OrganizationPrograms/LocationPosition(s) DescriptionPaid/UnpaidMissionWEBSITEKeyword 1Keyword 2
180/2020 Santa CruzHousing Navigators: Work with professional Support Services staff and other Housing Navigators to help connect 180/2020 participants with housing and services related to finding adequate rental units, preparation for landlord interviews, and completion of necesary documentation.This involves searching for available Section 8 rental units, preparing for landlord interviews, and sorting out required documentation. Move-In Crew: Help people move into their new homes and assess the existing needs of each individual.*special crew needed for moving heavy items. Survey Tag Team: Working with a group of trained volunteers to administer the 180/2020 Vulnerability Index questionnaire. This may include facility-specific surveying during predetermined drop-in hours or field-based surveying someone who is unable to travel.Unpaid Volunteer180/2020 is a multi-agency community initiative in Santa Cruz County, CA that works to help men, women, and families who have experienced long-term homelessness turn their lives around by provising necessary support. 180/2020 has successfully housed over 200 people during their first 180 initiative, and is now working towards a new goal to end chronic homelessness in Santa Cruz County by 2020. Services
ACCESS Women's Health JusticeNorthern CaliforniaVolunteer: HealthLine: Volunteers who answer calls to our peer-based hotlines and provide reproductive health information, referrals, advocacy and peer-counseling and help organize transportation and funding assistance for our caller-partners.

Practical Support Network: Volunteers who help women obtain safe, quality abortion services by providing direct assistance-rides, overnight housing, child care, translation, etc. to help women physically make it to their appointments.

Advocacy Activists: Volunteers who will work with the Program and Policy Director to research, organize, rally, and effect actions on timely reproductive and sexual health rights issues.
Unpaid VolunteerThe ACCESS Healthline provides free, confidential and nonjudgemental information, referrals, peer counseling, and advocacy on a full range of reproductive and sexual health issues, with a special expertise in pregnancy options and abortion services. This organization also has a bilingual ACCESS Healthline, which is crucial to providing women in need of reproductive healthcare with resources. Health Resources
Admissions EmbassadorUCSCVolunteerUnpaidEngaging new generations of university-bound high school and community college students is a vital function within the Office of Admissions. This crucial role has the capacity to greatly influence a student’s choice of college, and in many cases, is their first point of contact with a university.

Our passionate, dedicated ambassadors not only help students make informed decisions about their university choices, they also plant seeds of inspiration through their shared stories and professional achievements.

In short—ambassadors have the capacity to help shape the lives of the students they engage with high schoolTrasnfer Students
AdvocacyScotts Valley, CAVolunteer Board Member: work with other board members to determine the mission of the Agency and its policies; monitor and evaluate the goals and financial stability of the Agency; and authorize and participates in Agency fundraising efforts. *Visit the website to get in contact with the organization and receive more information on the type of work you can get involved in. Unpaid Volunteer

The goal of this organization is to provide the highest level of advocacy and rights protection for seniors and disabled adults who live in assisted living and skilled nursing facilities. As mandated advocates, Ombudsmen, which are public advocates charged with representing the interests of the public by investigating and addressing complaints of mal-administration or a violation of rights, and Advocates provide a voice for the facility-placed seniors and disabled persons and mental health clients, expressing their concerns and complaints from their perspective with the goal of resolution.
www.advocacy-inc.orgSocial AdvocacyHealth
Ag Against HungerSalinas, CAVolunteer Gleaning: Groups of volunteers are organized to harvest high quality produce left in the fields which cannot be harvested economically or does not meet commercial standards. During April through October, volunteers should commit about 3 hours per session (includes time driving to and from field, orientation and the actual harvesting of crops). Sessions are held two Saturdays a month, and interested parties are advised to check the website to view the schedule. Check website for schedule.UnpaidAg Against Hunger, a non-profit organization formed in 1990 and directed by the Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz County agricultural industry, collects surplus produce and distributes it to low income, hungry people in our community and throughout California. agagainsthunger.orgFood Serviceslow income
All About TheatreSanta Cruz, CAInternship opportumties available to work with directing staff, music educators, choreographers, and participants who range from children aged 3 all the way up the spectrum. For more information contact Lindsey lindsey@allabouttheatre.orgUnpaid InternshipAll About Theatre has been offering theatrical training and quality productions to the greater Santa Cruz County community for over ten years now. By focusing their energy on training students in all areas of performing arts; dance, acting and singing, All About Theater has successfully produced over 70 full-scale productions with up to 12-piece orchestrations. www.allabouttheatre.orgTheatrePerforming Arts
Alzheimer's AssociationSanta Cruz OfficeProvide assistance with office work, data entry and client support. Additionally, volunteers also help with raising funds for events such as the annual Walk to End Alzheimer's.Unpaid VolunteerProvides information, referrals, support and education to people with Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia and their care partners. This organization also advocates on behalf of advanced alzheimer's research with the goal of reducing the risks of dementia through the promotion of brain health.'s Health
ArboretumUCSCSee webpage for open volunteer opportunities such as:
Dried Flower Wreath Making
Lane Horticultural Library
Meet & Greet
Norrie's Gift Shop
Office Assistance
Succulent Gardening
Succulent Wreath Making
Gardening and Weeding
See webpage to sign up
UnpaidThe UCSC Arboretum is a research and teaching facility committed to plant conservation and serves both the campus and the public. Its rich and diverse collection, containing representatives of more than 300 plant families, provides beginning students with a broad survey of the plant kingdom.
arboretum.ucsc.eduPlant ConservationArboretum
Arts CouncilSanta Cruz CountyInternships: The Arts Council is not currently accepting internship applications. Stop back in November for an updated list of opportunities.

Volunteer: There are a number of programs where you can volunteer. Please contact Megan at or 831-475-9600 x21 to donate your time. Here are a few examples of how we can use your help:
Family Art Nights

Taking place each April, Family Art Nights bring professional teaching artists into a schools to conduct workshops in different arts disciplines for one special evening. Participating families experience arts activities with their children. Volunteers assist staff in directing families to activities and other small tasks (tidying up, etc.).

Children’s Exhibit Installation & Reception

Each April-May, this project involves hanging children’s art for an exhibition. No prior experience is required. We provide training. You must be comfortable standing on a step stool and stretching your arms above head. We would also need people who are detail-oriented or can help at the reception.

First Friday

The Arts Council occasionally hosts First Fridays and other events at their office. Volunteers greet visitors, set-up/break down/restock refreshments, etc. Depending on the event, volunteers may also assist teaching artists in conducting a short art activity.

Mariposa’s Art Supply room

Duties include counting and organizing inventory
500 Harkins Slough Road, Room E126 // Watsonville, CA 95076

Arts Council Front Office

Duties include administrative tasks, assistance with mailings, data entry, etc.

