Group photo of 16 diverse volunteers and staff members of the Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County, standing outside their building. They are smiling and posing together on a sunny day, with one person holding a clear trophy, celebrating their community service achievements.

A Big Win for Volunteers!

The Volunteer Center receives the High Five Community Service Excellence Award from FOX 35 and Monterey Credit Union!

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Be the Difference Awards Celebrates the Spirit of Volunteerism

The Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County proudly hosted the annual “Be the Difference” Awards, a tradition that not only honors but truly celebrates the profound impact of volunteerism in our community. This year, nearly 400 local civic and community leaders gathering to pay tribute ...
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Group photo of 16 diverse volunteers and staff members of the Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County, standing outside their building. They are smiling and posing together on a sunny day, with one person holding a clear trophy, celebrating their community service achievements.

High Fives for Volunteerism!

Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County Receives Prestigious Community Service Award https://youtu.be/z7GoxF-vr6Y?si=GaF-_VY14KYPPpat The Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County is honored to announce that it has been awarded the High Five Community Service Excellence Award. This prestigious recognition is presented by FOX 35 and Monterey ...
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Volunteer Spotlight

A Love of Learning Leads to Literacy and More

Cecilia Ogarrio-Munoz stood before a packed crowd of cheering family and supporters at the Henry J. Mello Center for the Performing Arts in Watsonville. Proudly wearing her cap and gown, Cecilia walked across the stage to receive her high school equivalency degree, or GED.

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Meet Ellen: Volunteer with Americorps Seniors / Monterey Bay RSVP

Ellen, a retired real estate agent and now a proud member of AmeriCorps Seniors/Monterey Bay RSVP, has been with the Volunteer Center since the spring of 2023.

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Meet Ron and Jim: Friends in Service

Neighbors, workout partners, volunteers, and friends for over 15 years – Jim Kinney and Ron Marquez have a long history of community service.

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Meet Austin Lee, Second Harvest Food Bank Volunteer

Austin volunteers on Saturdays, helping pack produce bags that go out to over 65,000 community
members each month.

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Hopes Closet Levels the Playing Field for Kids

Hopes Closet provides clothing, shoes, books, and toys to families in need.

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Meet the Volunteers at Boulder Creek Fire Protection District

2023 Recipients of the Be the Difference Award for Rebuilding Community After Disaster for their tireless support and brave response efforts to emergencies throughout their district.

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