Meet our Volunteers

We are fortunate to work with so many amazing volunteers in our day to day work. Last year alone,  more than 8,000 volunteers supported our programs. We invite you to meet our featured volunteers.


photo credit of Santa Cruz Sentinel

Meet Farida Sulaimanova- Volunteer Center International Fellow

We were very fortunate in 2011 to have  Farida Sulaimanova, a native of Kyrgyzstan serve as an international fellow at the Volunteer Center. She was among 66 individuals chosen from emerging democracies around the world to participate in a civic leaders fellowship arranged by the US State Department.

Her goal- to better understand the role that western style democracy plays in the business, government, and the non-profit sector. Learn More about Farida


Meet Barbara Gerry-Volunteer with the Storyboard Project

Barbara has been a fabulous addition to our volunteer team. We are fortunate to have  her talent and expertise as  a videographer with a sharp eye and great creativity in her storytelling.   She is currently working with us to highlight the impact of volunteers through video and has served as the lead volunteer for the past year generating the videos on our Storyboard.

BIOGRAPHY: Barbara always enjoyed being a photographer.  But, when her camera was accidentally set to shoot video 5 years ago, she discovered her true passion – creating short movies. The movies have lead to commercial credits as a wedding videographer, book trailer producer, and an online business promoter.  Her efforts as a chronicler of local surf-related events are shown at the Santa Cruz Surf Museum and in Kristin Zambucka’s upcoming feature on Hawaiian TV, “The ALII Surfers”.  In addition, Barbara recently won first prize in a TV commercial contest for SantaCruzJobs.com.

She has found a larger audience for her films through the Volunteer Center’s storyboard, and promotions for the local chapter of the United Way.  “I’m grateful to live here, so volunteering my skills to organizations which benefit the community feels right” Connect with Barbara on Youtube


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