Monday through Friday
10am – 4pm

Arts Council Office, 1070 River St, Santa Cruz

Open Studios

It takes a small army of volunteers to coordinate this popular event. Generally it is taken on by the Open Studios artists themselves, but we can always use a little extra help.
UnpaidSince 1979, the Arts Council has been a passionate supporter of the unique, ever-evolving Santa Cruz County arts movement. We’re a private, non-profit agency made up of a staff, board, and volunteers who are dedicated to serving the arts community.
African American Resource & Cultural Center (AARCC)UCSC Resource CenterVolunteerUnpaidThe mission of the African American Resource and Cultural Center is to provide support for the students in the African/Black community at the University of California at Santa Cruz. The history of the Center is steeped in UCSC tradition; we were the first ethnic resource center on campus after determined and dedicated students of color formed a circle around Hahn Student Services in peaceful protest and demanded that the administration recognize their need for support. AmericanResource Center
American Indian Resource Center (AIRC)UCSC Resource CenterVolunteerUnpaidThe AIRC is dedicated to supporting the needs of American Indian students and increasing Native visibility on campus by advocating student centered programs, cultural events, and tools for academic success and well being. The center serves as a vital link between American Indian students, the University, and tribal communities to foster growth through mentoring, leadership opportunities and scholarly development. The AIRC also serves as a supportive space for students to help ease the transition from home to campus life. IndianResource Center
Asian American/Pacific Islander Resource Center UCSC Resource CenterVolunteerUnpaidAA/PIRC is the Asian American/Pacific Islander Resource Center, we are one of the four Ethnic Reource Centers at UCSC. We provide student support and spread awareness of our community to all students, faculty and staff. American/Pacific IslanderResource Center
Barrio UnidosSanta Cruz, CAShort term and long term internship/volunteer opportunities that fill a variety of community connection needs focusing on issues of social justice, nonviolence, and economic equity through cultural healing, civic leadership and youth & community development. Unpaid Volunteer/InternThe uniqueness of Barrios Unidos' programs lies in our approach to the dilemma of youth violence.
Our belief is that community workers who have experienced and overcome the challenges facing young people today are best able to assist them in choosing life-affirming behavior. We focus on building positive self-esteem and cultural pride through meaningful activities, education and job training. ServicesYouth Violence
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Santa Cruz CountySanta Cruz, CAThis is a long term commitment (at least one year) to mentor and work with a child/youth by engaging with them in meaningful ways. This is an opportunity to have a positive impact on youth during their most impressionable years. More details about the role and requirements can be found on the org wesbite. Unpaid VolunteerTo provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.
Bike Smart! Youth Bicycle Safety Program/Ecology ActionSanta Cruz, CaVolunteers help teach bike safety to students and children at a young age to help build a healthy habit and passion for bike riding. For more information visit the website or contact Elise Ehrheart, UnpaidBike Smart! conducts bicycle safety education programs for Santa Cruz County youth. We offer classroom presentations, hands-on bicycle safety obstacle courses ("rodeos"), and community rides (on-street training), as well as bicycle safety education booths. Our programs are carried out at schools, community centers and events. www.bikesmart.orgBicycle SafetyEducation
Birthday Cakes 4 FreeSanta Cruz, CaPlease e-mail for detailed information about
how to volunteer or start a chapter.
UnpaidBirthday Cakes 4 Free provides free birthday cakes to financially or socially disadvantaged kids and seniors. Our mission is to help celebrate their special day and let them know they matter in hopes that this one act of kindness will last a lifetime. Sponsored by Cultural Media Services, Inc.

To donate supplies for baking and decorating such as cake mix, frosting, powdered sugar, oil, cake pans, etc., please contact us so we can arrange for pick up or delivery.

Bake a cake or donate a store bought cake,
or sign up to volunteer on a regular basis.
www.birthdaycakes4free.comFood ServicesDonation
Bonny Doon Volunteer Fire & RescueSanta Cruz, CaSome of the legal requirements to become a volunteer firefighter are that you must be at least 18 years of age, must live within the primary response area, must have a clean driving record, and must not be a convicted felon. If you are interested attend one of the training sessions which occur every 1st Saturday and 2nd & 3rd Tuesdays.UnpaidBonny Doon Fire and Rescue is an all-volunteer fire company. Every firefighter has undergone extensive training, including Structure and Wildland Firefighting, Emergency Medical Services, Vehicle Extrication, Hazardous Materials Operations, Confined Space Awareness, and much, much more! Each firefighter undergoes hundreds of hours of training prior to performing any emergency services for the community. Most of our firefighters, and all of our officers are certified Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT), some are professional Paramedics. Some team members are professional firefighters working in paid positions locally and in the greater Silicon Valley area.
www.bonnydoonfire.orgFirefighterEmergency Services
Boys & Girls ClubCapitola, CAThe boys and girls club has multiple locations and volunteer opportunities which include academic tutoring, sports & recreation, arts, music & dance, programming & robotics, chess, and woodworking. The club also needs help in areas related to administration, events, and facilities.

UnpaidCome share your skills at the Club: we have needs that fit a huge variety of interests, including Academic Tutoring, Sports and Recreation, Arts, Music and Dance, Programming and Robotics, Chess, and Woodworking, as well as needs for help in Administration, Events, and Facilities. Services
Branciforte Branch LibrarySanta Cruz, CaVolunteers can help with a number of tasks such as working on literacy programs, working with children, library support positions, and special projects. For additional questions contact Unpaid VolunteerProvides library services to the general public. Circulates books, magazines, CDs, dvds and large print books. Also databases that are subscription resources purchased by the library. They may be accessed from within the library without a library card. Most databases can be accessed from home and most require a Santa Cruz library card and a PIN.
www.santacruzpl.orgLibrary ServicesBooks
Bridge Of HopeSanta Cruz, CaTo get in contact with this organization and see what volunteer opportunities they have, visit the wesbite to get in contact with someone: mission of The Bridge of Hope Outreach Project is to provide help for Nursing Home residents and children and adults with disabilities.
www.bridgeofhopefoundation.orgNursing HomeDisabilities
Cabrillo College Childrens CenterSanta Cruz, CaVolunteer: Minimum Age: 16. This is a great place to volunteer if you are someone who loves working with youth. Help out with the daycare program including classroom set-up and clean-up.Unpaid The Cabrillo College Children's Center is an integral part of the Early Childhood Education Department . We offer child care and programs for students, faculty, staff and the entire community as space allows. "The Center" is a place to be shared with others, a place to grow, learn, play, explore and gain support in facing the realities of childrearing in a complex world. Childhood EducationChild Care
California Coalition for Rural HousingCalifornia, Oregon, & Washington StateInternship. This organziation has a number of programs that they work on including leadership development, policy advocate, technical assistance, asset building, American Indian community development, and research. You can visit the website to learn more about each respective position and its focus. UnpaidThe Internship Program is a one-year paid Internship designed to increase the staff diversity within
the Affordable Housing and Community Development field, and assist in meeting the diverse needs of the communities served throughout the rural West, including its emerging areas.

This includes recruiting, training and retaining ethnically diverse students who may not otherwise know about the field. We specifically target underrepresented People of Color, who come from low-income rural backgrounds and reflect rural West's diverse cultural and linguistic demographics.

