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Improving Lives: 5-Year Snapshot of Community Impact

Updated: Aug 2, 2023

TOGETHER, we can build a stronger community where everyone thrives. These are just some of the many accomplishments made possible by the generosity of our partners, donors, sponsors, advocates and volunteers:

$2.5 million

Awarded to support more than 150 programs and services on Cape Cod & the Islands


Distributed to provide fast solutions for our community in times of crisis


Granted to fund critical programs that support women and children


More than 65 small projects funded that make a large impact and engage volunteers


Additional funding raised to support housing and food security


Distributed to local nonprofits to help residents offset winter heating costs

Together — with our donors, volunteers, partners and sponsors — we work for a community where every child has an equal opportunity to thrive, every family has the resources to become self-reliant, and every person has a safe place to call home. The Cape and Islands United Way partners with more than 30 local nonprofits to fund programs that address these critical issues, making a positive difference in the lives of more than 50,000 people every year.

Our focus areas

Creating Housing Stability

  • Case management for individuals and families at risk of homelessness

  • Emergency shelter for individuals and families at risk of homelessness

  • Emergency housing for elderly and disabled persons

  • Transitional housing assistance for youths and young adults

Promoting Health

  • Respite and engagement for Alzheimer's caregivers

  • Recovery coaching for individuals with substance abuse disorders

  • Provider training for family childcare workers

  • Out of school programs for children in low-income families

Improving Educational Success

  • Inclusive learning preschool experiences designed to reach all children

  • Mindfulness training trauma-informed mindfulness programs in schools

  • Youth mentoring one-to-one programs for disadvantaged youth

  • STEM programs to support critical thinking, analysis, and collaboration

Encouraging Economic Stability

  • Supplementing critical needs for infants and toddlers

  • Weekend and summer food for school-aged children

  • Healthy eating for programs to support healthy living

  • Food, fuel and rental assistance


The mission of the Cape & Islands United Way is to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of our communities to advance the common good.

Your support changes lives.

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