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

Be the Difference Award Nominations- Deadline Aug 23

Aug 16, 2019

Everyday thousands of volunteers take action to make Santa Cruz County a more vibrant and connected place to live. We are so excited to celebrate the folks who give their time, talent, and resource to improve our quality of life at the 13th Annual Be the Difference Awards. Who do you think should be standing […] Read More

Teens Making it a Summer of Service in Santa Cruz County

Jun 17, 2019

Every summer, teens make a difference in their community at non-profit organizations through YouthSERVE Summer Institute. During this six week program, youth volunteer and participate in workshops and field trips that give them tools that will be beneficial to them in their future careers. Youth choose where there would like to volunteer based on their […] Read More

How You Can Help Fight Senior Loneliness

Jun 11, 2019

Forty-Five Opportunities to Help Fight Senior Loneliness as a Volunteer…and one you can get PAID for. In a given week, how many people do you talk to? You text your sister every day. Joke with coworkers over lunch. Catch up with an old friend while strolling on West Cliff. Without realizing it, you probably engage […] Read More

GIVE BIG Today for the 2019 Human Race

May 8, 2019

39 years ago, the Human Race started as a whimsy idea by a handful of young Nonprofit Directors who wanted to build community. Then, generous people just like you stepped in, and that little idea grew. As of 2019, millions of dollars have been raised through the Human Race for the causes people love. This […] Read More

Local Seniors Connect, Create, & Contribute

May 6, 2019

This month we celebrate Older Americans Month by recognizing the amazing older adults all around us that are making a positive impact as volunteers, employees and advocates. Older adults are an incredible resource for our community. By engaging and supporting all ages, we recognize that older adults play an important role in the vitality of […] Read More

Celebrating the Power of Volunteerism

Apr 26, 2019

It has been a busy month of celebration at the Volunteer Center. Earlier this month we celebrated  National Volunteer Week and last week as the Volunteer Initiative Program Coordinator, I had the opportunity to celebrate twenty of our outstanding volunteers who give their time to the departments within the County of Santa Cruz. This annual […] Read More

National Volunteer Week- Celebrating YOU…

Apr 9, 2019

It’s National Volunteer Week and for communities across the nation this week brings the opportunity to shine the spotlight on the value of volunteerism. Established in 1974, National Volunteer Week demonstrates the power of volunteerism to bring people together for positive change. Each year during National Volunteer Week, along with our partners we host events […] Read More

Our AmeriCorps Members “Get Things Done”

Mar 11, 2019

This week the Volunteer Center has joined in the nationwide celebration of AmeriCorps Week to spotlight the vital work done by AmeriCorps members in communities across the Country. Started in 1994, more than 75,000 Americans participate in AmeriCorps each year and these individuals have contributed over 1 billion hours of service. Here at the Volunteer Center […] Read More

Community Partners Bring New Life to Our Programs

Mar 5, 2019

At the Volunteer Center, we are fortunate to work with a host of local businesses who choose to be front and center with our programs by giving their time, knowledge, and resource. These businesses “get it”- They care about the issues affecting our residents, they value community as a key part of their bottom line, […] Read More

Ring in the New Year With Senior Wellness

Jan 4, 2019

Happy New Year! We know that sometimes the post holiday season with the departure of family and friends can feel like a bit of a letdown, especially for seniors. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Now is the time to revel in a bit of downtime, define new goals, and seize the moment […] Read More

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