Supporting Senior Health: Major Grant Expands Fall Prevention Efforts to Greater Monterey Bay Region

a group of seniors celebrate in a classroom

Volunteer Center’s Empowered Aging Division Receives Grant from Central California Alliance for Health to Support Falls Prevention Program Santa Cruz, CA, June 13, 2024 —The Volunteer Center’s Empowered Aging Division recently received a significant grant from the Central California Alliance for Health (CCAH) to support the expansion of its evidence-based falls prevention program, A Matter … 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

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

Felton Grove Cleanup benefits from army of volunteers

A volunteer digs out the entryway to a Felton Grove home.

AMERICORPS AND VOLUNTEER CENTER TEAM UP TO HELP RESIDENTS By: DREW PENNER Scotts Valley Press BannerFebruary 3, 2023 ….It’s not that neighborhood residents were unaware of the flood risk.“Theoretically we are prepared for this,” (Felton Grove resident)  said, noting it’s the first time they’ve tapped into the Volunteer Center’s network. “We generally just recover ourselves. … Read more

Volunteers help cleanup Felton Grove neighborhood

two volunteers stand in knee deep mud, holding shovels as they take a break outside of a flooded home

KION 546 Report By Ana Torrea – January 26, 2023 FELTON, Calif. (KION-TV)- Volunteers in Santa Cruz County came out on Thursday to help clean up the Felton Grove neighborhood. It was one of the hardest-hit areas during the winter storms. Volunteers met at Covered Bridge Park Thursday afternoon. The Felton Grove neighborhood is just one of several … Read more

Editorial | In praise of volunteers as Santa Cruz County cleans up

Santa Cruz Sentinel – January 20, 2023 – EDITORIAL BOARD… “the volunteer response has been so overwhelming that the Santa Cruz County Volunteer Center reported to the Sentinel they only have tools and safety equipment for so many volunteers in a day to help in Felton, Capitola and Watsonville. For now, the Volunteer Center’s efforts, said … Read more

Volunteers come together to clean up storm damage in Felton

young volunteers covered in mud celebrate a hard days a work while grateful homeowners look on, and the San Lorenzo River rages in the background

Santa Cruz Sentinel – January 20, 2023 – Aric SleeperFELTON — More than 50 volunteers from the Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County and others from all over California gathered at Felton Covered Bridge County Park Friday to help the neighborhood of Felton Grove shovel its way back to some kind of normalcy after multiple flood … Read more

Santa Cruz storm cleanup: After the storm, volunteers are needed for cleanup and recovery

KSBW Action News 8 – Jan 6, 2023 CAPITOLA, Calif. —After a bomb cyclone wreaked havoc on sections of the Santa Cruz County coastline, volunteers are needed to help with recovery. People who want to help with the recovery effort can reach out to the Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County.The center says they are looking … Read more

Support services organize amid ongoing storm impacts in Santa Cruz County

Volunteer Center Executive Director Karen Delaney strategizes clean-up efforts with Team Rubicon on a sunny day in Felton Grove, Felton, CA

Santa Cruz Sentinel – January 11, 2023 – PK Hattis “….The Santa Cruz Volunteer Center is also coordinating efforts across the county for people looking to donate their time and energy. The Volunteer Center’s Executive Director Karen Delaney told the Sentinel on Wednesday that a total of about 300 people have signed up to help with … Read more

Adopt-a-Family for Christmas: There Are Many Ways to Have a Meaningful Holiday

Santa Cruz Sentinel -December 12, 2022 The Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County serves as the heart of holiday giving, coordinating with agencies and support networks across the county to ensure our most vulnerable neighbors have the support they need. To make it easy for potential volunteers to connect with causes they care about, the … Read more

Fairfax Lomonosoff Memoriam

  Santa Cruz Sentinel – June 24 – In Memory of Fairfax Lomonosoff. Fairfax Lomonosoff passed away peacefully on May 29, 2022, with her daughter Catherine and granddaughter Natalie by her side. She was 94……..Fairfax had a lifelong passion for volunteering which began during WWII in Chappaqua NY… She was initially employed at the Retired Senior … Read more

Good Idea: Difference Makers

  GoodTimes Weekly – May 11 – Put on your finest pair of Tevas and get ready to walk the red carpet to thank our community’s volunteers. The Be the Difference Awards honor the individuals, groups and businesses that power Santa Cruz County’s legion of those who donate their time and energy to great causes locally. … Read more

Delaney addresses lawmakers

Santa Cruz Sentinel  – March 13 – The vital role of the Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County, in particular its work over the last two years providing essential COVID-19 and fire response to the community, has been noticed by state nonprofit sector leaders as well as state government leaders. On Feb. 17, Karen Delaney, executive … Read more