Call for Nominations

Who inspires you with their acts of volunteerism? Share your nomination Aug. 5 though Aug. 21 and then join us in virtual celebration in October.

Take Action for Equity

Want to commit yourself to racial equity,  take action, or  learn more?  Lend your hand to  organizations in the community working towards this.

Shop for Seniors

Help isolated seniors remain safe at home by volunteering to shop for them through the Grocery Shopper Program.

shop for seniors in Santa Cruz County

COVID-19 Services

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


Your safety is our priority- Learn more about which programs are providing teleservices and which are open for in-person appointments, our health screening requirements, and safety protocol for our building-  LEARN MORE

Latest News

Be the Difference Awards- Call for Nominations Happening Now

We are pleased to announce that the Call for Nominations for the 14th Annual Be the Difference Awards is now open.  The “Be the Difference” Awards are about honoring the individuals, groups, non-profits, and businesses that transform Santa Cruz County through volunteerism. We invited you to share your stories of inspiration. Have you worked alongside […]


Creating Space and Connection for Youth During the Pandemic

With the spread of COVID-19, youth programming across the country has adapted to new ways of engaging children and teens both online and in person. During this time, YouthSERVE has remained dedicated to connecting youth, ages 11-17, with rewarding volunteer projects across Santa Cruz County. During the COVID-19 pandemic, our participants are completing at home […]

In The Spotlight

Meet Brooke

Brooke is a volunteer with the Volunteer Center's Grocery Shopper Program serving the needs of vulnerable community members while sheltering in place.  We are so grateful for folks like Brooke who are helping local seniors get the groceries they desire while remaining safely at home.

Learn More About Brooke

picture of members of the Quail Hollow Volunteer Trail CrewMeet The Quail Hollow Trail Crew

Thanks to this small group of volunteers who dedicate time each week to maintaining the trails at Quail Hollow Ranch, hikers and equestrians have continued to have the opportunity to enjoy the peaceful serenity of the Ranch during the pandemic and feel safe while doing so.

Learn More About The Crew

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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