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2020 Human Race

We've launched  the Human Race Online Giving Campaign to help nonprofits cope with COVID-19. Will you join us now through May 9?

Nonprofit Webinars

To help our nonprofits remain agile through this public health crisis we've partnered with The Apothecaruim to offer free online training.

COVID-19 Services

View the services we are maintaining for volunteers, vulnerable populations, and non-profits during this challenging time.

COVID-19 RESPONSE- Learn about the services we are providing and how you can help your community– VIEW OUR SERVICES

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Putting Community First During a Public Health Emergency

Our mission at the Volunteer Center is to transform our community and ourselves for good through the power of each one of us finding meaningful ways to contribute our time, talent and resources to make our world better.  While this is always a big job – engaging 15,000 volunteers to donate $11 million worth of […]

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COVID-19 & The 2020 Human Race

While the celebration scheduled for May 9th will not cap off our six-week fundraising campaign this year, we feel undaunted as we know our generous community  is not one to be deterred. We also know that the most vital piece of the Human Race is the six week online giving campaign. Last year our fundraisers […]

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In The Spotlight

Meet Maddy

When asked her why she wanted to spend her summer volunteering through YouthSERVE Summer Institute, she said she wanted to “do something this summer that is going to make a difference in the community.” For five weeks, she came to work focused, determined, curious, and committed, donating 44 hours over two months to the Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County.

Learn More About Maddy

Meet Aidan

Aidan is a high school student from Aptos who has volunteered with Senior Tech Support for two years. Volunteering has given Aidan perspective on how different it is to grow up now, and how his knowledge of technology can make a difference in his community.

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2018-2019 Fiscal Year Progress

Volunteers Engaged
14,000 +

People Helped
7,700 +

Volunteer Hours
350,000 +

Value of Contributed Time
$11.3 Million

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