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United Way Partners With 36 Local Nonprofits to Support Health, Education, Housing and Financial Stability

(Barnstable, MA)

Tuesday night the Cape and Islands United Way, Cape Cod’s Leading Social Impact organization, announced the nonprofit organizations they will partner with for the coming year at a celebration at the Cape Cod Museum of Art. A total of 36 organizations and 42 programs will share $600,000 in funding from the local United Way to address critical community needs.

The Cape and Islands United Way has focus areas of HEALTH, EDUCATION, FINANCIAL STABILITY and HOUSING. Projects are chosen to help further the local United Way’s vision to foster communities on Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket where children succeed, families are financially stable, residents are healthy, and there is safe and affordable housing for all.

“This year reflects the first year of a real change in our philosophy,” reported Barbara Milligan, President & CEO of the United Way. “We’re on a journey to develop lasting solutions to our community challenges. This can only be done by understanding how the needs in our community are related –  for example, how substance abuse impacts and is intertwined with, family financial stability, early childhood outcomes,  domestic violence and homelessness. How do we connect these dots to lead lasting change — and where does money need to be invested? We’re working harder to understand the big picture, find those answers, and make funding decisions accordingly.”

Organizations chosen to partner with the United Way in the coming year include the Falmouth Service Center with two programs: Foods to Encourage, a food pantry program focused on healthy eating and controlling chronic medical conditions; and Financial Assistance Stabilization Fund, a fund that allows the Service Center to help families and individuals bridge short-term needs. The Homeless Prevention Council will receive funding to help provide case management to individuals at risk of homelessness, while the funding for Cape Cod Children’s Place will support parent engagement to create better outcomes for children. The complete list of funded projects can be found online at uwcapecod.org.

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

uw vice chair todd machnik awards WE CAN
Vice Chair, Todd Machnik, presents the Grant and Helene Wilson Award for Outstanding Nonprofit to Andi Genser, CEO of WE CAN

WE CAN, the Cape Cod nonprofit organization that empowers women of all ages to bring increased opportunity, self-sufficiency, stability and lasting positive change for themselves and their families, received the Grant and Helene Wilson Award for Outstanding Nonprofit Organization.

Dale Ormon (right) of Oliver's and Planck's Tavern, honored with Ronald Reed Award for Outstanding Board Member.
Dale Ormon (right) of Oliver’s and Planck’s Tavern, honored with Ronald Reed Award for Outstanding Board Member.

Dale Ormon, owner of Olivers and Planck’s Tavern and a board member of both Dream Day on Cape Cod and the Cape and Islands United Way, received the Ronald Reed Award for Outstanding Nonprofit Board Member.

The Polhemus Family of Chatham received the Chairman’s Award for their work to support local families.

Rebecca Miller, a Senior at Nauset Regional High School, received the United Way Youth Leadership Award, presented by United Way’s Chairman of the Board, Donna Morris. Last year, Miss Miller became the President of her school’s failing chapter of Best Buddies, a mentoring program for those with special needs. This year the chapter was named the Most Outstanding Chapter in the State of Massachusetts, thanks to her commitment to help others.

The Community Impact Council of the United Way is currently working on the revision of the Community Impact Agenda to guide priorities for the future. The next Request for Proposals will be released in the Fall, with a Letter of Intent due in November. Information will be available online at www.uwcapecod.org.

About The Cape & Island United Way

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.