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About Us

CommunityGrows (CG) co-cultivates healthy youth through growing gardens in low-income, diverse communities. Through outdoor, environmental and nutrition education, we help high-needs youth, especially those living in public housing in San Francisco, develop the confidence, skills and experience to live a healthy life and become leaders in their communities. Each year we engage over 1,300 kids through our garden and cooking programs.

We are a grassroots organization that has served the community for the last 23 years. Cultivation of healthy youth takes time and we continue to build support and solidarity with deep relationships amongst our community partners. CommunityGrows is committed to diversity and equity. Our values include: co-powerment, restorative justice, social justice, food justice, active listening, leadership building, love, compassion, respect, nature, community, resiliency, and peace. (Learn more about our tenets and values here.)


AmeriCorps VISTA: Marketing and Communications Coordinator

With support from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), CommunityGrows (CG) will be hosting an AmeriCorps volunteer as part of the VISTA Program. The CG VISTA will help build our capacity and increase our impact by strengthening communication and outreach across our communities. 

Learn more about the VISTA program.

Position Description

The Marketing and Communications Coordinator (MCC) will will expand upon our current social media and communications strategies, focusing on branding and engagement across various channels.

Tasks Include

  • Analyze and expand communications and outreach plans currently in practice

  • Create a branding strategy and best practices for our online and physical presence

  • Oversee social media posting including: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, website, and blog

  • Work with our Advisory Board’s External Committee to design and launch a community and corporate outreach marketing campaign

  • Develop a communication plan to support garden workdays, fundraising activities, and marketing campaigns.

  • Assess our current outreach strategies, including social media, website, and newsletter to determine shortcomings and how we might improve our presence, engagement, and storytelling

  • Develop a communication plan to support garden workdays, fundraising activities, and marketing campaigns

  • Plan and run special events for volunteers, partners and community members

  • Create print collaterals for events and campaigns that align with our social media channels


The ideal candidate will have a passion for youth, the environment and/or nutrition and experience working with low-income and communities of color.  In addition, a strong candidate will have:

  • Experience with social media, blogging and/or building social networks

  • Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office, WordPress, graphics programs (e.g. Photoshop, Illustrator, etc.), and experience with Salesforce and MailChimp

  • Superb writing skills

  • Ability to work effectively as a part of a team as well as independently

  • Ability to adapt to new situations and learn new skills

  • Exceptional organizational and time management skills; ability to meet deadlines, multi-task and prioritize

About the AmeriCorps VISTA Program

Benefits of the VISTA program include a $24,120/year living allowance, $5,575 post-service education award (to be used toward future education or towards payment of federal student loans) OR a $1500 end of year stipend, health care benefits, professional development opportunities, and 10 personal and 10 sick days. Visit for more information about VITSA healthcare.

In order to apply for VISTA, the following minimum qualifications must be met:

  • Be at least 18 years old upon entering VISTA training. There is no upper age limit.

  • Be a U.S. citizen or have permanent resident status.

  • Not be listed in the National Sex Offender Registry database as having been convicted of sex-related crimes.

  • Be willing to submit fingerprints for a criminal history background check.

  • Be in a position to offer full-time service for one year beginning February 19th, 2019 and ending February 18, 2020.

  • Be able to relate previous education, training, military, or work experience, and demonstrate other relevant skills or interests necessary to perform a specific VISTA assignment.

  • Be willing, to the maximum extent practicable, to live among and at the economic level of the low-income people served by VISTA projects.

  • Understand that VISTA is a full-time 12 month commitment and are required to serve an average of 40 hours per week.

  • VISTAs are allowed to attend classes; however their studies must not interfere with VISTA responsibilities. A VISTA must discuss taking classes with his/her supervisor before enrolling. If classes do interfere, the VISTA may be asked to either withdraw from the course(s) within one week or asked to end their service.

  • VISTAs are allowed part-time outside employment; however under no circumstances may a VISTA member be an employee of or a contractor for the sponsor or project to which he/she is assigned to.

  • VISTAs cannot be subjects of legal proceedings (civil or criminal) that may consume time needed for VISTA assignments. VISTA service cannot be used to satisfy service requirements of parole or probation.

  • Complete a CNCS-sponsored VISTA Pre-Service Orientation Training.

To Apply

Please send your resume and a brief paragraph stating your interest in the VISTA Program and why you’d like to work with CommunityGrows to

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Learn more about the VISTA program.