Summer associates will help with a wide variety of projects including assisting distributing books and literacy materials, assisting with summer enrichment programming, helping promote summer of tech programming, STEM programming, preparing and distributing early childhood resources for families, and supporting El Puente Community Leadership Academy. Preference is given to local applicants who wish to serve in their community and be exposed to a variety of organizations in their field of interests.

AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associate Positions: Frequently Asked Questions

What is AmeriCorps VISTA?                                                                      

AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) is a national service organization that individuals can volunteer with all across the country. In Santa Fe, Opportunity anta Fe is one of the host organizations of AmeriCorps VISTA members. VISTAs typically provide indirect service (program support).

What is a Summer Associate?

Summer Associates are VISTA members who serve for ten weeks over the summer. They can do direct service like working with kids at a summer program. (End of May to the beginning of August)

Am I a volunteer or is this a paid job?

Both! AmeriCorps VISTA members are considered volunteers. However, they do receive a living allowance, a modest amount meant to cover basic living expenses during their term of service. The living allowance is $472.22, paid biweekly, or $944.44 each month.

Are there other benefits for being a VISTA?

In addition to the living allowance received biweekly, VISTAs are eligible for an Education Award ($1,289.95) or a small Cash Stipend ($276-$345) at the end of their ten weeks of service. The Education Award can be used to pay for college tuition, classes, and can be used to pay back student loans.

Summer Associates are not eligible for vacation days or sick days because the position term is so short. They must be able to work the full ten weeks.

What are the available positions?

  1. (FILLED) Community Educators Network: Support a summer program with the Community Educators Network and the City Santa Fe Summer Recreation Program. Each CEN organization will provide one week of programming and a field trip. Assist the educator with program implementation and the field trips for 3rd and 4th grade students.
  2. Summer Literacy Associate: Assist with the LunchBox Express programming by providing literacy activities for students at the sites. Assist with other summer literacy programming in Santa Fe.
  3. (FILLED) El Puente Community Leadership Academy: Recruit participants for a leadership and advocacy training program and participate in the development and implementation of curriculum.
  4. (FILLED) Tech and Career Pathways Summer Associate: Support communications and marketing for groups focused on to improve workforce development, skills based hiring, local competencies, and Tech education/enterprise/employment. Additionally, support tech education workshops and summer programs for community members.
  5. (FILLED) STEM Summer Associate: Support STEM Scaffold Santa Fe in creating curriculum for a fall mentorship program; develop partnerships; create a social media presence; and more to support their work.
  6. (FILLED) Early Childhood Summer Associate: Support a resource room for parents in the community and perform outreach to both providers and families.

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Member Duties : 1. Support collective impact partners in planning and implementation of collaborative community outreach, program coordination, and system improvement efforts. 2. Attend meetings and assist with meeting notes and follow-up activities. 3. Develop communication materials 4. Assist with planning, outreach and implementation of community engagement activities. 5. Assist partners in implementing targeted community outreach activities and events 6. Support providers and partners in recruiting or providing resource information to parents/families for the programs. 7. Create and/or update multi-media community outreach tools including social media. 8. Support providers and partners in recruiting or providing resource information to parents/families for the programs. 9. Support data collection, analysis and reporting. 10. Assist with development of evaluation tools. 11. Research best practices

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This VISTA project supports Santa Fe collective impact efforts to improve the birth to career outcomes of children, youth, and young adults up to age 24 in Santa Fe to achieve the Opportunity Santa Fe Aspirational Goals with particular focus on low-income and at-risk target populations.

These VISTA members work closely with community leaders and partners to develop and implement collaborative community outreach strategies, improve resource coordination, and engage youth and adults in the community, as well as seek grants and research best practices to ensure long-term sustainability and success of the collective impact efforts. 


Watch the short video of AmeriCorps VISTAs working on Santa Fe Collective Action Plans.



