COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 Update, May 15th, 2020: AmeriCorps Cape Cod will be suspended effective May 31st for the remainder of the service year. We remain committed to providing the best and safest service environment for our upcoming program year. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the need to ensure the health and safety of our AmeriCorps Cape Cod members, staff and service partners, the County has made the difficult decision to suspend the program year effective May 31st, 2020. This decision was made in consultation with public health officials and in accordance with guidance from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and United States Centers for Disease Control regarding congregate housing. All AmeriCorps Cape Cod residences will close on May 31st, 2020.

AmeriCorps Cape Cod staff and Barnstable County staff are working with members to ensue a smooth and safe transition out of the program residences. AmeriCorps Cape Cod staff will work diligently over the course of the next 3 months to implement best guidelines for safe residential living and best practices for serving in the field for our upcoming 22nd service year.

We would like to thank our year 21 AmeriCorps members for their outstanding dedication to service. Over the course of 9 months our members successfully came together to complete meaningful service in the Cape Cod Community. They have improved conservation trails and open space – at times battling greenbrier, poison ivy, and ticks. They have installed symbolic shorebird fencing, propagated shellfish, and raised osprey poles to benefit the wildlife that also call Cape Cod home. They sought out opportunities to get involved in the community- sharing fellowship over community dinners and volunteering with local organizations outside of ACC programming.

At the end of the day ACC staff are most grateful for the friendships our members have created, the professional networks they have connected to, and the experiences they have gained through your service with AmeriCorps Cape Cod. We will be celebrating our members achievements in a virtual graduation/ celebratory event on June 23rd at 11 AM EST. Stay tuned for more information!

 

COVID-19 Update, April 9th, 2020: The AmeriCorps Cape Cod/Resource Development Office will be closed until further notified. AmeriCorps Cape Cod (ACC) staff will be working remotely until further notice and are available via phone and email.

*We are still accepting member applications for Year 22 | Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

What is AmeriCorps Cape Cod doing to prevent the spread of COVID-19? ACC will stay apprised of the WHO, CDC, MA Department of Health, and Barnstable County Health Department evolving recommendations for avoidance and containment of COVID-19. At this time, we can keep the program and our community safe by following all prevention recommendations for maintaining a clean & healthy environment.

Group Service:

    1. Members are only allowed to continue to complete outdoor service deemed “essential” per Massachusetts Governor Bakers COVID-19 Order No. 13 while maintaining safe social distancing practices.
        • Essential services will be up to the group service partners’ discretion if not identified in Exhibit A of COVID-19 Order No. 13.
    2. If your organization is closed due to COVID-19 and you feel ACC cannot safely complete the project, please let ACC staff know ASAP.
    3. If ACC staff feels the group service project poses a threat to the safety of its members and staff, a staff member will be in contact with you to adjust the project accordingly.
    4. Members should continue to practice social distancing with each other, service partners, and community members in the field.
      • Members will only be allowed to physically serve alongside other members from their residence. Members will not serve at mixed house projects until further notice.
      • Members cannot serve in groups larger than 10 people (this includes service partners or community members).
      • This means members and service partners should stay 6ft apart from another person.
      • Members will wear masks when serving outside the residence.
      • Members should not get into other vehicles besides the one they drove to service in and should not let members of the community ride in their vehicle.
    5. Only ACC staff and members should touch the program’s tools. Individuals should sanitize tools before and after switching off a tool.
    6. Members should pack a lunch to avoid eating out during group service.

Individual Placement changes will go in effect March 19, 2020:

 

Individual Placements:

  1. Members will no longer be permitted to serve from their IP site(s). They are required to operate out of their home (teleserving). Members will only be allowed to go to their IP site locations, to pick up materials needed to complete their service from home (i.e. boundary marking notebooks, laptop, etc.) but will need to notify their Service Partner to ensure the member can safely practice social distancing while picking up service materials.
    • Members, however, can continue to complete outdoor service deemed “essential” per Massachusetts Governor Bakers COVID-19 Order No. 13 while maintaining safe social distancing practices. Essential services will be up to the Individual Placement site’s discretion, if not identified in Exhibit A of COVID-19 Order No. 13. Service Partners will need to notify ACC staff if their service is considered an “essential” service.
  2. IP supervisors will submit a teleservice plan to Meredith and should expect to be in communication with their member weekly to verify to service the member has completed. This teleservice plan should be reviewed/updated on an on-going basis and sent to Meredith if changes are made.
    • If an IP supervisor does not have teleservice opportunities, the service partner will need to note that in the teleservice plan and submit it to the Program Specialist.

The safety of our members, staff, and community is our biggest concern and we respectfully ask that you continue to implement good social distance practices when you interact with AmeriCorps Cape Cod in the field.

 

As the situation continues to change, we will provide updates on our website. For specific questions, please reach out to Kayla or Meredith.

 

In service,
ACC Staff

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