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Santa Cruz County Volunteers Earn Points of Light Award

Santa Cruz Sentinel  Feb 9- Santa Cruz County is small geographically, but residents are big in heart, judging from a ceremony Tuesday honoring 14 dedicated volunteers receiving the national Points of Light award. “This is a big deal,” said Supervisor John Leopold, who chairs the Board of Supervisors, noting Santa Cruz County residents got 4 percent of the national awards. “They really make the community special.... Continue Reading

"Santa Cruz Gives" Proves That Santa Cruz Gives

Aptos Times  Feb 6- It’s just two years old now, but at the close of the holiday campaign, Santa Cruz Gives raised $102,379 in individual donations — nearly 75% more than in 2015. Overall, the innovative online platform achieved $181,089 for 33 local non-profits. One of its major goals is introducing the next generation to the world of philanthropy. It’s a challenging age group for non-profits to reach, yet the under-35 set made 115 donations throughout the 5 1/2–week campaign... Continue Reading

Volunteers Celebrate Martin Luther King

KSBW Action News 8- Hundreds showed up across Santa Cruz County to celebrate Martin Luther King Day with a day of action. Community organizations collaborating with the Volunteer Center to offer service projects included the Diversity Center, Ecology Action, Evergreen Historical Cemetery, Land Trust of Santa Cruz County, Live Oak Community Resources, and UCSC Arboretum.

 

2016 News

Santa Cruz Sentinel- 12/25/16- Santa Cruz County Volunteers Share Their Bounty on Christmas

Register Pajaronian- 12/20/16- Volunteers Give to Families in Need

Santa Cruz Sentinel- 11/29/16- Santa Cruz County Volunteer Serve Others on Thanksgiving

Santa Cruz Patch- 11/29/16 -Santa Cruz Gives Makes it Simple

Register Pajaronian- 11/25/16- Thanksgiving Meal for Mental Health Services

Santa Cruz Sentinel- 11/3/16- Volunteer Center Looks to Help this Holiday

Santa Cruz Sentinel- 10/30/16- Santa Cruz County Volunteer Center Honors Groups and Individuals

Register Pajaronian- 10/15/16- Volunteers Read to More than 600 Students

Santa Cruz Sentinel Coastline 10/4/16- Be the Difference RSVP Deadline

Aptos Times- 7/7/16- Soquel Drive Mural Gets Underway

Santa Cruz Sentinel- 6/24/16- Volunteer Center Opens New Office in Watsonville

Santa Cruz Sentinel- 5/8/16- Santa Cruz Human Race Brings Most Donations to Date

Register Pajaronian 4/11/16- Volunteers Celebrated for Service

Santa Cruz Sentinel 4/8/16- Former Inmates Commended for Recovery

Santa Cruz Sentinel 3/26/16- Teams Begin Prep for Human Race

Santa Cruz Sentinel 3/25/ 16- Watsonville Honors YouthServe Teens

Santa Cruz Sentinel 3/24/16- Volunteer Center Highlights Work of AmeriCorps

Santa Cruz Sentinel  - Paul Martin is every Santa Cruz graffiti tagger's nemesis

Santa Cruz Sentinel 02/15/16 - Mental health summit Thursday in Watsonville

Santa Cruz Sentinel 02/18/16 - Success story shared at Mental Health & Wellness Summit

Santa Cruz Sentinel - Martin Luther King Day Draws Hundreds of Volunteers

GoodTimes Santa Cruz 01/19/16- Santa Cruz Gave Jan 19, 2016

KSBW 01/15/16- Santa Cruz Volunteers Ready for MLK Day Service

2013 News Archive

Register- Pajaronian- Family Scores with Warriors Visit 12/5/13

Santa Cruz Sentinel- Santa Cruz Warriors bring holiday cheer to Watsonville Family 12/5/13

Santa Cruz Sentinel- Santa Cruz Exhibit Shows Art from Former and Current Inmates 12/4/13

Register- Pajaronian- Hundreds Show up for Community Thanksgiving Meal- 11/27/13

Santa Cruz Sentinel- Feeding Spirits-Watsonville Thanksgiving Meal Celebrates Mental Health- 11/26/13

Santa Cruz Sentinel- Adopt a Family Project Seeks Volunteers 11/20/13

Santa Cruz GoodTimes- Uniting the Community with Color 10/31/13

Register-Pajaronian- Murals Transform Watsonville Alleys 10/27/13

Santa Cruz Sentinel- Be the Difference Awards Ceremony Honors Volunteers in Santa Cruz County 10/17/13

