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MLK Day Happenings 2018

Are you looking for ways to connect with our community in the New Year?  Martin Luther King Jr Day provides the perfect opportunity with options throughout the holiday weekend.  Check out the list of events from education and marching to community action, there is something for everyone. We hope you will  join us.   MLK […]

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Wishing You Happy Holidays

As we close out the year it is the perfect time for us to reflect on how far you’ve helped us come as an organization. This month we will bring our 50th year of action to a close! Since opening our doors in 1967 nearly 200,000 neighbors have walked through with a desire to connect […]

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Planting the Seeds of Holiday Kindness

Since the beginning of the school year I have been volunteering to teach a weekly garden program in my son’s 2nd grade class. Last week marked our final class for the fall.  As a closing activity, I took a few moments to share with the class what I do for work at the Volunteer Center […]

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Stand With Dreamers

The headlines are unsettling- Walls, Bans, Deportations. Is this who we really are? The America that I love chose “E Pluribus Unum” (Out of Many, One) as our National Motto in 1776 because our founders realized that, as a nation of and for immigrants, our strength comes from our diversity. Unless you are a member of […]

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Join us on Make a Difference Day- Oct 28

We want to invite you to participate in Make a Difference Day 2017 with projects available throughout Santa Cruz County on Saturday October 28th. Each year, millions of busy Americans take time out of their day to volunteer for their community, making Make a Difference Day one of the largest days of service in the […]

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Volunteer Support For Bear Fire

We have received a number of inquiries from community members about how they can help respond to the Bear Fire. We appreciate your willingness to step up for your neighbors. Emergency crews are working around the clock to contain the fire. Volunteers are not needed at this moment. Please do not go to evacuation centers, […]

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Generating Awareness on Falls Prevention Day

I recently spent time in the home of a senior in Santa Cruz who reached out to Helping Hands for help with identifying hazard areas in and around her home that could cause her to fall. Mary explained to me that she had stopped visiting friends and going on walks because she was afraid of […]

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Genie Dee- The Power of One Life For Good

“A superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions.” – Confucius, Chinese philosopher This is a perfect description of Genie Dee, our Literacy Program Director at the Volunteer Center. Genie was driven, focused, committed, and lit up from the inside — unable to be deterred or distracted by the ravages of […]

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Hurricane Relief- Red Cross Shelter Workers Needed

The Central Coast Chapter of the Red Cross is helping to dispatch individuals who want to provide Hurricane Harvey and Irma disaster relief. Efforts will be ongoing in Texas, Louisiana and Florida at least until November 1st. Do you want to volunteer as a Red Cross Shelter worker? If you meet the following criteria you […]

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