Volunteers are the heart and soul of Grey Bears.
Volunteers are needed to help on the Brown Bag program: assembling bags of fresh produce for seniors on Thursday and Friday mornings between 7:30am and 9am.
We also always need drivers to deliver bags of groceries to distribution sites and to homebound seniors (and we’ll reimburse your gas mileage!).
The Grey Bears Brown Bag Program is one of the most efficient and successful food distribution programs in the United States. Volunteers glean the fields, help collect donated food from local stores and supermarkets, assemble bags of food in our warehouse and deliver it to a network of sites and medically homebound seniors throughout Santa Cruz County every week. This year, through our produce recovery program, Grey Bears will distribute 2.6 million pounds of fresh, nutritious food to 4,200 Santa Cruz County seniors.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
We invite you to participate in this family friendly outdoor volunteering activity helping to restore wetland habitat. Volunteer work includes planting native plants, removing exotic invasive plants, and helping in our native plant greenhouse. Afterwards we will go for a guided nature walk.
The restoration group meets at the Fitz Wetlands Education Resource Center located at the top of the Pajaro Valley High School campus (500 Harkins Slough Rd) at 9 a.m.
Please bring water, and wear layered work clothes, sturdy shoes and a sun hat. We will provide tools, gloves, and a snack.
Please Note: organized groups of over 15 people or more should make sure to contact Mary K. with advance notice to ensure adequate supplies and tools
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The Santa Cruz Sandhills are a unique community of plants and animals found only on outcrops of Zayante sand soil in the central portion of Santa Cruz County, in central coastal California. We will continue our broom bash efforts, removing invasive non-native Genista monspessulana (French Broom) while helping nature. Bring your friends and neighbors and hope to see you there!
Please join us at Quail Hollow Ranch from 10am to 1pm! Upcoming Dates:
December 22, 2017 10 am to 1 pm
January 1, 2018 10 am to 1 pm
January 6, 2018 10 am to 1 pm
January 13, 2018 10 am to 1 pm
February 3, 2018 10 am to 1 pm
February 10, 2018 10 am to 1 pm
February 24, 2018 10 am to 1 pm
Directions to Quail Hollow: Take Graham Hill Road from Santa Cruz. As you come down the hill into Felton, turn right at the first light in town called E. Zayante Road. Drive up E. Zayante Road about 2 miles, and turn left on Quail Hollow Road. The park entrance is on the right side about a half mile up the road. Meet in the gravel parking lot on the left side of the entrance road.
Give back to nature by helping to keep the Museum’s “adoptive” beach clean! Beach cleanups are a great way for environmental stewards to support our community and the world’s ocean.
Please join us Saturday, January 27th from 11am - 1pm
to clean up Seabright beach.
We'll meet at the entrance to Seabright Beach at 11am. We will have a check-in table at the entrance to Seabright Beach closest to the Museum, across from Mott Ave.
We will have everything needed for the clean up, but please plan to bring what you need as far as walking on the beach for up to 2 hours.
Closed toed shoes are a must.
Water/ sunscreen/ layers are a good idea. It could be hot/ sunny. It could be cold/ windy.
If you have reusable gloves, bags or buckets, please bring them!
Young Volunteers are Needed to Tutor Seniors in Technology
Help seniors navigate in the digital age and stay connected with their community with their personal electronic devices. From e-mail to iPads, our seniors need your help and with the community center's recent upgrade to Windows 7 your assistance will be more important than ever! This opportunity is open to youth ages 11-18.
The next Senior Tech Days are scheduled for:
January 27 th
All Senior Tech Days are held on Saturdays from 12pm-3pm at the Louden Nelson Community Center.
Sign Up by clicking on the red box below.
We will confirm your attendance one week prior ot the project day.
We are participating in First Friday in February to showcase the talented artists at the Downtown Clubhouse. You can help us celebrate the inspiring work done by youth and Club members.
Volunteers are needed to help with set up for the event at the following dates and times:
Thursday, February 1st from 4-7pm
Friday, February 2nd from 1pm-4pm
Celebrate World Wetlands Day with us on February 4th at 10am at Ramsay Park, 30 Harkins Slough Rd, Watsonville.
Join us for a morning of planting trees and celebrating the beautiful Watsonville wetlands! The festivities begin at 10 AM with tree planting, followed by kids games at 11 AM.
Free snacks and prizes for a photo contest will follow. We hope to see you there!