We give high priority to students completing their junior year or entering their last academic year at four year universities so that upon graduating from college, they may be able to be employed in entry level professional positions in the field. Housing ServicesCommunity Deverlopment
California Rural Living AssistanceCaliforniaCRLA has a number of positons ranging from paid positions, to fellowships, internships and volunteer opportunities. CRLA works with social justice lawyers who share a focus of helping some of the most exploited communities in California. CRLA focuses on employment, housing, education, health, and immigration. UnpaidCRLA serves low income individuals in more than 22 CA counties where the goal is to fight for justice and individual rights alongside the most exploited communities in our society. ServicesLaw
California Youth Crisis LineCaliforniaThis organization conducts year round advocacy for issues that affect vulnerable youth populations such as disconnected youth, runaway youth, youth experiencing homelessness, foster youth, and youth victims of human trafficking. UnpaidCalifornia Coalition for Youth offers support, encouragement, and referrals to youth needing assistance or in crisis situations. The California Youth Crisis Line connects an average of 12,000 callers with vital resources annually. ServicesCrisis
California Grey BearsSanta Cruz, CAVolunteers enjoy fun activities while engaging and serving seniors and the local community. There are many opportunities including Brown Bag program assemblers and delivery drivers, volunteers to disassemble computers in the e-waste recycling center; administrative/office support; data entry in the online bookstore; Thrift Store cashiers, receivers and pricers; composting program; cooks for daily lunches; maintenance and more. To volunteer please call 831-479-1055 ext. 201, email, or complete the volunteer form at www.greybears.orgUnpaidGrey Bears improves the health and wellbeing of seniors through volunteerism and community participation. CitizensHealth
California Native Plant Society, Santa Cruz ChapterSanta Cruz, CAHabitat Restoration Team
We are a volunteer group working to restore native habitat in the parks and protected lands in Santa Cruz County and helping to remove harmful, non-native plants. Our program provides an opportunity for people to learn about the natural systems that surround them while helping to restore special and wild places. Contact: Program Leader, Linda Brodman 831-462-4041 or
UnpaidThe California Native Plant Society (CNPS) is a statewide non-profit organization of amateurs and professionals with a common interest in California's native plants. CNPS seeks to increase understanding and appreciation of California's native plants and to preserve them in their natural habitat through scientific activities, education, and conservation. Meetings are open to all from the botanists and defenders of the environment to the casual nature lover. www.cruzcnps.orgEducationEnironment
Campus Kids Connection, IncCapitola, CaCKC Inc. provides before and after school care for children in K-5th grade at 7 elementary schools. This provids a great opportunity for youth to gain experience working with children in a mentoring role. Contact Barbara Griffin 462-9822 or barbara@campuskidsconnection.comUnpaidCampus Kids Connection, Inc. offers programs designed to provide a safe and secure environment for children before and after school. We also provide a winter, spring and summer camp. We work directly with Soquel and Santa Cruz City school districts. Our non-profit agency was founded in 1978 at Capitola Elementary school and we serve over 650 families in Santa Cruz County. We provide services to a diverse population of children in preschool thru Fifth Grade, at eight elementary school sites.www.campuskidsconnection.comYouth ServicesBefore/After School
Chancellor's Undergraduate Internship ProgramUCSCInternship. Roles vary depending on the specific office that each student is interning in. PaidCUIP provides on-campus internships in programs and departments throughout the campus. Interns work with a mentor to develop personal and professional skills, and take a leading role in producing project in their internship. A two-unit leadership seminar class is required for fall, winter and spring quarters. A scholarship of 8,200 dollars is paid towards the intern’s registration fees for the academic year.'sProject
Charles Griffin Farr Intern - Mary Porter Sesnon Art GalleryMary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery- UCSCThe internship/volunteer opportunities offered by the gallery provide hands on educational experience, teaching skills such as art handling, exhibition installation, and working with a museum collections digital database. Unpaid & Paid positions available.The Sesnon Gallery operates a museum oriented program for educational purposes and encourages interdisciplinary discourse through the lens of the arts. We organize an annual schedule of exhibitions that represents a broad range of methods, media and cultures, in a local, regional, and national context, with a focus on contemporary practice. The Sesnon Gallery works to integrate these programs and exhibitions into the lives of a broader community Gallery
City Of Santa Cruz Parks & Recreation DepartmentSanta CruzThere are both volunteer opportunties as well as salaried positions that are available to work within the Santa Cruz county such as working in human resources and a number of other positions. Volunteers can participate in a number of programs such as Senior Recreation Programs, Civic Event hosts, and Graffiti Free Santa Cruz. Paid & Unpaid The mission of the Parks and Recreation Department is to provide the best facilities, services, recreational, cultural and parks programs possible to the citizens of Santa Cruz.

The City of Santa Cruz Parks & Recreation Department offers programs with youth, teens, adult sports and a variety of other positions.
Community Action Board of Santa Cruz CountySanta CruzCommunity Action Board of Santa Cruz County is looking for AmeriCorps members/volunteers who will provide financial literacy training and job placement supported services to the unemployed, underemployed, and low wage earners living in poverty in Santa Cruz County, CA.

After successfully completing a year of service, in return, volunteers will be eligible to receive $2,182 (for part-time service) educational award to apply toward their education including loans. For volunteers over the age of 55, the awards may be "gifted" to their children or grandchildren. Volunteer/service opportunity schedules include 16 hours (part-time per week for a total of 675 hours total.
PaidCAB's mission is to partner with the community to eliminate poverty and create social change through advocacy and essential services. Placement
Community Action Board of Santa Cruz CountyDavenport Resource Service CenterVolunteer. The Davenport Resource Service Center offers a number of opportunities that appeal to a wide variety of interests including but not limited to, teen center mentor, food and form distribution assistant, summer program assistant, and senior needs assistant- all in addition to the other opportunities listed on the website. UnpaidCAB connects people to the resources they need. We have six programs that help the community in which we live. We try to do the best we can to help those who need it most and we work closely with community partners so that if we can't help a client or can only help a piece of the problem, we know where to turn to amend our service response.
Community Aid and Resources

Santa Cruz, CAVolunteer: UCSC students may become involved at any point and volunteer their time at various events. Community members are encouraged to volunteer any service that might be of use to the population we serve (ie hair cutting, chiropractic, dental, massage, counseling etc).UnpaidCommunity Aid and Resources is a student run organization that coordinates mobile health and resource clinics at the Homeless Services Center.
caresc.orgMobile HealthResource Clinics
Community Bridges ProgramsSanta Cruz CountyVolunteer. Community Bridges has a number of volunteer opportunities; 10 programs at 20 sites throughout Santa Cruz county. Some of these volunteer roles include delivery meals to seniors, helping with after school programs, and helping in the office. UnpaidCommunity Bridges works to offer hope and provide a hand up to the Santa Cruz County community. Each year, our family of 10 programs, across 20 different sites, meets the needs of over 17,000 local children, families and seniors. While each program is remarkable on its own, brought together, we are unstoppable.
Corre La VozUCSC/Santa Cruz Field Study Program: CLV is an intensive field study program that supports students learning how to work with English Language Learners (grades 4-5) in ways that promote community and collective empowerment. In this small after-school program, student mentors work in low-ratio groups to study closely how children learn, and how they can contribute to a positive, proud community for mostly Latina/o youth, by placing language, literacy, and power at the center of analysis and practice. UnpaidCorre la Voz is an intensive field study program that supports students learning how to work with English Language Learners (grades 4-5) in ways that promote community and collective empowerment. In this small after-school program, student mentors work in low-ratio groups to study closely how children learn, and how they can contribute to a positive, proud community for mostly Latina/o youth, by placing language, literacy, and power at the center of analysis and practice.

With guidance from faculty and support from a Bay View classroom teacher, students learn how to use and create innovative curriculum, revolving around digital art and documentary; how to use co-teaching and organizing techniques like strength-based assessment, collaborative goal-setting, and backwards planning; intentional language practices to help students project their voices and own their stories; and ethical field observation practices. Students also learn how to work in committees, to participate in and sustain this after-school program by planning and leading events, outreach, and materials/equipment coordination.
What: Undergraduate field study (5 units) in teaching, organization, youth empowerment with English Language Learners
Where: Oakes College & Bay View Elementary
When: Every Quarter. Apply Now!
Schedule: Mondays 5-7 pm seminar; Tues/Thurs after-school 3-5:30 pm
How to apply: write Language LearnersEducation
County Of Santa Cruz Probation DepartmentSanta Cruz CountyInternshipUnpaidSanta Cruz Probation Internship Program:
Work in the adult division, juvenile division, or the juvenile hall to gain practical experience in the criminal justice field working with other probation staff, partnering agencies, and clients.

You must be 18 years old, be able to pass a background check, and finger printing is required. Please attend an orientation to learn more and to apply for this opportunity. Orientations are held only two times per year at the beginning of the Fall and Spring semesters.

Our internship program is currently full. We anticipate to have some future openings in Summer/Fall of 2016. Please check back on the website mid to late Spring in 2016 for information on the date for our next internship orientation This will be an applicant’s starting point in applying for an internship with our Departmen Justice
County Of Santa Cruz Probation DepartmentSanta Cruz CountyVictim Services volunteers include helping and informing crime victims to inquire about their rights, overseeing a Victim Offender Dialogue Program, conducting Victim Awareness Education classes for youth, and putting a stronger focus on restitution payments by offenders.Unpaid VolunteerThe Santa Cruz County Probation Department has increased services to crime victims and expanded options for deliquent youth as they work towards competency, development, and accountability.

