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 ANNUAL REPORT 2016


Leslie Mcgrath

Dotty Mulchahy

Betty Villari

Leslie Pearson

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
Betty Villari
Honorary Board Member
Berta Walker
Donald and Barbara Edwards




Photo Credit OCHS

Elizabeth Gawron


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 Gawron also serves as a member of the Eastham Board of Selectmen.

“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.”



Donna Szeker


Donna is a native of New Jersey, arriving in Provincetown 25 years ago. She has been a volunteer with HOW from its inception as well as volunteering at the AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod and CASAS. Donna has a B.S. in Exercise Physiology and has created functional fitness programs for senior residents in local communities. She also serves on the Town of Provincetown’s Human Services Committee.