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Santa Cruz Gives- Calling All Non-Profits

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Want to receive funds and publicity? We’re here to tell you how.

Local nonprofits are eligible to apply to participate in Santa Cruz Gives!, a reinvented holiday fundraising program, organized by the Good Times with the support of the Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County, with matching funds from the Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.

501(c)(3) nonprofits must be based in Santa Cruz County and benefit Santa Cruz County, or any area within it. Approximately 25 selected nonprofits will receive funds donated by readers and other supporters, plus matching funds, and be eligible for three special awards.

View the Non-Profit FAQ

The public will learn about each nonprofit and a project chosen for this campaign in the November 25 issue of Good Times and at (under development). Donors will be encouraged to donate online.

An ad campaign via print, radio, web and social media will spread the word. View More Details

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Make a Difference Day: October 24, 2015

Post your Opportunity

We will post these projects on our website- Please give as much detail as possible so that volunteers can accurately determine whether or not they want to participate in your project.
  • What is the time frame for your project? (1.5 to 4 hrs recommended)
  • What is the minimum age for volunteers without an adult?
  • What will volunteers do at your project?
  • Please describe how the work that volunteers do at your project will make a difference in the community.
  • What should volunteers wear and what should they bring? (.IE.- close toed shoes, water bottle etc)
  • Please share any specific directions if volunteers will not find you at the exact address.

Meet Grace

fo_vol JulyGrace L. recently graduated from UCSC with a degree in Biology. She has been a Jail Visitor with Friends Outside since October providing in-custody services.

She is really happy her time makes an impact on the Friends Outside community because this work has made a big impact on her life. Her favorite part of volunteering is connecting with people and hopefully helping to make their time in jail a little more bearable.

Grace L. has been one of our most stable Jail Visiting volunteers and has helped the program tremendously.

Her patience and listening skills go far with clients and her attention to detail ensures her clients get connected to the right places and people to improve their chances of a successful re-entry.

Thank you Grace, for everything you do for your clients!

Meet Sarah

Volunteer of the Month JuneFo_vol_june 2015 2015

For the past six months Sarah has been a volunteer at Friends Outside’s Watsonville Location as an Aftercare Case Manger and Re-Entry Advocate.

Sarah has recently graduated from UCSC earlier this month with her B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Linguistics. She feels that the knowledge and experience she has gained during her time at Friends Outside will benefit her job search as a college graduate.

The best part of volunteering with Friends Outside has been connecting clients to the resources they need and to see positive changes in their lives as a direct result. She hopes to pursue a career that will be just as rewarding.

Sarah has been an amazing asset to Friends Outside. She has brought creativity to everything that she does and the dedication to help make change in our clients lives. Sarah has done everything from case managing, planning various fundraisers, and grant proposals.

Thank you for all your hard work from everyone at Friends Outside and congratulations on your recent graduation!