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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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.


Cynthia Joy


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


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.





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