YARMOUTH – A new nonprofit is focused on preserving the region while inviting visitors to participate in the effort.
Creating A Responsible Environment for the Cape & Islands, known by the acronym CARE, was founded in 2012 as the Cape and Islands’ first traveler’s philanthropy initiative. As a travelers’ philanthropy initiative, CARE seeks to encourage, support, and create opportunities for visitors to donate their “time, talent, and treasures” to help preserve and protect the very things they travel here to see and enjoy: natural beauty, plant and wildlife habitats, Cape & Islands culture and history.
According to the agency’s website, 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.
The mission of CARE for the Cape & Islands is to educate and facilitate relationships among travelers, businesses, local organizations, environmental initiatives, and residents. Working with travel industry businesses, CARE is looking to create opportunities for travelers to contribute to local efforts to promote long-term environmental conservation and cultural heritage preservation.
CARE is led by its founder, Jill Talladay, and an Advisory Board, and is supported by fiscal sponsor, the Center for Responsible Travel (CREST), a nonprofit 501(c)3.
Listen below to an interview with Jill Talladay and CARE advisory board member Becky Fischer: