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


Adopt a Family Project Kick-off

Adoption Line Opens Nov. 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 who have been impacted by the recent fires or who are struggling with severe economic strain. You can help by adopting, donating or volunteering.

Learn More About the Project 


Help With Food Distribution

Every Other Friday- Oct 30, 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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Literacy Orientations For New Volunteer Tutors

October 13, 20, 21, or 24

Join the Literacy Program for a free one-hour online orientation to learn more about becoming a tutor to a motivated adult learner. No teaching or foreign language skills are necessary, just a desire to be of service. We provide training and match you with the right student. Due to the pandemic, we are hosting all orientations and trainings online and student teaching is happening via teleservices as well. We have a host of orientation dates and times scheduled throughout October. Click the link below to RSVP for the date and time of your choosing.

Learn More About Volunteering & RSVP for an Orientation


Be the Difference Awards- Thanks for Joining Us!

Did you miss it? There is still time to watch!

On Oct. 21st we shared the extraordinary stories of volunteers, businesses, and non-profits who transform our community through volunteerism at the 14th Annual Be the Difference Awards. If you missed the Watch Party Premiere, you can still watch it in full and we think you don't want to miss the gem of inspiration.Thanks to our community partners for helping create a fabulous hour of entertainment.

Learn More And Watch


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Get Prepared Before the Next Fire or Emergency

Santa Cruz County residents are invited to join us in accessing free resources to prepare for an emergency. Natural disasters, including earthquakes, floods, fires, and more can occur at any time. We've partnered with Listos California, from the Office of the Governor to ensure more community members are prepared. Learn how to make an emergency plan, what documents you should have on hand, how to coordinate with others, how to register for county and PG&E emergency alerts, and more.

Learn More About Emergency Preparedness


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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Committing to the Work of Racial Equity

Ongoing Opportunities

In this moment, we want to amplify the voices of fellow organizations that can connect you with immediate direct action. If you are looking for ways to reach out into your community to volunteer, donate, or learn more, view our list of some of the organizations in Santa Cruz County working for racial equity.

Discover Organizations Working for Racial Equity

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