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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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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


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

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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


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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