AmeriCorps Cape Cod (ACC) targets its activities around the following focus areas to better serve the Cape Cod community.
- Natural Resource Management
- Disaster Preparedness and Response
- Environmental Education
- Community and Volunteer Engagement
Natural Resource Management
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 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 International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), members respond to marine mammal, ocean sunfish, and seal, and sea turtle strandings.
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 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.
Community & Volunteer Engagement
AmeriCorps Cape Cod members also provide capacity building for local municipalities and non-profits by assisting with volunteer recruitment and retention programs. This can range by creating new ways to build relationships with community members and provide opportunities for volunteers to serve. ACC also hosts signature events, like our Canal Cleanup and MLK Day of Service, with regional partners as a way to gather people to serve Cape Cod.