Office of Community Engagement


We are looking for Neighborfest Volunteers! For more information, please read the Neighborfest Volunteer Description and if interested, please fill out the Volunteer Application by April 1, 2019 and mail or hand deliver to:

Office of Community Engagement
ATTN: Community Engagement VISTA
637 1st Street
Santa Rosa, CA 95404

You may also email your application. For more information about Neighborfest, please visit

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Community Engagement - A Bridge to Our Community

Welcome to the Office of Community Engagement! Our mission is to invite the community's values and priorities into the City's decision-making processes. Our values are communication, excellence, inclusion, innovation, integrity, teamwork, and transparency.

Our office utilizes the most important resource available to us: people! Whether you are wanting to participate in your local government, reduce youth violence in your neighborhood, or help bring people together where you live, you have come to the right place! Our office includes the following programs:

  • Empowered Communities Collaborative
  • Santa Rosa Violence Prevention Partnership 
  • Community Advisory Board
Please see information below about both programs. We look forward to speaking with you!
Community Advisory Board members speaking tabling at Town Hall event
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Empowered Communities Collaborative

The Empowered Communities Collaborative provides support and resources to community and to other City departments in an effort to improve relationships between residents of Santa Rosa and the City of Santa Rosa. This includes:

  • Conducting door-to-door outreach in project neighborhoods
  • Creating fun and engaging methods to get information out to the public
  • Coordinating community meetings and workshops
  • Participating in community and neighborhood meetings 
  • Implementing the former Open Government Task Force recommendations
  • Staffing our Community Advisory Board
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Community Advisory Board

Staff from the Office of Community Engagement also provides support to the Community Advisory Board (CAB)

 The CAB connects City government and residents so the public can have a voice in decisions that impact their lives and build a stronger community.

CAB's Strategic Roadmap

Violence Prevention Partnership 

The Partnership is a collaborative effort involving private citizens, government, local community-based organizations, schools, parents, the faith community, and local law enforcement to prevent violence in our community and provide support for our youth and families through partnerships. Please visit our webpage for more information! 

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