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Cape And Islands United Way Focuses On Deeper Community Impact With Grants Announced

 Click here for a full list of funded partners and programs. 

(Barnstable, MA) Tuesday night the Cape and Islands United Way held its annual Community Impact Celebration, announcing funded programs and partnerships for the coming year and celebrating the efforts of the donors and volunteers who make the work of the United Way possible. Included among the 33 nonprofit partnerships and 37 programs announced, was a special strategic partnership with Gosnold on Cape Cod to support substance abuse prevention efforts.

“The Cape and Islands United Way has undergone a significant shift in the last three years,” says Barbara Milligan, President & CEO. “We’ve brought in human service experts and community leaders to study the needs, identify strategies that work, and prioritize where investment is most needed.” According to Milligan, this philosophy allows the United Way to continue to provide for the emergency needs of local residents, while also strengthening the infrastructure of Cape and Island communities and advancing long-term change. “We want to solve these problems, decrease the growing challenges we are facing – not simply distribute money and hope it helps.”

Eleven individuals serve on the Community Impact Council, the panel of experts referred to by Ms. Milligan. The Council is co-chaired by Beth Albert, Director of Human Services for Barnstable County, and Dr. Maureen O’Shea, Director of Institutional Research and Planning for Cape Cod Community College. Also serving on the Council are Kathy Quatromoni of the Cape and Islands District Attorney’s Office, Lisa Guyon, Director of Community Benefits for Cape Cod Healthcare and Peter Clark, Retired Superintendent of Falmouth Public Schools, along with Heidi Grinsell, Larry Bigelow, Eric Schaefer, Jennifer McCartin, and John Kenney representing the United Way.

Within each of the four focus areas of the Cape and Islands United Way (Health, Education, Financial Stability and Housing), awarded grants were based on their contribution to the overall community result that the United Way envisions. Click here for the full list of funded partners and programs. 

In the Health category, providing resources for healthy aging is a key strategy given the increasing senior population in the region. Programs supporting this strategy include the Falmouth Service Center, Healthy Nutrition Initiative, the Family Pantry of Cape Cod, Healthy Meals in Motion program, and the Hope Dementia & Alzheimer’s Services, Free Services for Caregivers program. In the Education category, creating opportunities for youth to manage stress, develop mentoring relationships, and build leadership skills is a critical area of focus. Partnerships funded for this strategy include Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cape Cod & Islands, Expansion of One-to-One Mentoring on Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard, Falmouth Volunteers in Public Schools’ Increasing Mentoring Relationships, the Cultural Center of Cape Cod’s Rise and Shine Program, and Calmer Choice, School-Based Program and Outreach Center. A complete list of funded partners can be found at www.uwcapecod.org/grants.

For the first time, the Cape and Islands United Way announced a Strategic Partnership Grant. This $30,000 investment, awarded to Gosnold of Cape Cod, will bring the successful, evidence-based model of the Falmouth Prevention Partnership to the town of Yarmouth. Through collaboration with the Yarmouth Substance Abuse Committee, this primary prevention school and community based initiative will reduce alcohol, marijuana, and drug use among youth in Yarmouth, by increasing positive factors and decreasing risk factors. The project is unique for the United Way in that they will partner with Gosnold in the implementation of the program and in developing funding to replicate the Prevention Partnership in other towns on the Cape.

Also on Tuesday night, the Cape and Islands United Way bestowed awards to honor and acknowledge several outstanding community partners and volunteers.

The Family Pantry of Cape Cod, which provides food to nearly 9,000 individuals from every town on Cape Cod, received the Grant and Helene Wilson Award for Outstanding Nonprofit Organization.

Tom and Judy McCullough, long-time volunteer leaders at both the Cape Cod Council of Churches and the Cape and Islands United Way, received the Ronald Reed Award for Outstanding Nonprofit Volunteer Leadership.

Matthew West, age 19 and a Senior at Nauset High School, received the United Way Youth Leadership Award, presented by United Way’s Chairman of the Board, Donna Morris.

The Cape and Islands United Way will distribute nearly three-quarters of a million dollars this year including the $575,000 distributed Tuesday night. Additional community investments include support of nonprofit leadership training and “Give Where You Live,” a holiday campaign that supports specific families in need.

About The Cape & Island United Way

The Cape and Islands United Way is a local and independent organization striving to improve lives and strengthen communities on Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket. The United Way family — of donors, volunteers, and citizens who care – raise money, leverage resources, and donate time and talents to not only provide a safety net for those in need, but to create a collective community vision and drive sustainable change. 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. Out of every dollar raised by the Cape and Islands United Way, 99 cents stays on Cape Cod and the islands, while less than 1% goes to the United Way world organization to cover the cost of its membership fee.  Donations may be made online at uwcapecod.org or by calling 508-775-4746.