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Be the Difference Awards- Call for Nominations Happening Now

Aug 6, 2020

We are pleased to announce that the Call for Nominations for the 14th Annual Be the Difference Awards is now open.  The “Be the Difference” Awards are about honoring the individuals, groups, non-profits, and businesses that transform Santa Cruz County through volunteerism. We invited you to share your stories of inspiration. Have you worked alongside […] Read More

Creating Space and Connection for Youth During the Pandemic

Aug 5, 2020

With the spread of COVID-19, youth programming across the country has adapted to new ways of engaging children and teens both online and in person. During this time, YouthSERVE has remained dedicated to connecting youth, ages 11-17, with rewarding volunteer projects across Santa Cruz County. During the COVID-19 pandemic, our participants are completing at home […] Read More

PLEASE NOTE: Phone Service Disruptions This Week

Jul 21, 2020

The Volunteer Center and all of our office buildings will be transitioning to a new phone system in the coming week and this will bring disruption to our phone services.  In an effort to ensure that we can connect with community members, volunteers, partners, and program participants we want to inform you of the timing […] Read More

Organizing For Racial Equity

Jun 2, 2020

Systemic Racism exists in America, in California, in our beloved community, and in our agency. We see the evidence in unequal poverty rates, graduation rates, disproportionate incarceration rates, even in life span. We see it in the experiences of our own programs and when working with our clients. What is happening in our country is […] Read More

Prioritizing Hope Through Community Connection

May 29, 2020

Our sense of SELF. Our sense of WELLNESS. We carry forward with each. We wear them like armor, sink into them like a deep unforeseen hole, or hold them up brazenly like a golden ray of sun. Somedays we may vacillate and float between which way to carry them. Other days we may have more […] Read More

Creating Connections Through Grocery Shopping

May 20, 2020

Over the past two months as businesses, schools, and nonprofits have shuttered their doors and suspended programs, we’ve all been forced to adapt.  At the Volunteer Center, we’ve used this time to assess our resources and our strengths and we have made huge shifts to meet today’s immediate critical needs. Through this process, we’ve been […] Read More

Why I’m Giving my Stimulus Check to my Community….

May 6, 2020

Dick Davis joined our staff on #GivingTuesdayNow for the video premiere of Keep the Lights on Santa Cruz County to share why he is proud to donate his stimulus check to his community. Learn more below and watch his interview with Executive Director Karen Delaney. Hello, My name is Dick Davis and I am on […] Read More

Keep the Lights On Santa Cruz County Watch Party- May 5th

May 3, 2020

Like many community organizations, here at the Volunteer Center, we’ve made huge shifts in the way we business in order to both continue operations and meet the immediate critical needs of the community during the public health emergency. This public health emergency has had a huge emotional and economic toll on so many. From community […] Read More

Keep the Lights On for our Environment

Apr 22, 2020

Today, on this Earth Day, we are grateful for the community leaders and local organizations that cultivate the nature lover, budding scientist, and environmental advocate in each of us. Our community is happier and healthier because of the effort you put forward every day. We are honored to highlight five organizations fundraising through the Human […] Read More

National Volunteer Week during the Coronavirus Crisis

Apr 17, 2020

Acting with compassion for others and in ways that make our community stronger is what volunteers do. We see this during the COVID Crisis in people who are making and donating masks, shopping for seniors, delivering food and staffing shelters to help our neighbors Shelter in Place and all of us flatten the curve. In […] Read More

COVID-19 Response Volunteers Needed- Can You Help?

Apr 8, 2020

We are all living in a new reality with shelter-in-place. While some of us are continuing to work, others are wondering when they will be able to work and worrying about paying rent. While some of us are crowded with the kids at home, others are living alone and scared to leave the house. Whatever […] Read More

Putting Community First During a Public Health Emergency

Mar 13, 2020

Our mission at the Volunteer Center is to transform our community and ourselves for good through the power of each one of us finding meaningful ways to contribute our time, talent and resources to make our world better.  While this is always a big job – engaging 15,000 volunteers to donate $11 million worth of […] Read More

COVID-19 & The 2020 Human Race

Mar 13, 2020

While the celebration scheduled for May 9th will not cap off our six-week fundraising campaign this year, we feel undaunted as we know our generous community  is not one to be deterred. We also know that the most vital piece of the Human Race is the six week online giving campaign. Last year our fundraisers […] Read More

Ready to Launch our 40th Human Race

Feb 12, 2020

We are so excited to launch our 40th year of the Human Race later this month at the Kickoff Breakfast on Feb 26th. The Human Race is the perfect picture of the world we believe in– big-hearted, bold, and giving– Thanks to the people, organizations, and businesses it attracts. Year after year, we are proud […] Read More

Wishing You a Happy Holiday- See you in 2020

Dec 20, 2019

The Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County’s offices in Santa Cruz, Live Oak, and Santa Cruz are closed Friday, December 20th until Thursday, January 2nd, 2020. As we take time with our friends and families during the holidays, we rest knowing that because of your support of our family of 18 programs, this year we […] Read More

Give the Gift of Citizenship

Dec 15, 2019

We all want to give meaningful gifts over the holiday. What if you could give the incredible gift of opportunity for our Santa Cruz County dreamers and help build more pathways to citizenship? We want to tell you how you can. This holiday, we invite you to help cultivate a community that embraces every community […] Read More

Adopt a Family – It’s More Than Just a Gift

Nov 19, 2019

I’ve been volunteering with the Adopt A Family program since I was in high school, when my friends and I went down to the donation warehouse to “shop” from donated gifts and put together packages for families in need. That was 20 years ago (yikes!) and this program is still delivering holiday cheer to people experiencing […] Read More

Holiday Volunteering- Here’s How….

Oct 25, 2019

It’s the MOST  Wonderful Time of the Yeaaarrrr… wait, already? Can you believe that November is here! As we enter into the heart of the fall season and usher in the steady stream of holiday “hub-bub” and opportunities for rampant consumerism, we want to offer you a few ways to rejuvenate the soul by giving […] Read More

See you at the Be the Difference Awards

Oct 10, 2019

We look forward to celebrating our top 50 nominees with you at Be the Difference Awards Thursday, October 10th from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm at the Cocoanut Grove Ballroom. We want to set minds at ease that the Cocoanut Grove is not in the planned power outage zone. Additionally, we want to let you […] Read More

A Tale of Two American Women- Celebrating Literacy

Sep 23, 2019

Are you, like me, saddened or outraged at the current treatment of immigrant children and families and the narrative that immigrants and asylum seekers are un-American? As one of our Literacy Tutors put it, “I grew up revering that big statue that welcomes people to America. She represents something about us that is still meaningful […] Read More

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