The AmeriCorps Cape Cod Program is unique as it is one of a select few residential AmeriCorps programs across the nation.
Finding affordable housing on Cape Cod is extremely difficult. By having dedicated housing, Corps members avoid the challenge of paying housing costs and are able to focus almost entirely on the performance of service. Barnstable County has partnered with the Cape Cod National Seashore, the Town of Barnstable, and Chatham Conservation Foundation Inc. to provide housing for Corps members.
The 24 Members of the AmeriCorps Cape Cod program live in four houses. The houses are located in Towns of Wellfleet, Barnstable, Bourne, and Chatham. Room size varies from two to four members sharing a room. All houses are outfitted with a washer and dryer, a computer and printer, a fully equipped kitchen, wifi, and a common room with a television.
Every Wednesday, the members of each house sit down to a group dinner to foster a positive environment in the residences, as well as to go over the upcoming service schedule. This allows members to take some time to bond with each other and to build a strong and inclusive community.
By living and serving together, Corps members who hold a common interest are able to share knowledge, skills, humor, successes, failures, insights, strengths, challenges and experiences that create opportunities for individual and group growth. Furthermore, Corps members residing together are better able to mobilize and respond to disasters and other community needs in an extremely efficient and timely manner.
The residential aspect of AmeriCorps Cape Cod offers Corps members an extremely unique and incredibly valuable experience.