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

Menu For Success

Mar 13, 2012

Step out to show your support for the mental health community by dining at the Bittersweet Bistro on Tues. March 26 from 3- 9PM. 33% of the proceeds from your meal will directly support Community Connection, our program devoted to  assisting adults with psychiatric disabilities and their families in achieving greater independence and an improved […] Read More

Cat In the Hat Extravaganza

Mar 12, 2012
[column width=”55%” padding=”5%”] Cat In the Hat Extravaganza – A Celebration of Reading and YouthSERVE Volunteer Tutor Training Event Thursday, March 15 2012 3:45-5:15 PM Neary Lagoon Family Partnership Enrichment Room 81 Chestnut St. Santa Cruz CA 95060 YouthSERVE is celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday and spreading the joy of reading through volunteer service! Please join […] Read More

MLK Day 2013: Coat and Blanket Drive Locations

Jan 11, 2012

In celebration of Martin Luther King National Service Day, the Volunteer Center’s Americorps team is organizing a coat and toiletries drive during the week of January 14th. Help the team kick-off MLK day by donating your new or gently used coats, scarves, blankets and new toiletries to one of the participating locations below now through […] Read More

Meet Farida

Dec 27, 2011

We were very fortunate in 2011 to have  Farida Sulaimanova , a native of Kyrgyzstan serve as an international fellow at the Volunteer Center. She was among 66 individuals chosen from emerging democracies around the world to participate in a civic leaders fellowship arranged by the US State Department. Her goal- to better understand the […] Read More

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