Community Partners

SPECIAL COVID RESPONSE SERVICES-  As we face this public health emergency we are preparing to face it together. Our mission calls us to partner with YOU– our fellow nonprofit leaders, to ensure you have the resources you need. At this moment it is especially important to have access to the right training, tools, and development resources and therefore we are committed to working in partnership to ensure that such resources continue to remain available. 


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.

Submit Your Fire Response Volunteer Needs  |   COVID Safety for Working with Volunteers

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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.

Schedule an Appointment Online


Submit Your COVID-19 Emergency Volunteer Needs

 We have started an Emergency Response Volunteer Guide for community members who are looking for safe and creative ways to help fellow community members and organizations respond to our current Public Health Emergency. Does your organization have related volunteer opportunities to contribute or critical needs that can be safely addressed with volunteers?

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.

Learn More and Request Services for Your Clients

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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 volunteer@scvolunteercenter.org 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 connect@scvolunteercenter.org

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


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.

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.

Email Us to Learn More About Becoming a Partner


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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