Providing For Our Community During The COVID-19 Crisis

We are committed to doing our part to promote public health by postponing, interrupting or canceling in-person activities while staying true to our mission of finding healthy, creative ways for people to contribute to community good.  View the list of services we are maintaining for volunteers, vulnerable populations, and fellow nonprofits. VIEW OUR SERVICES

AAF-Giving Tuesday

Fostering Togetherness on Giving Tuesday

Tuesday, December 1st

Every day at the Volunteer Center we meet kind people who step up to ensure that others are not alone in their struggle. We are incredibly grateful to those who have continued to reach out to support their neighbors this year. On Giving Tuesday, we invite all those generous folks to join us in supporting the Adopt a Family Project. For the last 30 years, the project has connected donors with local families in need. With your help we can make the holiday brighter for 500 families. Help us meet our goal of adopting 30 families today!

Learn More About How to Help Today


Join Us For the Adopt a Family Project

Adoption Line Open Now Through Dec 9th

As our days grow shorter, many of us shift our thoughts to the joy of the holiday season.  Unfortunately, for those families in our community struggling to make ends meet, this can be a worrisome time. Many Santa Cruz County families struggle to meet their basic needs and may go without enough food and warm clothing, let alone toys or other holiday gifts. This year with your help we will make the holiday brighter for 500 families including those impacted by the recent fires. Adopt, donate or volunteer!

Learn More About the Project 

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Your Guide to Holiday Volunteering

Opportunities Available Through New Year's
Are you looking for meaningful ways to give back this holiday season? We've got you covered with the 2020 Holiday Guide to Volunteering. Our comprehensive guide will provide you with a multitude of ways to share the spirit of the season by volunteering between now and New Year's, including Thanksgiving. The guide will be regularly updated throughout the holiday season so check back for new opportunities.

View the Online Holiday Guide 


Help With Food Distribution

Every Other Friday- Nov. 13 & 25, Dec. 11

COVID-19 and the related economic downturn have resulted in a sharp increase in food insecurity in Santa Cruz County. Would you like to help? Every other Friday, from 8:00 AM to 1:30 PM, volunteers are needed to help pass out food at a mass food distribution at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds in Watsonville.  Learn more and register by clicking the link below.

Register to Volunteer With This Project

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Community Roundtable for Emergency Preparedness

December 2 @ 10AM-  Zoom Call

Community Partners and Emergency Response Managers are invited to register for our Online Community Roundtable. Representatives from the California Office of Emergency Services and the Santa Cruz County Office of Emergency Services will be present to hear feedback from you about our community's level of emergency preparedness. To ensure an informed discussion, attendees will be asked to review disaster preparedness materials before attending. The first 30 community members who register for the event (and attend) will receive a $10 gift card to Target.

Register for the Roundtable 


Support Nonprofits With Santa Cruz Gives 

Santa Cruz Gives is back for its sixth season with 40 nonprofits presenting projects that benefit Santa Cruz County. We are a proud partner on this project working behind the scenes to help our fellow nonprofits have a successful campaign by providing training, consultation, and our donation processing. We encourage you to join in to help lift up our community by making a donation to an organization that inspires you.

Learn More About Santa Cruz Gives 


COVID Response Volunteers Needed

 Ongoing Opportunities
We have adapted our services to meet the immediate critical needs of some of the most vulnerable in our community and  are now providing food distribution, grocery shopping support, recruiting volunteers to staff our county emergency shelters, and enlisting volunteers to sew masks for county operations. Sign up via our COVID-19 Volunteer Registry to be matched with a current community need.
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