• Cape and Islands United Way Awards Almost $500,000 to Community Nonprofits

    For Immediate Release


    CENTERVILLE, MA — At a May 14th reception held at CapeSpace, the Cape and Islands United Way (CIUW) announced their annual nonprofit partnerships for the 2019-2020 grant cycle. Close to $500,000 in grant money was awarded to 32 organizations serving Cape Cod and the Islands.


    Through these partnerships, 35 critical programs will be made possible in the areas of education, financial stability, health and housing. Included in these are eight programs serving the communities on Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard. For the second year in a row, the CIUW has also supported the Institute for Nonprofit Practice (INP) program by designating specific funds to support nonprofit leaders on the island.


    “The grant review process allows us to study the needs and identify strategies that will affect lasting change.” -Beth Bowman, Director of Community Impact, Cape and Islands United Way


    Community impact grants in the education category include support for early childhood learning, the arts, the expansion of quality out-of-school programs and stress management for school-age children. Financial stability grants include food pantry and emergency services, as well as longer term supports that move families toward financial sustainability. In the health category, funded initiatives serve people with disabilities, promote healthy aging and focus on substance abuse prevention. To address the growing housing challenges, funded programs include both emergency shelter and stop-gap solutions as well as case management for families at risk for homelessness.


    The complete list of funded organizations and programs is at https://www.capeandislandsuw.org/2019-2020-partners



    Thank you for your grant to support our homeless prevention program. Too many people live one or two paychecks away from homelessness. Together, we can help our neighbors stay housed and keep our community strong.” – Housing Assistance Cape Cod


    In addition to the community impact grants, four awards were presented and the efforts of the many donors and volunteers were recognized. The United Way Youth Award was given to Courtney Story, a senior at Mashpee High; the Ron Reed Award for Outstanding Nonprofit Volunteer Leader was presented to local artist Marielouise Hutchinson, who has donated more than $200,000 to nonprofits through sales of her works; the Chairman’s Award was presented to Rana Murphy of Eastern Bank, who served more than ten years on the CIUW Board of Directors. Lastly, the Grant and Helene Wilson Award for Nonprofit Excellence was awarded to Martha’s Vineyard-based Island Grown Initiative.


    Tracy K. O’Neill

    Cape and Islands United Way




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