Together — with our donors, volunteers, and partners — we work for a safe, diverse and viable local community in where families thrive.

The Cape and Islands United Way (CIUW) is the region’s leading social impact organization. Founded in 1960, we are the trusted local organization charged with the “big picture” of human needs. The population we serve includes all residents of the 22 towns of Barnstable, Duke and Nantucket counties.


We focus on developing lasting solutions to the complex and interconnected challenges we face within our local communities, while also ensuring that the basic needs of our residents are met. We study needs and research evidence-based strategies to address underlying causes. We strive to understand where resources are flowing, target gaps that exist, and identify duplication.


Most importantly, we seek, create and nurture programs that work. By researching and cultivating proven strategies to support children and youth success, affordable and accessible housing, strong, healthy and resilient individuals, and family financial stability, we connect the dots to ensure that our local residents have the foundation for a good life.

Our mission is to unite people and to improve lives, creating lasting change on Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket.

The community impact model

Over the past two years, we have shifted from the traditional United Way business model to one of community impact.


The community impact model acknowledges that the growing challenges in our community are not being solved – despite the proliferation of nonprofit organizations in the region. And, given that the needs in our community are intertwined in a very complicated way that no one agency or entity can solve, community impact embraces a collective vision and a coordinated, integrated response. As the local organization with a broad view and a national, trusted brand behind us – we believe we have an obligation and a responsibility to lead and inspire long-term solutions.

Creating Housing Stability
Promoting Health
Improving Educational Success
Encouraging Financial Stability
Women United 


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

Centerville, MA 02632

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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