Our department is committed to acknowledging the important role which crime victims play in the criminal/juvenile justice system. We believe that by continuing our research in this area, studying best practices, coordinating existing resources, and providing meaningful services and educational opportunities for crime victims and offenders we will move towards helping to repair the harm caused by crime. VictimsEducation
County Of Santa Cruz Probation DepartmentSanta Cruz CountyThe Neighborhood Accountability Boards (NAB) was created with the intent of including the community and victims in crafting a response to juvenile offenses. Currently there are six active Boards in Santa Cruz County located in six geographical locations throughout the county. The board typically handles cases around vadalism, petty theft, and possession of alcohol or marijuana. The NAB also works to utilize restorative justice practices with the hope of successfully diverting youth from formal justice system processes.Unpaid VolunteerThe work that is accomplished through the Boards is supportive of the principals of restorative justice. Each of the participants in the Board (youthful offenders, parents, victim, victim support person, community members, and advising Probation Officer) shares the effect that the crime has had on his or her life. Directly following, the entire group draws up a plan for making things right again. Each plan is unique; although most call for some form of community service, the specific assignment relates directly to the offense, the victim's wishes, community needs, and the youth's strengths. Board members help to monitor a youth's compliance with the NABs and relationships are strengthened as the harm to the victim and the community are repaired. Support
City InternshipsLocations in 20 different cities- please refer to their website to see where each specific position is offered/locatedCI offers internships in nine different industries utilizing programs that feature a structured curriculum of classes, workshops, and on the job training on the premises of a leading employer. Roles and responsibilities vary based on the industry of your interest. UnpaidCity Internships runs immersive career training programs for college students and recent graduates. They’re designed to expand participants’ horizons and get them job-ready. For each program, on top of hard and soft skill building at weekly career seminars, workshops and networking events, participants undertake an internship placement at one of our partner companies. Training
CitySERVESanta Cruz CountyCitySERVE offers a number of opportunties such as short term, long term, internships, and working on special projects. Contact to speak with the Program Coordinator and find out about the specific programs available. unpaidSince the mid 1990's, the CitySERVE Volunteer Program is the volunteer program of the City of Santa Cruz. CitySERVE is a partnership between the Volunteer Centers of Santa Cruz County and the City of Santa Cruz. CitySERVE serves as a matchmaker, placing interested community members with City staff who want to work with volunteers. CitySERVE staff also works to promote the use of volunteers throughout the City, actively supporting the development of new volunteer programs within local government
Coaching CorpsSanta Cruz, CAVolunteer: We are an established student organization here at UCSC and we are still looking for enthusiastic students to serve as team captains and volunteer sport coaches. In this position, they will have the opportunity to not only make a mark at UCSC, but in the Greater Santa Cruz community as well. If you have an opportunity, please check out this short video of who we are: are a youth development based nonprofit organization which harnesses the power of sports and service to provide low income youth with role models and the opportunity to learn beneficial life lessons on and off the field. The main way that we do this is by partnering with community based organizations to make sure each sports program has access to quality, trained coaches who are passionate about sports and child development. We currently partner with over 120 organizations ranging from YMCAs, Boys and Girls Clubs, Girls on the Run, SCORES, etc. and since 2002, our coaches have coached over 75,000 kids. We recruit and train motivated college students and community members who serve as volunteer coaches, mentors and role models in afterschool sports programs serving girls and boys who live in some of our most under-resourced communities. We promote positive peer relationships, inspire leadership in kids and ensure the emotional and physical safety of all our athletes. Without our volunteer coaches, many of our program partners wouldn’t be able to offer quality sports and mentors to their kids. youth
Coastal Watershed Council (CWC)Santa Cruz, CAVolunteer: There are multiple volunteer opportunities throughout the year that aim to engage and connect the local community to our local watersheds. Urban Watch is a citizen based volunteer program that monitors storm drain outfalls during the dry season for common urban pollutants. The program culminates with the first significant rain of the wet season with an event called "First Flush", an annual volunteer monitoring event that samples storm drain run-off during the first significant rainfall of the wet season. Additional opportunities include bird counts along the San Lorenzo Riverwalk and tabling events throughout the year.

Internships available: CWC provides internships in Stewardship, Education, and Monitoring. All internships are non-paid, but can provide school credit to college students or experience to those who want to gain real world experience with an environmental non-profit organization.
UnpaidThe Coastal Watershed Council (CWC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that was formed in 1995 in response to the declining health of the watersheds of the Monterey Bay region

CWC advocates for the preservation and protection of coastal watersheds through the establishment of community-based watershed stewardship programs. We work in partnerships with schools, community organizations and local government agencies. CWC emphasizes hands-on learning, getting community members out into the watershed to learn about water quality, riparian and wetland ecosystems and the problems, and solutions, affecting our watersheds.
www.coastal-watershed.orgCoastal WatershedsSocial Advocacy
Davenport Resource Service CenterDavenport, CAThe DRSC offers a number of programs and opportunities where they could utilize volunteers for the community. Emergency and prevention services include food programs, youth services, senior services, immigration services, and more. There is a plethora of services available surrounding career assistance, family services, health and wellness, and community action.UnpaidThe Davenport Resource Service Center, or DRSC, aims to build a strong and integrated community on Santa Cruz County's rural North Coast. The Center serves as an advocate and resource for the area's culturally diverse and low-income population. Through emergency and prevention services, the Center attempts to strengthen the capacity of North Coast residents of all ages to find support in, contribute to, and thrive in their community. Serviceslow-income
Diversity Center Santa Cruz CountySanta Cruz CountyDiversity Center has a number of volunteer opportunities to fill positions such as host, information technology, administrative support, annual gala, and more. UnpaidOur mission is to advocate for, support, and celebrate the LGBTQ+ community. We envision a healthy, vibrant, and diverse LGBTQ+ community in Santa Cruz County, free from fear, hatred, and prejudice and safe in their persons, work, and homes; fueled by a spirit of collaborative leadership that fosters the sharing of resources, talents, and gifts with each other and with the greater community.
Youth ProgramsAdult Programs
Dominican Hospital Santa CruzSanta Cruz CAVolunteer opportunities inlclude clerical roles, hospitality cart, emergency department, information desk, patient services/nursing units, post anesthesia care unit, physical/occupational therapy, same-day surgery waiting room/critical care unit, shuttle service on campus. Unpaid Volunteering at Dominican Hospital is a rewarding way to help in your community. Volunteers work in a variety of areas throughout the hospital and get first-hand experience of what it’s like to work in the health care while upholding the goal of creating opportunities that inspire people to grow and develop while complementing and enriching patient care.
El Centro: Chicano Latino Resource CenterUCSC Resource CenterEl Centro offers many opportunities for students to get involved. Students have the opportunity to apply for an academic internship or volunteer during the planning of annual events. El Centro also has a number of committees for each of their annual/quarterly events that students can become a part of.Unpaid/PaidThe Chicano Latino Resource Center was established in 1995 as a response to the educational needs of Chicano and Latino students at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Better known as "EL CENTRO" by students and staff, the Center serves as a hub of organized activity and resources that support student transition, retention, graduation and academic advancement. Support
Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research ReserveWatsonville, CaVolunteers can help by volunteering for short-term projects or long-term programs. For more information on becoming a volunteer at Elkhorn Slough, contact:
Amanda Ankenbrandt, Volunteer Coordinator
(831) 728-2822 ext. 303

