Volunteer Center Latest Events and Training


Adopt-a-Family 2011 imageAdopt a Family Project Nov 10- Dec 16- As the days grow colder and shorter, many of us warm our thoughts with the joy of family and the Holiday Season. Unfortunately, for those families in our community struggling to make ends meet, this can be a very worrisome time.  You can “Be the Difference” this winter and make holiday wishes come true by adopting a family in need. The Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County offers individuals, groups, and businesses a wonderful way to share the spirit of the holidays. Volunteer, adopt, or donate. Learn More


Holiday Volunteering Holiday Volunteering 2014-Are you looking for meaningful ways to give back this holiday season? We’ve got you covered with our comprehensive Holiday Volunteer Guide. Check out the list of ways you can share the spirit of giving.   The guide will be updated regularly so check back often. View the Online Guide  Download the Guide •  View the Thanksgiving Guide


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


Be the Difference Awards Thursday October 21, 2010 Thanks for attending the Be the Difference Awards Gala-  A huge thank-you to all who came out to join us in celebration of this year’s collection of inspiring volunteers, groups and businesses. We honored 60+ nominees who  are making their moments matter through volunteerism. Check out the event videos and photos


Ongoing Campaigns and  Opportunities:

karen_image_editThe  Karen Delaney Fund for Volunteer Mobilization- We were proud to celebrate Executive Director Karen Delaney at the 2013 Be the Difference Awards in honor of her 30th year with the Volunteer Center. Her passion for community development and the service movement are an inspiration to us all. In her honor we have developed the Karen Delaney Fund For Volunteer Mobilization to support her career long dedication to bringing more volunteers to the community table. 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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