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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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Value of AmeriCorps

We all see the many problems that people face in our own community and nationally but only a few of us are willing to give up the comforts of our daily lives and take action. This is the true value of the AmeriCorps program – it provides a framework for any American to make a […]

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YouthSERVE Teens Awarded Cesar Chavez Honor

Congratulations to our YouthSERVE Reading Buddies volunteers! They’ve been selected for this year’s Cesar Chavez Community Awards and they will receive an award from the City of Watsonville on March 23rd from 6-8pm at the Civic Plaza Community Room. The Reading Buddies Program pair tutors, ages 11-18, with children in kindergarten through second grade to […]

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