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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 Communications Director Christine Loewe at volunteer@scvolunteercenter.org

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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

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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

Santa Cruz Gives 2020

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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