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Featured Video- Gratitude to Fire Response Volunteers

2020 has been an incredibly challenging year and yet so many of our neighbors and nonprofits in Santa Cruz County have risen to the moment to continue offering support and connection. Even in the worst of times, community members continue to show resilience and step up to partner with the Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County.

It is with incredible gratitude that we shared this video during the 2020 Be the Difference Awards Watch Party to honor the volunteer connections made in response to the pandemic and recent fires.

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2020 Be the Difference Awards

This year we celebrated the Be the Difference Awards virtually with an hour of online entertainment and inspiration honoring our top 55+ nominees.

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2020 Be the Difference Winners

Each year we select 5 winners from among our Be the Difference Nominees receive top honors. Watch the stories of those who won this year. 

Learn More About Our Nominees


Keep the Lights On Santa Cruz Co.

This year we celebrated the Human Race with a special online event to uplift and inspire our community to action while sheltering in place.

Learn More About This Special Event

Grocery Shoppers Save the Day

Join our volunteers from newest program, the Grocery Shopper Program, on a short visual journey of the grocery process from start to finish.

Learn More –Grocery Shopper Program

Covid-19 Food Relief with CC

Community Connection has been a crucial lifeline for our mental health community during our public health emergency from providing food to daily tele-services.

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California Nonprofit of the Year

We were so honored to be selected as the 2018 California Non-Profit of the Year by the Office of the Governor & California Volunteers.

Learn More About This Honor


Be the Legacy

Want to know what happens when hopeful people work together to transform a community for good? For over 50 years  the Volunteer Center  has been the home for those who want to take meaningful  action.

Learn More About our 50th


Seniors Connect and Thrive

Want to know how our Program Helping Hands creates more connections, community safety, and independence for seniors? Check out this 1-min video and then show your support today.

Learn more about Helping Hands.

Your Mental Health Connection

We believe every person has something meaningful to bring to our community.  Join our team from Community Connection in creating more opportunities for mental health wellness, support and recovery.

Learn more and join us.

Make Your Moments Matter

We believe in the potential of moments that change lives. Together, our actions make our community a happier and stronger place to be. Hear from volunteers as they share how they make life matter.

Want to make your moments matter?

Human Race 2018

The 2018 Human Race brought out the star in all of us. Check out our 2018 infomercial and we hope to see you at the next Human Race. The race happens annually on the Saturday before Mother's Day.

Find out how to join us next year.

Building New Bridges

Together we can build bridges to new connections that change lives. Want to hear our 5 year plan for tackling community needs and transforming our community through volunteerism?

Join us in taking action.

What’s Your Cause?

We are part of a diverse community that is united by a common resolve to reach out and lend a helping hand. Thousands of volunteers step forward each day in service to our community for the causes they care about. What's your cause?

Be the Difference

Every day individuals in Santa Cruz County step up to share their time and talents in service to others. Volunteers are the unsung heroes of our community. How can you be the difference in Santa Cruz County?

What’s Your Story?

You name it and there is a volunteer out there doing it. Everyday thousands of volunteers are taking action in Santa Cruz County and we want to celebrate the variety of ways they choose to give their time. What's your story? Share it with us.

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