Signature Events are held annually across Barnstable County, and are member-planned and executed. Hundreds of community volunteer come out to serve along side us every year!
In 1994, Congress designated the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday as a national day of service and charged the Corporation for National and Community Service with leading this effort. Taking place each year on the third Monday in January, the MLK Day of Service is the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service — a “day on, not a day off.” The MLK Day of Service is a part of United We Serve, the President’s national call to service initiative. It calls for Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to our most pressing national problems. The MLK Day of Service empowers individuals, strengthens communities, bridges barriers, creates solutions to social problems, and moves us closer to Dr. King’s vision of a “Beloved Community.”
Examples of past AmeriCorps Cape Cod Martin Luther King Day of Service projects include: restoring homeless residences, organizing and executing a home winterization initiative for low-income homeowners, organization of a Cape-wide food drive, and rehabilitation of a low-income housing development.
National Volunteer Week, a program of Points of Light, was established in 1974 and has grown exponentially each year, with thousands of volunteer projects and special events scheduled throughout the week across the nation. It’s about inspiring and encouraging people to seek out imaginative ways to engage in their communities, and demonstrating to the nation that by working together, we have the fortitude to meet our challenges and accomplish our goals.
Past National Volunteer Week projects include: “All Access Brewster” in which broader access points to community and recreational sites across the town of Brewster were created and built, “Orleans Green Week” during which daily native species plantings and invasive species removals were paired with high quality environmental education lessons and interpretive walks.
Canal Clean-Up is an Earth Week volunteer event organized in partnership between the Army Corps of Engineers and AmeriCorps Cape Cod. Every year since 2000, over 200 volunteers come to walk along the banks of the Cape Cod Canal and pick up hundreds of pounds of trash and complete other beneficial projects.
The Cape Cod Canal is the widest sea-level canal in the world! It is 480 feet wide and cuts through about 7 miles of land technically making Cape Cod an island. It is maintained and operated by the Army Corps of Engineers. Many people walk, bike, and fish along the Canal’s service roads and shores, and it provides many recreation opportunities for the Upper Cape community and tourists.
Canal Clean-Up is a great opportunity to serve the community, but it’s also a lot of fun! Past events have featured live music, environmental education booths, face painting, tie-dyeing, and refreshments for volunteers.