Volunteer at Cape Abilities!

Their never-ending passion and genuine desire to help
play a vital role in the success of our mission.



“I have a strong commitment to the Cape Abilities mission. Any slight contribution I can make to help and empower our participants to meet their individual goals is important to me.”

– Nancy (near left), with Cape Abilities volunteers Beth (center) and Vivian.



Download or print a Volunteer Application
Must be 18 years of age or older to apply

Please fill out completely and return to Ellen Zeyen, Volunteer Coordinator:
By Email: volunteer@capeabilities.org
By Mail:    Volunteers @ Cape Abilities, 895 Mary Dunn Road, Hyannis, MA 02601
For any questions call Ellen at 508 776-0339


Our current volunteer opportunities include:


Volunteer Position: Farm and Farm Market Assistants
Come join us at the Farm! We need volunteers to help in various positions: Greenhouse, Garden Center, Retail Store, Social Media contributor/phtographer and Special Events

We are looking for some friendly, outgoing volunteers to be part of the fun, hardworking team at the Farm and the Farm store. We have positions open in Dennis and in Chatham.

Must be 18 years of age or older to apply

Volunteer Day Program Assistant

Support our Day Habilitation & Community Based Day Supports programs in Hyannis, Eastham, and Falmouth. Provide assistance for both on and off site activities including; life skills, cooking, exercise, music, art, and community activities.

Must be 18 years of age or older to apply

Volunteer Companion

Be a companion to an individual at one of Cape Abilities’ residential homes located in Brewster, Hyannis, Barnstable, Centerville, Yarmouth, Harwich, Orleans and Sandwich.

Must be 18 years of age or older to apply

Volunteer Thrift Shop Assistant

Our Thrift Shop needs volunteers to help in these three areas:

  • Weekend Shop Assistant
    • Help out in the shop with sales and cashiering
  • Pick-Up and Delivery Assistant – Once/twice a week
  • Social Media Volunteer
    • Use your smartphone skills to promote new products in the shop

Must be 18 years of age or older to apply

Ambassador/Greeter at the Cape Abilities Sensory Film Screenings

Bring your friendly smile and join us every third Saturday of the month at the Chatham Orpheum Theater. Greet people and share our mission with all movie attendees. Bring a guest and stay and watch the movie for free! 

Must be 18 years of age or older to apply

Administrative Volunteer at the Lyndon Center in Hyannis
Help the Lyndon Center staff with a variety of clerical tasks, including: answering the phone and greeting at the front desk, filing, scanning documents, data entry, preparing mailers.

Must be 18 years of age or older to apply


Our volunteer program is active and thriving!

Chatham Orpheum Theater GM Kevin McLain and Cape Abilities Volunteer Mary Flynn

We hope you will consider joining this very special community, no matter how much time you can give.  Fun and flexible volunteer opportunities range from regular weekly assignments to one-time special events, on a schedule that works best for you.

There are unlimited opportunities to make a difference when you volunteer at Cape Abilities.  Share your skills and your hobbies with a specific volunteer position that assists our businesses, or you can help our participants in our day habilitation programs learn to garden, cook, paint, take photos or use a computer.

“I volunteer because I love knowing that I can do the littlest thing that can really make the biggest amount of difference. It makes me feel good.  It makes me fell enriched.” – Mary Flynn (right), part-time volunteer and frequent host/greeter of our Sensory Film Series in Chatham.

No matter how you volunteer, we know you can help change the lives of individuals we serve every day!


We are proud to announce
that Cape Abilities has been certified by Points of Light, the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service, as a Service Enterprise! Achieving Service Enterprise certification is a very prestigious accomplishment for an organization. Certification signifies that organizations have the capability and management expertise to strategically use volunteers to improve the performance of their organization!  Click on the ‘Certified’ logo to learn more about this tremendous accomplishment!

In addition, we are pleased to announce that Cape Abilities was recognized at the 2019 Massachusetts Conference on Volunteerism for implementing a volunteer engagement model called the Service Enterprise Initiative (SEI).  Cape Abilities received the Service Enterprise Initiative Transformation Award presented by the Massachusetts Service Alliance (MSA).  To learn more, click on the video below!


Please join our volunteer family soon!

Not only will you help change the lives of the individuals we serve,
but, amazingly, your life will be changed too!

Must be 18 years of age or older to apply