Appreciation for the AmeriCorps VISTAs

April 15 – 21 is Volunteer Appreciation week, during our April Open Communications meeting, several of our collaborative working groups took the time to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of our AmeriCorps VISTAs. Listed below are just a few of the thanks and praises our VISTAs received.

“SFCEN has been immeasurably changed through the support of AmeriCorps VISTA members. They have helped us organize our meetings, assisted in grant writing and reporting, organized events and programs for families, teachers, and youth, and collected data on the impact of collective projects. Without their help SFCEN would struggle to accomplish a third of what we do. THANK YOU VISTAS!!!”

  • Mollie Parsons, Santa Fe Botanical Garden

“Molly Timmins and Sarah Cheney have been wonderful additions to the Mentoring and Tutoring Collaborative Working Group. Molly is very smart and motivated. She has supported the group through the building of www.sfmentortutor.org and organizing wonderful events such as the Volunteer Fair. Sarah is very insightful and friendly. She has been a doll in helping to organize tutor trainings and led a very successful awareness campaign during National Mentoring Month. Both VISTAs have offered professional support to everyone in the group and in the community. The time they dedicate is invaluable. I have truly enjoyed my partnership with them and look forward to working together in the future!”

  • Sabra Romero, Santa Fe Public Schools

“Ellie Hoffman has displayed unwavering commitment to the Teen Job Center development and implementation.  She has displayed the courage and dedication to convene partners on behalf of the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Board, Chair Teha Martinez by leverage resources, at no real cost to the City to provide job readiness, soft-skill development and job application assistance.  In addition, and leading up-to the Teen Job Center, Ellie displayed her leadership and efficiency skills by designing, partnering and hosting the 1st annual Teen Job Fair with over 100+ participants and employers.  Lastly, Ellie played a key role in being a facilitator for the Mayor’s Homelessness Taskforce provider convening for the purpose of drafting a strategic plan in addressing the issues, concerns or gaps identified within the homeless population throughout Santa Fe!”

  • Chris Sanchez, Youth and Family Services Division – City of Santa Fe

“Molly has displayed exceptional commitment and dedication to ensuring that the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Board possesses all the necessary means to move forward their agendas.  In addition, Molly has played a key role in the Mayor’s Youth Summit by ensuring that details are reviewed and addressed.  We have conducted two Summits with great success.  In addition, Molly played a key role in being a facilitator for the Mayor’s Homelessness Taskforce provider convening for the purpose of drafting a strategic plan in addressing the issues, concerns or gaps identified within the homeless population throughout Santa Fe!  Lastly, Molly has, in my opinion, been a great asset, as the Lead VISTA, as she has displayed good leadership and accountability for the overall roles and responsibilities of the VISTAs.”

  • Chris Sanchez, Youth and Family Services Division – City of Santa Fe

“Although Katherine Courtney is not a VISTA, she has been amazing in her leadership, management and development of the VISTA Program.  Katherine is and continues to be a great asset to the City of Santa Fe.  She utilizes her position to its fullest advantage by using VISTAs to targeting specific outcomes we are trying to turn-the-curve on in a collaborative and data-driven perspective.  There has not been one time that Katherine has not rolled up her sleeves and ready to assist, lead or manage any project related to improving the overall well being of children, youth and families!”

  • Chris Sanchez, Youth and Family Services Division – City of Santa Fe

“The MathAmigos Collaborative Working Group has enjoyed the spark and sparkle of Molly Timmins and Jennifer Barreto.  Their energy, ideas, and hard work have buoyed our two workshops for Grades 4-6 teachers to inspire math and our Math Power Family Night May 3 for families and children in schools in the Airport Road Corridor.”

  • Lynn Bickley, MathAmigos

“Emily has been a huge help in raising awareness about the importance of early childhood in Santa Fe. From spreading the word about the importance of paid sick days and paid family and medical leave, to crafting surveys to assess the amount of infant care, to helping launch the 4th annual Fiesta Para Bebes, Emily has been creative, helpful, timely and thorough. She is a pleasure to work with.”

  • Katie Dry, Santa Fe Baby Fund at the Santa Fe Community Foundation

“I have had the pleasure of working with each of the VISTAs, and each one has brought an immense amount of support, creativity, and passion to the Foundation’s work and to all of our community. These VISTAs work tirelessly and deserve recognition every day!”

  • Jamie Aranda, Santa Fe Community Foundation

“Molly Timmins has been an incredible gift to Reading Quest! She has volunteered countless hours every Saturday morning tutoring young readers who struggle with reading. She has attended and assisted at many of our free community reading tutoring workshops which serve volunteer tutors and teachers from a wide range of community organizations. Her cheerful smile and work ethic has been deeply appreciated. The children she has been tutoring have made tremendous progress in both their reading levels and their confidence! Molly has also been a huge help to the Reading Group and has assisted us with several events, meetings, grant wrangling and organizational issues. She has been an incredible asset in so many different ways this year and I feel quite lucky to have the opportunity to work with her!”

  • Rayna Dineen, Reading Quest

With the school year coming to an end that also means our events and trainings will slow down, however, our VISTAs are not. To further echo what has been said, our VISTA team is full of hard working, bright individuals and we’re so thankful for their commitment to Opportunity Santa Fe and this community.

 Photo:

Top: Katherine O. Courtney – Director of Collective Impact Initiatives & Michael J. Garcia – New Mexico State Program Director, Corporation for National and Community Services

Bottom: AmeriCorps VISTAs, Louise Majorey, Jennifer Barreto, Dana Greenblatt, Molly Timmins, Emily McRae, Sarah Raine Cheney,  Ellie Hoffman (Not Photographed)