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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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Teens dedicate their summer vacation to service

Teens have made a big splash during the YouthSERVE Summer Institute (YSI), with 34 participating youth serving at twelve different sites in Watsonville and Santa Cruz! Teens volunteers spent the past six weeks packing and preparing food for low income families and the homeless population at Pajaro Valley Loaves and Fishes and the Food Bank. […]

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Be the Difference for Local Youth

At the Watsonville Volunteer Center, I am fortunate to witness moments when individuals come together and bring exuberant vitality and security to our community. Cesar Chavez said, “From the depth of need and despair, people can work together, can organize themselves to solve their own problems and fill their own needs with dignity and strength.” […]

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Meet Grace

Grace recently graduated from UCSC with a degree in Biology. She has been a Jail Visitor with Friends Outside since October providing in-custody services. She is really happy her time makes an impact on the Friends Outside community because this work has made a big impact on her life. Her favorite part of volunteering is […]

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Meet Sarah

Volunteer of the Month June 2015 For the past six months Sarah has been a volunteer at Friends Outside’s Watsonville Location as an Aftercare Case Manger and Re-Entry Advocate. Sarah has recently graduated from UCSC earlier this month with her B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Linguistics. She feels that the knowledge and experience she […]

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Meet Alisha

Volunteer of the Month March 2015 Alisha has been a dedicated Main Jail visitor for 6 months. For her, she says the  best part about jail visiting is connecting people with their friends and family members and helping them maintain a relationship with their loved ones on the outside. In her volunteer work, she has experienced assisting many clients […]

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Meet Brianna

Volunteer of the Month February 2015 Brianna M. has been working with Friends Outside for 6 months as a dedicated Re-Entry Advocate helping clients navigate their reintegration into the community. Brianna is currently in her last year of completing her Bachelor’s degree in Legal Studies with a minor in Education. After graduation, she hopes to […]

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