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Literacy Program Awarded National Book Grant

Jun 30, 2015

Literacy Program awarded a Pro-Literacy National Book Fund Grant Santa Cruz, CA, June 17, 2015 – The Literacy Program is pleased to announce it has received a $2,207 award from ProLiteracy’s National Book Fund. The National Book Fund provides adult education and literacy programs throughout the United States with grant awards to help purchase high-quality […] Read More

A Celebration of Mental Health

May 4, 2015

Each year millions of Americans quietly struggle with mental illness due to the fear of disclosure and stigma. The National Institute of Mental Health reports that while 1 in 5 people live with a diagnosable mental disorder, nearly 2/3 of these individuals do not seek treatment particularly in diverse communities. “It is a common burden […] Read More

National Volunteer Week 2015

Apr 7, 2015

It’s our week to be thankful and celebrate volunteerism! Join us at events in honor of National Volunteer Week happening April 12-18, 2015. Widely celebrated across the country, the week brings the opportunity to call national attention to the substantial civic impact that more than 60 million volunteers make in our local communities. We invite […] Read More

How the Affordable Care Act Makes our Community Safer

Mar 23, 2015

Today is the 5th Anniversary of the Affordable Care Act and in it’s honor many hours will be spent discussing the gains and pitfalls of this act. At the same time a group of local volunteers with Friends Outside will quietly go about their work to implement the ACA with some of the most health […] Read More

Does your organization have what it takes?

Mar 19, 2015

Does your organization have what it takes to be among the top performing non-profits in the nation? 5 local non-profits have proven they do and we are proud to award them this evening for their outstanding achievements at the Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County from 4:30 PM -6PM. Over the past year the Volunteer […] Read More

Women Who Make Your World Better

Mar 8, 2015

In honor of International Women’s Day on March 8th, we wanted to celebrate all of the women in Santa Cruz County who  inspire us through their compassion,  willingness to lift others up, or their drive to bring forth a better tomorrow. From the crusaders against domestic violence, to young women bolstering a love of learning, […] Read More

Sharing the Love of Literacy

Mar 3, 2015

Children throughout the country are donning towering red and white caps this week as they celebrate the birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss, who would have turned 111 on Monday, March 2. Dr. Seuss introduced many of us to the joy of reading, entertaining us with his fun, rhyming tales of Grinches, green […] Read More

Free Phones for Residents in Need

Jan 26, 2015

Get a Free Phone Today at the Volunteer Center Time: 10:30- 4:30PM DATE:  Jan 26, 2015 Location: 1740 17th Ave, Santa Cruz CA Our Program Friends Outside has teamed with Budget Mobile for a special one-time event to help distribute mobile phones to residents in need. Budget Mobile offers free phones to Santa Cruz County […] Read More

Coat and Toiletries Drive 2015

Jan 6, 2015

SHARE THE WARMTH Help spread the civic spirit of Dr Martin Luther King Jr by lending a hand to our coat and toiletries drive in the lead up to MLK Day 2015 on Jan. 19th.  Drop off bins are now available throughout the community awaiting your donations of new and gently used coats, blankets, scarves, […] Read More

MLK Day 2015

Jan 6, 2015

MONDAY, JAN 19TH 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. Join with your neighbors from across Santa Cruz County as we make it […] Read More

Continue the Chain of Giving

Dec 22, 2014

Looking back on 2014, we have much to celebrate in Santa Cruz County. Thousands of volunteers have given back to the community, serving a broad range of nonprofits that are feeding the hungry, improving the environment, supporting the arts and education, and carrying out various other tasks that are improving life locally and globally. This […] Read More

#Giving Tuesday 2014 with the Volunteer Center

Dec 1, 2014

We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give. As a #GivingTuesday […] Read More

Senior Tech Project Wins National Award from JPMorgan and Chase

Jun 18, 2014

Current and former volunteers and participants are invited to attend a celebration event on July 12th from 12-1PM at the Louden Nelson Senior Center (301 Center St Santa Cruz). This event will be followed by a regularly scheduled Senior Tech Day program from 1-3PM. See flyer for more information. The Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz […] Read More

Make your Mother Proud

May 2, 2014

Still looking for that perfect gift for your mother?  We can help… Mothers are our very first role models. They help us grow seeds of compassion, push us to reach our goals, teach us the value of giving back, and guide us towards making our moments matter. Show your mom how much you appreciate her […] Read More

Dine out for Seniors 2014

Apr 28, 2014

We  invite you to dine out in support of seniors on  Tuesday April 29th between 3-9PM at the Bittersweet Bistro (787 Rio Del Mar Blvd, Aptos, CA 95003) 33% of each meal will go towards supporting Helping Hands Senior Home Repair, a program of the Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County which was established more […] Read More

National Volunteer Week 2014

Mar 25, 2014

It’s our week to be thankful and celebrate Volunteerism!  Join us at events in honor of National Volunteer Week happening April 6-12, 2014. Widely celebrated across the country, the week brings the opportunity to call national attention to the substantial civic impact that more than 63 million volunteers make in our local communities. We invite […] Read More

International Women’s Day … Inspiring Change

Mar 7, 2014

In honor of International Women’s Day we want to celebrate those women who have inspired us through their compassion,  willingness to lift others up, or their drive to bring forth a better tomorrow. We’ve had the fortune of meeting so many women who have given their time to make the world a better place. Our […] Read More

Friends Outside to Host Art Exhibit

Dec 6, 2013

Drawing Us Together Opening Reception Friday Dec 6 from 5-8PM After completing a seventh prison term Pedro was informed that under new laws in the state of California he would be released to community supervision rather than state parole. This shift in his custody plan was fortuitous on a number of levels. For the first […] Read More

Keeping it local for #Giving Tuesday

Dec 2, 2013

Tuesday Dec 3rd, 2013- The Volunteer Center has joined forces with fellow organizations and businesses from around the county to promote #Giving Tuesday,  a National Day of Giving to counter balance Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Together we can demonstrate that the holidays are about both giving and giving back. Let’s join with millions of […] Read More

Community Vigils and Action

Feb 27, 2013

Our community has been shaken by a terrible act of violence. As we struggle to find a response that seems sufficient for the heavy weight of collective emotion, we can only offer our condolences and our commitment to guide our community towards transformative action through volunteerism. To that end, we are working to gather and […] Read More

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