Sarah Raine Cheney  has returned for a second year serving as the VISTA Team Leader. In her first year, Sarah supported the Santa Fe Mentoring and Tutoring Collaborative and ¡Santa Fe Convive!. She helped coordinate the 2017 National Mentoring Month Volunteer Appreciation event, the 2018 Festival of Learning, and 18 Resource Nights. Born and raised in Southern New Mexico, Sarah attended Santa Fe Community College where she studied Graphic Design. She plans to return to college with a focus on Early Childhood Education and furthering her knowledge in Graphic Design. In her spare time, Sarah continues to feeds into her love of nail art, dotes on her two dogs, and attends concerts and anime conventions every chance she gets. Sarah’s ultimate goal is to combine her love of marketing and nonprofit to better support the community of Santa Fe and its youth.

Penny Holcomb will be working primarily with The Reading Group and MathAmigos as she begins her VISTA service with Opportunity Santa Fe. Penny is a Minnesota native, but relocated to Portland, Oregon in 2002 after 18 years of public service in Minnesota – first as an assistant attorney general in the Minnesota Attorney General’s office, and then as executive director for the Minnesota Board of Social Work. In Portland, Penny pursued a new-found passion working with seniors at a multi-level long term care community doing marketing and sales, event planning, and directing a choral group. Penny loves music, hiking, and exploring new places. She is excited about serving the needs of children and young adults through the collaborative efforts of Opportunity Santa Fe.

Ralph Holcomb works on grant writing and research for Opportunity Santa Fe, coming to us from Portland, Oregon. He is unsure if he is retired.  Ralph has an MSW + Ph.D. in Social Work from the University of Minnesota.  He spent fifteen years tenured teaching and administration in undergraduate and graduate social work programs at St. John’s University and the University of St. Thomas.  Then, he spent fifteen years in public service as a senior researcher and policy analyst for Multnomah County (Portland OR), mainly in county human services, but also in the DA’s Office.  He’s interested in grant writing, program evaluation, presentation of data, data storage problems, research/data collection among at-risk youth and underserved client populations.  Hobbies include hiking, doing crosswords and just hanging out with his best friend, Penny Holcomb.

Louise Majorey will be working on the Career Pathways segment of the B2C project.  She has been a resident of Santa Fe for over 12 years,  having moved here from Virginia where she was teaching Fashion Merchandising and Design at Radford University.  Since moving to New Mexico she has been a Family and Consumer Science teacher in the Pojoaque Middle School and Los Alamos High School. She is looking forward to serving as a VISTA and the Santa Fe community in an education related project. In her spare time she enjoys gardening and spending time with her little sister from Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Sarah Canelas returned for a full year of VISTA service with Opportunity Santa Fe after a term as a Summer Associate in 2018.  Beginning her service, Sarah will primarily be working with the Santa Fe Community Educators Network as the Extended Learning Coordinator.  She was originally from New England, but graduated from the Santa Fe University of Art and Design with a BFA in Studio Arts, as a part of its last graduating class in May 2018.  Whenever possible, Sarah enjoys spending time outdoors, working on knitting projects, and documenting random moments.  In the future, she intends to get her Masters.

Past VISTAs 2016-2017

Vanessa Martinez focused on Career Pathways and Workforce Development.  Vanessa, a native of Albuquerque, NM, has a BS in Agriculture and Community Development and a MS in Nutrition and Dietetic Science from New Mexico State University. She worked for the USDA for 4 years as a trail crew member with the USFS and a soil conservationist with NRCS. She also worked with the Natural Resource Career Tracks Program (NRCT), which provides professional and academic avenues for youth to succeed in natural resource related fields. She enjoys adventuring in the NM wilderness, identifying plants and scouting wildlife, along with gardening and country western dancing with her fiancé. She and her fiancé own two parakeets and hope to have a farm one day with many more animals.

Tom DuBois focused on Prevention and Re-engagement to Disconnected Youth.  Tom came to us after nine years of teaching High School, Special Education, and Culinary Arts.  Yes, he can cook!  His degrees include an A.A.S. in Culinary Arts.  B.S. in Career & Technical Education. and a M.Ed. in Special Education. In his free time, he likes gardening and maintaining his motorcycle for big trips.  Originally from Rhode Island, he taught in Alaska and then crossed the Arctic Circle while wearing an orange tutu.  In his VISTA role this year, he hopes to make a significant difference for Santa Fe youth and the community.