To help with habitat restoration, special projects, and special events. Contact Amanda 728-2822 x303
Unpaid Elkhorn Slough (pronounced "slew") harbors the largest tract of tidal salt marsh in California outside of San Francisco Bay. This ecological treasure at the center of the Monterey Bay coastline provides much-needed habitat for hundreds of species of plants and animals, including more than 340 species of birds. The Reserve has 5 miles of trails, visitor center, picnic area, restrooms, research facility, and education lab. It is also home to the Elkhorn Slough Foundation. www.elkhornslough.orgTidal Salt MarshReserve
Encompass Community ServicesCasa PacificCasa Pacific is a 12-bed residential program in Watsonville serving individuals diagnosed with a mental illness and co-occurring substance use disorders. The program is a collaboration with two other agencies, The Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz and Community Action Board (CAB). Residents attend a day treatment program at the Volunteer Center’s Mariposa Center and have the option of attending CAB’s work crew three days a week. UnpaidEncompass Community Services believes that health isn't just something we get at the doctor's office; it starts in our families, in our schools and workplaces, in our neighborhoods. We address the conditions in which people in our community live so that everyone has the benefit of a long, healthy life. HealthSubstance Use Disorders
Encompass Community ServicesEl Dorado Center (EDC)El Dorado Center is a short-term mental health treatment program. El Dorado Center is a sub-acute program working with individual experiencing mental health, emotional, and life crisis situations. The program is the primary step-down in Santa Cruz County for individuals transitioning from inpatient locked care to the community. El Dorado also works with individuals in the community who are struggling and need a place to stabilize in order to return to their current living situation.UnpaidEncompass Community Services believes that health isn't just something we get at the doctor's office; it starts in our families, in our schools and workplaces, in our neighborhoods. We address the conditions in which people in our community live so that everyone has the benefit of a long, healthy life. HealthPsychatric Health
Encompass Community ServicesEnhanced Support ServicesESS is a field-based program that works with a diverse population of adults who suffer with chronic and severe mental illness, including diagnoses such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and substance abuse/dependence. Our primary goal with consumers in this program is to prevent or de-escalate crises in order to avoid unnecessary hospitalizations, as well as to institute a focused treatment plan that will engage consumers’ strengths, coping skills, and sense of hope.UnpaidEncompass Community Services believes that health isn't just something we get at the doctor's office; it starts in our families, in our schools and workplaces, in our neighborhoods. We address the conditions in which people in our community live so that everyone has the benefit of a long, healthy life. HealthMental Illness
Encompass Community ServicesFamilies Together (FT)Families Together is an innovative program providing home-based services to families living throughout Santa Cruz County. The primary objective is to reduce the number of re-referrals to Family & Children's Services by improving safety, child development, and family relationships. Families Together is a Differential Response collaborative. Participation is voluntary and lasts either six or twelve months depending on the family's risk level. UnpaidEncompass Community Services believes that health isn't just something we get at the doctor's office; it starts in our families, in our schools and workplaces, in our neighborhoods. We address the conditions in which people in our community live so that everyone has the benefit of a long, healthy life. ServicesFamilies
Encompass Community ServicesGemmaGemma is an organization working with currently and formerly incarcerated populations providing treatment, re-entry and housing services. Gemma programming consists of a 10 week in custody men’s program, an ongoing in custody woman’s program and a transitional house for previously incarcerated women.UnpaidEncompass Community Services believes that health isn't just something we get at the doctor's office; it starts in our families, in our schools and workplaces, in our neighborhoods. We address the conditions in which people in our community live so that everyone has the benefit of a long, healthy life. Services
Encompass Community ServicesHead StartHead Start is a nationally recognized federally funded program serving low income families with children from zero to fife. The program provides free comprehensive health, nutrition, early childhood education, parent involvement and social services to income eligible families. Head Start is designed to ensure that children and families are prepared and succeed when they enter the school system. Services are provided through our home base or center base options.UnpaidEncompass Community Services believes that health isn't just something we get at the doctor's office; it starts in our families, in our schools and workplaces, in our neighborhoods. We address the conditions in which people in our community live so that everyone has the benefit of a long, healthy life. Serviceslow-income
Encompass Community ServicesHousing for HomelessHousing for Homeless (H4H) is a new program which embodies a Housing First model that aims to remove structural barriers to housing so that chronically homeless persons can obtain and retain permanent housing in Santa Cruz County. H4H provides a continuum of services that increases the wellbeing and quality of life for chronically homeless persons with co-occurring disorders. The services provided include but are not limited to housing support, case management, mental health, substance use and co-occurring disorders treatment, benefits enrollment, recovery support services and health education and testing.UnpaidEncompass Community Services believes that health isn't just something we get at the doctor's office; it starts in our families, in our schools and workplaces, in our neighborhoods. We address the conditions in which people in our community live so that everyone has the benefit of a long, healthy life. ServicesHomeless
Encompass Community ServicesRiver Street ShelterRiver Street Shelter is a 32 bed co-ed shelter that serves adults experiencing homelessness and/or psychiatric symptoms and substance use issues. It is our goal to house every person who comes through our door. An average stay is 30-90 days; although, longer stays are arranged for individuals who are actively engaged in securing appropriate housing placements. UnpaidEncompass Community Services believes that health isn't just something we get at the doctor's office; it starts in our families, in our schools and workplaces, in our neighborhoods. We address the conditions in which people in our community live so that everyone has the benefit of a long, healthy life. Health
Encompass Community ServicesSanta Cruz Residential Recovery (SCRR)/Si Se Puede (SSP)Santa Cruz Residential Recovery (SCRR) is located on the west side near Down Town Santa Cruz. SCRR is specially designed to serve up to 30 men and women suffering from substance use problems and co-occurring disorders. Most SCRR clients are pursuing re-entry into society post incarceration. SCRR is a Trauma Informed Care provider that focuses on developing a safe community where residents can safely and healthily connect with one another while developing personal self-efficacy.

