We’ve had the fortune of meeting so many women who have given their time to make the world a better place. Our volunteers are a daily source of inspiration about the power of one to make change. We applaud each and everyone one of them!
Here are just a few stories of women making a difference in our local community.
Feel inspired? You too can join the movement of women making change. Learn more about volunteer opportunities at www.scvolunteernow.org
Meet Justine- A student at Soquel High School, Justine goes the extra mile to translate her passion into action as she participates in a wealth of activities. She is the president of the school Environment Club, has facilitated Bike to School day and is an active volunteer at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. As a volunteer, she helped institute hydration stations to eliminate plastic water bottles on school campuses throughout the district. For the past two years, she has initiated Locker Clean Out Day, mobilizing students to sort through materials left behind in lockers at the end of the school year for recycling, reuse and redistribution. From organizing weekly school campus and neighborhood clean-ups to serving as the student rep.for the local commission of Prevention of Non- Violence Against Women, the limited number of hours in a day is her only barrier. Watch Her Story
Meet Kaitlin- Kaitlin arrived at Volunteer Center office last fall seeking a volunteer position, or as it turned out, several volunteer positions. After six years of feeling less than inspired by her office job, Kaitlin was longing to dive into work that excited her on a soul level. For Kaitlin, that work was educating and mentoring youth, even if it meant squeezing in a volunteer position during her lunch breaks. Learn more about her work as a volunteer extraordinaire helping young people unleash their creativity and weave tales of wonder. Read her Story
Meet Savanna- Savanna is a dedicated volunteer with the Volunteer Center Program Friends Outside, where she helps individuals rebuild their lives after incarceration. In her time as a volunteer she has coordinated successful food, backpack and clothing drives to collect basic resources for clients in need. She also helped to coordinate a visually engaging client art exhibit sharing the impacts of incarceration. Most importantly she uses her knowledge and compassion to help individuals access the resources they need to get their feet back on the ground. Read her Story
Meet Jana- Jana is an experienced landscape designer and educator who is passionate about building community gardens with children big and small. As an intrepid advocate for youth green thumbs, Jana goes out of her way to secure donations and deliver projects with a focus on sustainability and growing organic. Her projects have included building worm bins and compost piles, starting organic vegetable gardens in Beach Flats & Watsonville, and installing green-friendly drip irrigation. Jana’s humor, warmth, and breadth of knowledge enable her to deliver a meaningful volunteer experience for all youth who cross her garden paths. Watch her Story