CARE for the Cape & Islands Day

Annual CARE for the Cape & Islands Day

CARE for the Cape & Islands Day is an annual event that invites volunteers from the business community to participate in a half day of service and education. Its purpose is two-fold: to benefit a local nonprofit tourism attraction through hands on volunteer service that helps to repair or improve its infrastructure while offering the participants an opportunity to learn more about CARE, its impact and how one might support its efforts.

Previous events have been held at Cape Wildlife Center, Waquoit Bay Reserve, Marconi Maritime Center, Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, Nobska Light, Thacher Hall (formerly The New Church) and Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary. Volunteers assisted with a variety of activities including painting, staining, gardening and trail maintenance throughout the morning. The events conclude with a presentation from the current year grant recipients, a tour of the facility, and lunch.

Requirements to host this event include:

  • The organization and location must be a non-profit in need of repairs.
  • Organization will provide a predetermined project list to the CARE staff – submitted with bid
  • Organization will help to promote the event through their database – social media, email
  • Post Event – the Organization will promote the work that was completed to promote CARE for the Cape & Islands and its volunteers.

Do you represent a non-profit that fits the above criteria? Please complete this form to be considered as our 2024 host.

CARE for the Cape & Islands Day 2024

10th Annual CARE for the Cape & Islands Day

Camp Farley

Thursday, May 9th

Register Here

We are excited to invite you to this year’s CARE Day to be held at Camp Farley, Route 130 in Mashpee. Founded in 1934, this non-profit 501(c)3 organization offers both day and overnight camping opportunities boasting a strong environmental focus with comprehensive outdoor education experiences in the context of a traditional camp setting.

Please join us as help the camp gear up for another busy season. We’ll spend the morning doing hands on tasks such as landscaping, gardening and painting. Then we’ll all enjoy lunch together and hear from the recipients of CARE’s 2024 project grants.

Thank you to our Platinum Sponsors:

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Platinum Sponsor for the 2024 CARE Day

Platinum Sponsor for the 2024 CARE Day

CARE for the Cape & Islands Day 2023

Annual CARE for the Cape & Islands Day 2023

The 204, Harwich

Held Thursday, May 18th

Known since 2016 as Harwich Cultural Center. A mixed-use municipal building that serves a critical role to provide an affordable rental space for community organizations, civic groups, and individuals to engage in cultural, recreational, social, educational, community service, civic and governmental activities.The 204 offers valuable “launch space” where individuals can actualize their creative gifts and contribute to our local economy.

We are pleased and grateful for the volunteers that joined us for this annual event. In just a few hours this is a snapshot of what was accomplished

  • 1,500square feet painted
  • 1 ton brush and invasive plants removed 
  • 12 new Perinnals planted
  • 8 garden beds cleaned up and thinned out for new growth
  • More than 50 holes patched
  • 50 windows washed and blinds cleaned





Platinum Sponsor for the 2023 CARE Day

CARE for the Cape & Islands Day 2022

Annual CARE for the Cape & Islands Day 2022

Thank You Volunteers!

Another great success.

  • The sanctuary was dusted, cleaned and polished.
    Floors were scrubbed.
    The lower event room floor was painted.
    The property was landscaped including planting new shrubs.
    Invasive species was removed.
    The back parking lot was cleaned, doubling in size.
    And more!



Platinum Sponsor for the 2022 CARE Day

CARE for the Cape & Islands Day 2021

Annual CARE for the Cape & Islands Day 2021

Thursday, October 21

CARE Day 2021 took place at Chatham Drama Guild located at 134 Crowell Rd in Chatham. The Chatham Drama Guild is the Cape’s second oldest continuously operating theater venue that is operated completely by volunteers. For over 80 years it has provided excellent family entertainment in a flexible and exciting theater space.

The day’s accomplishments included:

  • 2,000 square feet cleaned
  • 2 tons of building materials removed and recycled
  • kitchen scrubbed and organized
  • property landscaped
  • costumes and fabric recycled
  • driveway entrances graded and filled

Thank you to each volunteer for participating!




