Women March On!

Executive Director Karen Delaney with her daughter and mom at the 2018 Santa Cruz Women’s March

What does it feel like to be part of the largest single day of direct action for community change in US History? Media coverage of the Women’s March focused on the power of acting together, the hope for change, the resolve to make a difference in the political life of our country.

As you can see from the smiles on the faces of the three generations of my family that took part in the Santa Cruz Women’s March, action can be surprisingly joyful as well!

And it’s not just the fun signs, cool hats and great music that we shared at these events. Here’s what I know from 35 years working with volunteers who are changing the world: it feels GREAT to be surrounded by people who are committed to a common cause.

Here’s another truth that is under reported: Women have always been the silent and hidden backbone of the nonprofit world and every movement for good. While it was amazing to stand in the streets together Saturday and Sunday and get the recognition for the huge impact of women working for change, on Monday those same women and millions more were delivering Meals on Wheels, building safe playgrounds, leading afterschool sports, arts and clubs in low income neighborhoods, and raising funds to house more people.

In truth, that amazing, empowered, change the world feeling happens all the time for women who choose to connect with causes they care about.

We’re here to help make those connections every day. We see the beauty and the power of women who take action for good every day. If you would like to join us, here are some causes waiting for you.

So to all my sisters, March on!


Check out our picklist of volunteer projects that support advocacy, equity, and the advancement of women and girls.


Blog 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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