AmeriCorps is a federally funded national service movement overseen by the Corporation for National and Community Service. Often referred to as the “Domestic Peace Corps,” AmeriCorps engages Americans of different ages and backgrounds in service to address the most critical needs in our nation’s communities. Examples of program focus areas are education, literacy, public safety, the environment and disaster response.
During the first three years of the program, AmeriCorps Cape Cod concentrated its efforts on the Cape’s delicate environment. The program was passionately dedicated to meeting the needs of the Cape’s precious environment through natural resource management service projects.
In 2002, the fourth year of the program, a new community need was emerging. Recent events in our nation’s history caused communities all over the country, including Cape Cod, to reevaluate their preparedness for both natural and human-made disasters. AmeriCorps Cape Cod staff saw a place for the program and its members in this growing field. Disaster preparedness and response was added to the program’s focus areas and new partnerships were created with several disaster organizations including the Cape Cod Chapter of the American Red Cross, the Cape Cod Stranding Network, the Barnstable County Regional Emergency Planning Committee, and the Medical Reserve Corps on Cape Cod. These partnerships have remained strong over the past decade and AmeriCorps Cape Cod has established itself as an important resource to the Cape as it continues to prepare for possible disasters.
In 2017, AmeriCorps Cape Cod was recognized as a 21st Century Conservation Service Corps. Read more about this program HERE.
The AmeriCorps Cape Cod program has been extremely successful in its endeavors, building strong relationships in the community with over 120 Town, County, State, Federal, non-profit, and community based departments and organizations. The program has built its name and reputation on high quality environmental service and a unique and varied member experience.
Barnstable County AmeriCorps Cape Cod is funded by Barnstable County and through
grants from the Massachusetts Service Alliance and the Corporation for National
and Community Service. Housing is provided by Barnstable County and Cape Cod National Seashore.