Wednesday, April 9, 2014

AmeriCorps Cape Cod Making a Difference at Latham

AmeriCorps members Scott, Allyson, Libby and Sumi break while clearing out the second floor “Barn” building of the former New England Fire and History Museum now owned by Latham.
 AmeriCorps members pose with Community Connections consumer volunteers
on the front steps of the Former Fire Museum Property along Route 6A Brewster

AmeriCorps Cape Cod has been improving the Cape for the past fifteen years, and Latham Centers is grateful to be selected as one of its Brewster improvement sites during National Volunteer Week: April 6-12.

Concentrating on natural resource management, disaster preparedness and response, education, and volunteer engagement, AmeriCorps Cape Cod’s program includes some 32 members from around the country working to improve the Cape throughout the year. We were honored and fortunate that the organization selected Latham as part of “All Access Brewster Week” with special focus on improving the lives and accessibility of special needs individuals in our historic hamlet.

We thank Sumi, Scott, Libby, Allyson, Bethany and the entire AmeriCorps team for selecting Latham Centers and our newly acquired Fire Museum Property at 1439 Main St. for a spring cleanup inside and out. The group has worked tirelessly with volunteers from Community Connections -a day habilitation program attended by several Latham adults—to clean up debris in spaces once filled with firefighting memorabilia. Latham plans to renovate the buildings of the former Fire Museum for expanded recreational, educational and vocational programming for our children and adults with complex special needs, with an emphasis on inclusive community facilities use during off peak hours. Design studies are currently underway as Latham dreams big for the future with the help of committed community partners like AmeriCorps Cape Cod.

Other AmeriCorps Cape Cod Brewster sites this week have included Quivet Marsh Vista, Mant’s Landing Beach and Long Pond, Linnell Landing and Brewster Community Gardens. To learn more about AmeriCorps Cape Cod click HERE.

Submitted by
Katrina Fryklund and
Gerry Desautels

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