Call for Nominations– 2019 Be the Difference Awards

Nominate now through Aug. 23rd

We've launched the Call for Nominations for the 13th Annual Be the Difference Awards. The “Be the Difference” Awards honor the top 50 individuals, groups, non-profits, and businesses who are transforming Santa Cruz County through volunteerism. Who inspires you? Share your story about a dedicated volunteer, a non-profit that motivates you to take action, or a local business that goes the extra mile to make a difference in the community.  Nominate someone today.

Learn More and Download a Nomination Form


Literacy Program Tutor Orientations

Aug 28, Sept 10, 21, or 24  | Volunteer Center- 1740 17th Ave, Santa Cruz

Join the Literacy Program for a free one-hour orientation to learn more about becoming a tutor to a motivated adult learner. No teaching or foreign language skills necessary, just a desire to be of service. We provide training and match you with the right student. Orientations are held at the Santa Cruz Volunteer Center.

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Santa Cruz Gives- Call for Applications

Application Deadline: Sept 2nd

Approximately 30 organizations will be selected for Santa Cruz Gives and applications are now being accepted. We are once again partnering with Good Times Santa Cruz to select promising local nonprofits for this annual holiday giving campaign. Does your organization have a big idea for 2020 that will inspire donors to support you? We are excited to hear about it!

Learn More and Apply Today

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Matter of Balance Workshop for Seniors

Aug 1- Sept 19 | 9:30-11:30am Watsonville Senior Center | SPANISH SPEAKING ONLY

Join our Senior Programs Staff for this free class. A MATTER OF BALANCE emphasizes practical strategies to manage falls. Learn to set realistic goals to increase activity, change your environment to reduce fall risk factors, and learn simple exercises to increase strength and balance. Attendees are asked to commit to all classes for 8 weeks. Registration Required. No drop-ins.

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We're Still Here Exhibition at the MAH

Now through September 22, 2019 | Santa Cruz MAH-705 Front St. Santa Cruz, CA

Volunteer Center Senior Program Staff have teamed up with artists, seniors, and fellow advocates of C3 to create artwork about what it’s like to be a senior experiencing loneliness or isolation in Santa Cruz County.  This exhibition shares local seniors' personal stories with social isolation and provides community members with opportunities to take action for a more inclusive community.

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Be the Difference Awards Gala

Save the Date:  Thurs. Oct 10, 2019 |  11:30-1:30 PM | Cocoanut Grove

Join us as we celebrate the celebrate our top 50 nominees and 5 outstanding honorees at the 2019 Be the Difference Awards Gala Lunch. The Gala is annually attended by more than 400 local trail-blazers for good with representation from non-profits, local government, community members, and business leaders. We hope you will be one of them. Tickets will go on sale starting August 23rd.

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