CEO Corner: Making a difference

Updated: Aug 16

Because of YOU – our generous supporters and volunteers -- the Cape and Islands United Way has been making a meaningful impact at a time when our communities need us more than ever. I feel so privileged to be a part of something that can change lives and break unhealthy cycles.


Mark Skala with Villanova intern Jack Sorbo, getting ready to deliver car seats and care packages to new and expectant mothers in need during the Community Baby Shower.

You are truly helping make a difference, in large ways and small. A few example to illustrate the impact:

  • Supporters at our annual Best Night gala dug deep and helped the Cape and Islands United Way raise $75,000 to support a bold initiative to address nutritional security on the Cape. The funds raised are supporting the Riverway Project spearheaded by the Family Table Collaborative.

  • The Girl Scouts in Sandwich noticed the Sandwich Community Garden was not set up to help people with disabilities. They had an idea to create raised beds so everyone had access. But they needed funding. Enter the Cape and Islands United Way mini-grant program.

  • A group of Harwich teachers created a small nonprofit in their community to help provide clothing, shoes and coats for children they saw coming to school in need. It has been a tough year exacerbated by the pandemic, the coffers were pretty low and they group was getting concerned about fall and colder weather. The Cape and Islands United Way Community Response Fund stepped in to provide a $5,000 grant so those caring, dedicated teachers could continue making a small but powerful difference in their community.

  • Another COVID response grant of $5,000 went out to Duffy Health Center, to help house homeless individuals who need a place to stay, either because they are sick with COVID, tested positive and have no place to isolate, or have been tested and are waiting for results.

I could go on and on. There is a lot happening and we couldn’t do any of it with YOU. We are so grateful.


– Mark Skala, President & CEO

Cape and Islands United Way