Internship and Volunteer Opportunities Related to Sociology
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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 UnidosShort 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 CountyVolunteerUnpaidTo 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 welcome--see for more information or contact Elise Ehrheart, eehrheart@ecoact.orgUnpaidBike 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, CaVolunteer: To become a firefighter, you must be at least 18 years of age. You must live within our primary response area. You must have a clean driving record. You must not be a convicted felon. Those are some of the legal requirements for the position. If you are interested attend one of the training sessions.UnpaidBonny Doon Fire and Rescue is an all-volunteer fire company. This means that our firefighters do not get paid a salary, but it does not mean that they are anything less than professional! 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, CAFor One-to-One Mentoring, Minimum Age: 18. 1 year commitment, must have access to a vehicle.
Volunteer for a few hours, two to four times a month, hanging out with a child/youth that just needs a friend. Play ball, garden, have a bonfire, barbecue, go to the beach, whatever will be fun for you both. You will help your Little Brother or Little Sister grow through some of the most impressionable years of their life.

Opportunities are also available to help plan and organize our largest fundraiser in April: Bowl for Kid's Sake. Contact Erin Strawn at 831-464-8691 ext 10 or
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, CaVolunteerUnpaidProvides 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, CaVolunteer: 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 work that loves youth volunteers. 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 StateInternshipUnpaidThe 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 AssistanceInternship/Fellowship UnpaidLegal Aid Interns handle client intakes, preparation of legal documents, and work closely with attorneys
. Email if you are interested in volunteering. ServicesLaw
California Youth Crisis LineVolunteerUnpaidCalifornia 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 are welcome from age 15+. Volunteers are the heart and soul of the Grey Bears. Volunteers enjoy fun activities and an unmatched sense of fulfillment from serving seniors and our local community. We have many opportunities for your particular specialty and area of interest, including Brown Bag program assemblers and deliver drivers, volunteers to disassemble computers in our e-waste recycling center; administrative/office support; data entry in our 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. No prior work experience is necessary, just show up at the park. We welcome individual volunteers from 8 to 80 years, as well as special group projects. Wear comfortable layered clothing, bring something to drink, and lots of enthusiasm! We work rain or shine, but if things get particularly unpleasant, we call it a day. Tools provided; bring gloves. 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, CaVolunteer: Minimum Age: 16. CKC Inc. provides before and after school care for children in K-5th grade at 7 elementary schools. Great 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 ProgramUCSCInternshipPaidCUIP 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 GalleryInternship/VolunteerUnpaidThe 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 DepartmentInternships/Job OpportunitiesPaidThe 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 CountyAmeriCorpsVolunteersPaid
The Community Action Board of Santa Cruz County, Inc. is recruiting for AmeriCorps members to 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.

In order to participate, AmeriCorps requires that members/volunteers be U.S. citizens or have permanent resident status. Additionally, members/volunteers must be able to pass a criminal background check. Volunteer/service opportunity schedules include e 16 hours (part-timeper week for a total of 675 hours total.

We are especially looking for members with the following qualities and skills: Spanish/English bilingual, bicultural, some knowledge of the community and an interest in reducing poverty, and desire to work toward social justice. Placement
Community Action Board of Santa Cruz CountyDavenport Resource Service Center:VolunteerUnpaidCAB 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 do 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 Action Board of Santa Cruz CountyThe Shelter ProjectVolunteerUnpaidCAB 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 do 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 Action Board of Santa Cruz CountyGEMMAVolunteerUnpaidCAB 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 do 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

Volunteer: 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 ProgramsChild Development DivisionVolunteerUnpaidCAB 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 do 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 Bridges ProgramsElderdayVolunteerUnpaidCAB 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 do 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 Bridges ProgramsFamilia Center/Beach FlatsVolunteerUnpaidCAB 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 do 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 Bridges ProgramsLa Manzana Community ResourcesVolunteerUnpaidCAB 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 do 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 Bridges ProgramsPhilanthropyVolunteerUnpaidCAB 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 do 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 Bridges ProgramsMeals on WheelsVolunteerUnpaidCAB 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 do 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. Services
Corre La VozField Study ProgramUnpaidCorre 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 CruzProbation DepartmentInternshipUnpaidSanta 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 CruzProbation DepartmentVolunteer: Victim ServicesUnpaidThe 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.

Victim services 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.

