Connecting Volunteers ...What works for you?
We each have different needs when it comes to volunteering. We're here to help you connect with the right organization and find the perfect fit for your time and interest. We can equip you with right tools to take action on the causes you care about.
Register with us, check out the range of options below or search for your next opportunity via our database.
VIEW SPECIAL FIRE AND COVID RESPONSE INFO BELOW.
FIND YOUR NEXT VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY
FIRE Emergency Response Volunteers
Our hearts go out to every community member who has been directly impacted by the fires. We are in contact with the County of Santa Cruz, Red Cross, and Animal Services regarding current needs. Most immediately we need volunteers at the Resource Recovery Center and the donation centers. If you are not able to volunteer at this time but you are interested in supporting in another way please complete the general Fire Relief Registry. Our team will follow up with additional instructions as new volunteer needs arise.
COVID-19 Emergency Response Volunteers
We have developed a list of emergency response volunteer opportunities that can be safely completed with our community partners. We will continue to update this list as new needs arise. Relief efforts will take a long time - this is a marathon, not a sprint! Please take a moment to register if you are interested in helping and we will follow up or refer your name as needs are identified. If you have not previously registered as a volunteer through our online portal please do so and select COVID Response on the form. Once you've registered you can check out the list of current opportunities.
Give a Few Hours
Do you have a busy schedule but want to give a few hours each month? The Flex program provides volunteers with quick and easy access to high impact projects that can be completed in a few hours or a day. Want to get started right away?
Meet with a Match-Maker
Interested in volunteering but not sure how to get started? We can help! Our Volunteer Matching Program gives you the opportunity to have a one-on-one conversation with a volunteer matchmaker to help navigate the range of opportunities available. We offer consultation via the phone or in-person to match your skills, time, and interest with the perfect volunteer fit for you.
Complete Your Court Ordered Community Service
Were you referred by the Court to complete community service hours? We are here to help you complete your hours on time through the Court Community Service Program. Learn more about how to enroll, view or locations, and contact us.
Volunteer Project Calendar
If you want to volunteer for a one-day project or special event check out the opportunity calendar to see what's available and sign up. The calendar includes projects through the Volunteer Center and with nonprofits throughout Santa Cruz County.
Get Involved as a Teen with YouthServe
Are you looking for youth-friendly volunteer opportunities? Want to connect with other young people engaged in service? Youth Serve provides year-round opportunities for young people who want to tackle the issues and causes they care about.
Get Involved as a Senior in Service
Over the age of 55 and interested in serving your community? Check out the special perks available through the Retired Senior Volunteer Program.
Americorps Community Partnership
Would you like to make an impact through a year of intensive volunteer service? Join the Volunteer Infrastructure Program and serve as a volunteer coordinator. In exchange for your service receive a small stipend, education award upon completion, and the knowledge that you are making a difference in our community.