Cape and Islands United Way Elects New Board Members and Officers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, January 23, 2017

 Contact: Sarah Eldredge, Community Relations Officer

Cape and Islands United Way

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Cape and Islands United Way Elects New Board Members and Officers

 Hyannis, MA – January 23, 2017 – At its Annual Meeting last week, the Cape and Islands United Way elected new board members and officers, while celebrating the service of three long-time members stepping down from the board. As the region’s leading social impact organization, the Cape and Islands United Way unites people to improve lives, strengthen communities, and create lasting change across Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket. It presently has 36 nonprofit partners and supports 42 critical human service programs that promote educational success, healthy aging, housing stability, and provide basic needs.

Carrie Woods was welcomed to the United Way Board of Directors for a three-year term. Woods is currently a financial advisor at Merrill Lynch, and prior to that she practiced law on the Cape for nearly 20 years. Woods served as the President of the Barnstable Bar Association for two years and served on its executive committee for more than ten. Woods has also served on the Board of Directors for the Cape Cod Community College Educational Foundation. Woods joins new board member Beverly Tilden of Falmouth. Tilden is a media and marketing consultant who joined the board in October.

Donna Morris, owner of RPM Carpets & Floor Coverings in Harwich, will continue her role as Chairman of the Board for a second term. Todd Machnik of Today Real Estate will support Morris in his second year as Vice Chair. Rick Penn of Puritan Cape Cod will hand over his long-time role of Treasurer to Larry Bigelow, retired Senior Vice President at Citizens Bank. Norma Schmidt of the Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod will take over as Clerk.

At the meeting the board recognized and honored outgoing board members for their many years of service and commitment to our community: Rick Penn of Puritan Cape Cod, Ken Pedicini of KenMark Office Systems, and Dale Ormon, of Oliver’s and Planck’s Tavern.

“We are extremely lucky to have such a committed and loyal group of people on the Board of Directors”, says chair, Donna Morris. “Each of our outgoing board members has been critical to our success — although they may be leaving the Board, they’ve made it clear that they will not be leaving our United Way family. We are in for an exciting year ahead!”


About The Cape & Island United Way

The Cape and Islands United Way is a local and independent organization striving to improve lives and strengthen communities on Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket. The United Way family — of donors, volunteers, and citizens who care – raise money, leverage resources, and donate time and talents to not only provide a safety net for those in need, but to create a collective community vision and drive sustainable change. We encourage and facilitate volunteerism through Cape Cod Volunteers and support MASS-2-1-1, a free and confidential 24/7 information and support line that connects those seeking financial, domestic, and health assistance to the services they need. Out of every dollar raised by the Cape and Islands United Way, 99 cents stays on Cape Cod and the islands, while less than 1% goes to the United Way world organization to cover the cost of its membership fee.  Donations may be made online at or by calling 508-775-4746.

Author: Mashpee Chamber of Commerce

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