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We are so proud of the work of our volunteers, the growth of our clients and each opportunity we have to partner in the community. Check out our highlighted news or visit our press archive below.

Get in Touch About Press: Contact Communications Director Christine Loewe at volunteer@scvolunteercenter.org


Volunteer Center Celebrates National Volunteer Week With Honor

Registar-Pajaronian  April 16-  Local residents are invited to join the Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County, fellow nonprofits, and community leaders in celebrating volunteerism during National Volunteer Week, happening April 15-21. This year’s National Volunteer Week is particularly significant for the Volunteer Center. On April 11, the organization was awarded as the 2018 California Non-Profit of the Year for Volunteerism and Service by the Office of the Governor. ..... Continue Reading

Photo of Paul Martin by Sentinel dan Coyro

Santa Cruz County's Top Volunteers Honored

Santa Cruz Sentinel  April 11-  They paint over gang graffiti, maintain trails, care for sheltered animals and play key roles in the Sheriff’s Office — all without pay. Each year, hundreds of people volunteer throughout Santa Cruz County’s government, arguably redefining the term “public servant” as some have logged thousands of hours of service over more than a decade of consistent work..... Continue Reading


MLK Day Speakers Encourage Community Action

Santa Cruz Sentinel  Jan 16-  Carmen Azmitia, a Santa Cruz High School freshman, listed the names of black role models who do not appear in her history textbooks: the pilot Bessie Coleman, physician Rebecca Lee Crumpler, Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall and civil rights activist Claudette Colvin. With the poise and maturity of someone twice her age, Carmen addressed a crowd of thousands at the Martin Luther King Jr. Day rally on Cooper Street on Monday .... Continue Reading


Literacy Teaches Lessons In and Out of County Jail

Santa Cruz Good Times  Jan 10-  At the Santa Cruz Main Jail, at promptly 8 a.m., five inmates file into a program room for their twice-weekly English as Second Language (ESL) class, led by a volunteer tutor from the Literacy Program. It’s one of many programs under the umbrella of the Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County. “When I get out of here,” inmate Alvaro Perez says with a heavy Mexican accent, “I want to be able to speak English with my daughter, and maybe help her with her homework someday.” A few of his classmates nod in agreement.  ..... Continue Reading

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