AmeriCorps Cape Cod has four focus areas:
- Natural Resource Management
- Disaster Preparedness and Response
- Environmental Education
- Volunteer Engagement
Natural Resource Managment
ACC’s efforts in the area of natural resource management include shellfish propagation, herring run clearing, heathland restoration, wildland fuels reduction, invasive plant species removal, trail building and restoration, sand dune restoration and community garden maintenance. ACC partners with the 15 towns of Cape Cod through their shellfish offices, conservation and natural resource departments, nonprofit land trusts, the state Department of Conservation and Recreation, and federal entities such as the Cape Cod National Seashore and the Cape Cod Canal Army Corps of Engineers to implement natural resource management projects.
Disaster Preparedness and Response
In the area of disaster preparedness and response, members help organizations like the American Red Cross and the Barnstable County Regional Emergency Planning Committee prepare for disasters like hurricanes, fires, and widespread power outages and respond by staffing emergency shelters across the Cape.
In addition, ACC members assist organizations designed to assist animals in crises. Through our partnerships with the National Marine Life Center (NMLC) and the Internationa Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), members respond to marine mammal, ocean sunfish, and seal, and sea turtle strandings. ACC coordinates Community Disaster Education programs through the American Red Cross including the Pillowcase Project, a Fire Safety puppet show and the Boy and Girl Scout Emergency Preparedness Fair.
Our Members are also engaged in educating the public on many environmental and safety issues including fire safety, recycling, and vermicomposting. ACC members present the WETfestival curriculum to all fourth and fifth graders on Cape Cod. This curriculum is a 26 station festival where students learn about water quality issues including nitrogen loading, dissolved oxygen, shellfish kills, and overfishing.
The fourth focus area, volunteer engagement, involves Member driven recruitment of volunteers for service projects throughout the year, including annual events such as Canal Cleanup and MLK Day of Service.
These four focus areas allow Members to help Cape Cod in a variety of ways and address the individual needs of each town in Barnstable County.