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.
2016: Celebrating the Cape Cod National Seashore Centennial
Barnstable County AmeriCorps Cape Cod partnered with the Cape Cod National Seashore, holding service projects to help prepare “Our Park” for their centennial celebration this summer. See the Seashore’s video about National Volunteer Week 2016 under our Videos tab.
2015: Boland Pond Restoration Project
Barnstable County AmeriCorps Cape Cod is partnered with the Orleans Tree Department, the Orleans Conservation Trust, the Orleans Pond Coalition, and many other community groups to restore Boland Pond through the installation of an outdoor classroom and trail system. With Nauset Regional Middle School and Orleans Elementary School next to the pond, restoring this parcel enhances an urban forest within Orleans and not only provides an educational and recreational opportunity for the children, but for the community at large.
2014: All Access Brewster
Broader access points to community and recreational sites across the town of Brewster were constructed.
2013: Orleans Green Week
Native species plantings and invasive species removals were paired with high quality environmental education lessons and interpretive walks.