Become a Tutor

September is National Literacy Month. We invite you to learn how you can meet the need and teach an adult to read.

Become a volunteer tutor

Call for Nominations

Who should we applaud at the 10th Annual Be the Difference Awards? Have your say and nominate someone today.

Help Youth Succeed

Give your time to help our local youth feel included and access the tools they need to succeed this year.  Check out our Youth Success List.  

Santa Cruz Gives

Raise more donations & publicity for your nonprofit this holiday season. Apply to participate in the Good Times Holiday Giving Campaign.

Latest News

Say Thanks or Say Goodbye

Many nonprofit leaders feel overwhelmed by the constant churn in our field. The average numbers are daunting: Annual staff turnover for nonprofits in our county is 25%. 70% of the donors we work so hard to reach will not make a second gift. 60% of new volunteers leave after a year. The drive for more […]


Be the Difference Awards- Call for Nominations

We are excited to kick off  the Call for Nominations for the 10th Annual Be the Difference Awards on Monday August 15th.  The “Be the Difference” Awards are about honoring the individuals, groups, non-profits, and businesses who make a difference in Santa Cruz County through volunteerism. All community members are invited to share their stories […]


In The Spotlight


Meet Ching

ChingChing serves as a volunteer tutor with the Literacy Program. Twice a week she works with a student at the Santa Cruz County Jail. When asked what motivates her she states, "I admire my student's courage to remake his life. My challenge is to find the path to his learning, unfettered by his history or circumstances."

Learn More About Ching

teen-kitchen-volunteersMeet the Volunteers of the Teen Kitchen Project

These incredible teen chefs have volunteered more than 2,600 hours to bring nutritious meals to individuals and families in crisis due to illness.  With the support of adult Delivery Angels they have delivered over 11,000 meals. In honor of their dedication they were chosen as the 2014 group winner of the  Be the Difference Awards.

Learn More About The Teen Kitchen Project


2014-2015 Fiscal Year Progress

Volunteers Engaged

People Helped

Volunteer Hours

Value of Contributed Time

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