Platinum Sponsor for the 2021 CARE Day

CARE for the Cape & Islands Day 2019

Held Thursday, May 9, 2019


CARE Day 2019 was held at MA Audubon Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary

Beautiful sandy beaches, butterfly-filled meadows, woodland trails, and farm animals combine to make Long Pasture a unique experience on Cape Cod. Gentle, varied trails lead to what some have called a “million dollar view,” with Barnstable Harbor flanked by the dunes of Sandy Neck Barrier Beach. Long Pasture is home to expansive tidal flats and where they host a variety of activities including kayak tour, boat cruise, or family nature programs. View this video to learn more about what took place.

Volunteers Who Participated:

  • Spent the morning to prepare the site for the season
  • Enjoyed coffee from Three Fins Coffee Roasters
  • Learned the history of the site and future plans
  • Networked and made New Contacts
  • Met 2019 CARE Grant Recipients
  • Saw the Food Forest Exhibit funded by CARE
 Thank you to our sponsors:

Beacon Financial, Northeast Unlimited Tours, three fins coffee roaster and Kayak Cookies

Contact us for Sponsorship Opportunities:

CARE for the Cape & Islands Day 2018

Held Thursday, May 3, 2018


CARE Day 2018 was held at Chatham Marconi Maritime Center.

Nearly 50 volunteers had the opportunity to learn about Marconi’s impact on the world through his wireless communication and help preserve an important piece of the Cape’s history. At the half day event attendees assisted with a variety of activities completing 140 hours of service planting, weeding, painting and preparing the museum for the summer season. 2018 grant recipients shared details on their projects during lunch. Learn more about them here. Watch this from CARE Day video to get a glimpse of the day’s work for yourself.

Why  Volunteers Participated
Helped preserve an important Historic Site
Networked and made New Contacts
Enjoyed Lunch provided by Chatham Perk and Kayak Cookies
Learned about Marconi’s Story

 Thank you to our additional sponsors:

Kayak Cookies and Northeast Unlimited Tours

Contact us for future Sponsorship Opportunities:

CARE for the Cape & Islands Day 2017

May 10, 2017 marked the 4th Annual CARE for the Cape & Islands Day held in Woods Hole at Nobska Light. Participants were invited to give back while networking with other local businesses. More than 50 volunteers participated in a variety of tasks such as painting, washing windows, picking up trash and repairing walkways that offered beautification, preservation and safety measures throughout the grounds of this historic lighthouse. 2017 grants were presented at the conclusion of the event. A delicious, healthy and locally sourced lunch was provided by Quicks Hole Tavern, and Kayak Cookies, our lunch sponsors. Thank you to Green Shuttle, our transportation sponsor and also to Compost With Me. Check out our video to learn more about CARE Day.

About CARE for the Cape & Islands Day

It is our goal to inspire residents and the business community to become stewards of the home we love, Cape Cod and the Islands. At CARE Day events attendees have the opportunity to make a difference through hands on service, learn about our funded projects and be able to take a tour of the grounds of our host. The event is a great way to meet other volunteers from the business community and recipients of CARE grants. Participants often remark that they’ve never visited our host location before and develop a newfound appreciation for their backyard. CARE Day typically run 8:30AM-1:00PM.




Thank you to our Silver Sponsor, Northeast Unlimited Tours!

CARE for the Cape & Islands Day 2016

Each year we host a 1/2 day of volunteer service at a local nonprofit. Representatives from local businesses and residents were invited this year to the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History on Thursday, May 5 from 8:30 AM – 1PM. There were a variety of activities including planting the new Pollinator Path, one of CARE’s 2016 support projects, and planting for the museum’s upcoming plant sale. All attendees were invited to enjoy a Cinco de Mayo themed lunch during presentation of 2016 grants and take home a CARE Day t-shirt and organic seeds.

In order to support this and ongoing projects we ask that participants were asked to donate $25per person or $50 for a business of up to 3 attendees. If you were unable to attend you may still donate to CARE by sending a check payable to CARE for the Cape and Islands, P.O. Box 638, Yarmouth Port, MA 02675. Thank you for your support!


CARE for the Cape & Islands Day 2015

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