Submit Your Fire Response Volunteer Needs
We now have a fire response registry of nearly 2,000 community members and can refer volunteers to your organization to help you meet critical needs during this difficult time. If you have fire response activities that can be safely completed by a volunteer, please submit your need through our Fire Response Opportunity Form.
Free COVID-19 Testing for Essential Workers
SAVE Lives Santa Cruz County is offering expanded COVID-19 testing services. A new community testing site is operating in Watsonville at Ramsay Park Family Center, located at 1301 Main Street. Its hours of operation are Wednesdays to Sundays from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm. As of May 12th, 2020, they are offering tests to asymptomatic individuals. In addition to healthcare workers and first responders, they are now offering testing to employees in the grocery, farm working, food supply, construction, utilities, social services, and childcare sectors, as well as others who continue to leave their homes each day to serve Santa Cruz County in essential roles. Testing services are by appointment only.
Submit Your COVID-19 Emergency Volunteer Needs
Refer Your Senior Clients in Need of Grocery Service
We are working with our trusted Senior Programs partners to identify those vulnerable low-income seniors most in need of grocery delivery service. We invite Senior Programs Coordinators, Caseworkers, Healthcare Providers, or Nonprofit Advocates to complete our Client Request Form. We will respond within one business day to your request.
Additional Resources from Community Partners
So many of you are hard at work providing for our community and also supporting fellow non-profits. Below is a short list of excellent resources from local partners and beyond. Email us at email@example.com if you have an additional resource for us to add.
Recruit Volunteers Using our Resources
More than 1,500 unique visitors each month search our volunteer opportunity database looking for the perfect volunteer job. Your agency can use our website to recruit ongoing volunteers, register and schedule event volunteers, or publicize volunteer trainings –all for free! Once registered, your opportunities are automatically linked to allforgood.org, californiavolunteers.org, and serve.gov –the largest volunteer databases in the United States. Need help getting started, call Christina Thurston at 427-5070 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Recognize Your Volunteers and Partners With Us
Each year we host the Be the Difference Awards recognizing the individuals, groups and businesses who make a difference through volunteerism in Santa Cruz County. We invite you to nominate your volunteers, businesses or your organization to highlight the incredible work you do in the community.
Partner With Court Referral to Meet Your Volunteer Needs
Court Referral/Community Options has been operating in Santa Cruz County for 30 years and we are excited to share this program has joined the Volunteer Center Family. With new investments we've made changes to the program to make it easier for your agency to connect with volunteers who can meet your program needs. We now provide liability insurance for all Court Referrals and fees are waived for all low income residents, and juveniles. We will refer volunteers to you and your organization can screen and interview the volunteer as you would any other volunteer.
Americorps Community Partnership
Each year, the Volunteer Center trains and places up to 13 Americorps members to serve for one year as Volunteer Coordinators at fellow non-profits in Santa Cruz County. Are you interested in hosting a fellow at your agency?
We offer a variety of tools and information from our local, state and national partners including best practices in volunteer management, International volunteering opportunities, national publications on volunteerism and service and non-profit technology support