Aptos Times-Seventh Annual Be the Difference Awards 10/17/13

Santa Cruz Sentinel- Be the Difference Awards to Honor Volunteer Center's Karen Delaney 10/12/13

Santa Cruz Sentinel- Santa Cruz Organization Gives a Second Chance, Helping Hand to Ex-offenders 9/19/13

Santa Cruz Sentinel- Santa Cruz's Human Race fun Run celebrates success stories 6/21/13

Aptos Times - The Literacy Program of Santa Cruz County to Honor Long Term Supporters 5/27/13

Santa Cruz Sentinel- Celebrate Potential Recognizes more than 100 people in Santa Cruz 5/15/13

Aptos Times- Be a Champion- 33rd Annual Human Race 5/3/13

Santa Cruz Sentinel- National Volunteer Week slate for April 21-27 4/18/13

KION News- Santa Cruz County Volunteer Center Community Investment Series April 2013

Register- Pajaronian- Seniors get technology questions answered at event 3/13/13

Santa Cruz Sentinel- Santa Cruz techie teens lend helping hand to seniors 2/23/13
Register-Pajaronian- Day of Service draws volunteers 1/21/13

Santa Cruz Sentinel- Santa Cruz County residents pitch in for Martin Luther King day of service 1/21/13

Santa Cruz Sentinel - Editorial- Today's political climate reminds us of the power of a great unifier 1/19/2013

Capitola-Soquel Patch- Commemorating Martin Luther King Day in Capitola and Soquel 1/16/13

Mercury News- Community organization seeks volunteers for Martin Luther King Jr. Day 1/15/13

Santa Cruz Sentinel- Community organization seeks volunteers for Martin Luther King Jr. Day 1/15/13

2010 News Archive

Santa Cruz Sentinel - Lending a set of wheels; Volunteers drive those who can’t drive themselves

Santa Cruz Sentinel - Karen Delaney, Be the Difference: Is it really better to give than receive? 11/16/10

The Pinnacle- Senior volunteers fill needs at many local agencies 11/12/10

Santa Cruz Patch- Holiday Volunteering Opportunities Abound 10/28/10

Santa Cruz Sentinel - Volunteer Center Presents Awards to Community Volunteers 10/24/10

Santa Cruz Sentinel - Hundreds volunteer during day of service in Santa Cruz County 10/24/10

Santa Cruz Patch - Your Chance to Give Back: Make a Difference Day  10/22/10

Santa Cruz Sentinel - Karen Delaney, Be the Difference: What a difference a day makes 10/19/10

Santa Cruz Sentinel - Literacy Program to host Trivia Challenge 10/9/10

Santa Cruz Sentinel - Karen Delaney, Be the Difference: Teaching people to read makes a world of difference 9/21/10

Santa Cruz Sentinel - Karen Delaney, Be the Difference: Baby steps to saving the world 8/17/10

Santa Cruz Sentinel - Karen Delaney, Be the Difference: What makes us strong? 7/20/10

Santa Cruz Sentinel - Kitchen tour helps Literacy Center 8/9/10

Santa Cruz Sentinel - Americorps Volunteers making a difference in the county 6/20/10

MCpost.com - Painting a Picture of Graffiti Vandalism 5/28/10

TPGonlinedaily.com - Bay Federal Credit Union Receives California Governor and First Lady’s Medal for Service Award – 5/15/10 (Aptos Times)

Santa Cruz Sentinel - 30th Annual Human Race raises more than 200,00o for Santa Cruz County Non-Profits  5/9/10

Santa Cruz Sentinel - Governor, First Lady Honor Bay Federal Credit Union for Volunteer Service 5/8/10

Santa Cruz Sentinel - Online Auction Site raises money for nonprofits 5/04/10

Santa Cruz Sentinel - As We See It- Volunteers Make a Difference 4/22/10

Santa Cruz Sentinel - Not Just a Volunteer- Be the Difference Column 4/20/10

Santa Cruz Sentinel - Calling all Dreamers- Be the Difference Column   3/ 16/10

Santa Cruz Sentinel - Adopt a Family Program a Success 3/1/10

Santa Cruz Sentinel - Many Ways to Volunteer in our Community – Be the Difference Column 2/16/10

Santa Cruz Sentinel - Be Ready to Respond to Disasters- Be the Difference Column 1/19/10

Santa Cruz Sentinel - Human Race Kick-off Breakfast 2/4/10

Santa Cruz Sentinel - Hundreds of Volunteer Opportunities open for National Day of Service 1/10/10

