AmeriCorps Cape Cod meeting critical environmental needs

capecodAmeriCorps Cape Cod is a full-time residential service program committed to serving the critical environmental and community needs of Cape Cod. The program has four key focus areas: natural resource management, disaster preparedness and response, environmental education, and volunteer engagement. Every year, 32 service-minded adults dedicate 11 months of their lives to participate in hands-on projects with Cape Cod towns, Barnstable County departments, the Cape Cod National Seashore, the American Red Cross, land trusts, and other environmental, educational, and disaster related organizations in the region. Members serve together on projects like shellfish propagation, habitat restoration, trail maintenance, and fire fuel reduction. In doing so, AmeriCorps Cape Cod members build leadership skills while exploring various sectors of the environmental and disaster preparedness field.

The variety of service experiences that Corps members are challenged to tackle over the course of their member year makes AmeriCorps Cape Cod a once in a lifetime experience. In a typical year, corps members will respond to dolphin mass strandings, learn to use a chainsaw, receive training and support to write a grant proposal, deliver a presentation about AmeriCorps to community members, become a certified wild land firefighter, plan a volunteer event, be deployed to regional shelters during a disaster, perform a puppet show, grow shellfish, blaze a trail, develop an environmental education curriculum for a conservation agency, and the list goes on. As members respond to a wide variety of environmental and disaster-preparedness needs in the community, members gain hands-on experience and leadership skills, are forced to tackle personal weaknesses, and are encouraged to rely on other members of their team.

Read more on pg. 49 of Transforming Communities Through Service.



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