Our Tourism Cares volunteer program is the signature annual spring gathering of the Tourism Cares community and a wonderful opportunity to spotlight your destination’s attractions and community spirit.

Tourism Cares unites the travel, tourism and hospitality industries through volunteerism. Through our partnership with you, the broader tourism community has the opportunity to come together, learn from one another and provide a lasting impact on the places we must preserve for generations to enjoy.


[Tourism Cares for Plimoth] provided an incredible opportunity for promoting Plymouth as a tourist destination at a level that has not been achieved before and sets the stage for the upcoming 400th anniversary. This event has raised this museum’s profile and has raised a new level of respect within our community and among partners and we are seeing immediate results in bookings for 2014 and 2015 in the student and adult group markets
— Janet Young, Group Sales Manager, Plimoth Plantation - 2012 Host

Since 2003, more than 40,000 volunteer hours have been donated at a value of almost $1M to dozens of sites in the United States.  Beginning on Ellis Island in 2003, the Tourism Cares for America volunteering series has touched every section of the country and helped sites from the most iconic to the lesser-known. Places like Gettysburg in Pennsylvania, Angel Island in San Francisco and Biscayne Bay in Miami have experienced the care and stewardship of the industry and realized the benefits of hosting.

Visit our video page to see the impact made by Tourism Cares volunteers.


Are you a destination in need of help from the Tourism Cares community? 

Application Deadlines for 2017 Hosts:

January 15, 2016 – February 29, 2016: Application period: Applications reviewed by Tourism Cares Destination Volunteering & Investments Committee

March 15, 2016: Finalists are contacted

Tourism Cares may ask finalists for a more detailed list of vendors, sponsors, etc. that a destination would be working with for the event. Tourism Cares would also schedule an initial site visit to see potential work.

May 25, 2016: Host site announced

Questions? Contact Jessica Ahern, Director of Destination Volunteering & Investments.