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Academic Support for 2nd-6th Grade Students

Help local youth stay academically engaged! The Davenport Resource Service Center is looking for support with tutoring 2nd-6th grade students with math, writing, etc. over Zoom. We need 5-8 volunteers Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 4-5:30pm. College students are ideal. A brief orientation is provided before tutoring begins. This program runs through the third week of May. Contact: Isaí, (831) 425-8115, IsaiA@cabinc.org, or Brenda, BrendaS@cabinc.org

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.

Be a Human Race Champion for your favorite cause

The Human Race is an opportunity for Santa Cruz County nonprofits, individuals and groups to fundraise for local programs through a six week online giving campaign that previously culminated on Race Day with a 5 mile fun run/walk and a community celebration. Although we won't come together this year in person, this will bring many folks together virtually in support of great causes. The Human Race has been helping nonprofits, schools and community groups fundraise together for 40 years. Online giving runs from March 25 through May 9. The 2020 goal? To raise $300,000 for participating local nonprofits, schools and churches. Will you walk for change for our community? Join us as a fundraiser or donor for the organization of your choice! More information: https://www.humanracesc.org/ From that page you can view the list of participating nonprofits and choose who you want to support and fundraise for. Questions? Contact Aisha, humanrace@scvolunteercenter.org, 831-435-5091

Collect Arts and Craft Supplies for Donation

Collect arts and crafts supplies for donation to after school organizations such as the Boys and Girls Club and Youth N.O.W. Drop off at the Volunteer Center Live Oak Office, 1740 17th Ave Santa Cruz, CA 95062 Monday-Friday, 9am and 5pm.

Collect Hygiene Products for Donation

Collect donated hygiene products or hygiene kits for Friends Outside! More individuals are being released early due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are collectiong soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and shampoo. Drop off items at the Volunteer Center Live Oak Office, 1740 17th Ave Santa Cruz, CA 95062 Monday-Friday, 9am and 5pm.

Create Videos for Davenport Resource Service Center

Make videos from home to support a local nonprofit! We are looking for support in creating videos about the Davenport Resource Service Center to showcase our organization and the programming that we provide. Ideally, this would be one or two videos a month. You will need your own equipment, but we can provide photographs, voiceover content, etc. Contact: Isaí, (831) 425-8115, IsaiA@cabinc.org, or Brenda, BrendaS@cabinc.org

Davenport Resource Service Center Administrative Support

Help a local nonprofit continue to offer its services remotely! The Davenport Resource Service Center (DRSC), provides services to support the culturally diverse and low-income population in the rural north coast. Emergency and prevention services we provide include, food distribution; educational services for children and teenagers; support and services for seniors; transportation; information and referral; cultural events; translation; form-filing, and other services. We need help creating systems to continue to reach out to youth, seniors, and families over the phone and Zoom to sustain our programming. This could include using Microsoft or Google forms, creating surveys, and connecting with the participants in our programs. Contact: Isaí, (831) 425-8115, IsaiA@cabinc.org, or Brenda, BrendaS@cabinc.org

Donate Brown Bag Lunches

Donate brown bag lunches for St. Francis Soup Kitchen! Packaged snacks and food requested. Drop off at 205 Mora St., Santa Cruz, between 9am and 2pm, Monday through Friday. PLEASE READ THESE SAFETY TIPS FOR VOLUNTEERING DURING SHELTER-IN-PLACE 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.

Draw or Paint an Outdoor Landscape for a Senior AT HOME VOLUNTEER PROJECT

Draw or paint an outdoor landscape for a senior! Drop off at the Volunteer Center Live Oak Office, 1740 17th Ave Santa Cruz, CA 95062 Monday-Friday, 9am to 5pm.

Helpline Volunteer: 211 Call Specialist AT HOME VOLUNTEER

Actively assist the 211 Call Center with answering calls and accessing the iCarol 211 Database to provide adequate information and referrals to callers! The 211 Call Center is available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. The 2-1-1 Call Center is a Level 4, the most critical level for a crisis – there is a need for community volunteers to assist with the call volume. Since March 16, 2020, 70% of the 211 Call Specialists are taking calls from their home – the Call Center has become a virtual call operations center. Tenure: Given the current statewide shelter in place order, the 2-1-1 Call Center will need volunteers on a rotating schedule for a minimum of 28 days. There is an accelerated Orientation and Live Call Training (2 days). Minimum four (4) hour shifts per day with a maximum of 2 shifts per day, or eight (8) hours. Volunteers are not permitted to volunteer more than 5 days per week. Responsibilities of Volunteer 211 Call Specialist During COVID-19 Crisis: ♦ Participate in a two-day online training from 12:30pm – 4:30pm ♦ Orientation: 1 hour ♦ Live Call Training: 3 hours ♦ Commit to a minimum of 4 hours of answering calls ♦ Will answer routed calls from Santa Cruz, San Benito, and Monterey Counties Volunteer Will Need: Computer or laptop, Headset with a microphone that connects to a computer or laptop, keyboard, and mouse. Characteristics: Demonstrated commitment to equity and social justice to answer calls from a diverse population, computer savvy, critical thinking skills, social service delivery knowledge, ability to exercise compassion and maintain calmness during a crisis, and experience working in a fast-paced environment”. Interested volunteers should sign up to participate In the Online Orientation and Training: http://bit.ly/UWsVolunteer On the sign-up sheet, type “UWSCC” for the Name of Department section. Questions? Please contact Santa Cruz County 211 Manager, Kassandra Flores, at kflores@unitedwaysc.org **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.

