AmeriCorps Volunteer Infrastructure Project

  • The Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership is proud to manage the Volunteer Infrastructure Project (VIP) AmeriCorps Program in the Bay Area.
  • The VIP Program focuses on building sustainable volunteer programs at nonprofit organizations that meet critical needs within our communities.
  • CVNL is in it’s fifth year of managing this program at a local level here in the Bay Area.


35 months of service since 2016


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Listen to actual AmeriCorps members talk about their service!

Meet our current members:

Frances Kiles


Franny graduated from Tufts University, where she majored in Biology and minored in Religion. Even though she went to college in Boston, she considers Northern California her home. She is so excited to work at CVNL, work with local nonprofits, and serve the community where she grew up.

AmeriCorps Fellow, Community Engagement

Terra Bilhorn

Marin Municipal
Water District

Terra grew up in San Diego, California and studied Environmental Management and Protection at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. She is excited to work with MMWD and continue learning about how to preserve and protect our natural resources. After her year of service, Terra plans to pursue a career in environmental law. In her free time, she enjoys being outdoors, listening to podcasts, and doing crafts.

AmeriCorps Fellow, Community Engagement

Riley Ahern

Marin Municipal
Water District

Riley (she/her/hers) is a recent graduate from UC Santa Barbara where she completed her Bachelor’s in Political Science. She is a proud Sacramento native, but is excited to be starting her position with AmeriCorps in the Greater Bay Area. Riley aspires to attend graduate school abroad upon completing her term, to empower her interest in urban planning, sustainability, and housing policies. In her free time, Riley enjoys hiking, biking, and creating art pieces.

AmeriCorps Fellow, Community Engagement

Melinda Earp


Melinda Earp was born and raised in Southern California. She worked as an Entertainment Law paralegal prior to relocating to the Bay Area. She has an eclectic work and education background. She has enthusiastically served Solano County nonprofits for 20 years and is passionate about giving back to the community she loves.

AmeriCorps VIP-HART, Sonoma County

So what is AmeriCorps?


Past & Present Partner Nonprofits include: