United Way Cape CodHyannis, MA – The Cape and Islands United Way is pleased to announce that Cape Cod Volunteers is now part of their organization. The mission of Cape Cod Volunteers, to match people with meaningful volunteer opportunities, will be incorporated into the work of the region’s fundraising leader in support of an array of community programs.

The new partnership will make both organizations more effective and efficient in meeting the needs of Cape and Islands communities who rely on volunteers to provide vital services – from alleviating hunger and homelessness to combatting substance abuse and domestic violence.

“It makes perfect sense for us to bring Cape Cod Volunteers under our umbrella. Volunteerism has been the heart and soul of the United Way for decades,” said Cape and Islands United Way CEO Barbara Milligan, adding that the Cape and Islands United Way was part of the original advisory council that gave birth to Cape Cod Volunteers.

With its network of more than two hundred nonprofit organizations and hundreds of volunteers, adding Cape Cod Volunteers to the fold fits perfectly with the bold new vision of the Cape and Islands United Way.

“We are moving from a Community Investment model of passive funding to a Community Impact model,” Milligan said. “This will translate into much more than just monetary support for local nonprofits – it also means galvanizing people, and advocating for long term solutions to some of our areas most pressing problems. Our goals for the future are ambitious — the addition of Cape Cod Volunteers will have an exponential impact on our ability to meet those goals and support our local communities.”

The United Way will continue the popular online volunteer matching service found at capecodvolunteers.org. The Million Hour Challenge, with nearly 250,000 volunteer hours already logged by local volunteers, will also continue and will become a key tool to promote volunteerism. Best practices in volunteer management and volunteer retention will also be encouraged through workshop offerings and partnership with Mass Service Alliance.

About The Cape & Islands United Way

The Cape and Islands United Way, established in 1960, is a local, independent and professionally-managed nonprofit that is governed by a board of local business leaders, philanthropists and community volunteers. The mission of the organization is to improve lives and strengthen communities on Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. For more information, please visit www.uwcapecod.org, www.facebook.com/uwcapecodandislands, or call 508-775-4746.

About Cape Cod Volunteers

Cape Cod Volunteers is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to link people with meaningful opportunities for volunteering on Cape Cod. Founded in 2006 as an initiative of the Cape Cod Foundation to address barriers to volunteerism, the organization became a separate nonprofit in 2010. Since that time it has assisted more than 400 nonprofit organizations with their volunteer recruitment and training needs and helped nearly 4,000 individuals find meaningful volunteer opportunities.

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