Wonder Women Wednesday
Highlighting the amazing women in our AmeriCorps VISTA program


This week, we are celebrating the work of AmeriCorps in communities across the nation. Specific to our Sacramento region, United Way California Capital Region acts as the intermediary site by partnering with other nonprofits to place AmeriCorps VISTA members in various sites. AmeriCorps Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) serve a one-year term in underserved communities to fight poverty by building capacity. Currently, United Way has 15 active VISTAs serving throughout the region. Among those 15 VISTAs we have six leading ladies who are taking charge and helping in different capacities in the area such as food insecurity, homelessness, heath, education, and financial stability. Join us today in celebrating the work they and many other women across the nation are doing to better their communities!

Charlotte Castro – Women’s Empowerment

Charlotte is a program coordinator at Women’s Empowerment and helps with research, sales and marketing, strategic planning, program updates and streamlining the Get a Job toolkit. The Get a Job toolkit is an essential resource for homeless women to prepare for, and eventually, get a job.



Cara Dwyer – Sacramento Regional Coalition to End Homelessness

Cara is the Program Director at Sacramento Regional Coalition to End Homelessness and oversees the execution of trainings aimed to inform the Sacramento community about homelessness and the homeless population. 

Anna Lam – Sacramento Self-Help Housing

Anna is involved in organizing winter sanctuaries, working with Homeless Assistance Resource Team (HART ) organizations throughout the county, and also writing grants to support the organization’s efforts in housing the homeless and low income population in Sacramento that are vulnerable and in need of assistance.  She also collaborates with community members, religious organizations, local nonprofits and businesses to fight to alleviate homelessness in our communities.

Nicole Jeter – Health Education Council

As a Financial Capability Project Coordinator, Nicole coordinates financial education classes for the programs at Health Education Council. These classes range from the Fundamentals of Banking to Understanding Credit and are meant to encourage families to better understand their finances and develop personal savings habits. She is also currently organizing Health Education Council’s Kindergarten to College Savings Program which serves the purpose of providing parents with financial capability services so that they can prepare, plan for and help their children save for a post secondary education. Kindergarten students whose parents attend the financial education workshop will receive a savings account with a seed deposit.

Grecia Rodriguez Hernandez – Woodland United Way

Grecia is an Education Coordinator with Woodland United Way. She works with 3 elementary schools in the Woodland area to coordinate educational programs and projects. Grecia is also responsible for recruiting volunteers.

Haley Simpson – United Way California Capital Region 

Haley is part of the Community Impact team here at United Way and works closely with Cole Forstedt, Director of Volunteerism and Community Engagement, on updating the online Volunteer Center as well as being a volunteer coordinator and leading the expansion of Student United Way.