Made in AmeriCorps!

Sarah R. Cheney | VISTA Lead | March 7, 2019 The week of March 11th – 15th marks the annual celebration of AmeriCorps week – a time to celebrate all things AmeriCorps. Over the last three years, Opportunity Santa Fe has received backbone support from 16 AmeriCorps VISTAs and 21 Summer Associates. Joining in the celebration, a few of our …

They Came, They Saw, They Volunteered

Molly Timmins, Opportunity Santa Fe Program Coordinator | September 17, 2018 Growing up I always volunteered– through Key Club, Circle K International, Kiwanis and with numerous nonprofits across New York, Maryland, and New Mexico. By being a part of a service club, it made finding volunteer opportunities that matched my interests and skills, easy and accessible. However, for others, finding the …

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César Chávez Open House

By: Jennifer Barreto, AmeriCorps VISTA | August 20, 2018 On August 13, 2018, César Chávez Elementary School rang in the new school year with a special evening dedicated to the families within the Tierra Contenta community. At Monday’s Open House, students and parents were invited to explore the campus, and mingle with teachers as a way to help envision the learning …

My Summer as an AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associate

By Fiona Lamb, AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associate | July 25, 2018 When I was in second grade I was diagnosed with dyslexia and was far behind my classmates in regards to reading proficiency. I was lucky.  I had access to the support I needed to perform well in school from then on.  However, I know that many children in Santa Fe …

Introducing the fun of math at Math Power Family Night

By Jennifer Barreto, AmeriCorps VISTA and Molly Timmins, AmeriCorps VISTA Leader | May 9, 2018 If you’ve ever wondered what would happen if you combined the resources of community partnerships with captivating math activities, you would have found your answer at Sweeney Elementary on May 3 at Math Power Family Night, an event sponsored by MathAmigos*. A communal celebration of the …

The Tech Corridor Addition

By Molly Timmins and Louise Majorey | April 16, 2018 The Opportunity Santa Fe’s AmeriCorps VISTAs assisted the TechHire collaborative working group in organizing a portion of and get the word out about the 2018 Business Expo and Job Fair sponsored by the Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce, on April 5 from 10-4pm at the Santa Fe Convention Center. Louise Majorey, …

Swap till you Drop

Dana Greenblatt and Jennifer Barreto, AmeriCorps VISTAs | April 11, 2018 While books and access to reading opportunities are an essential element of child development, many families do not have consistent access to books for their children and teens. The Community Book Swap aimed to address this critical need for books in the homes of so many families in Santa Fe. …

Hour of Code 2017

December 13, 2017 The Opportunity Santa Fe AmeriCorps VISTA team participated in the 2017 Hour of Code. They learned the basics of programming as part of a national movement to increase computer programming nationwide for students in a nation where computing jobs are the #1 source of income and there are over half a million open positions. Our region became …

Alishiya Kapoor’s End of Service Reflections

Alishiya Kapoor | August 31, 2017 This past year as an AmeriCorps VISTA who works in an indirect service capacity after coming from my three years of full-time direct service was a very new experience for me. I worked with two Collaborative Working Groups focused on extended learning: Santa Fe Community Educators Network (SFCEN) and Collaborative Working Group on Extended Learning. Both …