CEO Mark Skala at or on his cell phone at 781-254-8024.

The Cape and Islands United Way website ( contains many stories, news items, examples of our impact and general information.

Reach Out

Like so many other families, even though we may spend our winters in communities far away, in our souls we consider ourselves to be true Cape Codders. And with that pride we believe that we have a responsibility to take an active role in the care of this beloved and unique region of the country.


The Cape & Islands United Way actively serves as the important “safety net” for services to individuals and families throughout the Cape and Islands. As both a Board member and its Treasurer, I am keenly aware of how efficiently donor funds are invested in programs with measurable results. Marie and I are proud to be part of this wonderful organization that supports so many programs providing housing, health, education, and financial stability solutions throughout our region.


We are honored to experience this level of involvement and responsibility with an organization that provides incredible financial support to so many needy children, families, and elderly of Cape Cod and the Islands


How many times have you contributed money to an organization, but have no idea how it was used or who it is impacting? As a member of a Cape and Islands United Way Impact Team, I have had the opportunity to read proposals, meet and interview the people who run organizations, and visit program sites. Each year I am involved in the process I have more and more confidence that the money Mark and I contribute to the Cape and Islands United Way reaches those in our community who are at the most at risk.




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

Centerville, MA 02632

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