Skipping and Dancing our Way to a Better World

Apr 29, 2016

Nonprofits have a well-deserved reputation for motivating and inspiring people with powerful appeals to our hearts. We lead with the need.  We make you cry.  Sad music swells in the background of our stories of loss and redemption. There’s no doubt, we are unrelenting in our effort to change the world. But what if you […] Read More

Discovering Strength and Defying Labels

Apr 18, 2016

At the Volunteer Center it is our goal transform our community and ourselves through volunteerism, empowering everyone to be the difference. This mission is carried forward in an endless number of ways through our family of programs. Sometimes folks are surprised to discover the variety of what we do. “You do that as well?!” they […] Read More

Does Your Organization Leverage Volunteer Skills?

Apr 13, 2016

As a busy nonprofit professional I know that there is never enough time to get everything on my “TO DO” list done. I balance my budget, write reports, answer 100’s of emails every week and keep my program website and social media up to date. Not to mention, fundraising, committees, local government meetings, and special […] Read More

Experience the Power of Hope, Change and Justice

Apr 2, 2016

Sometimes the power of what our volunteers accomplish strikes me like lightening. Waiting to go into the fifth meeting of a very long day, I decided to be productive and use 5 minutes to catch up on LinkedIn.  The smile on the person sitting proudly at a new workstation in a well-known local company, asking […] Read More

YouthServe Teens Awarded by City of Watsonville

Mar 24, 2016

We are proud to announce that three teens who are active participants of the Volunteer Center Program YouthServe will be awarded by the City of Watsonville this evening March 24th for their dedication to our community. YouthServe Members Lily Constanza, Yesenia Abundis, and Marisa Upson are among the 7 candidates selected to receive the 2016 […] Read More

Honoring Chavez with Acts of Compassion

Mar 21, 2016

“Kindness and compassion towards all living beings is a mark of a civilized society.” –Cesar Chavez Apt words by Cesar Chavez that are particularly relevant in our current political climate. Chavez had a remarkable skill for bringing communities to the table, for effectively engaging across unspoken lines, and for demonstrating how the courage of one […] Read More

3 Reasons to Register a Team for the Human Race

Mar 9, 2016

If you’ve never participated in the Human Race, our Human Race Coordinator Kelly Mercer has 3 reasons why you should sign up this year! 2016 marks my 4th year directing this collaborative community fundraising event for Santa Cruz County, and I can honestly say I am most excited about the potential for this year’s event. Here […] Read More

In Celebration of AmeriCorps

Mar 7, 2016

Did you know that we have an amazing group of individuals in Santa Cruz County who have chosen to devote a year of their time to National Service? This dedicated cadre of individuals are heading off to non-profits and schools everyday of the week to make our community better. Often they are doing the quiet […] Read More

Will Your Non-Profit Go for the Gold?

Mar 2, 2016

We are so excited to bring a fresh new look to the Human Race Walkathon and Fun Run. With a powerhouse team of new partners beside us, we are confident this will be our most successful year to date.  The 2016 Race is one you don’t want to miss as we put this year’s Olympic race […] Read More

Choose Kindness in February

Feb 8, 2016

As our days unfold sometimes we all take on a bit of  struggle, strife, or stress but thankfully we also have the amazing capacity for love and kindness. In honor of February we invite you to seek out the small ways we can each spread kindness.  Check out our list of ways to brighten the […] Read More

3 Reasons Not to Miss the 2016 Trivia Challenge

Feb 3, 2016

Volunteer Center Executive Director Karen Delaney shares her top three reasons you don’t want to miss the 7th Annual Trivia Challenge happening at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium on Friday February 26th. We do tons of great events at the Volunteer Center, and the one I most look forward to – as does my family […] Read More

MLK Day 2016- A Huge Success

Jan 20, 2016

A huge thank-you to everyone who chose to take action for our community on Martin Luther King Day. Nearly 450 local residents fanned out across Santa Cruz County to support  community organizations in need. Your actions helped make the day brighter for kids with cancer, gave homeless men and women a helping hand, encouraged a […] Read More

Martin Luther King Day 2016

Jan 6, 2016

MONDAY, JAN 18TH Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?” Each year, Americans across the country answer that question by coming together on the King Holiday to serve their community. We invite you to join with your neighbors from across Santa Cruz County […] Read More

Holiday Schedule

Dec 23, 2015

Thank you for another year of generosity and service!  Our Centers and Programs will be closed from Thursday, December 24th, reopening on Monday, January 4th at 9 am.  For Holiday volunteer ideas, check the Holiday Volunteering Guide, or view are Volunteer page to see a world of ways to Make Your Moments Matter!  We wish […] Read More

Continue the Spirit of Generosity through December

Dec 16, 2015

A huge thank-you to every donor and volunteer that helped to make the holidays brighter through the Adopt a Family Project this year. Through the care and compassion of the community, we are able to provide over 450 struggling families with food, clothing, toys and love during the holiday season. Our gift delivery warehouse overflowed […] Read More

Welcome to our New Website

Dec 9, 2015

We are excited to welcome you to our new website. We hope the site offers an improved user experience to help you find the information you want to get engaged in our community. We invite you to visit the volunteer page to find out the variety of ways to connect with volunteerism and we also […] Read More

100 Families Awaiting Adoption – Your help is needed.

Dec 8, 2015

In the past month our generous community has done a fantastic job of coming together to ensure that our less fortunate neighbors will enjoy the holidays too. We’ve adopted over 300 families, recruited volunteers to support the program, and received monetary as well as in-kind donations from individuals, community groups, and business partners; however, we’re […] Read More

Giving Thanks for a Dedicated Volunteer

Nov 23, 2015

The holiday season is upon us, and Thanksgiving is right around the corner– a day for celebrating our friendships, spending time with our families, and taking time out of our busy lives to stop and give thanks. Yes, watching the game while simultaneously enjoying a delicious, home cooked meal is definitely one of the highlights […] Read More

October Opportunites to Make a Difference

Oct 14, 2015

October is jam packed with ways you can make a difference in Santa Cruz County from celebrating local service champions to getting out there to take action in your own neighborhood. The Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County would like to invite you to show up for the places and causes you love this month. […] Read More

Santa Cruz Gives- Calling All Non-Profits

Aug 28, 2015

Request for Proposals Applications Due Sept 18th Want to receive funds and publicity? We’re here to tell you how. Local nonprofits are eligible to apply to participate in Santa Cruz Gives!, a reinvented holiday fundraising program, organized by the Good Times with the support of the Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County, with matching funds […] Read More

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