Si Se Puede is located in Watsonville and is a fully bilingual / bicultural residential program serving 23 men suffering from substance use problems and co-occurring disorders. Most Si Se Puede clients are pursuing re-entry into society post incarceration. Si Se Puede is a Trauma Informed Care provider that focuses on developing a safe community where residents can safely and healthily connect with one another while developing personal self-efficacy.
UnpaidEncompass Community Services believes that health isn't just something we get at the doctor's office; it starts in our families, in our schools and workplaces, in our neighborhoods. We address the conditions in which people in our community live so that everyone has the benefit of a long, healthy life. UseMental Health
Encompass Community ServicesSide-by-SideSide-By-Side works to address the mental health needs and improve the social/emotional functioning of children between 0-5 years of age who are exhibiting challenging or concerning behaviors in state-subsidized childcare and pre-schools within Santa Cruz County. We work with families, the staff who care for the children and educate them at state-subsidized childcare settings and pre-schools, and offer educational opportunities to the community.UnpaidEncompass Community Services believes that health isn't just something we get at the doctor's office; it starts in our families, in our schools and workplaces, in our neighborhoods. We address the conditions in which people in our community live so that everyone has the benefit of a long, healthy life. HealthChildren
Encompass Community ServicesSupportive Housing ProgramThe Supported Housing Team provides support to over 145 tenants in agency-owned permanent housing for individuals with psychiatric disabilities. The team facilitates house meetings and assists tenants in maintaining stability in their housing, case management, and in connecting to the community. The ultimate goal of the program is to support individuals with mental illness maintain permanent housing and increase overall quality of life.UnpaidEncompass Community Services believes that health isn't just something we get at the doctor's office; it starts in our families, in our schools and workplaces, in our neighborhoods. We address the conditions in which people in our community live so that everyone has the benefit of a long, healthy life. ServicesPsychatric Health
Encompass Community ServicesTelosTelos is a residential, hospital diversion program, serving folks in crisis who would normally be placed on a psychiatric hold and hospitalized. Telos offers a supportive, homelike, community-based option to inpatient, locked hospital, treatment. Each client works one-to-one with a counselor to develop and work on wellness goals, and residents also have the option to attend a variety group therapies. UnpaidEncompass Community Services believes that health isn't just something we get at the doctor's office; it starts in our families, in our schools and workplaces, in our neighborhoods. We address the conditions in which people in our community live so that everyone has the benefit of a long, healthy life. HealthPsychatric Health
Encompass Community ServicesTransition Age Youth Programs (TAY)Transition Age Youth Programs serve current and former foster and probation placement youth ages 15-25. We provide an array of programs and services including counseling, skills building, a drop in resource center, and subsidized supportive housing. Our mission is to support and empower youth in making a healthy transition into successful adulthoodUnpaidEncompass Community Services believes that health isn't just something we get at the doctor's office; it starts in our families, in our schools and workplaces, in our neighborhoods. We address the conditions in which people in our community live so that everyone has the benefit of a long, healthy life. YouthProbation
Encompass Community ServicesWellness Support Services (WSS)The Wellness Support Services team provides strength-based, recovery oriented, short term and long term “case management light” services to clients who are limited to County mental health services (e.g. Meds only) and who are in need of additional support. WSS focuses on supporting clients’ independence, well-being and autonomy in our community.UnpaidEncompass Community Services believes that health isn't just something we get at the doctor's office; it starts in our families, in our schools and workplaces, in our neighborhoods. We address the conditions in which people in our community live so that everyone has the benefit of a long, healthy life. HealthSocial Services
Encompass Community ServicesYouth Services (YS)Youth Services offers a broad spectrum of services that help heal and nurture the mental and social well-being of children, youth and families. In collaboration with other non-profits, courts, schools, funders and families, we support the vitality of our community and its future. Our professional staff is skilled in addressing difficulties related to emotional turmoil, struggles at school and at home, substance abuse, and juvenile justice involvement. We are committed to ensuring that youth and families are supported in building the relationships they need to be self-reliant and successful.UnpaidEncompass Community Services believes that health isn't just something we get at the doctor's office; it starts in our families, in our schools and workplaces, in our neighborhoods. We address the conditions in which people in our community live so that everyone has the benefit of a long, healthy life. HealthSocial Services
Farm to CollegeKresge-UCSCStudents can get involved through volunteer and internship opportunities around food systems research and resource material development, building FSWG's connection and opporunities for engaging in the greater Santa Cruz community, as well as outreach and capacity building development. UnpaidUCSC has been noted by many leading rankings and awards as a prime public national model for the growing “farm-to-college” movement which, like the K–12 farm-to-school movement, is bringing fresh, local produce to student dining halls through direct relationships between farmers and educational institutions. Farm-to-school or farm-to-college arrangements help farmers gain more of the food dollar, benefit local economies, and help students gain access to locally-produced, fresh food. ServicesEducation
Family Service Agency of the Central Coast
Santa Cruz, CaFSA has a number of volunteer opportunities including but not limited to ageless art, holiday helper, internships in counseling, suicide prevention, and survivors healing center. UnpaidFamily Service Agency of the Central Coast believes in the power and potential of people of all ages and backgrounds to discover their own creative solutions. Our professional staff and volunteers provide the resources, support, and counseling services essential to healthy families and communities. Since 1957 we have been providing counseling, suicide prevention, and supportive services to those in Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Benito Counties. We welcome people of diverse cultures, genders, sexual orientations, ages, faiths, socio-economic backgrounds, and abilities as clients, volunteers, and staff members.www.fsa-cc.orgFamilySocial Services
First 5 Santa Cruz CountyCapitola, CaVolunteer: The Santa Cruz Reading Corps is an initiative of First 5 Santa Cruz County and a local nine-month AmeriCorps volunteer opportunity. Volunteers are literacy tutors with this program and work alongside teaching teams with children ages 3-5 between September and May of each year, in state preschool and transitional kindergarten classrooms. Literacy tutors support young children’s literacy skill development by utilizing the SEEDS of Early Literacy framework in order to prepare children for school success. Volunteers receive extensive training, ongoing coaching, a living allowance and educational stipend. We begin recruiting in the spring for fall placements and we are currently looking for 20 tutors. Contact Christine Sieburg (831) 465-2208 or csieburg@first5scc.orgUnpaidFirst 5 Santa Cruz County invests in health, early learning and family support to promote the well-being of children. A growing body of scientific evidence points to the economic and societal impacts of wise investments in the early years.
www.first5scc.orgHealthSocial Services
Follow Your Heart Action NetworkSanta Cruz, CaFollow Your Heart provides a number of services for the community with volunteer opportunities related to administration, media, general services, and event and fundraiser participation. To see what each of these opportunities looks like, visit the website for more information. UnpaidFollow Your Heart Action Network delivers assistance directly to those most in need in Santa Cruz, Watsonville and throughout the United States when called. It is designed to foster diversity, recovery and community. The means to do this includes collecting donated and purchased items and delivering them to people who have experienced or are experiencing disaster or adversity in their lives. Follow Your Heart brings hope in the form of labor, inspiration and goods. It is a network of caring individuals across the United States banded together to provide grassroots community service. ServiceDonation
Food Not BombsSanta Cruz, CaFood Not Bombs is always in search of volunteers to fill some of these roles as listed:
Cook, Prep, Transportation, Food Recovery, Serve, Really Really Free Market, Cleanup, Data Entry, Phone, Flyering, Donate Dry Goods.
UnpaidSanta Cruz Food Not Bombs is an all volunteer project that recovers produce, bread and other plant based foods that would otherwise be discarded and prepares vegan meals that are shared outside the Downtown Post Office every Saturday and Sunday at 4:00 PM for several years. Our volunteers also share meals at protests in solidarity with local groups seeking peace, social justice and a sustainable future.

Everyone is invited to help recover, cook and share vegan meals with the community. Our food is always vegan or vegetarian and free to everyone without restriction. We have no leaders, presidents or directors and seek to include everyone by using the consensus process. We are not a charity taking nonviolent direction to change society so no one is forced to seek free meals at soup kitchens or risk arrest sleeping outside. Please join us in creating a peaceful world free from violence, cohesion and exploitation MealsCommunity
FosterEDSanta Cruz, CaFosterEd's Educational Support Volunteer program provides coaches/mentors to adults involved in the lives of foster children and youth. Educational Support Volunteers help increase the capacity of the adult to support the education of the foster youth. Volunteers are required to attend a training, get a background check/fingerprinting, and a TB test
(reimbursed by FosterEd). Volunteer hours will vary from week to week, with an average of 1-2 hours per week.
UnpaidFosterEd is a program aimed at improving the educational outcomes of children in foster care. We are looking for volunteers who are interested in making a difference in the Santa Cruz community by serving as an Educational Support Volunteer (ESV). As an ESV, you will provide individual mentoring and coaching to parents
or key adults involved in the lives of children in foster care. You will help them become more actively involved in the child's education, giving the child the support that he or she needs to succeed in school. CareEducational Support
Friends of Lighthouse Field
Santa Cruz, CaFriends of Lighthouse Field is always seeking volunteers to carry out its mission. Volunteers can join different work groups such as political action, public and membership communications, research, fundraising, and park stewardship. UnpaidFolf advocates for official, ample, ideal, off- leash dog recreation at Lighthouse Field and Beach. Its Beach is the historic dog beach of Santa Cruz.
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Friends of Long Marine LabSanta Cruz, CAFriends of Long Marine Lab has both volunteer and internship opportunities. Some of these internships are geared towards college students with some basic knowledge of marine science, biology, or environmental studies to work with our education staff. Opportunities include docent training and school programs teaching projects. To find more volunteer and internship opportunities visit the webiste. UnpaidThe Friends of Long Marine Lab, the Seymour Center's community support group, provide funding for the education programs, daily operations, and staffing of the Seymour Center. LabEducation
Friends of the Cowell Lime Works Historic DistrictSanta Cruz, CAStudent interns and volunteers participate in a range of preservation projects, including archaeological excavation and restoration of workers' cabins. Interested persons should contact Alisa Klaus, at the phone or email below.
UnpaidUniversity and community volunteer group in support of the preservation, restoration and interpretation of historic structures associated with the 19th century Cowell Lime Works Historic District on the UC Santa Cruz campus. The district is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Friends of the Rail & TrailSanta Cruz County Despite the ongoing global pandemic, FORT still has some volunteer opportunities. Volunteers can help with online activism, writing, website work, and other forms of work from home volunteerism. The organization also has plans for when in person volunteer gatherings have been cleared. UnpaidSanta Cruz Friends of the Rail & Trail (FORT) is the community voice for building the 32-mile Coastal Rail Trail. We have advocated for over a decade for public acquisition of the Santa Cruz Branch Rail Line, and now that the purchase is complete, FORT is working to support the timely construction of the trail.FORT is a community based group that is fiscally sponsored by Ecology Action, and can accept tax-deductible contributions
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Friends of the Santa Cruz Public LibrariesSanta Cruz CAFriends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries has different volunteer opportunities to fulfill certain services such as online book listing, book and media organizers, book donation clerks, cashiers, etc. In addition to these volunteer opportunities there are also seasonal internships that you can find out more about on the website. UnpaidIn today’s marketplace, companies and organizations understand the importance of marketing their products and services online. If you are interested in a future in marketing or advertising, the Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries are looking for dedicated, inspired interns to maintain and grow digital forms of outreach. Tasks would include writing bi weekly e-newsletters, updating the website, and posting to community calendars. Marketing
Friends of the UCSC LibraryUCSCVolunteerUnpaidFriends of the UCSC Library work to enrich the University Library and strengthen it as a vital center for scholarly life. We have an enthusiasm for books and learning, as well as an appreciation for the library's importance to the University and the community.
Friends Outside of Santa Cruz CountySanta Cruz CountyVolunteer: Jail Visitor Volunteers provide one-on-one case management and pre-release planning for inmates incarcerated in Santa Cruz County Jail facilities. Aftercare Case Manager:Volunteers provide one-on-one case management to individuals recently released from Santa Cruz County Jail facilities and State Prison facilities. Case Managers help facilitate post-release plans and provide applicable services, along with support and advocacy. Re-entry Advocate: Re-Entry Volunteers provide one-on-one case management to individuals recently released from Santa Cruz County Jail facilities and State Prison facilities. Re-Entry Advocates help facilitate post-release plans and provide applicable services to AB109 clients referred from Santa Cruz County Probation Department who have been mandated to work with Friends Outside for a period of 90 days. Friends Outside ...

