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:
- 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 ANNUAL REPORT 2016
- 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
Maureen Dooley Lawrence
Donald and Barbara Edwards
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.”
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.
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.