1600 Falmouth Road, Unit 25
Centerville, MA 02632
About Women United
Women United is a branded affinity group of the Cape and Islands United Way. We engage women in philanthropy and service to better our local community. We’ve chosen to direct our support and efforts toward lifting-up children and families, and are galvanizing specifically around the “Strong from the Start” initiative.
Anyone who cares about the community and is willing to help volunteer, fundraise, or advocate in support of the Strong from the Start initiative is welcomed to join the movement and become a member Women United. And you do not have to be female to join – we welcome all who care to fundraise, advocate, and volunteer to support better lives for local children!
What does it mean to be a member of Women United?
Your experience is customizable! Participation can range from simply donating, to occasional participation in events or volunteer opportunities, to deeper engagement on committees or as a lead volunteer for certain programs. There are no monthly meetings. There will be an event or activity quarterly that you may choose to attend. These quarterly meetings will include social events, fundraising events, and volunteer opportunities. Anyone who would like to may serve on a committee. Women United Committees include: “Power of the Purse” fundraising event, Community Baby Shower, Reach Out and Read and Recruitment. Do you have a skill or idea that you think would help this effort? Let us know!
Our financial goal is to attract 200 Women United members and raise $200,000 in support of early childhood efforts by the end of 2019. Our impact goal is to reduce the achievement gap and provide our youngest children with the social, emotional and language skills they need to thrive.
About Strong from the Start
Strong from the Start is a platform of programs and activities designed to reduce the achievement gap, create an ecosystem of care and connection for parents of young children, and promote positive social and emotional development of children ages 0 to 3. Strong from the Start has been developed by a coalition of child and family serving organizations from throughout the Cape under the leadership of the Cape and Islands United Way. You can learn more here.
Activities/Programs That Our Members Will Support:
Women United is governed by a steering committee that meets monthly, plans activities, and strategizes how to build interest and support. Women United is organized as an affinity group of the Cape and Islands United Way, a local 501c3 nonprofit organization, and is governed by their bylaws.
STRONG from the START Advisory Council
Our programs and initiatives are guided by our STRONG from the START Advisory Council. This group of experts, convened by the Cape and Islands United Way, has come together to evaluate current community challenges, and recommend strategies.
The group includes representatives from:
• A Baby Center
• Cape Cod Children’s Place
• Cape Cod Hospital
• Cape Cod Child Development
• Cape Cod Family Resource Center
• Cape and Islands United Way
• Coalition for Children
• Harwich Early Childhood Council
• Women Infants and Children Program (WIC)