UnpaidOur goal is to help reduce the trauma of incarceration for inmates and their families, to provide information that can lead to positive changes, and to assist post-release clients with their re-entry into the community. Friends Outside acts as a liaison with concerned individuals, agencies, and the criminal justice system. Justice
Goodwill Central CoastSanta Cruz County/Central CoastGoodwill has a number of work and volunteer opportunities involving their career centers, culinary arts programs, etc. To find out more about these services please visit the website. UnpaidGoodwill Central Coast supports its employment, education and skills training programs primarily through the sale of donated goods. Items we always need: Clothing, household textiles of all kinds, housewares, jewelry, furniture, lamps, kitchenware, antiques, bicycles, shoes, small appliances, china, glassware, electronic equipment in good repair, knick knacks, linens, sporting equipment, books, cars and boats.
Grey Bear: Connect, Sustain, RecycleSanta Cruz CAGrey Bear has a plethora of volunteer opportunities including but not limited to, healthy food program, thrift store, cooks, office/administration, and facilities maintenance. To access the volunteer application as well as more information on each of the opportunities available, visit the website. UnpaidGrey Bears improves the health and wellbeing of seniors through volunteerism and community participation.
Habitat for Humanity Santa Cruz CountySanta Cruz County/ Monterey BayHFH has volunteer opportunities involved in construction, restoration, and behind the scenes roles. There are also corporate and community groups where volunteers engage in meaningful contributions to the greater community around us. UnpaidHabitat for Humanity Santa Cruz County is an independent locally operated and funded affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International. Our mission is to build affordable, decent homes and provide home ownership opportunities to qualified families who live and work in Santa Cruz County.
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Health Projects Center Central Coast Area Health Education Center (AHEC )Monterey Bay AreaMinimum Age: 21. This non-profit organization helps caregivers cope with sometimes overwhelming responsibilities of being a caregiver. They need volunteers to do some light office work.
Contact Terry Gripton 459-6639 or
UnpaidCRC- Services are available for caregivers of individuals with brain impairments such as Alzheimer's disease, Stroke, Dementia, Huntington's disease, Parkinson's disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Brain tumors or brain injury, Mild cognitive impairment and other conditions that may cause memory loss or confusion.
www.hpcn.orgAlzhemer'sMental Health
Homeless Garden ProjectSanta Cruz CAThe HGP has a number of volunteer opportunities to serve the community including the Downtown Store, Natural Bridges Farm, Farm Kitchen, Special Events, as well as opportunities in office & beyond. There are also possibilities for group volunteer events.UnpaidThe Homeless Garden Project provides job training, transitional employment and support services to people who are homeless. HGP's vibrant education and volunteer program for the broad community blends formal, experiential and service-learning. The programs take place in our 3-acre organic farm and related enterprises. - See more at:
Housing MattersSanta Cruz CAHousing Matters has a variety of volunteer roles available. Some of these opportunities include kitchen assistant, mail room coordinator, front desk and administrative assistant, facilities assistant, and any other appropriate roles that could be created with the respective skills of each volunteer. UnpaidHousing Matters partners with individuals and families to create pathways out of their homelessness into permanent housing. Housing Matters holds firmly to a vision that homelessness in SC should be rare, brief, and non recurring. ServicesHousing Services
Hospice of Santa Cruz CountySanta Cruz CA Grief Support workers may offer guidance through individual peer support or facilitation weekly grief groups. The following commitments are requested: serve for a minimum of one year, serve clients 1-3 hours a week (intermittently throughout the year), attend monthly volunteer support groups and two continuing education trainings annually. UnpaidThe Grief Support Program at Hospice of Santa Cruz County has one year internships available for graduate students and post graduates working toward LCSW & LMFT licensure hours. Interns in this setting have the opportunity to provide individual support to children, teens and/or adults after a relative or friend dies. Services are provided at our Scotts Valley and Watsonville offices as well as various school sites in the county. Services
Hospice of Santa Cruz CountySanta Cruz CAVolunteer: Volunteer Visitors provide companionship and emotional support to patients and families. Like a friendly neighbor, Volunteer Visitors help take care of practical tasks or simply extend a hand to hold. Volunteers may run errands, help prepare a meal, read to a patient, offer light massage or just share some quiet time. Their presence can make it possible for a caregiver to take a needed break for a few hours.

Grief Support Volunteers are understanding listeners. They know that grief is a normal process and that each person’s experience of grief is unique. They offer guidance through individual peer support and weekly grief groups.

Staff Support Volunteers Staff Support Volunteers fill an important role in ensuring that Hospice runs smoothly and efficiently. They help with office tasks, assist with events, and deliver needed supplies to patients and families.

Speakers Support Volunteers are trained to speak with local groups about hospice care and grief support services. They represent Hospice in the community and help answer questions about hospice care, grief support, and advance healthcare planning.

Camp Erin Volunteers assist at our weekend long grief support camp by supporting children and teenagers who have experienced the death of someone special.

