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We are so proud of the work of our volunteers, the growth of our participants, 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 our Director of Community Engagement Trēa Robinson at trea@scvolunteercenter.org

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Santa Cruz County nonprofits need volunteers during omicron surge

KSBW  - January 19 - The Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County faces the challenge of finding organizations the help they need and say food service programs are struggling.

"We encourage everybody to go to the food bank, they're awesome with volunteers. What we try and do is reach out throughout the whole community and find out, week-to-week who has the greatest needs," said Karen Delaney, Executive Director Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County...................Continue Reading

MLK Day Beach Clean Up 2022

What’s happening for MLK Weekend? A rundown of what’s open, closed and how to celebrate

Lookout Santa Cruz  - January 14 -

Main Beach: The Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County will provide all the supplies you need to clean up one of the county’s busiest attractions. Individuals and groups are welcome for the event that runs from 10 a.m. to noon, with check-in next to Ideal Bar and Grill at 106 Beach St..................Continue Reading

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How to Make Your Holiday Meaningful


Times Publishing Group  - December 3 - With the heart of the holiday season upon us comes the biggest time of giving of the year.

Santa Cruz County has always been a place that supports local businesses, local nonprofits and local causes. With supply chains in upheaval and the need greater than ever due to the persistent pandemic wreaking havoc, there has never been a better time to give back to the local Santa Cruz County community................Continue Reading

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Give back this holiday season and Adopt-a-Family in Santa Cruz County

Lookout Santa Cruz  - November - The heart of the holiday season is upon us and with that comes the biggest time of giving all year long.

Santa Cruz County has always been a place that prides itself on its local economy. Supporting local businesses, local nonprofits and local causes we all care about. With supply chains in upheaval and the need greater than ever for local causes to raise funds due to the persistent pandemic wreaking havoc, there has never been a greater time to give back to the local Santa Cruz County community this holiday season...............Continue Reading

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Feeding Santa Cruz 2021: Here are some of the local nonprofits that need your help this holiday season

Lookout Santa Cruz  - November 24 - With many across the country and around the world continuing the slow climb out of the COVID-19 pandemic hole, it’s no secret that more people than ever need help. Santa Cruz is no exception.

There are many organizations in Santa Cruz County that provide food and more to families in need. Here are some that welcome volunteers and donations to support community members in need..............Continue Reading

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GoodTimes  - November - This week we're kicking off our seventh Santa Cruz Gives holiday fundraising drive, and once again I am stunned at how quickly this idea of a "new way" to support our local nonprofits continues to grow faster than we ever thought possible. Last year, in the midst of the pandemic, total donations to Santa Cruz Gives groups totaled $709,617 -- an increase of 73% over 2019. Our goal for this year is to cross the million mark. ................Continue Reading

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Santa Cruz Gives Kicks Off Its Biggest Campaign Ever

GoodTimes  - November 16 - After five years of rapid growth, our Santa Cruz Gives holiday campaign is doubling the number of local nonprofits we accepted to 80. Here’s a guide to the projects they will fund with your donations.............Continue Reading

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Responding to a Generation in Crisis

KSQD.org - November 5 - Rates of depression and suicide in youth have skyrocketed since the pandemic. A new program seeks to break the stigma of seeking help for youth suffering from depression and anxiety and other mental conditions. The idea is to intervene early before things get to the crisis stage so that youth can weather the storms of life with more resilience. In this interview I talk with Shawn Peterson, director of Community Connection in Santa Cruz County. To get involved, call the Volunteer Center at 831-428-6977..............Continue Reading

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Coming Soon to a Website Near You: Santa Cruz Gives

Growing Up in Santa Cruz- November 1 -

At a recent meeting of 80 local nonprofit organizations, Karen Delaney, longtime Executive Director of the Volunteer Center, shared the results of a 2021 study on charitable giving trends.

“National research conducted with more than 5,000 adults shows numbers we have not ever seen before,” she said. By “ever,” Delaney means not in the more than 30 years since she has been a local nonprofit leader.

“People understand that where we are in our communities, where we are as a nation, requires them to do more. There is a great yearning to engage.”..............Continue Reading

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Volunteer Drivers Needed for Seniors


Santa Cruz Sentinel - October 28 - For most individuals getting to a medical or dental appointment, the grocery store, or bank is as simple as jumping in the car or on the local bus. But for some in the community, it is impossible due to disability, declining health, or the rigors of aging. For over 40 years, the Volunteer Center Transportation Program has served to address the needs of ambulatory seniors and the disabled by offering volunteer-powered rides throughout Santa Cruz County..............Continue Reading

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Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County Set to Host Events to Inspire Civic Action


Santa Cruz Sentinel - October 5 - Beginning Wednesday and running through April of next year, the Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County will host town halls aimed at inspiring residents to take positive action in the community.

The first of nine 90-minute sessions that are a mix of speaker panels and group participation is titled “Your Voice.”

