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Stay connected and support your community from home!  Many of these projects are family-friendly, so your kids can help too! Please join us on Tuesday, May 5th with an act of kindness for the community!

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Assist Your Community by Sewing a Mask AT HOME VOLUNTEER

Given potential shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE), fabric masks and gowns may be an option for some. Your time and talent is greatly appreciated in the community to help ensure safety. Fabric masks offer the benefit of being able to be washed and re-used. These can be used for people who have symptoms of being ill or congregate living facilities to prevent the spread of illness. Masks will be used for volunteers providing essential services and donated to the Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency for distribution to medical facilities and community programs based on need and priority. Click here to download guidelines for this project. Click here to download mask-making pattern. Completed masks can be dropped off at the Volunteer Center Monday through Thursday between 10AM-12PM or 1PM-4PM. A bin will be available in the downstairs lobby. Please place your masks in a bag along with a note that includes your full name and the number of masks inside. Address: 1740 17th Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062 Additionally, you can reach out to us at masks@scvolunteercenter.org to arrange a pick-up.

Help Seniors Stay Connected

Volunteers are needed to provide support to seniors over the phone and help our community Stay Connected during COVID-19. Volunteers are expected to commit to one phone call a week for at least 6-weeks to provide support to seniors who need to access services from home. We will provide training and ongoing support for all volunteers.

Holiday Helper for Isolated Seniors

Become a Holiday Helper by giving to the often forgotten care facility residents in Santa Cruz County. It’s the time of the year when our community comes together to ensure that all have a special and memorable holiday season. Most care facilities aren’t allowing visitors due to COVID-19 and residents are feeling especially isolated. Please help us to make the holiday special for our seniors and let them know they are remembered. Holiday Helpers is now accepting donations and wrapped gifts and will do so through December 7, 2020. Gift suggestions include: New lap blankets, scarves, slippers, shirts, socks, adult coloring books, Word Search puzzles, calendars, stuffed animals, lotions, etc. Please mark packages male or female, with sizes, ready for delivery to the care facility residents. It’s nice seeing the smile on their faces when they open up their gifts! Please contact us for drop off information. We are open limited hours due to COVID-19. Donations can also be made through our website and PayPal or mailed to: FSA/I-You Venture at the address below. Thank you for remembering our seniors. We are accepting donations and gifts through Monday, December 7th 2020 Phone: Nancy Cleveland, 831-459-8917, Ext 205 or 831-566-6599 Main Office: 831-423-9444, Ext 200 Email: Cleveland.n@fsa-cc.org Web: www.fsa-cc.org Address: Family Service Agency of the Central Coast I-You Venture Program 104 Walnut Avenue, Suite 208 Santa Cruz, CA 95060 Get Involved...Select the Red "Express Interest" button below **This is a Referral Opportunity, which means it is run directly by one of our nonprofit partners. Once you express interest, someone from the partner organization should follow up with you shortly to discuss confirming you as a volunteer for this opportunity.

Homework Club Mentor

The Davenport Resource Services Center is in need of enthusiastic and knowledgeable tutors to help students learn! We are looking for volunteers with afternoon availability on Mondays and Wednesdays (we may expand our program to Thursdays also as needed) to support our Homework Club program by providing weekly one-hour tutoring sessions for local 2nd-6th grade students via Zoom. As all sessions will be held at-a-distance, the ideal volunteer for this role would feel comfortable using Zoom’s meeting tools to lead their session and keep students engaged. Attached is our recruitment flyer with more information. This role is fully virtual, allowing volunteers to engage with students from home. OR...Select the Red "Express Interest" button below and the coordinator will contact you. **This is a Referral Opportunity, which means it is run directly by one of our nonprofit partners. Once you express interest, someone from the partner organization should follow up with you shortly to discuss confirming you as a volunteer for this opportunity.