Friends of Hospice present exciting events that raise funds for Hospice of Santa Cruz County including the annual Oktoberfest and the Fairways for Kids Golf Classic.
UnpaidHospice volunteers often view their volunteer work as a gift. The inner knowledge and satisfaction that volunteers feel from knowing they’ve made a real difference in the life of a patient or family is what makes being a hospice volunteer so special.
Hostelling International Santa CruzSanta Cruz CAVolunteer can help support at the front desk by greeting, orienting, and registering guests. Also assign beds, sell memberships, interact with guests and meet world travelers! The Public Relations Committee works to staff our booth at community events and festivals. Volunteers can also help restore and maintain the gardens surrounding our historic cottages on Beach Hill.
Help plan a calendar of events and activities to introduce our international guests to life in Santa Cruz, organize a "Concert in the Park"/Carmelita Coffee House with singing music, poetry reading, storytelling.
HI Santa Cruz provides budget accommodations with a communal kitchen and baggage storage to world travelers. Memberships are sold on the premises and information is provided on the 6,000+ hostels available world-wide. The hostel also provides travel information to locals planning to travel abroad or here in the U.S.A. Groups welcome. Preference given to those arriving by bicycle, on foot or by public transportation.
Immigration ProjectSanta Cruz CountySCCIP has volunteer opportunities that include but are not limited to providing direct client assistance in all areas of immigration support, answer and return client calls with inquiries or referral requests, offer client support while completing documentation and applications, provide staff with community outreach support to distribute vital information around changing immigration policies. Contact Doug Keegan 724-5667 or sccip@cruzers.comunpaidThe mission of the Santa Cruz County Immigration Project (SCCIP) is to promote the well-being of the immigrant community in Santa Cruz County and the Pajaro Valley. Services
Janus of Santa CruzSanta Cruz CAAssist with the child care program, play with infants and toddlers up to age 3, offer a hand to new moms. A regular commitment of a few hours a week is preferred. Contact Jessica Stone 423-9015 UnpaidTo provide hopeful, supportive, person-centered and respectful substance abuse services to individuals and families on the journey toward wellness and recovery in a professional, compassionate environment. www.janussc.orgSubstance Abuse ServicesChild Care
Japanese Cultural FairSanta Cruz CA Anyone(regardless of age, sex, ethnicity, religion, physical disabilities, etc.) who are interested in Japanese culture is welcome to get involved and participate preparing the fair. The Japanese Cultural Fair is a complete volunteer organization(no paid staff). UnpaidThe purpose of the Japanese Cultural Fair is to provide an opportunity for the community to increase their awareness and understanding of Japanese culture. We believe that through education and exposure to the culture of Japan, we can improve mutual understanding among neighbors on the Pacific Rim as well as enrich our community life here in Santa Cruz.
www.jcfsantacruz.orgJapanese CultureEducation
Kuumbwa Jazz CenterSanta CruzUnder the general direction of the Marketing Director, the Administrative/Marketing Intern will be responsible for the performance of a variety of administrative duties that help facilitate and implement the presenting, marketing, fundraising and education goals of Kuumbwa Jazz.UnpaidKuumba Jazz provides opportunities for residents and visitors in the SC area to enjoy and appreciate the full spectrum of jazz music through live performance and education. We present extraordinary regional, national, and international musicians and provide educational programs for people of all ages. http://www.kuumbwajazz.orgMusicEducation
KZSC-FMUCSCStudents interested in joing KZSC in news, music, or sports should attend a weekly volunteer tour, volunteer 20 hours in one quarter, pass the intro to radio course, and eventually apply for a programming slot. Unpaid KZSC is dedicated to this definition of “public interest.” KZSC is dedicated to producing the best radio our various personnel and facilities will permit, serving the UCSC campus and our larger listening audience with news, public affairs, music, entertainment and spoken word programming as well as broadcasts and information about various UCSC campus events and issues.
La Leche League of Santa Cruz CountySanta Cruz CA Volunteer can help by telephone day or night to give support and to answer any questions concerning breastfeeding. Free lending library containing information on pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, nutrition and parenting.
UnpaidLa Leche League is an international, nonprofit, nonsectarian organization dedicated to providing education, information, support, and encouragement to women who want to breastfeed. Info.Women Services
Land Trust of Santa Cruz CountySanta Cruz CA There is always a search for volunteers to help with ongoing stewardship and monitoring work, or to lend a hand at annual broom pull events. There are currently four properties for which the organization is seeking stewards. Call or email for more info. Primary Phone:831-429-6116 Email Address:info@landtrustsantacruz.orgUnpaid The Land Trust of Santa Cruz County is dedicated to protecting and caring for the lands we love. We protect both working lands, like farms and timberland, and natural lands with high conservation value - thus protecting water supplies, wildlife habitats, and open space.
Lionel Cantú Queer CenterUCSCVisit the website to see what services the Cantu Center offices and where you can apply your skills. UnpaidThe Cantú Queer Center at UC Santa Cruz exists to provide an open, safe, inclusive, intercultural space, promoting education about all genders and sexualities, and empowering self-exploration of these identities. We serve as a resource to LGBTQQIA students by providing opportunities for leadership and personal development by creating programs and services that work to eliminate heterosexism, bi-phobia, and gender-identity oppression. We strive to develop an atmosphere of acceptance and well-being from which the campus community can fulfill the academic mission of the university.
Literacy Program of the Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz CountySanta Cruz CA Volunteer Info:Tutor Training Sessions are held in January, February, March, September, and October. There are 16 hours of instruction. The first hour is a mandatory orientation for new tutors. Training takes place over 4 half-day sessions, choice of daytime or evening sessions, Santa Cruz, Aptos, or Watsonville. Our experienced training team provides all the basics for becoming an excellent tutor, and all new tutors receive a mentor. Please call the office for more information and to sign up for the next orientation.UnpaidThe Literacy Program serves adult learners who want to speak, read and write English. Our volunteers range from 20-somethings to retired professionals who want the satisfaction of teaching a motivated learner. Tutors meet with students one-on-one, or in small groups. Meetings are held once or twice a week. Students are motivated adult learners. The program introduces students and tutors, provides learning materials and meeting locations around the county. No teaching or foreign language experience required. Tutors
Merrill Undergraduate Research Mentorship ProgramMerrill College-UCSCThe purpose of the program is to inspire and prepare Merrill students to pursue graduate studies upon graduation from UCSC. It is designed to provide research experience and personal and professional development for Merrill juniors and seniors. Merrill Fellows nominate a student whose work they are familiar with and whose interests are similar to their own area of research and expertise. As part of their mentorship, students will be employed as Research Assistants up to a maximum of $1040 for the school year.Unpaid The Merrill Undergraduate Research Mentorship Program enables upper-division students to work closely with faculty members by assisting them on their research via paid research mentorships. Students learn methods and techniques for research under a faculty member actively engaged in current research. Faculty members mentor students in unique one-on-one partnerships, teaching students hands-on research practices in their mutual fields of interest. Faculty thus inspire potential research paths while serving as guides and companions, a wonderful introduction to the world of research for students still in an undergraduate program.
Merrill CollegeInternships
Mesa Verde GardensPajaro ValleyThe areas where we are most in need of skilled volunteers are:

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Dedicated orchard volunteers, either with fruit tree care experience or an interest in learning.
We don’t have much need for garden volunteers from the larger community, as the vast majority of our members (farm workers) are highly-skilled, experienced gardeners. Having lived around and worked in agriculture throughout their lives, they are proud of their agricultural traditions, knowledge and style of gardening.
UnpaidMesa Verde Gardens is a grassroots program with minimal staffing run primarily by our own member families. We aim for a revenue model of member fees, grants and individual donations. Members pay $8/month to cover land and water costs. Most other funds come from local foundations and individuals. As our program continues to grow, so does our need for funding to make these projects possible. Please consider supporting Mesa Verde Gardens in one of the following ways:
Monterey Bay InternshipsMonterey & Santa Cruz CountyVarious positions available. Check their website for current internship listingsPaid/Unpaid depending on positions availableMonterey Bay Internships is a resource that helps ease the transition for young adults from higher education to the workforce. Employers can take advantage of the talent groomed here at home. Students receive the training necessary to meet the employment needs of our local business community. Together we can help our region thrive.
Monterey Bay Search Dogs, Inc.Monterey Bay AreaVolunteers are placed in the woods and found by search dogs and their handlers. Bring a bottle of water, a sandwich and a good book. Radios are provided. Saturday or Sunday from 9am-2pm, it varies each week.
Contact us at 831-272-4729 or fill out the email form on our website
UnpaidPrepares handlers and canines to become effective participants in searches for missing people in a wilderness or disaster setting throughout California and the nation. www.montereybaysearchdogs.orgSearch DogsMissing People
MRC Volunteer Medical SocietySanta Cruz CountyTwo UCSC student groups have requested interactions with local physicians in two ways. AMSA requests physician speakers each year to hear about experiences in the medical industry. MESA day with MESA hosts a county wide contest offering learning opportunities and competetitions. UnpaidThe Santa Cruz County Medical Society (SCCMS) is a non-profit voluntary physician member and led association that represents physicians, in all modes of practice and specialties, and their patients.
Museum of Art and History at the McPherson CenterSanta Cruz, CaTo learn more about the Volunteer Program at the MAH, please attend one of our monthly Volunteer Orientations.
Orientation is held every 2nd Saturday of the month at 11:30am.
UnpaidThe Museum of Art and History at the McPherson Center has a vision to become a thriving, central gathering place where local residents and visitors have the opportunity to experience art, history, ideas, and culture. The Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History (MAH) started as a merger between two organizations–the Santa Cruz Historical Society (founded in 1954) and the Art Museum of Santa Cruz County (founded in 1981). All of our new events and exhibitions are created in partnership with community collaborators. If you have any questions or ideas about this transformation that you'd like to discuss in person, drop by the Museum 11-5, Tuesday thru Sunday, or contact any of us directly. & History