Creating A Responsible Environment for the Cape & Islands (CARE)
What is CARE for the Cape & Islands
CARE for the Cape & Islands™ was founded in 2012. CARE seeks to encourage, support, and create opportunities for visitors and residents to donate their “time, talent, and treasure” to help preserve and protect our region’s exquisite natural beauty, plant and wildlife habitats, Cape & Islands culture and history.
What is CARE’s Mission
CARE for the Cape & Islands™ mission is to inspire stewardship to preserve and protect the natural environment, cultural and historical treasures of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket.
Why Cape Cod and the Islands?
Cape Cod and the Islands’ scenic beauty and pristine coastline are enjoyed and appreciated by millions of visitors each year, presenting a need to protect its unique qualities. This program will help sustain the region’s fragile ecosystem, culture and heritage that draw visitors and residents to vacation, work and live.
Ultimately, CARE for the Cape & Islands™ seeks to tap travelers’ growing interest in and support of eco-tourism and green-travel, and their philanthropic inclinations to help ensure the long-term sustainability of the Cape & Islands as a national treasure and travel destination.
How does it work?
CARE for the Cape & Islands educates and facilitates relationships among travelers, businesses, local organizations, environmental initiatives, and residents. Working with local businesses, CARE creates opportunities to contribute to efforts to promote long-term environmental conservation and cultural heritage preservation. Visit the various pages of the “What We Do” section of our website to learn more about our accomplishments. Visit “How to CARE” to find ways that you can get involved. Visit our project criteria page to learn about our funding themes and proposal guidelines. Download our CARE Profile.
Meet our Founder and Staff
Jill received her Master in Tourism Administration with a concentration in Sustainable Destination Management from The George Washington University in 2011, earning the Dr. Philip Ogilvie Academic Excellence Award. In 2012 inspired by her work with the Center for Responsible Travel (CREST) at the third Travelers’ Philanthropy Conference in Costa Rica and her graduate internship; she founded CARE (Creating A Responsible Environment) for the Cape and Islands, to help connect visitors, residents and businesses with opportunities to support the long term sustainability of Cape Cod and the Islands of Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard.
Jill was co-Chair of the Yarmouth Recycling and Solid Waste Committee for ten years and an advocate to Refuse, Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. She is passionate about using green practices and works hard to educate her friends as well as the public on simple steps they may take to make a difference on a daily basis. She became a member of the Climate Reality Leadership Corps in 2015, trained by Al Gore in Toronto, ON.
Since 2005, Adam Gracia has worked nationally and locally in the nonprofit industry with a focus on raising support for community resources, affordable housing, and disease research.
Raised on Cape Cod, Adam is a graduate of Sandwich High School. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts in both Mass Communication and English from Westfield State University he completed a Master of Arts in Management and Leadership from Webster University.
“Preserving and protecting the natural environment, cultural and historical treasures of our region isn’t just essential to our future;
it’s good business,” said Adam. “Whether the Cape and Islands is your home or home away from home it is its uniqueness that brought you here. CARE for the Cape & Islands provides the inspiration and means to ensure our community will thrive for generations to come.”
Moving back to Cape Cod in 2016 Adam resides in Chatham with his family and advocates for a more inclusive community through engagement with Cape Cod Young Professionals, Philanthropy Partners of the Cape and Islands, and Leadership Cape Cod. He is also a veteran with service in the Army National Guard and in the Ukrainian Foreign Legion.
A warm welcome to our 2023/24 AmeriCorps member placement! Korie is 22 years old and originally from Sharpsburg, Georgia. Spending her summers visiting family in Massachusetts, she grew a love for the Cape and a passion for marine life and the outdoors. Korie recently graduated with a BS in Wildlife Science from the University of Georgia, and wants to spend time post-undergrad traveling and learning new skills. She is excited to be an AmeriCorps Cape Cod Year 25 member and to work with CARE for the Cape & Islands for all the experiences she is going to have in this coming year while serving the community of Cape Cod. In her free time, you can find her reading on the beach, watching movies, and cooking.
