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Adopt-A-Family Project

Thanks to the outpouring of generosity unmatched in our history, not only were all of our 550 families adopted and delivered, we were able to help hundreds of other people on the waiting lists of our partner agencies agencies and to find faith partners to help us get gifts in the hands of farmworker families in the Pajaro Valley and struggling families on the West Side of Santa Cruz.

Thanks to this amazing community of volunteers and donors, our incredible team of staff and AmeriCorps Leaders, our partners that show up for families every day and the leadership of Aisha Charves, close to 3,000 of our neighbors will be warm, happy and fed for the holidays.  Every gift so carefully selected and shared will be in the hands of a neighbor before Christmas!

Adopt a Family In Need

All Families have been adopted- Individuals, groups, and families are invited to adopt a family of any size by calling our hotline or choosing a family online. Adopters provide family packages which include food gift certificates, clothing for the family, a gift for each child, and household items like blankets, towels, or sheets. Adopters will deliver these items to our warehouse during the designated drop off days in December.

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Donate Funds

Cash donations provided to Adopt a Family help us supplement our family packages to ensure that families receive the items needed and that every family has enough food gift cards to feed their family for the holiday. Now that the program has come to a close you can donate to help launch us into success when we start up again in 2021 or you can give to the Volunteer Center General Fund to help us sustain crucial community programs like Adopt a Family. Donations can be made  online or mailed to our office.

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Where Do I Drop Off My Packages?

Thank you for adopting a family this year. After 8 days of drop-off, our Warehouse in Watsonville is now closed for receiving your family packages. Please reach out if you still have goods you would like to deliver to us.  Visit our Gift Drop Info page for full details including open hours, directions, tips for delivery and our contact.

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Volunteer for the Project

This project is only possible because of the volunteers that give their time each year to wrap gifts, answer phone lines, maintain our database and shop for families. A huge thank you to everyone who helped make our 2020 Project a success. We look forward to working with you again in 2021.

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Give a Gift With the Stars Program

Thank you for supporting the Stars Program this year. All gifts have been collected from area businesses for 2020. We look forward to working with you again next year!

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