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. Across our 22 programs, we are focused on the current critical needs of our community members, participants, and fellow nonprofits. View the list of services we are maintaining for volunteers, vulnerable populations, and fellow nonprofits. VIEW OUR SERVICES


Be the Difference Awards- Join us in Virtual Celebration

Weds, October 21st @ 12 PM

Our community stepped up once again to share their extraordinary stories of volunteers, businesses, and non-profits who transform our community through volunteerism  and we are so excited to once again celebrate the 55 chosen nominees. While we won't gather in person, we invite you to join us for the Watch Party Premiere of the 2020 Be the Difference Awards on Oct 21 for a fabulous hour of entertainment and inspiration. You will be in the online company of  local leaders, athletes, musicians, and trailblazers for good.

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FIRE Emergency Response Volunteers

Our hearts go out to every community member who has been directly impacted by the fires. In partnership with the Office of Emergency Services, the County of Santa Cruz, Red Cross, and Animal Services we are working to identify safe ways for volunteers to help with emerging needs as we move into the long-term recovery phase. Currently our primary need is staffing the  donation centers but we will keep you posted via our site as new needs arise.

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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

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AmeriCorps VIP Year of Service

September 2020 - July 2021 or February- July 2021, Applications due February 2021

Serve as an AmeriCorps Fellow with the Volunteer Infrastructure Program. You will play a crucial role in developing relationships with high-value volunteers to serve in community organizations focused on youth and families who are struggling economically across California. VIP Fellows work hand in hand with organizations to develop the quality of volunteer opportunities and expand the quantity opportunities to address unmet community needs.

Learn More and Apply


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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