Hotline Advocate for Survivors of Domestic Violence AT HOME VOLUNTEER

This volunteer opportunity can be done remotely! For more information, contact mcoffey@wafwc.org. A hotline advocate provides crisis intervention, domestic violence education, peer support, and community resources to survivors of domestic violence and their allies during a once-weekly shift on our local 24-hour hotline. Our hotline advocates provide a crucial service that benefits local survivors and their allies as well as an essential service to the functioning of Walnut Avenue's Advocacy & Prevention Department. Previous experience 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 Section 1037). Note: the certification training happens twice a year starting in April and in October. It takes place in person over eight days for a total of 50+ hours. Unfortunately, due to the staff and material resources this entails, we cannot provide individual training at other times. For the dates of the next scheduled training or to register for the next training, please contact the HR coordinator below. 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 resources Additional training 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 Opportunity for other areas of direct service such as legal advocacy, teen group facilitation, program development, etc. 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) Access to privacy and phone reception during your assigned hotline shift 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 (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) Associated Costs Certification training with a commitment to 12 months: $50 materials fee Certification training without commitment to 12 months: $250 A standard background check (required for all volunteers): $45 Background check for volunteers also providing services for children and teens: $102, with an 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 happens 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 here 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.

Human Race Online Social Media and Tech Support

We need online volunteers 5-10 hours weekly to share about the Human Race on social media and help to raise awareness. There are opportunities for working with organizations to create short videos, design graphics, and provide writing support so that they can tell their story. Assist the event coordinator in supporting a community of 70+ nonprofits! The Human Race is an opportunity for Santa Cruz County nonprofits, individuals and groups to fundraise for local programs through a six week online giving campaign that previously culminated on Race Day with a 5 mile fun run/walk and a community celebration. Although we won't come together this year in person, this will bring many folks together virtually in support of great causes. The Human Race has been helping nonprofits, schools and community groups fundraise together for 40 years. Online giving runs from March 25 through May 9. The 2020 goal? To raise $300,000 for participating local nonprofits, schools and churches. Will you walk for change for our community? More information: https://www.humanracesc.org/ Contact: Aisha, humanrace@scvolunteercenter.org, 831-435-5091

Virtual Senior Tech Support AT HOME VOLUNTEER PROJECT

Focus on helping seniors sign up for online services such as grocery and medication deliveries. Nextdoor is also a great resource to keep seniors connected to those in their neighborhood if they need help or someone to talk to. Seniors and volunteers will be matched Choose a communication platform that each party is comfortable with Volunteers are encouraged to help seniors with online tools such as setting up prescription delivery and ordering groceries online Help seniors set up a favorites list on their phone to make it easier for them to contact important phone numbers

Virtual Tech Support with Cruz One AT HOME VOLUNTEER

Cruz One was born from the need to get teachers and students in Santa Cruz County set up for distance learning through the COVID-19 crisis. A website and support platform was assembled as a one-stop-shop for technical support. We are looking for people with tech experience to help answer requests for tech support during the day. Want to get involved? Please fill out this form! **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 an e-card or an old fashioned paper card. For virtual greeting cards: Go to canva.com Follow sign up or login instructions Search ‘card’ templates in the search bar or create a card from scratch 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” Have fun and be as creative as you would like! Email your cards to people you know - and send a copy of the card to ys@scvolunteercenter.org - and we'll send them out to seniors in our network Create a physical greeting card: 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, 9am-5pm Or set up a pick-up or drop-off location and time with the YouthSERVE Coordinator, ys@scvolunteercenter.org

Make Things Out of Old T-Shirts AT HOME VOLUNTEER PROJECT

While you're stuck at home you can clean out your closet and make some useful items out of your old T-shirts. We have 2 projects you can do at home today! Make Reusable Produce Bags: We use the bags in our food pantry and are always in need of more produce bags! All you need is a T-shirt and scissors! Watch our You-Tube video for complete instructions: https://youtu.be/vGd9-OEsaXk Turn the shirt inside out and trace the shape of handles at the top (cutting off the sleeves and the neck of the shirt) Cut strips at the bottom of the shirt about 1 inch wide Tie the strips together with a double knot on each strip Turn the shirt right-side out. You can drop off completed bags at our office: 1740 17th Ave, Santa Cruz Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm or email Malia to arrange for pick up ys@scvolunteercenter.org Make a DIY T-shirt Dog Toy: 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. We donate the toys to the local animal shelters. Watch the instruction video on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bm7ez7QJ_Fs 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 For both of these projects, you can drop your finished items off at our office: 1740 17th Ave, Santa Cruz - we have a donate bin in front or contact Malia to schedule a pick-up: ys@scvolunteercenter.org ​Use the "Express Interest" Button below to let us know that you're planning on completing the project.

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You can still stay connected and support your community while you are stuck at home. Many of these projects are family-friendly, so your kids can help too!

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

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