AmeriCorps Community Partnership

AmeriCorps VIP- Volunteer Infrastructure Program

AmeriCorps VIP trains and places AmeriCorps members to increase the number of volunteers providing needed services to children, youth and families who face economic hardship in the community.

AmeriCorps Members are placed at fellow non-profits and serve as part of a community team, working to coordinate programs and support volunteers.

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2012-2013 AmeriCorps VIP Members

Lucy R AmeriCorps Lucy Rodriguez graduated in 2013 with a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology from UCSC, and is a Santa Cruz County native. She is now working as the volunteer coordinator at Friends Outside, where she is excited to serve her community through providing support for currently incarcerated people, their families and those recently released by providing information that can help lead to positive changes. In her free time, Lucy loves being creative through art, crafting, and taking in music and culture. Upon her completion of her service year she hopes to continue working in the non-profit sector. Contact:


Hanna P AmeriCorpsHanna Pitz is a recent UCSC graduate with majors in Philosophy and History. Before pursuing further education, she desired to commit a year of service to the Americorps VIP Fellows program. Growing up in Pleasanton as the daughter of a librarian, Hanna spent much of her free time attending library programs, relaxing with new reads, and volunteering over summers. She is very excited to call upon this experience, while developing new skills, as an Assistant Volunteer Coordinator with the Santa Cruz Public Library. Contact:


Jason P AmeriCorps

Jason Pell is serving as an assistant volunteer coordinator for the Santa Cruz Public Libraries. Born and raised in San Rafael California, Jason has always had a love of reading and creating art. He first came to Santa Cruz to attend UCSC, and immediately fell in love with the Santa Cruz community. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Molecular Cellular and Developmental Biology, he decided to explore career options outside of a laboratory setting. This will be Jason’s first AmeriCorps term and he is excited to gain experience working with nonprofits and supporting the library’s efforts to serve the county’s vibrant and unique community. Contact:


StephenF AmeriCorpsStephen Fernandez is currently serving as the Volunteer Coordinator for Santa CruzCounty Office of Education. This is Stephen’s 3rd year in AmeriCorps, last year serving as the Volunteer Coordinator at Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson’s 3rd Grade Reading Initiative, Sacramento READS!. His first year in AmeriCorps was working in Coos Bay, Oregon at the Boys and Girls Club of Southwestern Oregon, where he served as the Teen Program Developer and Volunteer Coordinator. Stephen has a passion for community service and mobilizing civic engagement, hence the three terms of AmeriCorps service. Stephen has facilitated the recruitment and placement of countless volunteers throughout his years with AmeriCorps. Stephen was born and raised in Sacramento, CA and received his B.A. in Modern Literature from UCSC.  Stephen looks forward to grad school and one day starting or working for a non-profit that eliminates the barriers to under served youth.


Jennifer B AmeriCorpsJennifer Bymun was born and raised in Fremont, California and came to Santa Cruz in 2011 to attend UCSC. She graduated in June 2013 with her B.A in Psychology. Jennifer is passionate about helping others in the community more specifically underrepresented and oppressed populations. She is currently serving as the volunteer coordinator at the Homeless Services Center (HSC). Jennifer is excited to be serving at HSC and to give back to Santa Cruz community. Jennifer hopes to attend graduate school next year for clinical psychology with a focus on children and families. In her spare time she enjoys reading a good book and spending time with loved ones.


DominiqueAmeriCorpsDominique Adams-Romena was born in Hawaii, spent her youth in Southern California, and is new to the Santa Cruz community. She recently graduated from Smith College (a women’s college in Northampton, Massachusetts), where she earned her B.A. in Sociology and Afro-American Studies. At Smith, she developed a strong passion for social justice activism for race, class, gender, and sexual minorities. Her hobbies include socializing with friends, watching films, listening to music, and spending quality time with her partner. She is currently serving as the Volunteer Coordinator for Encompass Community Services (formerly known as Santa Cruz Community Counseling Center), and is very excited to help cultivate a culture of volunteerism at the sprawling agency! After her AmeriCorps term, Dominique plans to pursue a PhD in Sociology with a focus on race & ethnicity and sex & gender. Contact:


Massiel AmeriCorps

Massiel De los Santos was born in the Dominican Republic, and raised in Boston, Massachusetts. In May 2013, she graduated from Smith College (Northampton, MA) with a B.A. in Latin American Studies and History. As an aspiring Historian, Massiel enjoys attending lectures, visiting museums, and exploring the ways in which history impacts society. She is passionate about working with youth, and is looking forward to providing mentorship and other support to underrepresented communities. Massiel is currently serving as the YouthSERVE Volunteer Coordinator at the Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County. She is excited to encourage youth to explore the rich cultural diversity of the surrounding communities. Contact:


MYMM_9:28_Shannon Shannon Brock is a native of Santa Cruz County and grew up in Boulder Creek.  In May 2011, she graduated from San Francisco State University with a BA degree in History.  Shannon is an avid traveler and spent eight months post graduation working and backpacking throughout Europe on a solo trip.  Upon her return home, Shannon started volunteering as an advocate for CASA of Santa Cruz and discovered her passion for community enrichment and volunteerism. This led her to her current position as the AmeriCorps VIP Leader at the Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County, where she is excited about encouraging others to get involved in their communities and to give back to the often ignored populations of Santa Cruz. After her AmeriCorps term, Shannon plans to continue working in the non-profit world. Contact:


Scott H AmeriCorpsScott Haynes graduated from Texas A&M- CC in May 2012 and received his degree in General Business. The aspects he enjoys most about Americorps VIP program is that it enables him to give back to the community and be involved. He hopes to take away experience in strategic planning and professional communication from his Americorps term. He believes no man is an island and that listening is the first step to being genuine. Contact:



Robin C AmeriCorpsRobin Chiarodit is originally from Ojai, California.  In Ojai he was involved in the planning and implementation of the Ojai Valley Youth Foundation which aims to support youth interaction in the community in areas such as health, communication, leadership, and cultural celebration. Robin recently graduated from University of California, Santa Barbara. During his enrollment in college he volunteered at the Salvation Army and worked for In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) as a caregiver for the elderly. His position through AmeriCorps is as the Volunteer Coordinator for 180/180 Santa Cruz. The goal of 180/180 Santa Cruz is to find housing for the 180 most vulnerable chronically homeless individuals residing in Santa Cruz County by June 2014. Contact:


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