HOW’s Goals are to:

  • Create more manageable lifestyles for women with serious health conditions;
  • Improve access to health care, social services and benefits programs for women and all community members; and
  • Inspire and educate women to take control of their healthcare, well being, and diverse needs.

HOW’s Core Services:

  • Transportation
  • Financial assistance
  • Support Groups and special programs
  • A Food and Personal Care pantry; and
  • Information, referral and advocacy

HOW is fortunate to have wide-ranging and generous community support. See the Annual Report for listing of donors.

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Founders

Leslie McGrath

Dotty Mulcahy

Betty Villari

Leslie Parsons


Our Beginnings

  • In 1992, a few friends gathered in Provincetown to find a way to help their friend with a new cancer diagnosis.
  • In response to the lack of services available to them and their friend, that same group formed Helping Our Women (HOW).
  • In 1993, HOW opened a resource and referral center, acquired nonprofit status, and incorporated.
  • In 1994, HOW expanded the scope of services to include all women diagnosed with chronic, life threatening and/or disabling illness.

Over the years, HOW has built a strong and supportive system of services to meet the needs of women with serious medical conditions living in the towns of Provincetown, Truro, Wellfleet and Eastham .  HOW now also provides advocacy, referrals and resources to all community members.


Board of Directors

Officers
Marianne Clements, Chair
Annemette Cliggott-Perlt, Vice Chair
Joy McNulty, Treasurer
Barbara Knapp, Clerk
Directors
Nancy DeLuca
Maureen Dooley Lawrence
Pam Drolsbaugh
Susan Grace
Ann Maguire
Lori Meads
Amanda Morris
Susan Roderick
Honorary Board Member
Berta Walker
Donald and Barbara Edwards

 


Staff

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Elizabeth Gawron

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Helping Our Women (HOW) Board of Directors has selected long-time President of the Cape Cod Foundation and former Director of Major Gifts at Outer Cape Health Services, Elizabeth Gawron, as the new HOW Executive Director. Elizabeth is a former member of the Eastham Board of Selectmen and has a BA in Sociology and a Masters in Regional Planning from the University of Massachusetts. “I feel a real kindred spirit with this organization and am so very happy to be able to bring all my professional and personal talents at this time to HOW.”

 

Cynthia Joy

OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR/ CLIENT ADVOCATE

Cynthia is a native of New Jersey.  She recently moved to Eastham, having owned a seasonal home in Truro since 2010 and been a summer visitor for the past 25 years.  Cynthia had a long career with the YMCA system in New Jersey, starting as a program director and finishing as the President/CEO.  She has served in many volunteer leadership positions with community and social service organizations. Cynthia has a B.S. in Recreation from Southern Illinois University.

 

Katherine Black

VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR

Kat moved to Cape Cod year round in 2014 after a lifetime of summers in Truro. Her professional career took place in Albuquerque, New Mexico, as well as the Pueblo of Isleta, where she served as a director of services for older adults. This is her second stint at HOW having helped to create a new data base for the organization her first time around. She keeps busy volunteering for Highland Affordable Housing and the Truro Historical Society, and works part-time for the Town of Truro. She holds a BAS from Western New Mexico University and a Master of Science degree in Health Education from the University of New Mexico.

 

 

 

 

ANNUAL REPORT 2016