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Philanthropy A to Z

V – Volunteer: AmeriCorps

Text by Elizabeth Shaw

How often is the beauty of the Cape spoken about? Written about? Photographed? The unmatched natural splendor of the area brings in countless visitors every year, and thanks to the tireless work of AmeriCorps Cape Cod, that beauty will be here to stay. Barnstable County founded the program in 1999 to address the critical environmental needs of the area. AmeriCorps Cape Cod has partnered with organizations across the Cape to provide environmental services and education. Since its founding, the AmeriCorps has added disaster preparedness and response, as well as wildfire preparedness and response services to their repertoire. The organization also leads the community in annual events such as the Canal Clean Up Day, which sees volunteers collect hundreds of pounds of trash along the banks of the canal, as well as other opportunities during National Volunteer Week and on Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. 

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