Meet Our Board of Directors
Heather is a co-founder, chair, and board member of the local non profit Cape Cod Ocean Community. She transitioned to full-time Cape Cod living in 2018 after spending 30 years in high-tech corporate careers focused on organizing people and resources to outstanding outcomes. Heather serves as a volunteer board member on the Cape Cod Tech council, as well as local committees in her town of Wellfleet. Heather has also been a concerned citizen advocate for shark safety measures inspired by adopting technologies. Heather is instrumental in organizing and executing programs to bring information closer to Cape Cod, building key alliances, and sponsoring projects to continue moving the needle on changes. Heather is passionate about outdoor activities and achieving work-life balance. Her commitment to CARE for the Cape and Islands will help to assure our natural resources are protected in the days ahead and inspire others to join up for change.
Kim Fulton Marchand is the CEO of MarchandCFO, a professional service firm that specializes in outsourced and interim Chief Financial Officer services, advisory, monthly bookkeeping, business coaching and launch support for small businesses, start-ups and nonprofits. As a seasoned business leader, entrepreneur and coach, Kim has a history of success working at all stages of business including turnarounds and organizations in transition. A trusted advisor to business owners and CEOs, she has a track record of helping to build dynamic, profitable organizations.
As a small business owner on Cape Cod, Kim owned and operated the Sesuit Harbor House for 11 years, one of the Cape’s top-rated inns, and knows first-hand the tactics and trade-offs needed to survive in a seasonal, tourist-based economy.
Kim is committed to the Cape Cod community and is especially passionate about helping women in business flourish. She is the Co-Chair of the Cape Cod Women’s Business Summit, a Certified Business Mentor and Coach, the former Chair of SCORE Cape Cod and served as President of the Dennis Chamber of Commerce. She volunteers for WE CAN and is an active member of the Cape Cod Women’s Association and the Cape Cod Young Professionals. She’s also been a proud Marsh Monitor for the Association to Preserve Cape Cod. Kim’s credentials include an MBA from Simmons University and a BA in Women’s Studies from the University of Massachusetts.
Jim recently returned to living on the Cape from various teaching and administrative duties in higher education in New England and New York state. While living on the Cape previously, Jim was the founding Executive Director of the Zammer Hospitality Institute at Cape Cod Community College, as well as an active member of the faculty. Keeping his technical skills sharp, Jim also worked at local restaurants, including the Naked Oyster.
Jim’s primary focus during his teaching career was on developing and nurturing both technical and critical thinking skills for his students. Here on Cape Cod, those critical thinking skills involved a natural intersection with sustainable business activities and the overwhelming importance of the economic impact of the hospitality industry
Jim earned a BS from the University of New Hampshire and an MBA from Southern New Hampshire University.
The CARE Communications intern will provide assistance on a wide variety of nonprofit communications projects. Interns will have the opportunity to learn about nonprofit marketing, media relations, and content creation across all communications channels, including email, digital, and social media. The ideal candidate is an enthusiastic storyteller looking to gain experience in the nonprofit sector and contribute to an organization focused on sustainable development and management of tourism.
The CARE Development intern will provide assistance on administrative projects, as well as provide general support when needed for CARE programming. The Intern will work with the development team to help archive and organize individual and grant files, assist with database clean up and management, assist with the creation of and distribution of development materials, provide support for the launch of and tracking of fundraising campaigns, and help promote all sponsorship opportunities.
CARE accepts Communications & Development applications on a rolling basis. Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and a writing sample. More details and an application form may be found here.
CARE is based in Cape Cod, MA. In some instances we will consider applications from candidates who prefer completing an internship remotely instead of in person. To conduct remote work, interns must have reliable access to the Internet and be available for check-ins via phone and video conferencing.
As the internship is unpaid, preference will be given to students seeking academic credit. Graduate students are preferred, though consideration will be given to exceptional undergraduates. Interns are for a minimum of 15h/week (20 preferred) for two months minimum, primarily during business hours. The internship entails close collaboration with CARE’s board, staff and volunteers.
CARE is committed to the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and equal employment opportunity for all without regard to race, color, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.
P.O. Box 638, Yarmouth Port, MA 02675