After his service year, Tom took a position with ¡YouthWorks! as a Lead Academic Instructor.

Salome Felise Block worked on Grant Writing and Best Practice Research. Salome is a native of Santa Fe who holds her Bachelor of Arts in English from McMurry University. While attending McMurry, the position paper she wrote for the National Model United Nations Conference, laying out an international framework for addressing the legal status and protection of the rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered and Intersex (LGBTI) individuals, won a conference award in Rome, Italy. Throughout her education, she served as: The Editor of the McM University War Hawk Herald, the Artistic Editor of the literary magazine The Galleon and the President of McM’s chapter of the National Honors English Society Sigma Tau Delta. Her subsequent work focused on children, working a year in Seattle as a supervisor with LEGO Brad Retail. She is excited to be working with the children of her hometown, improving their extended learning opportunities through summer, after-school and informal education programs for their birth to career success.

After their service year, Salomé took a position with the Santa Fe Opera as a Marketing Intern.

Alishiya Kapoor worked on K-12 Extended Learning. She moved here from Kansas City, MO after working for Jerusalem Farm, a non-profit live in intentional community focused on being in solidarity with those experiencing poverty by providing home repair. Her role in the community was supporting high school and college age volunteers in providing hospitality and food sustainability services. Community service has always been a way of life for Alishiya since college, so she is excited to be working in another non-profit with a focus on education. She is also happy to be living in the Santa Fe area in close proximity to her mom and five-year-old sister. In her free time, Alishiya likes to practice and teach yoga, cook, explore nature and be creative!

After her service year, Alishiya took a position with Wise Fool New Mexico.

Molly Timmins focused on Mentoring and Tutoring. Molly came to us from New York after graduating from the University of Maryland with a B.S. in Psychology in May 2016. While attending UMD, she served as a Resident Assistant with her Executive Vice-Presidency in Circle K International, a mentor with America Reads in a local elementary school, and was a student and research assistant for Beyond the Classroom. Molly spent the summer of 2014 as a Client Relations and Community Outreach Intern at A Wider Circle in Silverspring, Maryland and in the summer of 2015, Molly participated in the Urban Education Leaders Internship Program as a project coordinator for the summer program DC Meets Washington for D.C. Public Schools. Molly is excited to work with the many organizations in Santa Fe dedicated to providing mentors and tutors to school aged children and youth.

After her year of service, Molly became the Team Leader for this project.

Past VISTAs 2017-2018

Josie Rose Butler focused on grant writing. Josie is from Palo Alto, CA and grew up in both Palo Alto and Charlotte, NC. She is a recent graduate of Wake Forest University where she studied Political Science, Studio Art and Latin American and Latino Studies. While going to school, she had the opportunity to study extensively throughout Europe and in Santiago, Chile. Both experiences led to her interest in art museums and art history. During college, she worked in the Development Department of the Ronald McDonald House and became passionate about non-profit work. She has settled in Santa Fe after living here periodically for the past few years. In addition to her work as an Americorps Vista, Josie also works at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum and SITE Santa Fe. 

After her service, Josie took a position at SITE Santa Fe.

Adria Winfield was the Extended Learning Coordinator. She decided to become a VISTA, after wrapping up a 22-year career teaching English as a second/foreign language.  She’s lived and worked in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East and has travelled extensively around the world.  Adria is committed to social justice through education. She has a BS in Journalism, an MA in Teaching English as Foreign Language, and an MA in Human Rights.  Adria grew up in Connecticut, moved to California in high school, and in her free time loves to do yoga, cook, knit, and hike.   She is mama to a 12-year-old calico, Ginger.

After her service, Adria returned to teaching English as a second language, in China.

