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Cheers to 50 Years Birthday Bash… Join us.

Join us as we say Cheers to 50 Years at our summer celebration happening on Saturday July 29th at the Sesnon House from 3:30- 6:30 PM. We are so proud to celebrate with you and to honor what we have accomplished together. So much has changed in the last 50 years. We’ve been through 4 […]

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In Celebration of Older American’s Month

Talking with seniors everyday has changed how I look at aging.  I realize getting older has a lot more to do with one’s attitude than age. Everyday I meet wonderful individuals who dispel misconceptions about what a senior looks and acts like. So many seniors I encounter seek to live in a way that not […]

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See You at the Human Race This Saturday

Give More. Grant Wishes. Make Magic We are so excited to celebrate with our community this Saturday May 13th at the 37th Annual Human Race Walkathon and Fun Run and we hope to see you there. All are invited to walk, run, skip, or roll with us. Bring your neighbors, friends, and family and enjoy […]

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Lives in Balance- Take Action to Help Seniors

Take action today to help seniors keep food on the table! Most days, the tempest in Washington DC seems far away and we are free to focus on doing good right here, right now in the community we love. Here is what was in my inbox this week – also received by the Directors of […]

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At The Heart Of Community Change For 50 Years

1967 was the Summer of Love in California. LBJ’s Great Society and the signing of the Voting Rights Act sparked activists in communities all over America to work for positive change. Marian McBee, Kathryn Merriam, and Margaret Schaeffer, three remarkable women inspired by their passion for helping others, set up shop at a loaned office space […]

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Value of AmeriCorps

We all see the many problems that people face in our own community and nationally but only a few of us are willing to give up the comforts of our daily lives and take action. This is the true value of the AmeriCorps program – it provides a framework for any American to make a […]

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Why Celebrate Potential?

I am looking forward to one of my favorite events next week – our Community Connection Celebrate Potential Recognition happening next Thursday April 6. In a world obsessed with outcome metrics and pay for performance, let me tell you why Celebrating Potential is so important to the people in our programs, our community and, yes, […]

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Making Magic With The 2017 Human Race

The Volunteer Center and our partners are proud to kick off the 2017 Human Race fundraising campaign today with our newest tagline, “Give More, Make Magic, and Grant Wishes”.  Over 130 non-profits, schools, churches, and community groups are ready to dream big, make the impossible possible and break a new fundraising record. Big goals after […]

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YouthSERVE Teens Awarded Cesar Chavez Honor

Congratulations to our YouthSERVE Reading Buddies volunteers! They’ve been selected for this year’s Cesar Chavez Community Awards and they will receive an award from the City of Watsonville on March 23rd from 6-8pm at the Civic Plaza Community Room. The Reading Buddies Program pair tutors, ages 11-18, with children in kindergarten through second grade to […]

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In Praise of Women’s Work

 Like most local nonprofits, the Volunteer Center was founded by smart, community minded women who joined together to tackle big issues in the 60’s: the poverty and isolation of local seniors, the high rates of adult illiteracy and the needs of local children in poverty. Until quite recently local nonprofits have been disproportionately founded and […]

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