Join us to support programs and collaborations that help families with young children get a stronger start.

Women United engages driven, passionate women in philanthropy and service that strengthens local families. By providing our youngest children with the social, emotional, and intellectual skills they need to thrive – before they enter school – we can affect long-term change. There are more than 10,000 children under the age of 4 on Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket, and they need our support now. Just like the model of the Cape and Islands United Way, our goals and strategies reflect a community impact model, as we seek, create and nurture programs that work.

Our purpose

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Identify and reduce the local achievement gap by promoting early literacy

Contribute to the health and well being of families with young children

Encourage career development and economic self-sufficiency for women

Since our launch in 2017, Women United has:

  • Invested more than $100,000 into the community through programming, emergency funding and micro grants

  • Placed more than 15,000 books in the hands of children through Reach Out and Read, an early literacy program which provides books to families at pediatrician visits

  • Supported more than 250 families through our annual community baby showers, including two mobile events during the pandemic

Fundraising proceeds support our Community Baby Shower held each spring, Reach out and Read, and educational grants and emergency funds that encourage career development and economic self sufficiency for women.

Women United Events

Women United hosts two signature events each year, the Community Baby Shower and Power of the Purse. To engage or learn more, please visit the event pages below:

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Community Baby Shower
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Power of the Purse

Why we need to act now

There is a widening achievement gap in our local schools—most evident with low income students. When combined with an escalating poverty rate, this trajectory will fuel community challenges of substance abuse, mental health, financial stability, and an inadequate workforce. 

The challenges are complex, but we can make a difference.

The first 3 years of life are the period of most rapid brain growth, so getting ahead of this problem is paramount. We know that investing in young children is an investment in productivity and public safety that returns 8:1!

Women United Co-Chairs

  • Pam Cundall, The Cornerstone Group

  • Tricia Besse, The Cape Cod Cooperative Bank

Give. Engage. Volunteer.

We invite you to get involved with Women United!  If you are interested in learning more, please contact us here.

Women United is sponsored in part by

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