Volunteer Center Latest Events, Trainings and Campaigns

YS-reading buddiesYouthServe Give Five Campaign- Now through Aug 26 We believe in the power of teens to use their time and talents to create positive change in our neighborhoods, schools and community. Each year we put tools and resources in the hands of over 250 local teens and we need your help to sustain that effort. Join us as we seek out 1000 people who believe in the power of youth to step up and give just five dollars. It’s that simple. Everyone can give. Will you?  Learn More


Be the Difference Awards- Call for Nominations- Now through Sept 10 Each year we reach out to you to help us find the extraordinary stories of those who have chosen to make their moments matter and transform our community through volunteerism. We need your help to find the individuals, businesses, and non-profits who should receive honors at the 2015 Be the Difference Awards. Who will you nominate? Learn More


literacy-tutor-student1Literacy Program New Tutor Orientatons- September 9, 26, 30  Join the Literacy Program for a free one-hour orientation to learn how to become a tutor to a motivated adult English language learner. No teaching or foreign language skills necessary, just a desire to be of service. This is a great opportunity to learn details about the extensive tutor training provided and to determine if this is the right  fit for you. Orientations available in both Santa Cruz and Watsonville. Learn More and View Schedule

golf tournament- golf ball with heart on itGolf Tournament Benefit- Sept 18 We invite you join us for a fabulous day of golf at Delaveaga Golf Course to honor the spirit of generosity of Karen Marcum. Karen was a champion for the non-profit community, a lover of golf, and one of the co-organizers of this tournament in previous years. In her honor we hope to make this our most successful year. All proceeds from this event will  support the work of the Volunteer Center. Learn More



Ongoing Opportunities and Campaigns:


Youthserve senior tech day

Senior Tech Days – YouthSERVE and our senior centers are back in action to help local seniors increase their skills with technology, social media, and digital devices. Seniors are invited to drop-in at monthly workshops in Santa Cruz or Watsonville to access new technology skills for connecting with family and friends. View Dates and Learn More



matter_to_communityMake Your Moments Matter Campaign- For the last two years we have stepped out to the community to ask what matters most to you.  Check out what your friends and neighbors had to say via our collection of stories and photos.   Learn More About the Campaign.



Friends Outside_parent holding child's handFriends Outside Volunteer Orientation- 1st Tuesday of Every Month @ 10AM- Join Friends Outside staff at the Volunteer Center to learn how you can help individuals and families in the transition from incarceration to back to the community. Friends Outside volunteers are making huge strides in reducing the recidivism rate and you can too.  Learn More- email



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