Be the Difference Awards Celebrates the Spirit of Volunteerism

Featured Mini-Documentaries Shine a Spotlight on Local Heroes A Heartfelt Gathering That Inspires Us All to “Be the Difference” The event was not merely a celebration but a powerful reminder of the resilience and compassion that bind our community together, especially during challenging times. As Katie Fairbarin, Chief Experience Officer for Santa Cruz Community Credit … Read more

High Fives for Volunteerism!

Group photo of 16 diverse volunteers and staff members of the Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County, standing outside their building. They are smiling and posing together on a sunny day, with one person holding a clear trophy, celebrating their community service achievements.

Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County Receives Prestigious Community Service Award The Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County is honored to announce that it has been awarded the High Five Community Service Excellence Award. This prestigious recognition is presented by FOX 35 and Monterey Credit Union to commend organizations and individuals who demonstrate an unwavering … Read more

Meet the Stars of Volunteer Service

Introducing the 2024 Be the Difference Honorees! Tickets Now Open for the Heartwarming Community Event at The Boardwalk’s Cocoanut Grove In an inspiring celebration of service and community spirit, the Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County is set to host the 2024 Be the Difference Awards on Wednesday, May 8, from 11:30 am – 1:30 … Read more

UCSC: Empowering communities through partnership

Five UCSC undergraduates, one graduate student, and two faculty members working with The Blum Center on Poverty, Social Enterprise, and Participatory Governance spent their Saturday volunteering at the build site, highlighting one of the experiential learning opportunities UCSC students are gaining from a partnership with Habitat for Humanity.  Originally Published May 17, 2023 By Haneen Zain This project was made … Read more

10 Ways to Make a Difference During Global Volunteer Month

Youthserve Volunteers and staff help out at the Homeless Garden Project

April is Global Volunteer Month, and the Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County is leading the charge with volunteer opportunities taking place every day in April.  The U.S. Surgeon General’s Office recently highlighted in an advisory the negative health impacts of loneliness, isolation, and social disconnection, referring to the situation as an epidemic in the … Read more

Vote for Volunteers!

We’re participating in the Target Circle program! Vote for the Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County and help direct Target’s giving to support volunteers in our community.  If you shop at Target and are a member of Target’s loyalty program, you automatically earn “votes” for local nonprofits every time you shop. These votes are turned … Read more

2023 Finding Comfort and Joy

A Letter from our Executive Director, Karen Delaney We started 2023 together in the pouring rain – and hundreds of you showed up to fill and place sandbags, help with evacuations and staff shelters.  It is hard to describe how much it changes one’s view of the world to see ordinary people show up, day … Read more

Five Ways to Give Joy this Holiday Season

Want to jump-start that feeling of holiday joy you had as a child?  Then, join a cherished local tradition: giving the gift of joy through the Volunteer Center’s Adopt-a-Family program.  Bringing joy to a child is one of the greatest feelings of all, that embodies what this season is all about. Adopt-A Family is a … Read more

Volunteer Center Requesting Community Support for its Holiday Adopt-a-Family Program

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASECONTACT: Leslie LeeDirector of Community More Than 150 Santa Cruz County Families Still In Need of Donations of Food and Gifts This Holiday Season SANTA CRUZ COUNTY–November 23, 2023In an urgent response to the heightened needs of the community following devastating winter storms and floods, the Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County … Read more

Dear Nonprofits: Volunteers are Eager to Help You this Holiday Season!

List your projects in the Volunteer Center's 2023 Holiday Volunteer Guide

If you are a nonprofit leader, here are a few facts you might find interesting: 25% of all new volunteers make their first contribution to an organization between Thanksgiving and New Year’s! -and- Over 300 NEW volunteers contact the Volunteer Center during the holidays – looking for ways to support organizations like yours. At the Volunteer Center, … Read more

US Dept. of Justice designates Santa Cruz County Women’s Recovery and Reentry progra a national Model

Media Release: October 2, 2023 Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office, Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County, Gemma/NewLife Transitional Housing Partner and Janus of Santa Cruz to Serve as National Mentor Training Program The Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office, Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County’s Friends Outside Program, New Life and Gemma Programs and Janus of … Read more

Environmental Volunteering in Santa Cruz County

If you love to volunteer outdoors protecting and restoring our environment, then the Environteers Weekly Update will keep you informed and inspired. The website and their Update e-newsletter publicize the educational and volunteer activities of all of our County’s environmental groups. Our mission is to make it easy to keep informed and in action. … Read more

Get Out and About in June!

It’s summer in Santa Cruz County and you know what that means? It’s time to Get Out and About – volunteering to foster a thriving, inclusive community! This month,we’re featuring volunteer opportunities that aim to ensure everyone in our community feels seen, heard, and valued, and get you out and about enjoying our beautiful parks, … Read more

Connecting People for Good

Martin Luther King Jr. once said “Everybody can be great. Because anybody can serve. … You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”  Volunteering in service to others helps our local community, and inspires and enriches our participants’ lives. Our participants in the Avenues program come to us with the … Read more

Many Hands Make Light Work

Thank you to all the volunteers who came out this weekend to help clean up Pajaro and to KSBW for reporting on these critical clean-up efforts. Watch the Clip Here There is SO much more work to be done. But, as one of our volunteers said in the video, “Many hands make light work.” Volunteer … Read more