Our construction managers are currently supervising the building of two Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs), at Plateau Ave., on the westside, and Glenwood Ave., just off downtown, as part of our My House My Home program, a program that helps low-income senior homeowners keep their properties while aging in place. We need skilled and unskilled workers, to support our efforts, and I invite you to join our dedicated volunteer team.
Work days are Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri & Sat from 8:00am – 2:30pm. Although these are the typical construction site work hours, you can schedule for a minimum three hour shift, for any of these days, beginning at 8am.
Please wear closed toed shoes and dress in comfortable layered clothing that you don't mind getting a little dirty. You can bring a lunch or pick up something nearby.
Volunteers can be both skilled or non-skilled. Volunteers are assigned a variety of tasks depending on the build phase and the individual's skills. Experienced volunteers will help guide non-skilled volunteers in the various tasks.
Please complete a Construction Site Application here:
Homeless Services Center partners with individuals and families to create pathways out of their homelessness into permanent housing. We hold firmly to a vision that homelessness in Santa Cruz County should be rare, brief, and non-recurring.
Every Wednesday the Homeless Service Center hosts a free market for the homeless to receive clothes and food items!
The Wednesday Market team works together to:
Set up and break down the Market
Receives donations from the community
Oversees the operations of the market
Works with our safety team to maintain a friendly environment!
Volunteers are needed every Wednesday from 9AM-2PM.
This is a great opportunity to help distribute necessities to a very vulnerable population, as well as meet with other members of the community dedicated to do the same!
This year’s Santa Cruz Winter Shelter is bigger and better than ever!! It will be open for people that need a place to sleep from November 15th to April 15th. We are looking for more players, more agencies, and more services to be involved and to join us in becoming a model for other areas on innovative collaboration.
The volunteer possibilites are endless - somebody donating flower arrangements for the dinners to someone wanting to read children’s stories to the kids. We are open to creative brainstorming to support one of our most vulnerable populations. Volunteers are encouraged to volunteer on a regular basis, but if you are only available for one or two nights we are happy to work with you (just let us know)
All guests complete an intake process from 4pm to 6pm and ongoing volunteers can assist with this process.
We will have dinner for everyone from 6pm to 7pm
After dinner volunteers can help with activities of their choice or assist staff with monitoring the showers or other services offered.
Locations: we have two shelter sites (Salvation Army downtown and the VFW on 7th Ave)
Volunteers that are not assisting with intake can go directly to the shelter.
Run For Pie, Fundraiser for 2nd Harvest Food Bank
Thanksgiving Day Nov. 23th
The Sixth Annual Run for Pie is an event that benefits the Second Harvest Food Bank, a non-profit dedicated to ensuring that everyone in our community has enough food.
Starting at the bottom of the hill in Aptos Village park, the course will climb up to Aptos Creek Road and head into Nisene Marks State Park for a 5k or 10k out and back.
Volunteers are needed to assist with course set-up, registration and the two aid stations along the course.
Please contact Tina with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org or
Help sow seeds and transplant plants for restoration projects at Watsonville Wetlands Watch. No particular gardening skills required, just a love of the outdoors and a zest learning about plants and gardening!
Propagators work at our main office so there isn't any strenuous walking. They generally work out on our back patio where we have benches and a cement path. We are wheelchair accessible and welcome everyone!
We'll teach you whatever you need! We have field guides to help volunteers learn about the native plants of hte Pajaro Valley and the names of plants that we typically restore out in the wetlands. You'll learn propagation techniques from our amazing cohort of regular volunteers. You'll learn SO MUCH about plants that exist in the wetlands of the Pajaro Valley and about restoration. Many of ou volunteers are eager birders and are always happy to share what they see around us while they work. Our volunteers come from such a large array of professions so you are guaranteed to learn something and meet some interesting people.
Gardeners help maintain the Native Plant Demonstration Garden which includes weeding, planting and pruning.
No particular gardening skills required, just a love of the outdoors and a zest learning about plants and gardening!
Gardeners work at our main office so there isn't any strenuous walking. They generally work out on our back patio where we have benches and a cement path. We are wheelchair accessible and welcome everyone!
We'll teach you whatever you need! We have field guides to help volunteers learn about the native plants of the Pajaro Valley and the names of plants that we typically restore out in the wetlands. You'll learn how to use the tools the gardeners use on site from our amazing cohort of regular volunteers. You'll learn SO MUCH about plants that exist in the wetlands of the Pajaro Valley and about restoration. Many of ou volunteers are eager birders and are always happy to share what they see around us while they work. Our volunteers come from such a large array of professions so you are guaranteed to learn something and meet some interesting people.
Be an elf at the Capitola Mall and help support a child with cancer.
Each year, Jacob's Heart helps ease the burden of shopping for gifts for families. We need your help to make this year's holiday season that much brighter!
