We are thinking of your health and well-being during these unprecedented times. We hope you and your loved ones are safe – and continue to be safe – until we can get through this together. Here is a recap of what's new and upcoming with Women United.
Women United in the community
We want to assure you that Women United remains strong in our mission, and we are still serving the needs of our community – which are still present and perhaps growing in many different ways during this crisis.
Reach Out and Read
At the beginning of this year, we put $5,000 to work supporting the Reach out and Read program on the Cape and Islands. At the pediatrician's office, this program models literacy and puts books into the hands of children during their well visits.
Partnership with 4Cs
In February, we entered into a new partnership with Cape Cod Community College. A $5,000 grant was made to the CCCC Educational Foundation, which holds a modest emergency services fund to help students. This fund helps students bridge some of the life events that otherwise would derail their efforts to finish their education. These funds were extremely timely and making a critical difference for students in need, bu helping with rent assistance, access to food and more.
Women United also awarded a $1,000 scholarship to Sandrine McIntosh, a deserving young woman enrolled at the college. This scholarship was originally going to be presented at the college's Evening of Excellence, which was postponed due to the COVID-19 situation.
Community Baby Shower
Due to the circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 epidemic, we will not be holding a public event this year. We do understand, however, that resources are needed now more than ever, so this 3rd annual event will be done in a mobile format. We are still collecting donations, and will be making arrangements to hand deliver baby supplies and educational materials to our families when it is safe to do so.
A warm thank you to the service agencies and business sponsors for helping us serve so many – especially the Premier Companies, Cape Cod Five, The Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod, and A Baby Center. Thanks to you all, more than 40 mothers-to-be will be receiving much needed supplies and resources.
Power of the Purse - going virtual in 2020!
Our 3rd annual Power of the Purse event, originally scheduled for September 23, 2020, will be held on a new date in an exciting online format. Our greatest concern is for your safety, and we are sensitive to the fact that our business partners will be focused on reopening their businesses. So, we are planning a virtual event closer to the holiday season, which will give supporters the opportunity to bid on purses and packages from the comfort of home. We will keep you informed with details and a new date as soon as possible.
Women United is working hard to adapt and be creative in the ways we can raise funds and serve our community. Please feel free to respond and connect with us - we appreciate your support and know that we are all in this together.
Best and be well,
Pam Cundall & Tricia Besse, Women United Co-Chairs
Danette Atsalis, Committee Member
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