Women United is a global, growing force of 70,000+ women dedicated to creating opportunity – for everyone. Here on the Cape and Islands, our mission is to educate, encourage and engage women and families by focusing on the needs of children age zero to three.
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.
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 $75,000 into the local community through programming and grants
Established our Strong from the Start initiative, focusing on the needs of children ages zero to three
Placed more than 5,000 books in the hands of children each year
Supported more than 100 families through community baby showers
Created scholarships and financial assistance fund for Cape Cod Community College students
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:
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
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We invite you to get involved with Women United! If you are interested in learning more, please contact us here.