- 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 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.”
OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR/ CLIENT ADVOCATE
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.