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How to Give Back This Holiday Season

Santa Cruz Sentinel - Dec 17, 2018- It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, which means the season of giving to charity is upon us. Nearly a third of all charitable donations are made in December, according to Giving USA, and it’s not just for the tax deductions. During the shortest days of the year people tend to find themselves reflecting, giving thanks and trying to find ways to give back...... Continue Reading


Ready to Give Back for the Holiday?

Santa Cruz Sentinel - Nov 30, 2018- As November comes to a close we find ourselves in the heart of Holiday Season. For the marketing world this means the tinsel, glitter, and an endless supply of holiday baubles have arrived on store shelves and carols are playing over loud speakers all across America. For those looking beyond the commercial aspect for deeper meaning, it is also that wonderful time of year when the spirit of generosity and giving has the opportunity to take center stage...... Continue Reading 


Helping Their Community- Hundreds Attend Celebration Lunch

Register Pajaronian - Nov 21, 2018- As many as 300 people came to the Veterans Memorial Building in Watsonville Wednesday for a turkey-and-ham lunch, an annual Thanksgiving celebration created to bring together service organizations and the people they serve. The event is sponsored by South County Mental Health, the City of Watsonville, Front Street Inc., Mariposa Wellness Center and Community Connection, a program of Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County...... Continue Reading 


Volunteers Prep Toys for Tots Warehouse as Giving Season Begins

Register Pajaronian - Nov 17, 2018- Volunteers were mobilized thanks to the help of the Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County, which took part in the nationwide Family Volunteer Day. A number of projects were hosted across the county with the goal of bringing families together, such as beach cleanups, garden restorations, event preparation and more. ..... Continue Reading 


Santa Cruz Gives 2018: A Holiday Guide to Nonprofit Giving

Good Times Santa Cruz - Nov 14, 2018- Santa Cruz Gives has been embraced by the community in a whole new way this year, with the venerable Community Foundation Santa Cruz County contributing $20,000 to help our participating nonprofits reach their goals. And in turn, Santa Cruz Gives has evolved into a sort of fundraising hub for many nonprofits, where they learn from the expertise of our partners at the Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County—and from each other—some of the most cutting-edge ways to engage local donors on social media and in their day-to-day operations. ..... Continue Reading 


450 Attend This Year's Be the Difference Awards

Aptos Times- Nov 9, 2018- The Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County and sponsors celebrated the 2018 Be the Difference Awards honoring the individuals, groups, and businesses that transform Santa Cruz County through volunteerism at the Cocoanut Grove Friday Oct 24, 2018. A sold-out crowd of 450 individuals, community leaders, and business representatives joined in honoring local service champions...... Continue Reading 

Photo Credit: Johanna Miller Register Pajaronian

Annual Literacy Event Held at Starlight Elementary

Register Pajaronian- Nov 2, 2018-  Groups of elementary students, many in their Halloween costumes, gathered in Starlight Elementary School’s quad Wednesday for the annual “Un Libro a La Vez” (“One Book at a Time”) reading event.  A collaboration between the school, Watsonville High School’s ECHO Academy and the Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County, “Un Libro a La Vez” aims to promote literacy and connect the Pajaro Valley community. Members of ECHO Academy read out loud to the students, engaging them in discussion about the stories..... Continue Reading 


Live It Up Magazine Nonprofit Edition

Santa Cruz Sentinel- October 26, 2018-  Matching volunteers to nonprofits is an art.  The Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County provides in-person, phone and electronic matching to connect individuals with volunteer roles personally suited for them. They work with more than 300 programs across the county.... Continue Reading.

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