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Barnstable County AmeriCorps Cape Cod Welcomes New Members


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Barnstable County AmeriCorps Cape Cod

AmeriCorps Cape Cod members arrive for their year of service to the Cape Cod Community

September 28, 2021 (Barnstable, MA) – Barnstable County AmeriCorps Cape Cod (ACC) will be holding a ceremony to welcome 24 new members on the front steps of the Superior Courthouse at the Barnstable County Complex on Wednesday, September 29, at 11:00 am. The 23rd Corps of ACC members arrived on September 6, 2021 and will each spend the next 11 months serving 1,700 hours to address the environmental and disaster-preparedness needs of Cape Cod.

“AmeriCorps Cape Cod staff is excited to be operating at full capacity again this year after having a smaller Corps this past program year,” says Program Coordinator Meredith Ballinger. “ACC members contribute their time, talents, and energy to a remarkably wide range of projects including shellfish propagation, disaster sheltering, herring run clearing, wildland fuel reduction, dolphin stranding response, environmental education, coastal erosion control, and invasive species removal.”

Each AmeriCorps member must serve 1,700 hours, with the entire Corps contributing more than 35,000 hours of service worth over $1,000,000 to Barnstable County communities over the next year.

The ACC Year 23 Corps is the latest in a succession of young women and men who have served on Cape Cod since 1999. AmeriCorps members have served 930,000 hours since the program’s inception, which translates into an estimated program value of more than $31,000,000 accruing to Cape towns, state and federal agencies, and non-profit organizations engaged in natural resource management (land and water conservation), disaster preparedness and response, and environmental and community education.

AmeriCorps Cape Cod is a fulltime residential service program committed to addressing the critical environmental and disaster response needs of the Cape Cod community. AmeriCorps Cape Cod’s 24 members each provide 1,700 hours of service over an 11-month term focusing on the areas of natural resource management, disaster preparedness and response, environmental education, and volunteer engagement.  AmeriCorps Cape Cod is funded by Barnstable County and through grants from the Massachusetts Service Alliance and AmeriCorps the Agency. AmeriCorps Cape Cod is managed through Barnstable County’s Cape Cod Center for Public Safety Training. For more information about AmeriCorps Cape Cod, contact the AmeriCorps Cape Cod Office at (508) 375-6630 or visit our website at

ABOUT BARNSTABLE COUNTY REGIONAL GOVERNMENT OF CAPE COD: Barnstable County is one of the last functioning counties in Massachusetts, with departments serving the 15 towns of Cape Cod. Barnstable County government consists of a legislative branch (Barnstable County Assembly of Delegates) and an executive branch (Barnstable County Commissioners). Learn more at