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September News

Power of the Purse: September 25th at the Hyannisport Club

​Join the incredible women who will come together to encourage, enlighten and engage women, children and families in our community for the second annual Power of the Purse. This social and fundraising event is September 25th at the Hyannisport Club – hosted by Women United.

Event highlights

Honorary Chair: Doreen Bilezikian

Keynote: Anna Rossi, TV personality, food writer and chef

  • Set at the beautiful Hyannisport Club

  • "Red carpet" reception including "What's in Your Purse" with comedienne Doreen Collins as Joan Rivers

  • Passed hors d'oeuvres & traveling dinner / food stations

  • Bidding on special purses and exciting packages during silent and live auctions


Meet our team: Silvi Johnson, Administrative Coordinator

Silvi is the glue that holds our small but powerful staff together. She is the "CIUW support system in a box" - and it's an intelligent, lively and lovely box at that.

The administrative part of Silvi's duties include handling basic office duties such as answering phones, responding to emails and maintaining records. She ensures that the office is well-maintained, organized and at a comfortable temperature for all! :-)

The coordinator part of her duties focus largely on events (Best Night, Power of the Purse, Laugh United, Volunteer Celebration, Founders Receptions and more) , making sure that any “behind the scenes” tasks are run in an organized and orderly fashion. 

Personal tidbits and fun facts

  • Silvi was born in Argentina and fluent in Spanish - raised in in Southern California (Orange County…Mission Viejo)

  • She is a graduate of Arizona State University with her degree in Education

  • Silvi moved to the Camp 6 years ago and lives in Yarmouth with her hubs, 6 year-old son and Gimlet the pup

  • One of Silvi's hobbies includes collecting presidential plates found at estate sales – including Hoover, FDR, JFK, LBJ and many others with initials

  • Favorite foods? Indian and Thai – it’s a Thai!


Nonprofit Partner Spotlight: WellStrong

Each September, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) asks the nation to observe National Recovery Month to increase awareness and understanding of mental illness and addictions, as well as celebrate people in recovery from these conditions.

In this spirit, our nonprofit partner highlight this month is WellStrong, fitness and wellness community for people in recovery from substance use disorder.

WellStrong is meeting an urgent need for community, recovery support and health/wellness opportunities in the recovery community. WellStrong meets these needs in a unique way that is accessible, affordable, comfortable and personal. Their studio in Falmouth currently offers 15 hours per week of classes, programs and meetings - enhanced by a studio mentor program which is funded in party by a Community Impact grant from Cape and Islands United Way,

WellStrong offers a safe, supportive, sober environment that allows people in all stages of recovery to participate in activities that have been shown to reduce the rates of relapse. It offers a community of peers where people in long term recovery can offer hope and inspiration to those newly in recovery as they train, pose, meditate and breathe together. WellStrong is committed to helping each member create a healthy lifestyle, enhancing the quality of life that leads to a content, successful and sustainable life in recovery.

To learn more, visit


August Founders Reception

A warm thank you to Cathy and Jack Brennan and Lisa and Doug Errico for hosting our Founders reception in New Seabury this August.

Cape and Islands United Way Founders are our loyal supporters who recognize the tremendous human service needs in our communities. As a whole, we know that, together, we can make a real difference. To learn more about leadership giving, click here.

Here are some photos from a beautiful summer evening:


Community Impact Grants: 2020 Funding Announcement

For the 2020 grant cycle, the Cape and Islands United Way is excited to announce several critical changes to our process, eligibility and funding cycle. These changes will allow for increased accountability, visibility and deeper partnerships with organizations we work with.

First, after careful consideration and feedback from our non-profit partners, the Board of Directors approved a two-year grant funding period (organizations applying in the fall of 2019 will be awarded a two-year grant: July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2022). Two year funding provides the opportunity for more real-time reporting on results throughout the grant period.

The second major change is a focus on Desired Community Outcomes. These outcomes are aspirational goals that organizations are working towards to improve areas of need in our community and allows a greater focus on targeted outcomes to ensure maximum impact.

Questions should be addressed to Beth Bowman, Director of Community Impact, at 508-775-4746 x 302 or via email at

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