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Our mission comes to life!

Updated: Jan 27, 2020

The Cape and Islands United Way unites to improve lives, strengthen communities and create lasting change on Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. We are proud to share a few of the accomplishments our partners are celebrating... and we were so happy to be able to celebrate with them! Their work truly improves lives in our community.

  • Duffy Health Center – Celebrated their work over the past year; including success in cutting edge treatment of Hepatitis C. The Cape and Islands United Way was a partial funder of this project when it launched several years ago.

  • WE CAN – Celebrated their work in 12 of the 15 Cape Cod towns. The United Way has been a partner for nearly 10 years and is proud to support access to their services to more women in our community.

  • Cape Cod Children’s Place – Joined the Eastern Bank celebration honoring our partner and friend, Cindy Horgan, for her years of dedicated work on behalf of children and families across the Cape. The United Way has helped bring needed resources offered by Cape Cod Children’s Place to lower and outer Cape families.

  • Calmer Choice – Celebrated a major milestone at their annual event: Calm, Cool and Collected, in the completion of a pivotal study by MIT demonstrating the impact of mindfulness as a prevention strategy.

  • Independence House – Held their annual Domestic Violence Awareness breakfast where we shared tears, laughter and stories of tremendous strength. The United Way is a current supporter of IH, who operates the only shelter for women and children fleeing intimate partner violence in our area.

  • We also traveled to Martha’s Vineyard, along with other members of the Executive Committee of the Regional Network on Homelessness, to a multi-disciplinary meeting to discuss the challenges associated with housing instability on the island. The United Way was an early funder of these efforts for the past 3 years, since there are virtually no year round rentals and there is no formal shelter system on the island.

  • We joined Philanthropy Day 2019, which aims to strengthen communities through educational opportunities, access to resources and networking opportunities.We were well represented, with our team of Silvina Johnson and Emily Simons staffing our booth at the event, and Beth Bowman, our Director of Community Impact, who hosted a presentation/workshop with other funders.

Here are just a few of our incredible community members we wish to acknowledge:

Donna and Rick Morris of RPM Carpets and Floorcoverings
  • We are happy to have Mandee Blair join our board of directors. Mandee and her husband Justin live in Chatham with their two daughters. Mandee is the relationship management officer at Cape Cod Five.

  • Congratulations to Rick and Donna Morris of RPM Carpets & Floorcoverings for being named Business Philanthropist of the Year at the recent Philanthropy Day on Cape Cod. Donna is a longtime CIUW board member and Rick and Donna have been incredibly generous in the community with their time, treasure and talent.

  • Congratulations also to Trish and Tom Kennedy for being named Philanthropists of the Year at the event. The Kennedys are very generous to the CIUW and many organizations on the Cape.

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