Helping Our Women (HOW) – recognized their 2021 “Volunteer of the Year”, along with other volunteers and partners, at the 2nd Annual HOWIES award celebration. HOWIES stands for Helping Our Women’s Inspirational & Exceptional Supporters. Over 22 attendees attended this online event.
Judy Marsh of Eastham was recognized as the 2021 Volunteer of the Year “Heart of HOW” award for her
outstanding volunteerism. Marsh generously donated over 105 hours of her time this past year taking food
orders for our Mobile Food program, sending greeting cards, connecting with clients and much more. As one
HOW member commented, “I am thankful for Judy’s kindness and time for conversation.” Katie Brandon,
former AmeriCorps VISTA at HOW credits Marsh with expanding the Mobile Food Program, “Judy was the
tipping point for growing this critical food service from 5 clients to 18 clients.” In her own words Marsh
movingly reflects, “HOW helped me at a time when I was battling an illness and it was amazing that this group
of women existed, they really saved my life and if I could volunteer for them one day I would.”
Other HOWIE recipients include; Mia Phillips as “Rookie of the Year”, Jayne Carvelli-Sheehan as the “Innovate-
HER”, Lourdes Rodriguez-Nogues with the HUG (Helping Us Grow) award, Elizabeth Gawron with the “Go-Get-
Her” driver award, Jack Hornor with the “Unsung Hero” award, Suzanne Burns with the “You Make IT Happen”
tech award, Pam Drolsbaugh as our “Caring Companion”, Robyn Gould as the “Personal Care Products Drive
Diva”, Mariellen Serena with the “Dashing Deliveries” award, Marsha Sirota with the “Heavy Lift-HER” award,
Diane Sidorowicz as the “Grocery Goddess” and Bill Zajac with the “Bright Idea” award. These volunteers and
many others all provide critical services to the HOW organization and to members of the HOW community.
The Eastham Public Library, A.I.M. Thrift Shop, Dexter Keezer Fund and Soup Kitchen in Provincetown were
recognized as Outstanding Partners. HOW thanks all the supportive volunteers and community partners.
For almost 30 years, Helping Our Women (HOW) has built a strong system of supportive services to meet the
needs and empower women with chronic, life threatening and disabling medical conditions living in
Provincetown, Truro, Wellfleet, and Eastham. HOW also provides advocacy, referrals, and resources to all
community members. To learn more about HOW visit helpingourwomen.org.