AmeriCorps VISTA at SSU

AmeriCorps VISTA Members are passionate and committed to their mission to bring individuals and communities out of poverty.  Members are college graduates who make a year-long, full-time commitment to serve on a specific project at a nonprofit organization.  They focus their efforts to build the organizational, administrative, and financial capacity of organizations that fight illiteracy, improve health services, foster economic development, and otherwise assist low-income communities.

AmeriCorps VISTA Member Responsibilities:

An AmeriCorps VISTA serves 1 day per week at Sonoma State and 4 days per week at partnering nonprofit/public agencies. While the specific responsibilities are unique, each position description has three focus areas:

  • Campus-Community Liaison

    • Support and coordinate partnerships between the nonprofit/public agency and Sonoma State.

  • Volunteer Infrastructure

    • Strengthen volunteer management infrastructure at the nonprofit/public organization agency and Sonoma State.

    • Capacity-Building Project

      • Reinforce the long-term efficacy and/or efficiency of the nonprofit/public agency with a specific sustainable project that should continue to benefit the agency after VISTA service.

Community Action Partnership of Sonoma CountyCAPS

Community Action Partnership of Sonoma County (CAP) is a multi- service agency with the mission to partner with low-income families and individuals to help them achieve economic and social stability, to build community, and to advocate for social and economic justice. CAP has over 50 years of experience leading initiatives to address community problems.


Build on volunteer systems, including improvements in recruitment, training, risk management, support and evaluation. Develop an infrastructure specific to the program site's needs; common elements of volunteer management like applications, record-keeping, training, etc.

City of Santa RosaCSR

The City of Santa Rosa serves a population of 170,236 and strives to be a healthy place where people feel safe to live, work, and play. The City provides a full range of services including police and fire protection; maintenance of streets and infrastructure; water; housing; economic development; transit; parking; recreation and parks.


The project includes communications on rebuilding and recovery, neighborhood leadership development, and ultimately Resilient Neighborhood organizations. Support the incubation of the concept to be implemented City-wide and build on the efforts of the City’s Office of Community Engagement. The establishment of Resilient Neighborhoods is an effective way to encourage and facilitate community involvement, and strengthen neighborhoods and as well as our relationships with our residents.

Petaluma Health CenterPHC

Petaluma Health Center (PHC) was founded in 1999 by a group of concerned citizens that believed everyone should have access to high-quality, prevention-focused health care services. PHC is a private non-profit organization committed to ensuring access to comprehensive primary health care and disease prevention services to residents of Sonoma County, especially low-income and medically underserved individuals and families. PHC is committed to getting our patients out of poverty by providing them with access to prevention-focused health care so they are work-ready, by providing access to entry-level healthcare employment training programs, and by helping enroll patients in public benefits for which they are eligible.


Implements specific interventions to provide connections with community services or benefits and links to health care employment training and placement programs. Coordinates programming that focuses on connecting clients with community-based economic opportunity resources and programing, and links clients to health care employment training and placement programs. Supports low-income families by recruiting and training volunteer undergraduate and high school students who will connect clients with community services or public benefits and link clients to health care employment training and placement programs.

 AmeriCorps VISTA Members General Qualifications:


  • Four-Year College/University Degree

  • Previous service and leadership experience

  • Strong oral and written communication skills

  • Organized and detail-oriented

  • Knowledge and experience in working with diverse populations

  • Understanding of the mission of the higher education institution and the nonprofit organization

  • Passion and interest for community development and education

  • United States citizen, national, or legal permanent resident alien


  • Knowledge & experience with community organizing

  • Valid driver’s license and access to personal transportation

Service Benefits:

For more information about AmeriCorps VISTA service benefits, including the living allowance, please visit their website.