2015 News

GoodTimes Santa Cruz- Dec 23, 2015- From the Editor

GoodTimes Santa Cruz- Dec 23, 2015- Early Adopters

Goodtimes Santa Cruz - Nov 25, 2015:  Santa Cruz Gives

Register- Pajaronian - Nov 25, 2015  Volunteer Center gearing up for the holiday season

Santa Cruz Sentinel  Nov 21- Human Race goal double fundraising by 2018

Santa Cruz Sentinel- Nov 2- Santa Cruz County Adopt a Family Drive Starts Monday

Santa Cruz Sentinel - Make A Difference Day Draws Hundreds in Santa Cruz County

Santa Cruz Sentinel - New Leaf Community Market Celebrates 30 Years 10/23/15

KSBW- News at 5 - Make a Difference Day preparations 10/23/15

KSBW - News at 5 - Read Across the Globe

Register-Pajaronian - Sharing a love of Reading 10/19/15

Santa Cruz Sentinel - Young Volunteers Read to 600 Children 10/19/15

Aptos Times - 9th Annual Be the Difference Gala 10/19/15

Santa Cruz Sentinel -Volunteerism Heals and Transforms 10/17/15

Aptos Times - 9th Annual Be the Difference Awards 10/9/15

Santa Cruz Sentinel - Organization Benefit from Bequest 10/7/15

Santa Cruz Sentinel Coastline - Deadline nears for RSVP to Awards 10/3/15

Register Pajaronian - Be the Difference Award Call for Nominations Community Calendar- August and Sept

Santa Cruz Sentinel - Santa Cruz County Volunteer Center Receives Grant for Adult Literacy 7/4/15

Santa Cruz Waves - Santa Cruz Human Race draws thousands

Santa Cruz Sentinel - Santa Cruz Human Race draws thousands of people

Register Pajaronian - Human Race Kicks off Saturday 5/6/15

Santa Cruz Sentinel - Human Race Set to Kick off Saturday 5/5/15

Register Pajaronian - Transportation Program Seeks Volunteers 4/21/15

Aptos Times - Organizations Gear up for Race Day 4/15/15

KION News - Friends Outside Recognizes Former Inmates 3/26/15

Santa Cruz Sentinel - Graduation honors Friends Outside Clients 3/26/15

Santa Cruz Sentinel - A Superhero Race to the Finish 2/28/15

Aptos Times - Register Now for the 6th Annual Trivia Challenge 2/1/15

Aptos Times - Literacy Program Seeking Tutors 2/1/15

Santa Cruz Sentinel - A Day on Not a Day off in Santa Cruz 1/20/15

KSBW TV - Hundreds Volunteer for a Day of Service 1/19/15

Santa Cruz Sentinel - Events Scheduled for Martin Luther King Day 1/17/15

Santa Cruz Sentinel - A Day on Not a Day off in Santa Cruz 1/20/15

Aptos Times - Martin Luther Day 2015 1/16/15

2012 News Archive

Santa Cruz Sentinel- Aptos kids save change for needy families: Adopt-A-Family helps about 400 county families during holidays 12/09/12

Santa Cruz Sentinel- Santa Cruz County’s Adopt A Family holiday tradition helps struggling families 11/08/12

Santa Cruz Sentinel- Local volunteers honored at Be the Difference Awards 10/23/12

Santa Cruz Sentinel- Name Dropping, Oct. 7, 2012: A battle of the brains 10/6/12

Santa Cruz Sentinel- Karen Delaney, Be the Difference: What is the answer? 9/29/12

Santa Cruz Patch- Jeopardy! Kids Winner to Compete at the Trivia Challenge Tonight at the Civic 9/21/12

Register-Pajaronian- “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” actor to join tonight’s Trivia Challenge 9/21/12

Aptos Times- Be a Difference Awards 9/13/12

Contra Costa Times- Karen Delaney, Be the Difference: Who’s going for the gold? 8/22/12

Mercury News- Animal Shelter launches new youth volunteer program: Youth, adults team up to provide TLC 7/17/12

Santa Cruz Sentinel- Volunteer Center seeks small business expertise 7/4/12

Santa Cruz Sentinel- Karen Delaney, Be the Difference Health Benefits of Volunteering 6/23/12

Aptos Times-Helping those in need get where they are going 6/15/12

Santa Cruz Sentinel- Karen Delaney, Be the Difference: When private disasters strike 5/24/12

Press-Banner- Valley People 5/24/12

Santa Cruz Sentinel- Santa Cruz mental health advocates commend clients for progress 5/23/12

Watsonville Patch- City Prioritizes Critical Needs: Food and Shelter 5/22/12

Santa Cruz Sentinel- Nonprofits gather for annual Human Race Walkathon and Fun Run; event offers chance to bond over good deeds 5/13/12

