Volunteer with Santa Cruz County

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Volunteer Initiative Program (VIP)

The Volunteer Initiative Program matches interested community members with volunteer opportunities throughout Santa Cruz County Government. VIP was started in 1984 as a partnership between the County of Santa Cruz and the Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County, and is fully funded by the Board of Supervisors. 

We work with all County departments including the District Attorney’s Office, the Health Services Agency, the Human Resources Agency, Law Library, Parks and Recreation, Personnel, Probation, and the Sheriff’s Department.

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VIP volunteers offer a wide range of services that include helping with juvenile diversion, providing tutoring to children, researching cases for the District Attorney, gathering information on crime victim impacts, or aiding children who struggle with mental illness. Volunteer positions are available to anyone ages 18 and over.

View Our Volunteer Opportunities

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Learn about our Internship Program

Internships are an ideal way to gain skills, update your resume, and help County government serve our community. Many interesting internships exist within County departments, and we do our best to find or create a position where you will gain valuable experience in accordance with your area of study.

View Internship Opportunities


Schedule an Interview

We provide all interested volunteers with an in-person interview. During this interview we will talk about your background, interests, and goals for volunteering to ensure that you find the best possible volunteer placement. If you are interested in a technical or career development volunteer position or an intership we ask that you bring  bring a resume and statement of interest to the interview.

Email to Schedule an Interview


Submit Your Volunteer Hours

Your time is valuable to our county.  Since we began tracking in 1987 VIP volunteers have contributed nearly 750,000 hours and over $13,000 million dollars of their time.  Tracking these hours helps us articulate the importance of civic engagement.

Download the Fillable VIP Timesheet


Connect or Visit Our Office

VIP Office
701 Ocean street - Room 30
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Phone: (831) 454.-2987

Hours: M-Weds 8:30AM -1:30PM

Email Program Coordinator Donna Patters

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