Community Partners


We Help You Recruit Volunteers

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,, and –the largest volunteer databases in the United States. Need help getting started, call Christina Thurston  at 427-5070 or email

Register Your Organization  |   Submit a Volunteer Opportunity |   Login to Your Account


We Provide Recognition Opportunities

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. 

Learn More about the Be the Difference Awards


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.

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Let Us Support Your Fundraising Efforts

Join the fun and raise money for your valuable programs by registering your agency, business or group for the Human Race Walkathon and Fun Run . The Human Race is the largest collaborative fundraiser on the Central Coast supporting non-profits, community groups, faith based organizations and schools. We make it easy by providing the tools for success, staging and marketing the event, and supporting your efforts throughout the year to maximize your fundraising dollars.

Learn More about Fundraising through the Human Race


Recieve a Scholarship for Volunteer Engagement Training

Are You a Non-Profit that Wants to Maximize Your Resources and Do More? We are pleased to be partnering with Points of Light, the largest organization in the world dedicated to volunteer service, to offer you access to the Service Enterprise Initiative (SEI) Training. This initiative goes beyond standard volunteer management training by empowering nonprofits to more effectively address community needs and scale their operations by transforming the way they engage volunteers. Each session we have a limited number of full scholarships available for qualifying non-profits.

Learn More about our Service Enterprise Training


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?

Learn More about Partnering with Us

Additional Resources

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

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