Legal Advocate for Survivors of Domestic Violence

A legal advocate for survivors of domestic violence attends family law restraining order hearings in person at the Watsonville courthouse to provide assistance with legal paperwork, provide peer and emotional support, answer general questions about the legal system without offering legal advice, liaise between the survivor and court employees, and offer local legal resources as needed. Previous experience in advocacy or law is not required. Training is included and meets the California legal requirements to be certified as an advocate for domestic violence survivors (California Evidence Code §1037). Why It Matters Current research shows that, in the US, 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men experience some form of abuse from an intimate partner. Domestic violence has a reciprocal relationship with other forms of abuse of power, such as racism, transphobia, and ableism, and it is the primary cause of homelessness among women. It impacts not only the well-being of an individual but also the family, the community, and society as a whole. Because domestic violence is so prevalent, it comes up in areas outside of domestic violence agencies: hospitals, therapists’ offices, substance use recovery programs, homelessness, schools, families, friend groups, corporate workplaces, law enforcement, etc. Benefits Understanding of domestic and gendered violence in both the personal and broader political contexts Skill development in crisis intervention Skill development in peer support, emotional support, healthy boundaries, and other interpersonal skills Being a safer, more effective ally for survivors both professionally and personally Knowledge of local family law processes Additional trainings and professional development opportunities offered by guest speakers at the monthly supervisory meetings Opportunity for academic credit, work experience, and other benefits for future educational or employment options Opportunities for networking with local legal officials, employees, and groups Requirements Be 18 years or older Have not received domestic violence services as a participant with Walnut Avenue for a minimum of two years Attend a Walnut Avenue volunteer orientation Pass a fingerprinting/criminal background check Completion of the 40+ hour advocacy certification training (required by California law) Participation in our 24-hour hotline service Detail-oriented, punctual, and able to conform to structural requirements/policies Business or business-casual attire An email which is checked regularly Professional verbal and written communication with supervisor Maintain high confidentiality standard Bilingual Spanish encouraged but not required Time Commitment Commitment to 12 consecutive months of service One weekly shift on our hotline (9am-5pm or 5pm-9am), taken anywhere you have phone reception and the option for privacy One monthly professional development/supervisory meeting, attended in person (first Wednesdays, 5:30-7:30pm) Attending court every Thursday from 7:30am-1pm Associated Costs Certification training with commitment to 12 months: $50 materials fee Certification training without commitment to 12 months: $250 Standard background check (required for all volunteers): $45 Background check for volunteers also providing services for children and teens: $102, with option for reimbursement after 3 months of service If cost is a barrier for you, please contact the community engagement coordinator to discuss your options without judgment at mcoffey@wafwc.org. To Get Started The first step is to attend a volunteer orientation at Walnut Avenue Family & Women’s Center, which happen about twice a month/every two weeks. To hear upcoming dates and times and to register for the one which works best for you, please call our office at (831) 426-3062. If you have any questions or concerns about this process, please contact our community engagement coordinator, Marjorie Coffey, at mcoffey@wafwc.org. It is the policy of Walnut Avenue Family & Women’s Center to provide equal employment, volunteer opportunities and services to participants (EEO) to all persons regardless of ancestry, age, color, national origin, disability (physical and mental, includes HIV and AIDS), genetic information, race, religion (includes religious dress and grooming), gender, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and/or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, military or veteran, request for FMLA or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. Get Involved...Select the Red "Express Interest" button below **This is a Referral Opportunity, which means it is run directly by one of our nonprofit partners. Once you express interest, someone from the partner organization should follow up with you shortly to discuss confirming you as a volunteer for this opportunity.

Make Cards for Seniors AT HOME VOLUNTEER PROJECT

While we're all stuck at home some people are feeling the stress of isolation. Many seniors are no longer able to see their regular friends and support network. You can send some extra good vibes with a handmade greeting card. Handmade greeting card instructions: Create a card to show support for those feeling isolated Use colored paper, stickers, markers, and other supplies to create an uplifting card. Include a nice message such as: “Just a friendly little hello from me to you” “Hi there! Just felt like sharing a smile with you today” “Just wanted to send some happy thoughts your way today” “Take extra good care!” “Sending good, healthy vibes your way” “Wishing you well” “Sending hugs and love” “Thinking of you at this time” Drop off your cards at our office 1740 17th Ave, Santa Cruz, Monday through Thursday between 10AM-12PM or 1PM-4PM. Place in the bin in the downstairs lobby. Or set up a pick-up or drop-off location and time with the YouthSERVE Coordinator, ys@scvolunteercenter.org

