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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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Sharing the Love of Literacy

Children throughout the country are donning towering red and white caps this week as they celebrate the birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss, who would have turned 111 on Monday, March 2. Dr. Seuss introduced many of us to the joy of reading, entertaining us with his fun, rhyming tales of Grinches, green […]

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MLK Day 2015

MONDAY, JAN 19TH Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?” Each year, Americans across the country answer that question by coming together on the King Holiday to serve their community. Join with your neighbors from across Santa Cruz County as we make it […]

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Give it Away Day

June 8th from 1-4PM–  Join YouthServe for a day of  giving as they team up with 3 fellow non-profits to support children and their families. YouthServe teens would like to collect your new and used clothing, canned goods, and donations of gift cards. Items Needed: ·      $25 Gas Cards (Jacob’s Heart) ·      $10 Target Gift […]

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Junior Volunteers Teams up with GroupOn Grassroots

[column width=”40%” padding=”5%”] Our Campaign is now live…. DONATE HERE Our Youth Program Junior Volunteers has teamed up with GroupOn Grassroots, the philanthropic arm of  GroupOn, to reward teens who do good in our local community. This year, the Volunteer Center has mobilized 25 Teen Fellows to participate in the Junior Volunteers Program, a six […]

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Adopt A Family Gift Wrapping

YouthSERVE was at the Volunteer Center’s Adopt A Family warehouse yesterday sorting and wrapping the multitude of presents received from generous donors throughout Santa Cruz County. In parternship with GenerationOn, Hasbro, Inc.  donated one toy to a child in need for every participating volunteer, effectively doubling our impact . YouthSERVE reminds you to give back […]

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Holiday Placemats for Kindred Nursing and Rehabilitation Center

YouthSERVE employed the help of the Good Shepherd Catholic School to decorate over 45 holiday placemats for the Kindred Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Erika Hanson helped enlist the talents of Good Shepherd’s sixth, seventh and eighth graders, who came together to provide some holiday cheer to those who may not be able to join their […]

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Thanksgiving at Pajaro Valley Loaves and Fishes

On November 23rd, we convened at Pajaro Valley Loaves and Fishes to help prepare a Thanksgiving meal for more than 150 hungry people in Watsonville.  The kitchen was packed with over 20 volunteers from throughout Santa Cruz County peeling and chopping fruits and vegetables. YouthSERVE assisted in sorting food in the pantry, preparing the dining […]

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Pumpkin Carving at El Centro

Yesterday, youth headed to El Centro, a senior residential facility operated by Mercy Housing California. We carved pumpkins and decorated the facility to make the fall season more festive. The residents showed their appreciation by preparing delicious sweetbread, deviled eggs and salsa for our volunteers and everyone got their own pumpkin. Be sure to check […]

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