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 CruzProbation DepartmentVolunteer: Neighborhood Accountability Boards (NAB)UnpaidThe 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 InternshipsInternshipUnpaidCity 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
City Of Santa Cruz CitySERVE Program
VolunteerunpaidSince 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. Here is the application: 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. The annual Snapshot Day event occurs the first Saturday in May and provides a "snapshot" of the health of streams that flow into the Monterey Bay. 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, CaVolunteerUnpaidThe 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
Dignity HealthDominican Hospital Santa CruzWork StudyUnpaidUnder the direction of the Development Assistant and in collaboration with Foundation staff members, the Foundation Intern will fulfill administrative
tasks related to the advancement of philanthropic activities at Dominican Hospital. The Student Intern performs a variety of general and specific office
functions of a responsible and complex nature centering on activities of the Foundation Office. This requires a fundamental knowledge of Foundation
functions and advanced knowledge in areas of direct responsibility.
Diversity Center Santa Cruz CountyVolunteerUnpaidYouth Program/Senior Program/Conexiones/Triangle Speakers/ Trans* Program/Professionals Mixer/Rainbow Veterans more info: ProgramsAdult Programs
Dominican Hospital Santa CruzVolunteer Opportunities:Clerical
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.
Educational Opportunity Programs (EOP) UCSCVolunteerUnpaidThe Educational Opportunity Programs at UC Santa Cruz offers academic and personal support designed to improve the retention and academic success for first-generation, low-income, or educationally disadvantaged college students. SupportPersonal Support
El Centro: Chicano Latino Resource CenterUCSC Resource CenterInternship/VolunteerUnpaidThe 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
Elderday Adult Day Health Care CenterSanta Cruz, CaVolunteer: Volunteers from the community bring music, activities and companionship to Elderday attendees, enriching the lives of the participants as well as the volunteers.unpaid Community Bridges-Elderday Health Care Center, an adult day health center founded in 1981, serves Santa Cruz County's adults and elders who need assistance with daily living tasks. The program helps participants reach and maintain their maximum level of physical, mental, emotional and social functioning by providing an opportunity for companionship, activities and professionally supervised therapies. Elderday's objective is to help participants maintain or improve their current level of functioning.
Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research ReserveWatsonville, CaWe are always seeking volunteers. You can help us as 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

