Adopt a Family Project

Hotline Open: Now - Dec 6th | 10AM- 4PM  | Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County

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 local families struggle to meet their basic needs and may go without enough food and warm clothing, let alone toys or other holiday gifts. With your help we can make the holiday brighter for struggling families. You can choose to adopt, donate, or give a gift.

  Learn More  | Adoption Request Form


Santa Cruz Gives

Give Where You Live Now through Dec. 31

The message has come through loud and clear: people in Santa Cruz County care about improving and uplifting their community, and they have chosen Santa Cruz Gives as a vehicle for being a part of that positive change. We are thrilled to join fellow partners to team up with Santa Cruz GoodTimes for this annual giving campaign. Support the BIG IDEAS from your favorite causes today.

Visit Santa Cruz Gives and Donate

Sentinel Photo- Credit Dan Croyo

Holiday Volunteer Guide

Opportunities available now through New Year's

Are you looking for meaningful ways to give back this holiday season? We've got you covered with the 2019 Guide to Holiday Volunteering. Our comprehensive guide will provide you with the multitude of ways to share in the spirit of the season by volunteering between now and New Year's. Included in the guide are Thanksgiving and Christmas meal options. The Guide will be regularly updated throughout the holiday season so check back often for the latest opportunities.

View The Online Guide  | Download the 2019 Holiday Guide 


South County Mental Health Thanksgiving

Nov. 27th  from 12-2PM @ Watsonville Vets Hall (215 E Beach St.)

Join with our staff from Community Connection and volunteer to create a warm and loving meal for individuals from the mental health community. Every year hundreds of folks come together the day before Thanksgiving to connect and celebrate. Your help is needed to make this event special. Donate items, volunteer at the event, help with set-up or take down, or help with pre-event cooking.

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Literacy Program Tutor Orientations

Nov. 6, 16, or 19 | 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.

Learn More and RSVP 

senior and teen at tablet

Senior Tech Support Program

Dec 7th from 12-3PM @ Louden Nelson Senior Computer Center

Seniors are invited to drop in for free tech, app, and internet support to gain the skills you desire to stay connected with your friends and family online.  YouthServe teens and adult mentors will be available to provide one on one support and answer your questions about the devices you own- phones, laptops, ipads, cameras etc.  The program is available free of charge for all interested seniors. Please Note: Computers are available for internet use questions but if you have questions specific to a device, please bring this with you.

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