KSBW- Hundreds run for local schools and charities in Santa Cruz 5/12/12

Register-Pajaronian- 2,000 expected to turn out for Saturday’s Human Race Walkathon in Santa Cruz 5/10/12

Aptos Times- 32nd Annual Human Race Walkathon and Fun Run 5/4/12

KSMS News- Programa de ayuda a ex-reclusos 4/25/12

Mercury News- Karen Delaney, Be the Difference- In contrast to angry, bitter 4/25/12

Santa Cruz Sentinel- Volun-touring for a cause 4/18/12

ETR Associates- ETR Associates’ Project Director Nominated for National Points of Light Award 4/4/12

Points of Light Blog- I Was Lucky to Come from a Family of Volunteers 3/28/12

Santa Cruz Foodie- Community Connection Benefit at Aptos restaurant Bittersweet Bistro 3/28/12

Santa Cruz Patch- Pulling the Community Up from Under the Weight of Mental Health Issues 3/28/12

Santa Cruz Sentinel- Grant-funded training teaches leadership skills to volunteers 3/26/12

Santa Cruz Sentinel- Karen Delaney, Be the Difference- Arts organizations hit hard 3/23/12

Watsonville Patch- Volunteer Leadership: A Chain Reaction of Doing Good 3/22/12

Santa Cruz Sentinel- Karen Delaney, Be the Difference- Safety and Justice for All 2/25/12

Santa Cruz Sentinel- Santa Cruz County keeps probationers on the straight and narrow 2/22/12

Aptos Times- The R5 Program 2/15/12

Santa Cruz Sentinel- Literacy Program makes the call for new tutors 1/27/12

Santa Cruz Sentinel- Volunteers rally for Martin Luther King Day 1/16/2012

Santa Cruz Sentinel- Santa Cruz man who counsels prisoners to host benefit for Friends Outside 1/5/2012

2014 News

Santa Cruz Sentinel - Volunteers 'Adopt' Local Santa Cruz Families in Need 12/16/14

Santa Cruz Sentinel - Deadline Nears for Santa Cruz Adopt a Family Giving 12/12/14

Santa Cruz Sentinel - Adopt a Family Seeks to help 470 families 11/15/14

Santa Cruz Sentinel - Adopt a Family Kicks off Monday in Santa Cruz County 11/8/14

Santa Cruz Sentinel - Santa Cruz individuals, groups honored at annual Be the Difference Awards 10/29/14

KIONrightnow.com - 8th Annual Be the Difference Awards slated for Tuesday in Santa Cruz 10/27/14

KSBW News - Hundreds Volunteer on Make a Difference Day 10/25/14

Santa Cruz Sentinel - Make a Difference Day aimed at connecting volunteers to organizations 10/25/14

Santa Cruz Sentinel - Make a Difference Day Wants You 10/19/14

KIONrightnow.com - Friends Outside to honor 20 people for their successful re-entry 9/26/14

Santa Cruz Sentinel - Santa Cruz County AmeriCorps gather 9/12/14

Santa Cruz Sentinel - Dedicated volunteer Fairfax Lomonosoff steps down 8/8/14

Santa Cruz Sentinel - Training helps get the most out of Santa Cruz County Volunteers 8/16/14

Santa Cruz Patch - National Award Earned for Tech Match Program with Seniors and Teens 6/18/14

Santa Cruz Sentinel - Santa Cruz Volunteer Center Program Wins $15,000 Technology Grant 6/17/14

Register Pajaronian - Full Scholarships Available for Teens 5/22/14

Santa Cruz Sentinel - Julie Jag Out There Column: Pregnancy puts a new spin on Human Race Fun

Aptos Times - Step Right Up: Jubilation and Big Top Fun at the Human Race 5/7/14

Santa Cruz Sentinel - Santa Cruz Mental Health Program Honors Volunteers 4/30/14

Santa Cruz Sentinel - Friends Outside honors success of former inmates 3/29/14

Santa Cruz Sentinel - 300 volunteer for day of service honoring Dr. King 1/20/14

Santa Cruz Sentinel - Santa Cruz Spanish speakers receive English tutoring 1/6/14

2011 News Archive

Santa Cruz Sentinel- Woman ends Santa Cruz stay with goal of helping Krygystan’s orphans 12/15/11

Santa Cruz Sentinel- Volunteers help brighten holiday for Adopt a Family Project 12/14/11

Santa Cruz Sentinel - Last Minute Gift Guide-Give the gift of a helping hand 12/10/11

