AmeriCorps Cape Cod is accepting applications for individuals interested wildland fire management. This is a great opportunity for an individual to learn more about the use of fire for resource management, become a wildland firefighter, gain valuable life experiences, build their resume and live on Cape Cod! For more information click on the following link:
AmeriCorps Week is quickly approaching; this year it will occur throughout the week of May 20-26th in Mashpee. AmeriCorps Cape Cod will partner with the following organizations to double the current oyster habitat in the Mashpee River and to delineate entrances to 6 underutilized conservation areas: Mashpee Conservation Department, Mashpee Shellfish Constable, Mashpee DPW, Friends of the Mashpee National Wildlife Refuge, the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. AmeriCorps members will work with Mashpee Shellfish Constable to construct dozens of oyster cages, and AmeriCorps members and volunteers will plant pollinator gardens, decorate and install pollinator nest boxes, bluebird boxes and garden stones. Additional volunteer activities are installation of informational and educational kiosks, clearing trails, and a clean-up of John’s Pond Conservation Area and community potluck on Saturday!
Orleans Green Week (OGW), was a week of collaborative service-learning projects commemorating National Volunteer Week, Earth Day, and Arbor Day 2013. The event ran from Monday, April 22 to Friday, April 26, 2013 and was organized and managed by Sebastian Wheeler and Meg Quirk, AmeriCorps Cape Cod members placed with the Town of Orleans Tree Department and the Orleans Conservation Trust (OCT), respectively. Orleans Green Week took place on properties owned by OCT as well as on the grounds of Orleans Elementary and the Nauset Regional Middle School. Orleans Green Week included:
$15,500 in grant and match funding
Donations from 11+ local businesses
Partnership with 15+ local nonprofit organizations and town, county, and state departments
Engagement of over 200 students and 50 members of the general public
Distribution of 300 White Spruce Seedlings
Installation of over 700 Native Plants and Trees
Thank you to all of the student volunteers, school administrators, Orleans and Barnstable County employees, Conservation Trust staff and volunteers, Massachusetts Audubon, NSTAR, the Massachusetts Service Alliance, and generous local businesses for support instrumental in the successful event.
For AmeriCorps Week this March we revisited previous AmeriCorps Week sites and kicked off what will be our May AmeriCorps Week project in Mashpee. Check out the vid below. If you’re interested in volunteering at the Mashpee project in May, check back here in late April for registration information.
“The Falmouth DPW Engineering Division has an AmeriCorps Cape Cod member volunteering in their office two days each week, assisting them the Federal National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program at no cost to the Town. The AmeriCorps member’s job is to assist the Town in developing public education and outreach programs about stormwater pollution; which is required under the NPDES permitting process.
Corps Members Sara Cawley and Kelsey Boyd created a ‘Scoop the Poop’ PSA, featuring spunky Labrador retriever Henry as Falmouth’s own ‘Stormwater Detective.’
Special thanks to the FCTV staff, The Falmouth Dog Parks, Inc., AmeriCorps Cape Cod, Keith Hopkins, a certain theatrically-inclined Falmouth DPW Superintendent, and especially to Mike Carroll and our star, Henry: P.I.”
The 2013-2014 Individual Placement RFP has officially been released. Proposals are due Friday March 15th, 2013. For more information please click on the ‘Become a Service Partner’ link and follow that to the Individual Placement Application page.
After briefly helping at the Dennis-Yarmouth shelter for Hurricane Sandy in October, I thought that I understood what assisting in a shelter entailed. I was wrong. Our first experience, registering 10 people for one night in October, seemed like nothing compared to the 300 people that we accommodated for 3 days during the blizzard, “Nemo.” Even though this required much more energy and patience on our part as AmeriCorps members, I think that the second shelter experience was much more gratifying.
It was gratifying because assisting at the shelter for the blizzard not only allowed me the opportunity to see my fellow AmeriCorps members act with poise during difficult, stressful situations, it also gave us the time to make positive connections with specific clients. For example, on Saturday night I registered a 70 year old woman with her son.
For the past several days AmeriCorps Cape Cod has been assisting with disaster response and relief throughout the Cape. Because we’ve been wrapped up responding to the winter storm, we’ll be releasing our application information for 2013-2014 IPs and incoming members a few days late. As of now, the Individual Placement RFP will be released on Friday, February 15th, and application information for new members will be released on Tuesday, February 19th.