Make a DIY T-Shirt Dog Toy AT HOME VOLUNTEER PROJECT

While you're stuck at home you can clean out your closet and make some braided dog toys for your local animal shelters. This is a new project we've never tried before, but it's gotten good reviews from others. All you need is an old t-shirt and scissors. Watch the instruction video on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bm7ez7QJ_Fs T-shirt dog toy Instructions: Lay the shirt down on a flat surface and cut across the chest Cut 1-2 inch strips (at least 3 strips since you will braid them) you can use multiple shirts if you want to mix colors Take a small strip and tie it around the top of the strips (an inch or less below the top of the strips) Braid the three strips tightly all the down Once braided, use another small strip of fabric to tie the ends of the toy You can drop your completed dog toys off at our office: 1740 17th Ave, Santa Cruz - Monday-Thursday between 10AM-12PM or 1PM-4PM. A bin will be available in the downstairs lobby. Please make sure to include a note with your full name so we can confirm with you that we received your donation. or contact Malia to schedule a pick-up: ys@scvolunteercenter.org If you don't have any spare t-shirts lying around, feel free to pick some up from our Live Oak office! There are plenty of new Human Race t-shirts available upon requests. Contact Malia for more information. ​Use the "Express Interest" button below to let us know that you're planning on completing the project.

Neighborhood Clean up

Join YouthSERVE for a Neighborhood Clean up! Please Express Interest below and we will send you tips for how to successfully complete your neighborhood clean up!

Prepare Your Family for Emergencies

Get Ready | Esten Listos Santa Cruz County is a new project to reach out to our community and help them prepare for a disaster. We've developed easy to use materials and resources that take only 15-minutes to review with your family and start a discussion to ensure that you know what you will do if you need to evacuate your home. Express interest in this project and we will send you electronic resources and follow up to see if you want physical materials mailed to you.

Preparing Santa Cruz County Community for Emergencies

We have joined the California for All movement with a partnership with Listos California to help our community prepare for emergencies and disasters. With many of us now sheltering in place, it is a great time to create or update our emergency/disaster preparedness plans. Fire season is here, and we can all help build a more resilient Santa Cruz County by preparing now. Do you, your family or household have an emergency/disaster preparedness plan? Do you know where you will meet up if you have to evacuate? Do you, your family or household have a communication plan? Are you signed up for Code Red Alerts? Is there someone in your household that relies on electric and/or gas power for a medical necessity? We have developed informative, simple and easy to use disaster preparedness planning material to help you develop your plans and sign up for alerts in as little as 30 minutes. We will mail or email you the material, review it with you by phone or online video meeting and give you the tools to prepare.

Support Middle and High School Youth

Help assist/tutor middle and high school youth in Watsonville! Volunteers are paired with a student either in person or virtually to work a minimum of two hours per week (up to 8 hours possible) assisting the student with school and homework. Volunteers also support students to remember tests, study for tests, remain organized and optimistic through the semester in order to succeed in their academics during this difficult time. Hours are available and set between 3 and 5:30 pm. Volunteers must be comfortable at minimum with Middle School Math and other academic subjects, responsible and reliable, punctual. Organized, successful students considered. Those with teaching abilities highly desired for assisting High School Students. Background check fee is $15.99. All other materials provided by Youth N.O.W. Orientation video and safety training may be done at a convenient time prior to start. Get Involved...Select the Red "Express Interest" button below **This is a Referral Opportunity, which means it is run directly by one of our nonprofit partners. Once you express interest, someone from the partner organization should follow up with you shortly to discuss confirming you as a volunteer for this opportunity.

Support Seniors as a Dispatcher for Grocery Shopper Program

Many seniors and people living with disabilities are unable to go grocery shopping due to the COVID-19 public health emergency. These individuals rely on the kindness and generosity of volunteers in our community. Volunteer shoppers donate their time to shop and deliver groceries. Our volunteer dispatchers piece the whole puzzle together by matching seniors’ needs with shopper availability. Schedule: -Our dispatch desk is open Monday-Friday -Dispatchers take one or more 3-4 hour shifts a week depending on their availability -We ask that our dispatchers commit to 3 months of volunteering Responsibilities: -Answer calls and emails to facilitate matches between seniors and volunteer drivers -Explain how our program operates to new volunteers -Record all ride assignments Qualifications: -Patient, kind, and organized -Eager to help seniors - Dispatchers will need reliable transportation method -Willingness to learn new computer programs Training/Support: -Program training and overview with staff -Volunteers will receive ongoing training and support Benefits: -Volunteering is good for your health! -Decreased levels of stress, a lower risk for depression -Satisfaction of making a difference in your community and in the lives of others Get Involved...Select the Red "Express Interest" button below Learn more about the Grocery Shopper Program here! You can also contact transportation@scvolunteercenter.org or (831) 427-3435

