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Be the Difference Awards Call for Nominations

Mon August 15 - Weds Sept 7th

The “Be the Difference” Awards are about honoring the individuals, groups, non-profits, and businesses who are dedicated to making our community great through volunteerism.  Who are your local champions for service in  Santa Cruz County?  Do you work alongside a dedicated volunteer, love the way a local non-profit engages volunteers, or want to recognize a local business that goes the extra mile to support the community? Nominate someone today.

Learn More and Download a Nomination Form

Apply Now for Santa Cruz Gives

Now Through Sept 7th

Want to receive more donations and publicity for your organization this holiday season?  Then apply to participate in Santa Cruz Gives!, a holiday giving campaign organized by the Good Times with  support from the Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County.  All local non-profits are encouraged to apply.

Complete the Application

Help Youth Start Their Year With Success

Projects available throughout Santa Cruz County

This month students are heading back to school to kick off another year of learning and discovery. We all want our local youth to feel included and have the tools they need to succeed. You can help make this happen by giving your time to programs that help teens believe they can achieve. Check out our list of volunteer opportunities.

Volunteer to Support Youth Success

Service Enterprise Training for Non Profits

Aptos Training Dates - 9am to 1pm | July 22, Aug. 4, Aug. 19 and Sept. 1

We are pleased to partner with Points of Light, the largest organization in the world dedicated to volunteer service, to offer you the Service Enterprise Initiative (SEI). This initiative goes beyond standard volunteer management training by empowering nonprofits to more effectively address community needs and scale their operations by transforming the way they engage volunteers. We offer this training throughout the year and provide scholarships to qualified non-profits.

Learn More About the Training


Be the Difference Awards Gala

Cocoanut Grove Ballroom - 11:30 am to 1:30 pm | October 28th

Join us as we celebrate our local champions of service as the 10th Annual Be the Difference Awards. Learn more about the event, previous winners, and how to nominate. Don't miss your chance to take part in this great community event.  Tickets will be on sale starting Sept 16th.

Learn More About the Be the Difference Awards

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