By Jairus Burdick
When I accepted my offer for a position with AmeriCorps, I knew there would be many benefits. From being able to work outside to learning about environmental conservation, there were some perks with this job that I would not have access to with many others. However, I struggled with one aspect: I seemingly would not be making much progress with my professional life outside of my year of service. I was worried, that although I would be making a valuable contribution to Cape Cod, it might not do much for my life after. What I have found is that I was wrong in this assumption. Because we work with so many different people and organizations, we come into contact with plenty of people that are involved in areas that interest me. This is the key to one of the most important parts of living a professional life: networking. I am building a positive reputation as well as cultivating relationships with people that are part of a more involved system. These connections have the potential to provide me with other relevant and significant opportunities when my year of service concludes.
In addition to the short-lived experiences with service partners, we have deeper relationships with the groups we are placed with for the year. Our individual placements throughout the community allow us to serve what is essentially an internship. By the end of this service year, I will have significantly increased my knowledge of how to manage natural resources and employ various techniques in the field of conservation. Ultimately, I have found that my experience is leading to more experiences. They have the potential to provide me with many different paths to many different future endeavors.
Have you heard? AmeriCorps Cape Cod will turn 15 years old at the end of this service year (August 2014). We’re inviting all of our alumni back to the Cape to serve again. Before we can do that, we need to make sure we have something for them to do!
Have a project in mind or just curious? Visit the 15th Anniversary page to learn more.
ACC Member – Lindsey Zemler (Photo Credit: Ron Schloerb/CAPE COD TIMES)
Meet Lindsey Zemler! Lindsey recently met with Sean Gonsalves, reporter for the Cape Cod Times, to discuss JFK’s legacy and the Millenial’s reclamation of lost optimism. Be sure to check for the article in today’s issue of the Cape Cod Times or view it online, HERE.
Meet Valerie Falconieri & Mawuenam “Enam” Mensah! These lovely members were prominently featured in the Brewster FLATS Newsletter. Click HERE to view the newsletter and learn more about Valerie & Enam and what’s going on in the town they regularly serve with.
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Massachusetts Service Alliance CEO Emily Haber, General Stanley A. McChrystal, ACC Member Leader Sarah McNeil, and ACC Program Director Darlene Johnson-Morris at the National Service Roundtable on October 8th, 2013.
ACC’s Program Director Darlene Johnson-Morris and Member Leader Sarah McNeil spoke at the National Service Roundtable event in Boston, Massachusetts this past week. In addition to speaking, they met with General Stanley A. McChrystal and many other leaders in national service to discuss a new intiative dubbed the Franklin Project. “The Franklin Project is a new venture by the Aspen Institute to marshal the best case for a voluntary civilian counterpart to military service in the United States. ”
For more information, please visit: http://www.aspeninstitute.org/policy-work/franklin-project
Thank you to all the volunteers who participated in CoastSweep 2013! It was a huge success. Thank you to Brewster Department of Natural Resources for partnering with us and Ocean Edge and Dunkin Donuts for donating the food and refreshments necessary to get us through the day.
320 lbs of debris removed from five Brewster public beaches!
Click the image above to view all the debris we collect during our event!
Friday, October 4th, 2013 – 9AM to 12PM
Want to help sweep the coast with us in Brewster? We’re partnering with the Massachusetts Office of Coast Zone Management and the town of Brewster to clear several beaches and ponds of unnatural debris. A light breakfast and beverages will be served in the morning. Feel free to contact us for additional information!
When is it?
October 4th, 2013 @ 9am to 12pm
Where is it?
We’ll meet at Drummer Boy Park in Brewster and disperse from there. The address is 773 Main St, Brewster, MA 02631. Click here for the Google map directions.
Who can go?
All ages are welcomed! Anyone underage must be accompanied by an adult.
Do I need to bring anything?
Comfortable clothing and close-toed shoes, and a pair of fitted gloves. We can provide you a pair of gloves if necessary though!
MLK Day of Service RFP is now available!
Barnstable County’s AmeriCorps Cape Cod is seeking grant funding through the Massachusetts Service Alliance (MSA) for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service in 2014. AmeriCorps is seeking proposals for a volunteer event that: (1) utilizes volunteer connector agencies, (2) provides large scale service projects (50+ volunteers), (3) creates community partnerships to leverage a new population of volunteers, and (4) utilizes skill-based volunteers (carpenters, electricians, etc.)
Interested in being a partner organization with us for the 2014 MLK Day of Service event? If so, please read through and complete our RFP online application here.
AmeriCorps Cape Cod is now accepting project proposals for the 2013-2014 corps year!
To become a service partner with ACC, please click here to fill out our online ‘Project Proposal Application’ form.
Sept. 9th, 2013 – The first picture taken of our new corps
All of our members arrived safely and are ready to serve! They officially became AmeriCorps members on September 9th, 2013 and are already undergoing some extensive training. They’ll begin some of their first service projects in early October. Stay posted on ways to get involved with our new corps!