San Jose Mercury News - Holiday Dream- Watsonville boy brings holiday cheer to children 11/24/11

Santa Cruz Sentinel - Karen Delaney, Be the Difference- Charitable giving at the holiday season plays an important role 11/22/11

Santa Cruz Sentinel - Watsonville’s Sandra Toscano finds hope, new life at Mariposa Wellness Center 11/22/11

Santa Cruz Sentinel - Holiday Helping Hands- A list of ways to help during the holiday season 11/10/11

Santa Cruz Sentinel - Adopt a Family project aims to provide basic needs during the Holidays 11/5/11

Santa Cruz Good Times - Taking the Lead 11/2/11

Register Pajaronian - Community Turns out to Make a Difference 10/24/11

Santa Cruz Sentinel - Stop, drop and volunteer: Annual Make a Difference Day features Nine Projects 10/23/11

Register Pajaronian- County’s Best Recognized at Luncheon 10/22/11

Watsonville Patch- Make a Difference this Weekend 10/20/11

Santa Cruz Sentinel- Volunteering in Santa Cruz Spans Generations 10/20/11

Santa Cruz Sentinel - Volunteer Center to hold Be the Difference Awards 10/19/11

Santa Cruz Sentinel - Karen Delaney, Be the Difference- What’s Right With Today’s Youth 9/20/11

Capitola Patch - Meet Susan Cabrera: Capitola’s Jacqueline of All Trades 9/20/11

Times Publishing - 5th Annual Be the Difference Awards 9/15/11

Watsonville Patch - Engaging Youth to Resolve Conflict and Envision Peace 9/9/11

Santa Cruz Sentinel - Events to mark  the 9/11 Anniversary 9/8/11

Aptos Times - Community Effort to Beautify Rio Del Mar – August 15,2011

Santa Cruz Sentinel - Project YouthServe Mural on Bonita Drive in Rio Del Mar draws Dozens of Supporters- August 8,2011

Santa Cruz Patch - The Long Road to Re-Entry: Why No One Should Have to Walk Alone- August 2, 2011

Santa Cruz Sentinel - Karen Delaney, Be the Difference- Flex Volunteering makes it easy to make a difference- July 26, 2011

The Patch.com - Living Safely in Your Santa Cruz Home- July 24, 2011

Santa Cruz Sentinel - Helping Hands Senior Home Repair Program Helps Keep Seniors Safe- July 8, 2011

Scotts Valley Times - Volunteers Support Seniors in Tough Financial Times – July 1, 2011

Santa Cruz Sentinel - Human Race Brings in 235,000 for local non-profits – June 15, 2011

Santa Cruz Sentinel - Agencies Hold Ribbon Cutting -June 4th ,2011

Santa Cruz Sentinel - Funding Cuts Concern Graffiti Removal Project- 6/3/11

Santa Cruz Sentinel - Karen Delaney, Be the Difference- Volunteer Turn Back the Tide of Graffiti – May 18,2011

Santa Cruz Patch - Santa Cruz Seniors Take on Technology 5/17/11

Santa Cruz Patch - Racing with Humans (and dogs) in Santa Cruz 5/11/11

Santa Cruz Sentinel - 31st Annual Human Race raises 250,000 for local organizations 5/7/11

Santa Cruz Patch- Patch Picks: Fun Places to Take your Mom 5/5/11

Santa Cruz Sentinel - Karen Delaney, Be the Difference- Walk for Change 4/19/11

Mid-County Post - Coping with Jail Crowding and Budget Cuts 4/19/11

Community TV- Friends Outside talks with Village Voices 4/12/11

Santa Cruz Sentinel - Volunteer Center and Live Oak Resource Center move into state of the art building 3/25/11

Santa Cruz Sentinel - Tech Workshops Pair Seniors and Teens 3/19/11

Santa Cruz Sentinel - Karen Delaney: Be the Difference Column-Animal Lovers and Animal Friends  3/15/11

Santa Cruz Sentinel - Santa Cruz Exhibit displays art of inmates and former inmates 3/4/11

Santa Cruz Sentinel - Karen Delaney: Be the Difference- E Pluribus Unum 2/15/11

Santa Cruz Sentinel - Praiseworthy: Families benefit from community’s generosity 2/14/11

Santa Cruz Sentinel - 31st Annual Human Race kicks off 2/11/11

Santa Cruz Sentinel - Grant seeks to reduce repeat criminal offenses in Santa Cruz County 2/8/11

Santa Cruz Sentinel - Hundreds volunteer on day of service honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 1/19/11

KSBW - Volunteers Mark MLK Day in Santa Cruz 1/19/11

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