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We packed the house in honor of volunteerism at the 13th Annual Be the Difference Awards on October 10th.

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See you at the Be the Difference Awards

We look forward to celebrating our top 50 nominees with you at Be the Difference Awards Thursday, October 10th from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm at the Cocoanut Grove Ballroom. We want to set minds at ease that the Cocoanut Grove is not in the planned power outage zone. Additionally, we want to let you […]

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A Tale of Two American Women- Celebrating Literacy

Are you, like me, saddened or outraged at the current treatment of immigrant children and families and the narrative that immigrants and asylum seekers are un-American? As one of our Literacy Tutors put it, “I grew up revering that big statue that welcomes people to America. She represents something about us that is still meaningful […]

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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.

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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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2016-2017 Fiscal Year Progress

Volunteers Engaged
12,516

People Helped
6,699

Volunteer Hours
369,390

Value of Contributed Time
$9,928,898

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