Women Who Make Your World Better


In honor of International Women’s Day on March 8th, we wanted to celebrate all of the women in Santa Cruz County who  inspire us through their compassion,  willingness to lift others up, or their drive to bring forth a better tomorrow.

From the crusaders against domestic violence, to young women bolstering a love of learning, to those leading the charge for equity in the world, we applaud your tenacity and willingness to step up for your community.

Check out the highlighted stories of 7 women who make your community a happier, healthier place to live.

You too can join the movement of women making change. Learn more about volunteer opportunities at www.scvolunteernow.org


Seven Women Who Make Our World Better

Walnut-ave-jennaMeet Jenna an Intake Advocate and Support Group Facilitator at Walnut Avenue Women’s Center, where she has been volunteering for the past year.  Jenna hails from Chicago and is currently a student at UCSC. Through her work with the Center she is providing an amazing gift of safety for women all across our community and when asked about why she does this work she humbly speaks of her gratitude for all she is learning in her role. Read Her Story



YS-reading buddiesMeet Marisa, Lily and Yesenia three reading buddy champions who share their love for reading with local kiddos each week.  These young ladies have been supporting the Youthserve Reading Buddies Program. The project pair tutors, ages 11-18, with children in kindergarten through second grade to help them develop their reading skills for an 8-week period. Each of them are passionate about learning and have unique reasons for giving their time. Read their Story



christy_licker-squareMeet Christy  founder of Caroline’s Non-Profit Thrift Shop, which she opened in July of 2011 in memory of her daughter Caroline. Caroline, a child with special needs, passed away at 16 years of age due to complications following a surgery. During Caroline’s life, she and Christy received services and support from many organizations. Opening up the all volunteer run thrift shop was a way for her to give back to the community. Over the years, Christy and her team have given over $200,000 in grants to local nonprofits working to improve the lives of children. View Her Story


Fo_vol_nov14Meet Priscilla who volunteers  her time to support men and women in re-building their lives as they come out of incarceration.  On a monthly basis she connects with clients in the Santa Cruz Main Jail  through the program Friends Outside. She plays a crucial role in making our community safer and helping to stem the tide of recidivism. Read Her Story.




BTD 2012- Char Meet Char who has contributed her leadership, service, and knowledge for nearly 20 years as the lead volunteer trainer of the Literacy Program of the Volunteer Center. She developed the training team and helped create curriculum to train volunteers how to teach English to over 4,000 English as second language students. She also  helped develop and participates in the Mentor Team, coaching new tutors on how to be successful. She is a true hero for Literacy. View Her Story

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