Adopt-A-Family Project

As a community, we have an opportunity to ease the struggles of families in our community and make the holidays brighter for our neighbors. Each year the Volunteer Center partners with 25 fellow non-profits to meet the needs of 400+ families struggling to make ends meet. Sign up to adopt a family here.

Holiday Giving Guide

View our Volunteer Opportunities and find out ways to give your time this holiday season!

Santa Cruz Gives

We have doubled the number of organizations this year to 80 so let's try to double the good! Support any one of these incredible orgs with a gift of any size TODAY! Santa Cruz Gives is a partnership between the Volunteer Center, the GoodTimes & the Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County.

Return the Favor!

Thanks to our friends at the SCCCU for selecting us again for their Return the Favor Campaign! Its not too late to join with a gift,  the campaign ends on 11/30/2021.

Latest News

Nov 18 2021

Adopt A Family – It’s More than Just a Gift

I’ve been volunteering with the Adopt A Family program since I was in high school and we went down to the donation warehouse to “shop” from donated gifts and put together packages. That was 22 years ago (yikes!) but the program is still delivering holiday cheer to people experiencing hardship in our community. This is ...

Oct 19 2021

Listening to a Generation in Crisis

The last two years have impacted our community in immeasurable ways. The mental, emotional and physiological distress we’ve collectively endured is only starting to surface. For some of us, we brushed the dust off our shoulders as we jumped back into our daily routines…but for others, the crippling weight of anxiety, depression, trauma and fear ...

Our Impact this Year....

  • Volunteers engaged

    14,000 +

  • People helped from our impact programs


  • People reached with Covid & disaster preparedness information


  • Covid shots in people's arms with the help of our volunteers


  • Value of hours contributed

    $11.3 million in time

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