Warehouse Now Open

The Adopt-A-Family Warehouse is now open. Find all the details about when and where to drop your gifts in the coming days.

Santa Cruz Gives

We know you care about uplifting our community. Santa Cruz Gives makes it easy for you to do– just that. Give to your favorites causes today.

Holiday Volunteering

Are you ready to give back for the holidays? We've got you covered with our 2019 Holiday Volunteer Guide. Check it out.

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The Gift of Citizenship

Stand with dreamers and give the gift of a path to citizenship this holiday by supporting the Literacy Program.

Latest News

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, when my friends and I went down to the donation warehouse to “shop” from donated gifts and put together packages for families in need. That was 20 years ago (yikes!) and this program is still delivering holiday cheer to people experiencing […]


Holiday Volunteering- Here’s How….

It’s the MOST  Wonderful Time of the Yeaaarrrr… wait, already? Can you believe that November is here! As we enter into the heart of the fall season and usher in the steady stream of holiday “hub-bub” and opportunities for rampant consumerism, we want to offer you a few ways to rejuvenate the soul by giving […]


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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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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