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Cape and Islands United Way Adopts New Model and Announces Funding for 2017-2018 Grant Period

(Barnstable, MA) The Cape and Islands United Way Board of Directors is pleased to announce available funding for their 2017-2018 grant period. Funding for the upcoming grant cycle will be guided by the organization’s new Results Framework, the culmination of a years’ research and planning, directed by the newly appointed Community Impact Council.

The Community Impact Council acts as an advisory committee to the organization’s Board of Directors and is comprised of regional representatives who bring specific expertise in the areas of HEALTH, EDUCATION, FINANCIAL STABILITY, and HOUSING. The purpose of the Council is to identify and prioritize proven strategies that will help achieve sustainable solutions.

“With the appointment of the Community Impact Council, and the development of our new Results Framework, we publicly and strategically shift our focus to long-term solutions to our regions greatest challenges”, says CEO Barbara Milligan. “We know that putting band aids on our problems just doesn’t work; it is imperative for us to identify what does work, and develop resources and partnerships around those strategies”.

Maureen O’Shea, Director of Research and Planning for Cape Cod Community College, has accepted the role of Community Impact Council Chair. With her extensive experience in applied research and planning, she is in the position to lead the Council to guide lasting change in the region. O’Shea will work closely with Beth Bowman, a licensed social worker who was recently appointed as Community Impact Officer for the Cape and Islands United Way. Other members of the Community Impact Council are: Beth Albert, Barnstable County Director of Human Services; Lisa Guyon, Director of Community Benefits for Cape Cod Healthcare; Kathy Quatromoni, Director of Community Programs for the Cape and Islands District Attorney’s Office; and Peter Clark, former Superintendent of Falmouth Public Schools. Additional members include United Way volunteers Heidi Grinsell, Eric Schaefer, Jennifer McCartin, Larry Bigelow and John Kenney.

Nonprofit organizations are invited to submit a Letter of Intent by October 31, 2016. This is a new step in the United Way grant funding cycle. Organizations submitting projects that align with the Results Framework will be asked for full proposals in January.

Information sessions for local nonprofit leaders interested in applying will be held Monday, September 26th at 10am at the Mashpee Public Library, and Wednesday, September 28th at 10am at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod in Yarmouth. To RSVP or for more information, contact Beth Bowman at 508-775-4746 x302 or grants@uwcapecod.org.

Further information about the United Way’s grant process, including application instructions, is available on their website at www.uwcapecod.org.

About the Cape and Islands United Way

The Cape and Islands United Way is the region’s leading social impact organization. We are a local and independent organization striving to improve lives and strengthen communities on Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket. Together, with our donors, volunteers, and partners, we foster local communities where children succeed, families are financially stable, residents are healthy, and there is safe and affordable housing for all. We encourage and facilitate volunteerism through Cape Cod Volunteers and support MASS-2-1-1, a free and confidential 24/7 information and support line that connects those seeking financial, domestic, and health assistance to the services they need. Donations may be made online at uwcapecod.org or by calling 508-775-4746.