Your Volunteer Connection...

What works for you?

We each have different needs when it comes to volunteering. The Volunteer Center will connect you with an organization that matches your interests and availability.  Let us equip you with the right tools to take action on the causes you care about.

Search our database of current volunteer opportunities below, and register as a volunteer so you can be alerted as new opportunities become available.




Volunteer Project Calendar

If you want to volunteer for a one-day project or special event check out the opportunity calendar to see what's available and sign up. The calendar includes projects through the Volunteer Center and with nonprofits throughout Santa Cruz County.

View the calendar and sign up


Complete Your Court Ordered Community Service

Were you referred by the Court to complete community service hours? We are here to help you complete your hours on time through the Court Community Service Program. Learn more about how to enroll, view or locations, and contact us.

Learn about our Court Community Service Program

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Volunteer with Local Government

If you have a passion for civic service, you can join a volunteer team with the County of Santa Cruz or the City of Santa Cruz as a community volunteer or intern. Volunteers support local parks, seniors programs, health centers, elected officials, public health programs, emergency response, graffiti removal, public libraries and more!

Learn about the CitySERVE program with the City of Santa Cruz

Learn about the Volunteer Initiative Program (V.I.P.) with the County of Santa Cruz

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Get Involved as a Teen with YouthServe

Are you looking for youth-friendly volunteer opportunities? Want to connect with other young people engaged in service? Youth Serve provides year-round opportunities for young people who want to tackle the issues and causes they care about.

Learn about our YouthSERVE Program


Get Involved as a Senior in Service

Over the age of 55 and interested in serving your community?  Check out the special perks available through the Retired Senior Volunteer Program.

Visit the AmeriCorps Seniors program Page

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Meet with a Match-Maker

Interested in volunteering but not sure how to get started? We can help! Our Volunteer Matching Program gives you the opportunity to have a one-on-one conversation with a volunteer matchmaker to help navigate the range of opportunities available. We offer  consultation via the phone or in-person to match your skills, time,  and interest  with the perfect volunteer fit for you.

Learn More and Schedule an Appointment

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Give a Few Hours

Do you have a busy schedule but want to give a few hours each month? The Flex program provides volunteers with quick and easy access to high impact projects that can be completed in a few hours or a day. Want to get started right away?

View the One-Day Project List