Other volunteering themes local activists and experts will speak on include service, donate, work, social entrepreneur and purchase power.............Continue Reading

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Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County to Host Civic Life Town Hall Events to Inspire Positive Change

KSQD.org 90.7 FM Talk of the Bay with Rachel Goodman - October 1 -  In this interview, I talk with Karen Delaney, Executive Director of the Volunteer Center about ways you can get more involved in creating positive change in our community...........Continue Reading & Listen to the Interview

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Human Race Fundraiser, Founded in 1982, Bids Farewell

Aptos Times - August 27 - After 40 years, the Human Race Walk and Fun Run fundraiser for local nonprofits is retiring. Sponsored by the Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County, it was the longest running Human Race and one of the last two Human Race events in the nation. In the last ten years, the Human Race raised $2.5 million for more than 250 local groups and close to $6 million since it began in 1982. ..........Continue Reading

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Get to Know the Volunteer Center's Seniors Programs

Santa Cruz Sentinel - August 26 - There are seniors of all kinds; some need physical help with tasks like grocery shopping or something more intricate like needing a shower bar installed after an injuryor a medical procedure. There are those who need a friendly person to talk to, and others who need a ride to a doctor's appointment. Then there are seniors who have the time, ability and desire--and for select undertakings, good physical condition--to accomplish these tasks for those in need. No matter which categroy you fall under, the Santa Cruz Volunteer Center's Senior Programs can help you make a connection. ..........Continue Reading

Volunteer Center Restarts Transportation & Helping Hands

Times Publishing Group (Capitola Soquel Times & Aptos Times) - June 28 & July 9 - For aging adults isolated at home, getting to essential appointments or doing simple home repairs, is challenging even in "normal" times. During the Covid-19 pandemic, these tasks became nearly impossible for such adults. The Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County Transportation Program & Helping Hands Programs have served to address the needs of ambulatory seniors and the disabled by offering rides throughout the county and donation-based home repairs. ..........Continue Reading


Volunteers Help Fight COVID Pandemic

Aptos Times - March 15 -The Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County has been part of the community fabric for more than 50 years. While so much has changed since opening their doors in 1967, the heart of what they do has remained the same. They are about what happens when hopeful people work together as volunteers to transform our community for good.........Continue Reading

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Love and Kindness Delivered

Capitola Soquel Times - Feb 15 -We are basking in the love and kindness displayed by our community in February. Staff, volunteers, and community partners distributed hundreds of handmade Valentine's to local seniors living alone or in care facilities. Started as a project on Martin Luther King Day 2021, community members designed and dropped off cards to our office throughout January and early February in prep for Valentine's Day delivery........Continue Reading


Stepping up to serve: thousands give back through the Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County

Lookout Local - Feb 15 -The Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County re-envisioned its programs and initiatives to meet the needs and challenges of 2020. More than 10,000 volunteers helped through mask making, grocery shopping for seniors, staffing emergency shelters, distributing free food, online tutoring, and disseminating emergency preparedness information.....Continue Reading

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Cards for Isolated Seniors- A Kaiser Permanente  MLK Day Project

Santa Cruz Patch- Jan 26th -Hundreds of isolated senior citizens in Santa Cruz County will be getting a little extra joy come Valentine's Day, thanks to more than 50 volunteers who volunteered as part of Kaiser Permanente's Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. Volunteers and their children made Valentine's Day cards for the seniors, which will be included in their Meals on Wheels deliveries during the Valentine's week.......Continue Reading

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Santa Cruz Literacy Program Seeks Volunteer Tutors

Santa Cruz Sentinel- Jan 21st -The Literacy Program of the Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County invites interested individuals to a free online orientation to learn about becoming a volunteer tutor to a motivated adult English language learner.No teaching or foreign language skills are required, just fluent English and a desire to connect and support adults who want to advance their English literacy skills, according to a release from the Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County......Continue Reading

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Santa Cruz Gives Blows Away Fundraising Expectations

Good Times Weekly- Jan 15th -For the past six years, Good Times' annual holiday fundraising campaign Santa Cruz Gives has helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for local nonprofits by creating a network of donors and shining a spotlight on the organizations.And in this latest year, the results have far exceeded expectations. "We weren't sure how things would go this time," says Santa Cruz Gives co-founder and organizer Jeanne Howard, who led the campaign in partnership with the Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County. .......Continue Reading


Stay Connected Through the Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County

Aptos Times- Jan 15th - As we continue to manage the impacts of COVID-19 local seniors are challenged to find ways to stay connected to the resources and community partners they need. The Volunteer Center is here to help through their new program Stay Connected .......Continue Reading

CZU Fire Victims Continue to Search for Permanent Housing

KION 5/46- Dec 6, 2020-In Santa Cruz County, officials say more than 100 households are still in need of permanent housing following the CZU Lightning Complex Fires in August.Those affected include singles, couples and families with children. Among those aiming to give a leg up to the fire impacted families is the Volunteer Center Adopt a Family Project.......Continue Reading

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Giving Tuesday Generates an Estimated 2.47 Billion From Donors