Volunteers will staff a store front at the Capitola Mall that will serve as a donation drop off point. Volunteers will help accept the donations, sort through them, and organize them.
Project startes on Novemeber 24th and runs until Decemeber 15th, volunteers needed Thursday-Sundays
Orientation is November 20th at 4:00pm at Capitola Mall
If you are unable to attend this training, please email us to set up an alternative time.
Double community service hours if you sign up for more than one shift.
A warm heart, knowing you helped a child this holiday season!
Volunteers are needed to help us prepare vegan meals on Saturdays and Sundays from 12pm-3pm. No experience is needed as we always need help with the basics of washing and cutting vegetables. Experienced cooks are always welcome to share their expertise.
Volunteers are welcome to join us in serving the meal at the Post Office from 4pm - 6pm and with clean up afterwards.
Volunteers also support us with composting, data entry and event planning.
Save Our Shores bi-monthly Cleanup Cowell’s Project has kicked into gear! Start your Sunday off with a beach cleanup, and leave energized and ready to enjoy your day. These cleanups are always fun, engaging, and help clean one of Santa Cruz’s most visited beaches.
MEET UP LOCATION
Meet at the main entrance of Cowell Beach next to the public restrooms and the Dream Inn.
We recommend that all volunteers dress in layers, wear sun protection, and bring a reusable water bottle. Volunteers under the age of 18 MUST be accompanied by an adult.
All of Save Our Shores cleanups happen rain or shine. As always, if you have any questions please contact email@example.com.
See you on the sand,
Save Our Shores
The St. Francis Soup Kitchen has been serving meals to the hungry in Santa Cruz for over 25 years!
Each day a hearty meal of soup, salad, bread, coffee and milk are served to over 180 people at noon. There are an estimated 400 people who sleep outside in Santa Cruz and it’s difficult for one agency to handle all their needs. The Kitchen is one place where those in need will find a kind welcome, food and an opportunity to rest in safety.
Please join us by volunteering in our kitchen. We can accomodate up to four volunteers every day.
No special experience required, just a desire to work in the kitchen.
**Please wear closed toed shoes!
We begin cooking at 8:00 AM and finish serving the meal at 1:45 PM.
Please call the kitchen manager - Richard to confirm your volunteer position: (831)459-6712
Who can eat? All in need regardless of race, creed, color or sex.
When are meals served? A midday meal is served Monday thru Friday from 12:00 to 1:00.
What is served? Each day a different soup is served in addition to the salad, fruit, bread and milk. A wholesome variety of filling soup and homemade salad dressings help to create a complete meal. Desserts are also served when available.
What other services are available?
Showers are available daily from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.
Clothing is distributed on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Shirts, pants, socks, outerwear and clothing are available to our guests.
Our guests. St. Francis Catholic Kitchen considers those who eat with us our guests. Our volunteers quickly learn that being homeless or on the streets is a serious challenge. We hope that, for at least part of the day, they can feel appreciated when they walk through the doors of the Kitchen.
** Please note we will not be serving on Thanksgiving or Christmas**
Join us at Evergreen cemetery for a few hours of work maintianing and restoring this historical site. We meet every Monday from 9:30 to 12:30. There are projects for all abilities.
Lunch is provided at noon.
Grey Bears Annual Holiday Luncheon
Sunday, December 3rd from 11:30am to 1:30pm at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
This event is the highlight of the holiday season and even the year for many seniors in our county. When the community comes out to support seniors who might not have family in the area the gratitude can be felt through the whole building. This is also a chance for us to celebrate all that seniors have done for our community and let them know that their contributions are appreciated. In helping in this event you are not just helping set tables or serve meals- you a proving a meal that a senior might not be able to afford by themselves and providing company they might not find otherwise. From decorating before the event, or helping during you are making a difference in the lives of your neighbors.
Join us for at least a 2 hour shift or stay a whole day on the days and times listed below:
Friday 12/1: 1pm -6pm (2 hour shifts) This is the first day we begin to transform the space from a blank canvas to a festive party! Come and join us as we set up chairs, tables and décor for the big dinner.
Saturday 12/2: 11am-3pm (2 hour shifts) Decorating continues as we add our finishing touches to the auditorium. We need volunteers to help build center pieces for the tables and make sure that the Civic Auditorium is looking its best for the seniors who look forward to this event all year.
Sunday 12/3 7am – 10am Set up, a welcome booth, beverage stations and start cutting desserts. We will also start organizing the kitchen to make it ready for the influx of food that is about to be assembled in it.
10am – 2pm serving, Volunteer orientation is at 10am and then we will put all the delicious treats together!
2pm – 4pm clean up: help us leave the Civic as beautiful as we found it.
Annual Free Holiday Luncheon Celebration for 1,400+ seniors. The luncheon will be held at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, located at 307 Church Street. All volunteers on Sunday, Dec. 3rd will enjoy a free lunch!
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