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Helping Your Student Participate in the 2020 US Census

The United States Census is coming and you can help prepare your student by emphasizing the importance to our community and answering any questions your student may have. You may find that your student is distrustful of the government and reluctant to participate. By providing information, you may be able to help your student make […]

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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 […]

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From the Field – Meet Volunteer Dennis and Student Elie

Story Provided by Literacy Program Tutor Dennis Cavaillé Elie lived in California for two years. He is a regular musician at several local venues and working part-time at one of our local wineries. In pursuit of making California his home, he began research into obtaining a driver’s license and joined the Literacy Program. Elie drove […]

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From the Field – Meet Volunteer Linda

Story Provided by Literacy Program Tutor Linda Murphy In my eleven years of tutoring with the Literacy Program, the most rewarding work has to have been the time I spent with students whose goal was to obtain citizenship. The positive outcomes for my two students, their families, and for me were extraordinary and life-enhancing. It […]

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From the Field – Meet Literacy Partners April and Abi

Story Provided by Literacy Program Tutor April Reed Abi is a twenty-six-year-old woman, originally from El Salvador, who is an exceptional student in every way. In addition to twice-weekly lessons with me, Abi studies English on her own using Rosetta Stone, our homework or simply by watching a movie in English, for at least five […]

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Happy Halloween from Community Connection

It’s Halloween! For the staff and program participants of our mental health wellness program Community Connection, this is a day rooted in joy that celebrates deeply held connections and the history of the program. For more than 30 years staff have hosted an annual Halloween celebration as part of their long legacy of bringing people […]

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Summer of Service

We all experience pivotal moments in our youth that shape who we are today. Moments where we were pushed to overcome our fears and doubts and accomplish things we never thought we could. At the Volunteer Center, we believe every young person deserves opportunities to explore their potential and discover what makes them exceptional! This […]

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AmeriCorps Members Serving Here

This is AmeriCorps Week and programs across the country are celebrating the members that get things done for America! We are proud of the 11 AmeriCorps VIP Fellows that are now serving in our community! This year they will each volunteer for 1700 hours to support organizations in Santa Cruz County. They build the capacity […]

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