Holiday Volunteering

Are you looking for ways to give back during the holiday season? From Thanksgiving to New Year's... check out the list of opportunities. 

View the holiday volunteer guide

Santa Cruz Gives

33 nonprofits were chosen for the 2017 Good Times online giving campaign. Don't miss your chance to give where you live this holiday.

Our Birthday Wish

Help lay the foundation for our next 50 years of meaningful connections & service by donating to our 50th Anniversary Campaign.

Adopt a Family

The Adopt a Family Project will run now through Dec 14th.  Make the holiday brighter and adopt, donate, or volunteer.

Warehouse Opens

The Adopt a Family Warehouse is open Thursday Dec 14- Monday Dec 18th. Get all the info you need to deliver your gifts.

Remembering Genie

Honor the legacy of Genie Dee who was so dedicated to improving lives through Literacy by contributing to the fund created in her honor.

Latest News

Planting the Seeds of Holiday Kindness

Since the beginning of the school year I have been volunteering to teach a weekly garden program in my son’s 2nd grade class. Last week marked our final class for the fall.  As a closing activity, I took a few moments to share with the class what I do for work at the Volunteer Center […]


Breaking Secrecy and the Cycle of Illiteracy

“I have a pact with my mom, she helps me prepare for tests and in return, I help with her English homework. Can you keep a secret? I don’t need help, I just pretend, so that later I can help her. She feels bad that she cannot read to me. Promise, you will not tell!” […]


In The Spotlight


Meet Sarah

Sarah is one of those incredible volunteers who has worked behind the scenes to support the Adopt a Family Project. She chose to volunteer after losing her mother as a way to bring new meaning to her life. We invite you to read her poignant story about the true gift of giving back.

Learn More About Sarah


Meet the Schoellhamer Family

At a time when so much of the public narrative is about dissatisfaction, complaint and what is broken - we see hundreds of examples of people like the Schoellhamers quietly making things better. Learn how their desire to honor their family member Alicia's spirit of generosity has grown into 27 years of philanthropy.

Learn More About the  Family


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