Community Education Advocate for Domestic Violence Prevention

Under the supervision of the community engagement coordinator, community education advocates focus on education as prevention in the following ways: Workshops on healthy relationships in school and youth organizations Tabling and participation in community events Awareness month campaigns Social media campaigns Special events Fostering relationships between Walnut Avenue and community partners Training is included and meets the California legal requirements to be certified as an advocate for domestic violence survivors (California Evidence Code §1037). Why It Matters Current research shows that, in the US, 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men experience some form of abuse from an intimate partner. Domestic violence has a reciprocal relationship with other forms of abuse of power, such as racism, transphobia, and ableism, and it is the primary cause of homelessness among women. It impacts not only the well-being of an individual but also the family, the community, and society as a whole. While crisis intervention is necessary, we also look to education as a form of mitigation and prevention so that people have the tools to foster healthier families and relationships. Benefits Understanding of domestic and gendered violence in both the personal and broader political contexts Skill development in crisis intervention Skill development in peer support, emotional support, healthy boundaries, and other interpersonal skills Being a safer, more effective ally for survivors both professionally and personally Knowledge of local family law processes Additional trainings and professional development opportunities offered by guest speakers at the monthly supervisory meetings Opportunity for academic credit, work experience, and other benefits for future educational or employment options Opportunities for networking with local nonprofits, organizations, and other agencies Requirements Be 18 years or older Have not received domestic violence services as a participant with Walnut Avenue for a minimum of two years Attend a Walnut Avenue volunteer orientation Pass a fingerprinting/criminal background check Completion of the 40+ hour advocacy certification training (required by California law) Participation in our 24-hour hotline service Able to work independently as well as cooperatively Good interpersonal skills over the phone, in person, and networking Strong writing and research skills An email which is checked regularly Professional verbal and written communication with supervisor, staff, and members of the broader community Understanding and acceptance of queer identities as well as other social minority groups Public speaking skills preferred but required Bilingual Spanish encouraged but not required Time Commitment Commitment to 12 consecutive months of service One weekly shift on our hotline (9am-5pm or 5pm-9am), taken anywhere you have phone reception and the option for privacy One monthly professional development/supervisory meeting, attended in person (first Wednesdays, 5:30-7:30pm) Commitment to participating in minimum two events per month Associated Costs Certification training with commitment to 12 months: $50 materials fee Certification training without commitment to 12 months: $250 Standard background check (required for all volunteers): $45 Background check for volunteers also providing services for children and teens: $102, with option for reimbursement after 3 months of service If cost is a barrier for you, please contact the community engagement coordinator to discuss your options without judgment at mcoffey@wafwc.org. To Get Started The first step is to attend a volunteer orientation at Walnut Avenue Family & Women’s Center, which happen about twice a month/every two weeks. To hear upcoming dates and times and to register for the one which works best for you, please call our office at (831) 426-3062. If you have any questions or concerns about this process, you may visit our site at www.wafwc.org or contact our community engagement coordinator, Marjorie Coffey (they/them), at mcoffey@wafwc.org. It is the policy of Walnut Avenue Family & Women’s Center to provide equal employment, volunteer opportunities and services to participants (EEO) to all persons regardless of ancestry, age, color, national origin, disability (physical and mental, includes HIV and AIDS), genetic information, race, religion (includes religious dress and grooming), gender, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and/or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, military or veteran, request for FMLA or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. Get Involved...Select the Red "Express Interest" button below **This is a Referral Opportunity, which means it is run directly by one of our nonprofit partners. Once you express interest, someone from the partner organization should follow up with you shortly to discuss confirming you as a volunteer for this opportunity.

Thinking of You Cards for Isolated Seniors

Volunteers are needed to send cards for Isolated Seniors in Care Facilities! Ideas for Cards: Personal notes/letters Homemade cards Photographs Postcards Picture cards (flowers/landscapes/animals) Special occasions (Birthdays/Holidays) We are also accepting other items: iPads, iPods, Crossword puzzle books, Word Search puzzles and coloring books. For more information contact: Nancy Cleveland Family Service Agency/I-You Venture Phone: (831 459-8917, Ext 205

Contact the Volunteer Center

1740 17th Ave
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
Phone: 831-427-5070
connect@scvolunteercenter.org

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