See You at the Be the Difference Awards…

We are thrilled to partner with our sponsors to celebrate the 2018 Be the Difference Awards honoring the individuals, groups, and businesses that transform Santa Cruz County through volunteerism. The event will take place tomorrow October 24th at the Cocoanut Grove from 11:30 AM-1:30 PM. 

Doors will open just after 11 AM.

In attendance will be a sold out crowd of nearly 450 individuals, community leaders, and business representatives who will join in honoring local service champions. Spencer Washburn of KION will once again serve as the Emcee and will help to introduce all nominees.

Everyday at the Volunteer Center we have the fortune of seeing how lives change when people connect through volunteerism. The Be the Difference Awards provide the annual opportunity to be inspired by the powerful stories of our local change-makers.

Each of us can think of a volunteer that has touched our lives in some way, big or small. We love that the The Be the Difference Awards give the community a chance to say thank you.

We look forward to celebrating each and every nominee as we have done for the past eleven years. All Be the Difference Award honorees receive a complimentary ticket to the event and are publicly acknowledged for their service.

Our diverse collective of 50 nominees demonstrate that volunteerism and a willingness to giving back are at the heart of what makes our community a vital and vibrant place to live.

Tomorrow with support from KION News Channel 5/46 we will publicly announce our top six honorees for the 2018 Be the Difference Awards including one business, two group, and three individual winners.

Additionally, at this year’s awards event,  we are proud to share our award as the 2018 California Nonprofit of the Year. Earlier this year, we were selected by the Office of the Governor and California Volunteers as the 2018 California Non-Profit of the Year for Volunteerism and Service.

On the heels of our 50th anniversary last year, this was the perfect honor to receive for 2018. It is wonderful testament to the incredible legacy and impact of volunteerism in Santa Cruz County.

The Volunteer Center was selected among 265,678 registered nonprofits in California for the organization’s outstanding ability to leverage volunteers in service to their organization and for their long-term commitment to the local community.

“Everyday I think how lucky we are to have so many talented people on our team. We are lucky to live in a community where people are kind, generous and committed. We are lucky to have some many stupendous volunteers engage with us. We are lucky that our donors and funding partners believe in our work and are generous with their support,” states Executive Director Karen Delaney.

This award belongs to every incredible person, business, and group who have devoted their time to volunteerism in Santa Cruz County and we are proud to share it with our community at the 2018 Be the Difference Awards.

See you tomorrow!

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