Community Partners

The Volunteer Center is a resource for businesses, nonprofits, schools, government, and faith based agencies who want to make a difference through effective meaningful volunteer initiatives.

We provide the tools to help you recruit, retain, and recognize your volunteers. Additionally, we can help you with your fundraising efforts to sustain your valuable programs.

New Grant Opportunity for Non-Profits

Are You a Non-Profit that Wants to Maximize Your Resources and Do More? We are pleased to be partnering with Points of Light, the largest organization in the world dedicated to volunteer service, to offer you access to the Service Enterprise Initiative (SEI) Training. This initiative goes beyond standard volunteer management training by empowering nonprofits to more effectively address community needs and scale their operations by transforming the way they engage volunteers. There are only 10 scholarships available for the summer training! Learn More.

Volunteer Recruitment

We can help recruit your volunteers. More than 1,500 unique visitors each month search our volunteer opportunity database looking for the perfect volunteer job.  Your agency can use our website to recruit ongoing volunteers, register and schedule event volunteers, or publicize volunteer trainings –all for free!

Once registered, your opportunities are automatically linked to,,,, and –the largest volunteer databases in the United States.

Register Your Organization-To create you agency profile CLICK HERE

Need help getting started, call Christina Thurston  at 427-5070. or email

Looking for volunteers with experience? The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program can help you find and retain volunteers who bring a lifetime of experience to your cause.  Contact RSVP to  find senior volunteers.

Volunteer Recognition Opportunities

Nominate your volunteers for the Annual Be the Difference Awards, and let the community know how impactful they are. Click to find out more about the Be the Difference Awards.

Let Us Support Your Fundraising Efforts

Join the fun and raise money for your valuable programs by registering your agency, business or group for the Human Race Walkathon and Fun Run sponsored by the Volunteer Centers. The Human Race is the largest collaborative fundraiser on the Central Coast supporting non-profits, community groups, faith based organizations and schools. We make it easy by providing the tools for success, staging and marketing the event, and supporting your efforts throughout the year  to maximize your fundraising dollars. Learn More

Americorps Community Partnership

Each year, the Volunteer Center trains and places 10 Americorps members to serve for one year as Volunteer Coordinators at fellow non-profits in Santa Cruz County.  Are you interested in hosting a fellow at your agency? Learn More

Additional Resources

We offer a variety of tools and information from our local, state and national partners including:

Best practices in volunteer management,  International volunteering opportunities, national publications on volunteerism and service and  non-profit technology support

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Learn more about resources, tools, and services for Business Partners.

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