Since 2001, WE CAN has empowered Cape women through mentoring, information, education, networking, and support.
In 2001, WE CAN served 15 women.
In 2017, WE CAN served 2,626 women.
WE CAN had its beginnings in the Cape Cod Community College program called Women in Transition (WIT), which was designed to help women of all ages and demographics improve their lives through education. When the program ended in 2000, several individuals realized the need was still there. They met and formulated what became WE CAN – Women’s Empowerment through Cape Area Networking.
That first year, 2001, WE CAN helped 15 women, providing guidance on options, including how to get back to school, and making connections to volunteers for mentoring and support; helping to complete forms for emergency fuel assistance, financial aid for education, job applications; and offering information and referrals to other organizations on the Cape.
By 2011, our 10th anniversary year, we served approximately 1,200 women with a broad range of programs and services. We had achieved financial stability by then, and had grown beyond what our funders could ever have imagined.
At the beginning of 2013, following a highly successful capital campaign, we moved into a permanent home on Route 28 in Harwich Port with a sign prominently displayed for all to see. This increased visibility and a broadened awareness of the effective work WE CAN does across the Cape community, drove tremendous growth in the number of women we served in a very short period of time.