Minimum Age: If under 18, need parent/guardian
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 PacificInternship UnpaidCasa 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. Treatment on site is guided by recovery oriented and strengths based principles. Staff and residents collaborate in identifying strengths, skills, and goals. Staff provides extensive individual counseling that supports trust and mutuality and enables open communication about recovery’s challenges and triggers. Residents are assisted in expanding their “recovery tool box” so that they are better prepared to live independently. HealthSubstance Use Disorders
Encompass Community ServicesEl Dorado Center (EDC)InternshipUnpaidEl 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. The primary referral sources for El Dorado Center are the psychiatric health facility (PHF), jail, long-term locked facilities, and individuals in the community. The ultimate goal of the program is to facilitate and assist individuals in returning to the community having increased autonomy, independence, wellness skills, and connection to the community. HealthPsychatric Health
Encompass Community ServicesEnhanced Support ServicesInternshipUnpaidESS 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. ESS works closely in partnership with County and Community Agencies to assure services are wrapping around consumers in a way that is empowering and in alignment with long-term treatment goals. Crisis support services are typically provided short term (30-60 days). HealthMental Illness
Encompass Community ServicesFamilies Together (FT)InternshipUnpaidFamilies 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. Participants collaborate in the formation of goals and are presented with opportunities to engage in counseling, learn about parenting and child development, and improve safety in the home. Counselors and Interns support caregivers as they advocate for their needs and form nurturing relationships with their children. ServicesFamilies
Encompass Community ServicesGemmaInternshipUnpaidGemma 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. Services
Encompass Community ServicesHead StartInternshipUnpaidHead 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. Serviceslow-income
Encompass Community ServicesHousing for HomelessInternshipUnpaidHousing 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. ServicesHomeless
Encompass Community ServicesRiver Street ShelterInternshipUnpaidRiver 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. Health
Encompass Community ServicesSanta Cruz Residential Recovery (SCRR)/Si Se Puede (SSP)InternshipUnpaidSanta 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. UseMental Health
Encompass Community ServicesSide-by-SideInternshipUnpaidThe mission of Side-By-Side is 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. HealthChildren
Encompass Community ServicesSupportive Housing ProgramInternshipUnpaidThe 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. ServicesPsychatric Health
Encompass Community ServicesTelosInternshipUnpaidTelos 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. We draw on various theoretical constructs in the work, including: psychoanalytic frameworks, relational and intersubjective perspectives, Motivational Interviewing, mindfulness and WRAP. Anchored in the tenets of person-centered and trauma-informed care, we believe in powerful engagement, collaboration, evocation, and open dialogue, and we also draw on the wisdom, experience, and power of our micro-community to grapple with important intra- and inter-psychic questions. Within the container of an intense environment and close interpersonal relationships, counselors, interns, and residents attempt to address the personal, relational, social, existential, and mundane aspects of crisis, connection, suffering, joy, justice, stigma and living in the 21st century. HealthPsychatric Health
Encompass Community ServicesTransition Age Youth Programs (TAY)InternshpUnpaidTransition 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 adulthood YouthProbation
Encompass Community ServicesWellness Support Services (WSS)InternshpUnpaidThe 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. HealthSocial Services
Encompass Community ServicesYouth Services (YS)InternshpUnpaidYouth 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. HealthSocial Services
Farm to CollegeKresge-UCSCVolunteerUnpaidUCSC 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, CaVolunteerUnpaidWe offer a variety of clinical, crisis, educational, outreach and supportive services designed to maintain and strengthen family and community life.
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, CaThe website lists all the kinds of volunteer help needed, big jobs, small jobs, as little as 2 hours per week would help, at your home or our office. 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, CaVolunteer positions needed:
Food Recovery
Really Really Free Market
Data Entry
Donate Dry Goods
Email or call to join us
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. ESV's 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, CaVolunteerUnpaidFolf advocates for official, ample, ideal, off- leash dog recreation at Lighthouse Field and Beach. Its Beach is the historic dog beach of Santa Cruz.
www.folf.orgSocial AdvocacyDogs
Friends of Long Marine LabSanta Cruz, CAVolunteer 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, CAAll volunteers welcome. Student 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 VolunteerUnpaidSanta 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
Coastal Rail TrailSocial Advocacy
Friends of the Santa Cruz Public LibrariesDigital Marketing InternUnpaidIn 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 Santa Cruz Public LibrariesBookstore InternUnpaidHave you always loved books? Whether you’d consider yourself well-read or you know there’s still so much out there to read, we would like to hear from you. We’re looking for a Bookstore Intern to work with the Friends on what our Friends Bookstore at the Downtown Branch stocks, how it operates and what more we could bring to it.
Friends of Santa Cruz State ParksService AidePaid (Part-time)Friends of the Santa Cruz State Parks (Friends) is a non-profit organization that supports our local California State Parks. Our Service Aide positions are an exciting opportunity to work in the some of California's most beautiful State Parks. Enjoy assisting day use or over night campers in beautiful natural environments within a team atmosphere.http://www.thatsmypark.orgState ParksCampers
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 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 Coastvolunteer 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, RecycleVolunteerunpaidGrey Bears improves the health and wellbeing of seniors through volunteerism and community participation.
Habitat for Humanity Santa Cruz CountyVolunteer: Minimum Age:14 for office, 16 for construction.
Assist in providing low-income housing. There are a variety of ways to get involved from office support to construction. Contact the office at 469-4663 or
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. ServicesAffordable
Health Projects Center Central Coast Area Health Education Center (AHEC )Volunteer Info:Minimum 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 ProjectVolunteer: Downtown Store, Natural Bridges Farm, Farm Kitchen, Special Events, Opportunities in Office & Beyond...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:
Homeless Services CenterVolunteer Form: Services Center has 3 main program areas designed to complement each other and to result in permanent housing for the people it serves. Our programs include

Emergency and Transitional Shelters
Permanent Housing Programs
Income and Employment support​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ ServicesHousing Services
Hospice of Santa Cruz CountyInternshipUnpaidThe 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 CountyVolunteer: 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 CruzVolunteer: Help Staff Our Front Desk: greet, orient, and register guests. Assign beds, sell memberships, interact with guests and meet world travelers!
Join Our Public Relations Committee: staff our booth at community events and festivals
Get Your Green Thumb Dirty: 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 CountyVolunteer Info:Minimum Age: 16. Help provide immigration services to the local immigrant community, general office duties and reception. 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
I-You VentureRecruits, trains and coordinates both youth and adult volunteers to visit with and perform recreational and social activities for residents of local residential care and nursing homes. Volunteers range in age K-12th grade to adults.
UnpaidI-You Venture recruits, orients and places volunteers with residents of local care facilities. Volunteers are involved in a broad range of activities from small groups involved in projects like Ageless Art and Holiday Helpers, to the quiet intimacy of one-to-one visiting.
Janus of Santa CruzVolunteer Info:Assist 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