Volunteer Center Events and Training
make your moments matterBe the Difference Awards Call for Nominations- Aug 18 to Sept 15th-  Local individuals, groups and businesses are out there making it matter everyday. Who inspires you with their acts of volunteerism? We invite you to nominate them for the 8th Annual Be the Difference Awards. Learn More and Download a Form


Americorps_alumniAmeriCorps Picnic Gathering Sept 12- 11AM- 1PM- Join us at Harvey West Park as we welcome in a new round of AmeriCorps members in Santa Cruz County. If you are an AmeriCorps Alumni we would love to see you there to not only cheer on our new members but to share your thoughts on the impact that  AmeriCorps has had in your life. Contact Shannon at to RSVP or learn more.


literacy_candjVolunteer as a Literacy Tutor- Contact the Literacy Program to learn more about becoming a tutor to a motivated adult learner. No teaching or foreign language skills necessary, just a desire to be of service. Our Semi-Annual New Tutor Training is happening now. Learn More




Ongoing Campaigns and  Monthly Opportunities:

YS Senior Tech Day - WatsonvilleSenior Tech Days- YouthSERVE has joined forces with area senior service programs 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


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. This year marks 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- This summer we are taking to the streets to find out what matters most to you.  Join us at mobile volunteer stations throughout Santa Cruz County as we make it easier for you to share and connect with the causes you care about. View Locations or 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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