Together We Carry Generosity Forward

Taaf-thank-you-webidings of comfort and joy!

Let’s all take a deep breath in the midst of the Holiday frenzy to reflect on just how much comfort and joy we can create when we work together.

Thanks to the generosity of people like you:

  • 460 local families have food, clothes, blankets and gifts for their children this year through our Adopt A Family Project.
  • Thousands of our elders are safe, in their own homes and with food for the Holidays thanks to the volunteers of Grey Bears, Meals on Wheels and Helping Hands.
  • Food Pantries and churches throughout our county are handing out thousands of food baskets and gifts from Toys for Tots – all donated by people like you in this generous community.

This beauty continues not just at the Holidays, but every day through the work of local people who open their hearts with compassion for others and make time to donate and volunteer.

There are thousands of ways to make small miracles happen every day by practicing kindness and inclusion in our own neighborhoods. At the Volunteer Center, we know that every person has something meaningful to bring to the community table and we are committed to bringing you the best tools and resources to make it fast and easy to create good in our world.

Do you want to carry that spirit of generosity into the New Year? Here are a few ways:

sc-gives-photo-600x400SANTA CRUZ GIVES– We have 11 days left to bring in another $19,000 to reach our Santa Cruz Gives Goal of $140,000 to benefit your choice of 33 excellent local organizations. With $5 minimum gifts, being a philanthropist is within every one’s reach.

Visit Santa Cruz Gives



national-service-volunteer-groupVOLUNTEER – Our Holiday Volunteer Guide is just a taste of the 300+ volunteer opportunities waiting for you at our site. Search by cause, by neighborhood, by time available – what ever works for you will work for our community.

Check Out the Opportunities Available



giving_is_good.jpgDONATE- We invite you to invest in the success of our community by making a contribution to help us sustain our mission or one of our programs. We match every dollar given to us with at least $4 in donated goods and services.

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If you have any doubt about the power of these small actions, consider this: last year our volunteers donated almost $10 million worth of labor to local nonprofits and schools.

When we work together, we are powerful. There is a growing community of people who are making it a priority to put comfort and joy into the lives of people who are left out and to stand with people in their time of need.

So from all of us at the Volunteer Center, we wish you comfort and joy and encourage you to pass that feeling along!

karen-delaneyBlog Post Written by Volunteer Center Executive Director Karen Delaney.  Karen has led the Volunteer Center for more than 30 years and is an internationally recognized leader, trainer and speaker in the field of volunteerism, community building and nonprofit management. Karen’s formula for success is “hope, fun, curiosity, gratitude, belief in people and good data.”

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