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.

Click to view 2017 Annual Report 




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

Marianne Clements, Chair
Annemette Cliggott-Perlt, Vice Chair
Joy McNulty, Treasurer
Barbara Knapp, Clerk

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
Betty Villari (1942-2017)




Photo Credit OCHS

Elizabeth Gawron


Elizabeth joined HOW as Executive Director in March 2015. She previously served as the President of the Cape Cod Foundation and former Director of Major Gifts at Outer Cape Health Services. 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.


Amy Howell


Amy has been a resident of Provincetown for the past 21 years. Before joining HOW, Amy was the healthcare access specialist, and a referral and clinical support coordinator at Outer Cape Health Services. She was the Soup Kitchen in Provincetown (SKIP) kitchen and volunteer coordinator. Earlier in her professional life, Amy was an executive chef and she continues to practice as a personal trainer.Amy now serves on the Provincetown Council on Aging as its chair and provides pastoral care at the Provincetown UU Meeting House. Amy has a BA in Graphic Design from the University of Illinois and recently received an Addiction Counselor Certification from the University of Massachusetts, Boston.


Katherine Black


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.





[/one_full]ANNUAL REPORT 2016