CLI Community Projects Over the Years

2015 Group Projects



The Community Connectors assisted the nonprofit organization Cape Cod Volunteers to bring the first-ever Volunteer Fair to the Falmouth area. We met with Lisa McNeill, the president of CCV, on several occasions to brainstorm ideas for the fair and to work out logistics. In addition, one of our group members designed the flyer that we distributed to local businesses in the Mid and Upper Cape areas, and we secured a gift certificate to raffle off at the fair. On the day of the fair, we assisted with set up, break down, manned a booth for the Million Hour Challenge, took pictures of attendees, and helped with the YMCA hands-on project to assemble vacation meal bags for underserved children in Mashpee. 



We dug out the old plantings and overgrown brush at the entryway at Barnstable Intermediate School and replanted and refurbished with new perennials and annuals, as well as mulch. Over two different workdays (and a few pulled muscles, broken nails and lost shovels), our group worked with school officials and local Boy Scouts to give the school a more welcoming and inviting first impression. It’s right on Route 28 … go take a look.



The Herring Heroes worked together to create a public service announcement (PSA) video to help spread awareness about the decline of river herring on Cape Cod. Two experts were interviewed to identify the issues affecting the river herring population and what people can do to help. The team worked at the Cape Cod Community Media Center to edit the footage and create a PSA video to be distributed through various media channels to educate the public (Town of Barnstable, Community Media Centre and social media). The intent of the video is to increase public awareness and engage people to get involved in volunteer counts and herring restoration projects. 



Our project was to raise money to purchase life jackets for the Nauset Youth Alliance’s summer program. The Orleans Bowling Center generously donated a few hours of their time so we could hold our fundraiser, bowling with friends and families. In addition, we held a raffle, offering a 50/50 prize and gift certificates donated by local businesses, including Sunrise Bait & Tackle, Centerville Yoga and Always Beautiful Salon, as well as a beautiful hand-painted silk chiffon scarf from Mijiza Images. With the proceeds, Nauset Youth Alliance was able to purchase nine life jackets in various sizes. 



The Plant a Seed team organized a day of service in the garden at the Family Pantry in Harwich. The garden allows the pantry to offer more fresh produce to their clients. During the service day, team members helped set up a picnic area for garden volunteers. In addition, the team helped with weeding and general work around the garden to prepare it for the season. This included planting lettuce , beans and sunflower seeds, as well as establishing a pumpkin patch that will provide pumpkins to the clients at Halloween. 



2014 Group Projects



The Diaper Bash team worked with A Baby Center in Hyannis on two separate events. With the help of three volunteers from Cape Associates, the team cleaned and painted two waiting rooms at ABC, transforming them into bright and cheery spaces. Then the Diaper Bash fundraiser was held – an evening of fun, food and games. Those attending won raffle prizes galore! ABC serves about 500 babies every month, and the donations of nearly $700 and a vanload of diapers were greatly appreciated. 




Our project was to help Cape Abilities with their biggest fundraiser of the year, the Cape Abilities 5K. We helped to unload the vans, setup the banners, and distribute goodies to runners. At the end of the race we helped to break everything down and load the vans back up, and clean up the site. Despite the rain, the race went off without a hitch, and raised over $70,000. We were glad help Cape Abilities with such a great event!




Team Happy Campers connected with Dream Day on Cape Cod, a non-profit serving families with children that have life-threatening illnesses. Dream Day runs Camp Nan-Ke-Rafe in Brewster, providing a summer respite for these families. The Happy Campers had the privilege of assisting Dream Day with two separate plumbing work days for the camp in March and May. In addition to supporting the construction crews in building private bathroom facilities for each cabin, the team participated in campsite cleanup and created more awareness of the organization through personal networks and social media.




The Sting Operation was chosen by our group so that we could engage in establishing an outdoor program that would benefit both the youth of Cape Cod and the environment.  Honey bees have sustained farming practices for over 4,000 years and are an essential component, directly or indirectly, in the production of between 50 and 80 percent of the world’s food supply.  By volunteering our time and energy to the 4H Camp Farley, we were able to assist in the development of bee hives that will not only produce delicious honey, but also provide young people with important knowledge about essential ecosystems.

    Read more about this service project in a Cape Cod Times article.




Trailblazers organized a Community Service Day at The Cape Cod Children’s Museum. This volunteer day had a primary goal of making their nature trail ready for children to have interactive story telling sessions in a natural setting. Landscaping was also performed to the front of the building to help make it more accessible and improve curb side appeal. The team secured additional volunteers for the event and got support from local businesses in the form of food and beverages.



2013 Group Projects



PROMises for All partnered with the Latham Centers, a national leader in special needs education, located in Brewster, to provide glamorous outfits and accessories for the students to wear at prom. The team collected gently used prom dresses and suits and secured donations on tuxedo rentals from the Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod and Puritan Clothing.




