Empowered Aging

We've combined our six senior assistance programs - Helping Hands, Transportation, Grocery Shoppers, Stay Connected, AmeriCorps Seniors, and A Matter of Balance, under a new service area: Empowered Aging. Through Empowered Aging, we aim to empower older adults, volunteers, and the community to ensure we're doing all we can to meet the needs of our older neighbors.

Now more than ever, we recognize the value of connection as a vital part of healthy aging. Scroll down or use the menu on the left to learn more about our services for older adults.

Volunteer Center Hours are Monday-Thursday 9am-5pm and Fridays 9am -12pm

Falls Prevention

Do you have concerns about falling that cause you to restrict your daily activities?

The Monterey Bay Falls Prevention Coalition supports seniors in preventing falls, reducing risk, and increasing strength and balance through resource sharing, consultation, and group training.

View our resources below and connect with us.



The Grocery Shopper Program ensures that fixed-income seniors age 60+ as well as health-compromised older adults 55+ are able to get the food they need.  If you're not a senior but are still vulnerable to COVID-19, you can contact us to learn about other grocery shopping programs in Santa Cruz County.

Learn More and Sign Up to Volunteer

Transportation Volunteer


Many seniors living on a fixed income are forced to make the difficult decision between their safety and covering monthly bills. Helping Hands volunteers play a crucial role in helping low-income senior homeowners, disabled older adults and veterans to age safely in our community and maintain the independence they desire. We provide home safety checks and basic modifications that prevent falls in and around the home and allow for seniors to engage in the activities they enjoy.

Learn More About Helping Hands

Helping Hands provides home repair services to seniors and older adults in Santa Cruz County


Stay Active and Engaged! Join RSVP Today.

RSVP connects caring folks aged 55 and up with non-profit agencies that need volunteers. Our volunteers provide an invaluable service to local agencies by sharing their lifetime of skills, talents, and knowledge. We work with individuals and non-profit agencies in Santa Cruz, Monterey, and San Benito Counties.

Learn More and Sign Up for Monterey Bay RSVP



The Stay Connected Program is a remote connectivity program for local seniors designed to be an ongoing person-to-person engagement over the phone. This engagement is mainly through providing a friendly, social call and sharing community resources. The program strives to connect you with a senior who may share similar interests as you in order to provide a lasting connection. We welcome you to be a part of a program that engages older adults in our community and makes a lasting connection in their lives and yours!

Learn More About the Stay Connected Program



For over 40 years, the Volunteer Center Transportation Program has served to address the needs of ambulatory seniors and the disabled by offering volunteer-powered rides throughout Santa Cruz County.

Volunteer or Sign Up for Transportation Program Services

Jim Kinney Transportation Volunteer photo credit Trēa Robinson (1)