Ellie Hoffman focused on Prevention of Disconnected Youth. She has moved to Santa Fe from Missoula, Montana, where she completed a B.A. in Social Work and a Minor in Spanish. Ellie has worked with youth through several afterschool programs including the Boys and Girls Club and the YMCA. She also taught English to elementary students in Managua, Nicaragua while studying abroad. She has volunteered for numerous organizations in Missoula that address food security, refugee resettlement, homelessness, and youth development. She enjoys watching live music and exploring the outdoors through hiking, camping, and cross-country skiing. Ellie is excited to invest in the Santa Fe community through her work as a VISTA.  

After her service year, Ellie took a position with Youth Shelters & Family Services.

Emily McRae worked on the Early Childhood segment of the B2C project. She is originally from Plant City Florida, but moved to Santa Fe last year after finishing her degree because she is taken by extreme environments, such as the desert and tundra. She has her BA in Geography, with a concentration in GIS mapping and statistical analysis, and a minor in Geology. Since moving to NM, she has delivered pizza and substituted for high school and elementary. She enjoys travel, hiking, and spending time with her cat friends, Meatwad and Lawrence. She hopes to someday spend time in Alaska, Iceland, and Antarctica to study and work on environmental preservation and animal welfare.

Molly Timmins returned for a second year as the AmeriCorps VISTA Leader after focusing on mentoring and tutoring for a year. In that role she built and maintained a website for the collaborative, coordinated a National Mentoring Month Campaign, and set up trainings for partner organizations’ staff and volunteers. Prior to coming to Santa Fe, Molly graduated from the University of Maryland with a B.S. in Psychology. During her time at UMD Molly was a Resident Assistant, Executive Vice President of Circle K International, and served in internships with numerous nonprofits and the DC Public School System. She is excited to take on this new role as a VISTA Leader and work more with the overall Birth to Career initiative. In Santa Fe, Molly is a Big Sister with the Big Brothers Big Sisters Mountain Region lunch buddy program, is a member of Kiwanis and loves to explore and go hiking!

After her second service year, Molly took a position as Program Coordinator with Opportunity Santa Fe and as a tutor with Reading Quest.

Sarah Raine Cheney focused on Mentoring and Tutoring. Sarah was born in Roswell, NM, and lived in Ruidoso, NM, for many years before settling in Santa Fe. While she studied Graphic Design at Santa Fe Community College, she worked as a nanny for multiple Santa Fe families, a job that eventually led to her working as a Respite Provider for Las Cumbres Community Services. Sarah also volunteers at the support center for Esperanza Shelter for Battered Families, tackling projects as they come. In her spare time, Sarah feeds into her love of nail art, plays with her miniature poodle Shaggy, and studies Japanese in prep for later visits to the country. Sarah ultimately hopes that her work here in Santa Fe will eventually reach back to her home communities, enriching the lives of children.

Jennifer Barreto worked as the K-12 Academic Support Coordinator. Born in Greeley, Colorado Jennifer has lived in Albuquerque for 13 years. Previously she held positions as Healthy Cooking Teaching Assistant and Educational Caregiver at Children’s Choice, and Communication and Marketing Assistant at local nonprofit LINQ Event Security. Through collaboration with the VISTA program, she aspired to build valuable connections within academia to augment her capacities for outreach, and become a qualified activist in promoting educational enjoyment and achievement. She studied Mass Communications and Photojournalism at the University of New Mexico, and in her free time she enjoys crafting, running, cooking, and photography.

Past VISTAs 2018-2019

Dana Greenblatt will be working with the Community Educators Network within the B2C project. Originally from Oregon, she attended school at the University of Oregon and completed a B.A. in Public Policy, City Planning and Management with a minor in Environmental Studies. Dana’s academic work focused on creative methods for citizen participation and inclusion of citizen input in decision making processes and wrote her undergraduate thesis on citizen access to complex environmental decision making. In addition, Dana worked on several environmental campaigns fighting various threats to Oregon’s wilderness. Dana moved to Santa Fe in the fall of 2017 and is enjoying her exploration of the magical Southwest and is excited to embark on her year of service supporting the B2C efforts. She enjoys outdoor activities, engaging in social and environmental issues, working on craft and arts projects as well as growing, cooking and eating delicious food.

Read the City’s  announcement and Santa Fe New Mexican article here.