Cleaner Choice partnered with Calmer Choice, a small nonprofit that helps teach mindfulness to children on the Cape. The group teamed up with AutoBath Car Wash in Hyannis and held a car wash to raise awareness and funds for the organization.




Shades of Blue worked with the Veterans Outreach Grace Center in Mashpee. The team, along with approximately 40 other volunteers from Comcast and the Mashpee Rotary Club, spent a day landscaping the property and secured donations of mulch, a dumpster for debris, and food for the day’s volunteers. They also connected the Center with Maffei Landscaping, who donated time to assist the Grace Center and began a fundraising effort to replace the rotted wooden flagpole outside the center with a new fiberglass pole.




Five 4 Foundations partnered with Habitat for Humanity’s Cape Cod chapter and participated in the dedication ceremony for a newly constructed home in Mashpee. The team organized a celebratory dinner for the more than 40 volunteers who built this home for a young family in need. The team solicited food and beverage donations from local businesses (including a custom-made cake from a specialty baker) and sourced donated photography services for the event and a special thank-you gift for a key volunteer who retired after the build. 


2012 Group Projects 



As an effort to support the arts community and to exemplify stewardship and volunteerism for local non-profits, the group supported the “Spruce Up the Center Day” at the Cotuit Center for the Arts. Two or three times a year the Center gathers their supporters, friends, and volunteers for this opportunity to contribute, socialize and get some much-needed spring cleaning done.



The team ran a public awareness and donation day event for the Cape Cod Hunger Network and The Family Pantry entitled “Healthy Food on Pantry Shelves” asking the public to bring healthy food or monetary donation to the Family Pantry on Sunday, May 20th from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.



The Shore Things organized a beach cleanup at the Mass. Audubon Society’s Long Pasture Sanctuary in Barnstable village. About 20 guests attended and collected almost 30 pounds of trash, including balloons, fireworks remnants and a teapot. The day also included a talk about oysters by shell fishing expert Tamar Haspel and a talk about shoreline critters by Ian Ives of Mass. Audubon.



Cape Cod COFY joined forces with the Barnstable County Council for Children Youth and Families (BCCCYF) and assisted them in the development, marketing, solicitations, execution and evaluation of the 2012 Youth Summit with the theme: Build Your Life on Cape Cod. Along with organizational development support, the team also developed and facilitated a Passion Mapping Class which was the kick off to a coaching and mentor program under development.



The group worked with Habitat for Humanity Cape Cod to help market the organization within their ReStore, a recycling/retail store selling reusable and surplus building materials, appliances, furniture and home accessories to the public. The project goal was to ensure all visitors understand the mission and envision the positive change Habitat for Humanity Cape Cod imparts to the local community. The team sold 2 x 4 foot ads that were used as ceiling panels in ReStore. The revenue generated through these ads and sponsorships underwrote the design, production and installation other tiles featuring pictures, facts and mission statements, creating a highly visual and unique marketing display.



2011 Group Projects



We collaborated with several local businesses to coordinate a major fundraising campaign and fun family event which was held on May 14, 2011. Proceeds from the event, called “Come Together – Fun Fair and Raffle”, support the Lower Cape Outreach Council in their continuation of providing essential aid to needy families across the lower Cape areas.MAD (Making a Difference)We chose to develop a resource library for mothers and children at the domestic violence shelter, Safe Harbor, run by CACCI in Hyannis. Working with staff at the shelter, we identified books on surviving trauma and abuse, parenting, adjusting to single-parent situations in new areas, and general books for young children. Books and donations were solicited from bookstores, civic and religious groups and individuals across Cape Cod, and a bookshelf was built to house the library. We also are working with the Shelter to facilitate the use of other resources in the creation of a computer and internet capability for mothers looking for housing and employment, and for children’s use in schoolwork.



Our project focused on the creation of a Facebook page to help promote community involvement in a new program of the Family Pantry, as well as in its existing programs. The new program, a huge garden planted this spring, will provide fresh fruits and vegetables for the clients of the Cape’s largest food pantry.



The Big Buddy Mentoring Program will be used to provide individualized attention and academic help to students of Barnstable, grades 3 through 7. The goal of the program is to provide children, regardless of their economic status/background, with access to a mentor program and its many benefits without any financial cost. The program also gives students in grades 9 through 12 the opportunity to mentor a child in their own town. CLI Trailblazers was instrumental in coordinating and assisting in the program’s kickoff event Tuesday May 17th.



As a group, we chose to focus on a project that would benefit the youth of Cape Cod. We worked with Harwich Junior Theater (HJT) and Cape & Islands Gay & Straight Youth Alliance (CIGSYA) to strengthen their brands and improve each organization’s media presence. We helped each organization to spread the word about its mission by connecting them to the Cape Cod Community Media Center. For HJT, this led to a television spot and interview. For CIGSYA, this led to an editing class for volunteer students to compile and edit digital media to create a commercial. Additionally, we partnered with the local chapter of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) to promote their family outreach programs and created a Facebook presence for the organization.

Learn more about projects from past years.

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