Chronicle of Philanthropy- Dec 2, 2020-Yesterday marked the ninth annual GivingTuesday. In a year of great need, supporters broke giving records during the global day of generosity. Donors gave an estimated $808 million online and $2.47 billion over all, according to the nonprofit that coordinates the day of giving.The GivingTuesday Data Commons, a group of more than 60 partners, estimates that 34.8 million people participated in GivingTuesday 2020, a 29 percent increase over 2019..........Continue Reading

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Fostering Togetherness on Giving Tuesday

Santa Cruz Sentinel- Dec 1, 2020-Our days have grown crisp, the holiday jingles have begun, and despite the challenges of 2020, the desire to welcome in the holiday season still tugs at our hearts. Many have chosen to hoist up their twinkling lights and decorations a bit early this year and all around it seems people are looking for a safe reprieve from the daily grind of social isolation......Continue Reading


In a Year Like No Other, an Opportunity to Give Like Never Before

Thomson Reuters Foundation News- Nov 30, 2020-For those working at the Santa Cruz Volunteer Center in California to say 2020 has been a challenging year would be a vast understatement.For more than three decades the grassroots organization has run the ‘Adopt a Family’ project to deliver food, clothes, and gifts to hundreds of families struggling to make ends meet in America’s wealthiest and most populous state.........Continue Reading

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Santa Cruz Nonprofits Find Ways to Host Thanksgiving

Santa Cruz Sentinel, Nov 24, 2020-Gathering together – whether it’s as friends, a family or a community – is the underlying purpose behind any holiday. But the coronavirus pandemic continues to change that core meaning, affecting its sixth major U.S. holiday this year.However, people have become accustomed to adapting in the last eight months and are prepared to do it again for Thanksgiving. Several organizations in Santa Cruz County are hosting socially distanced Thanksgiving meals.........Continue Reading

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Make The Holiday Brighter For a Family In Need

Aptos Times, Nov 15, 2020-The Holiday season has begun. The tinsel, glitter and endless supply of holiday baubles have arrived on store shelves, carols have begun playing over loudspeakers, and many are ready to turn their thoughts to the joy of the holiday season. While 2020 has upended so many daily norms, many are determined to not let it diminish the spirit  that comes with the holiday. Unfortunately, while some are thinking of creative ways for safe, socially distant celebrations many others are managing deep struggle this year. For those who lost their homes in the CZU fire, were impacted by COVID layoffs, and those facing a variety of economic and social hardships, the holidays bring yet another burden........Continue Reading


Be the Difference Awards Gala Reinvented

Aptos Times, Nov 14, 2020-The Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County, along with presenting sponsor Santa Cruz Community Credit Union, celebrated the 2020 Be the Difference Awards honoring individuals, groups and businesses that transform Santa Cruz County through volunteerism.This year the awards gala happened online via a pre-recorded watch party celebration Oct. 21 on the Volunteer Center website, Facebook page and YouTube channel. ........Continue Reading

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Volunteer Center Salutes 'Difference' Honorees

Santa Cruz Sentinel, Oct 21, 2020-The Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County will celebrate the 2020 Be the Difference Awards at noon Wednesday to honor the individuals, groups and businesses that transform Santa Cruz County through volunteerism.“While this year will look like never before in our 14-year history of the awards, we promise an incredible hour of lunchtime inspiration and entertainment social distance style,” said Volunteer Center Director of Communications Christine Loewe in a prepared release. “We encourage all community members to join us in celebration.”........Continue Reading

Thousands of Volunteers Help With Fire Response

KION-CBS- Sept. 4, 2020- The Santa Cruz County Emeline Campus was transformed into a massive donation center for those in need following the devastating CZU Lightning Complex fires. Organizers say hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of donations have been dropped off at the county’s two donation centers. 2,700 volunteers signed up to help at donation centers and shelters. However, the Santa Cruz Volunteer Centers say they will need even more help........Continue Reading


2000+ Volunteers Help With Fire Response

Capitola Times- August 27, 2020 - As the CZU Lightning Complex Fire burns for the tenth day, more than 2,000 community members have stepped up as volunteers and registered to help through the Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County. Volunteers are being mobilized to help with critical needs including supporting evacuees at the evacuation shelters, providing mental health counseling, sorting and disseminating donations at the donation relief centers, providing over the phone assistance to new volunteers, and helping local emergency operations teams with data entry.........Continue Reading

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Nonprofit Adaptability and Emergency Preparedness

Santa Cruz Sentinel- August 15, 2020 - In October, 2019  the Volunteer Center entered into a partnership with 24 nonprofits selected from across the state of Calfornia to serve as a California LISTOS Campaign Partner with the California Department of Energy. The goal for Santa Cruz County–To reach 11,500 low-income families, seniors living alone, and adults with a Mental Health Diagnosis with information, training, and emergency preparedness resources in 2020 .....Continue Reading


Enhancing Safety and Creating Connections Through Groceries

Santa Cruz Sentinel- August 15, 2020 - As the pandemic unfolded many nonprofits were asked to shutter their doors. Still determined to provide services, staff with the Volunteer Center Senior Programs jumped into action to develop creative new ways to maintain valuable connections with their most vulnerable participants .....Continue Reading

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