Keep the Lights On Santa Cruz County Watch Party- May 5th

Like many community organizations, here at the Volunteer Center, we’ve made huge shifts in the way we business in order to both continue operations and meet the immediate critical needs of the community during the public health emergency. This public health emergency has had a huge emotional and economic toll on so many. From community … Read more

Keep the Lights On for our Environment

Today, on this Earth Day, we are grateful for the community leaders and local organizations that cultivate the nature lover, budding scientist, and environmental advocate in each of us. Our community is happier and healthier because of the effort you put forward every day. We are honored to highlight five organizations fundraising through the Human … Read more

National Volunteer Week during the Coronavirus Crisis

Acting with compassion for others and in ways that make our community stronger is what volunteers do. We see this during the COVID Crisis in people who are making and donating masks, shopping for seniors, delivering food and staffing shelters to help our neighbors Shelter in Place and all of us flatten the curve. In … Read more

Putting Community First During a Public Health Emergency

Our mission at the Volunteer Center is to transform our community and ourselves for good through the power of each one of us finding meaningful ways to contribute our time, talent and resources to make our world better.  While this is always a big job – engaging 15,000 volunteers to donate $11 million worth of … Read more

COVID-19 & The 2020 Human Race

While the celebration scheduled for May 9th will not cap off our six-week fundraising campaign this year, we feel undaunted as we know our generous community  is not one to be deterred. We also know that the most vital piece of the Human Race is the six week online giving campaign. Last year our fundraisers … Read more

Why I Teach Literacy- A Personal Testimonial

Why do you volunteer? We all have our stories, and here’s mine: When I was 18, I was diagnosed with severe depression. I did not know, then, that depression would debilitate me for much of my adult life, nor that my diagnosis was incomplete. It would be decades before I found a doctor who helped … Read more

Ready to Launch our 40th Human Race

We are so excited to launch our 40th year of the Human Race later this month at the Kickoff Breakfast on Feb 26th. The Human Race is the perfect picture of the world we believe in– big-hearted, bold, and giving– Thanks to the people, organizations, and businesses it attracts. Year after year, we are proud … Read more

Tutoring with Tech

On December 3rd, 18 tutors joined Claire Castagna at the Tutoring with Tech Workshop. The focus was to explore videos and apps that are designed for English learners and which students could use as homework. “We know that the one or two hours we spend each week with our student just isn’t enough,” Claire explained. … Read more