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Administrative Support for Davenport Resource Center

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,, or Brenda,

Contact Tracing Volunteer

Are you looking for ways to help during this public health emergency? The County of Santa Cruz is looking for community members to help with the ongoing need to help those community members who test positive for COVID-19. The Volunteer will work with the County Health Department to call the community member who has tested positive for COVID-19. Key Responsibilities Include: 1. Reach out to COVID-19 patients via phone calls 2. “Interview” COVID-19 patients and record data on county equipment. 3. Provide COVID-19 patients with resource contacts to help them with Sheltering In Place and other needs they may experience. Special Considerations: All Volunteers must consent to a background check. All Volunteers will need to be comfortable interacting with the public and conduct themselves in a manner that best represents the Public Health Department and the County of Santa Cruz during their outreach efforts. All Volunteers must complete a 30-hour training prior to beginning this role. Volunteers must be available to serve for up to 20 hours per week for at least six months All VIP volunteer opportunities are unpaid positions for community members interested in exposure to aspects of local government.

Create Stars for the Adopt-a-Family Program

The Adopt-A-Family project which has been running for nearly 30 years and supports families struggling to make ends meet during the holidays. Each year we partner with 25 fellow non-profits on this project to meet the needs of more than 450 families. Accompanied by the Adopt-a-family project is the Stars Program! Each year local businesses support the Adopt-A-Family project by displaying stars in their businesses. These gifts are then donated to families that are not adopted by our partner agencies. It has been a tradition that YouthSERVE volunteers make star ornaments for the stars programs during the summertime to help us prepare! During the holiday season, folks will pick up these DIY stars ornaments, purchase the gift labeled on them, and return them to the bank or business. Traditionally these stars ornaments are made of foam or sturdy paper, but this year we will be creating virtual stars as well. We welcome you to use to create stars ornaments by following these easy steps! 1) Register or sign up for Canva 2) Start a design from scratch 3) Find a star shape under "frames" or "shapes" 4) Decorate the stars by using stickers, colors, photos, and additional options under the "elements" tab 5) Add a gift that you think a child or teen would be excited to open during the holidays by clicking the "text" tab. Have fun and be as creative as you'd like! 6) Completed stars can be shared with the YouthSERVE Coordinator. Press the "share" button in the upper right corner. Enter the address and make sure to enable "edit". Then press "enter" or "return". You can additionally download the stars and email them to

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,, or Brenda,

Disaster Preparedness Coach

Get Ready | Esten Listos Santa Cruz County is a new project to reach out to our community and help them prepare for a disaster. Volunteers are needed to assist with individual outreach to seniors throughout Santa Cruz County. Our goal is to help 11,000 people in Santa Cruz County develop a personalized emergency plan. We are specifically reaching out to community members that do not already have a plan in place and are at high risk of being impacted by a fire or flood. We are especially in need of bi-lingual, English / Spanish volunteers. Volunteers are expected to commit to 5 - 10 hours a week. We will provide training and ongoing support for all volunteers. Volunteers can assist in a variety of ways including: Phone outreach to people who have asked us to call them (no cold calling) Talking to people in small groups about disaster preparedness using zoom Supporting outreach through phone, email and online training Distributing information at food distribution sites.

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.

Hotline Advocate for Survivors of Domestic Violence

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 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 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.

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!

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.

Public Health Campaign for COVID Safety

Learn leadership, project management, logistics, and marketing skills while working on a project that makes a difference in our community! NESTcorps started as a way to address the needs that arose from COVID-19. Our volunteers will continue to tackle the needs of our community even after the pandemic is over. We currently have two projects that volunteers can choose to work on. The Public Health Campaign assists Santa Cruz County in raising awareness on how to keep themselves safe during the upcoming holidays and back to school time. The Watsonville Artist Movement is rekindling the connection of local artists by creating mailing lists, organizing virtual events, and managing social media accounts for the group. Please express interest below to register for this project.

Virtual Tutor for NestCorps

NESTcorps' new tutoring program is looking for individuals to virtually tutor high school students in subjects such as English, math, and science. This is a 10-week program from September 23rd to December 16th, 2020. Meetings take place over zoom every Wednesday from 5-6:30 pm. Additional time is spent outside of Wednesday meetings for individuals to work on their volunteer projects. The amount of time spent on work outside of Wednesday meetings varies and depends on the volunteer’s capacity level. Beginners are welcome, just bring your enthusiasm and passion to make a difference! We will assign tasks and responsibilities based on your experience and willingness to learn. For those interested in volunteering as a tutor we are interested in those who have prior experience in tutoring. Get more information about this project here:


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 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 - 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, 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,

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: 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-Thursday between 10AM-12PM or 1PM-4PM. Place in the bin in the downstairs lobby. or email Malia to arrange for pick up 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: 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 - Monday-Thursday between 10AM-12PM or 1PM-4PM. A bin will be available in the downstairs lobby. or contact Malia to schedule a pick-up: 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.

Volunteer with Suicide Prevention Service

Suicide Prevention Service (SPS), a program of the Family Service Agency of the Central Coast is dedicated to providing suicide prevention, intervention and postvention services that support the life, health, and safety of those at risk of suicide throughout Santa Cruz, San Benito and Monterey Counties. Suicide Prevention Service of the Central Coast is looking for new suicide crisis line volunteers! Our crisis hotline serves the tri-county area of Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Cruz. Join us for a rewarding experience while learning active listening skills, self-care, and suicide and crisis intervention techniques. Training begins October 1, 2020! All classes are provided by ZOOM Video Conferencing. Registration is required and early registration is recommended! For more information, please email us at or visit our website at No experience is necessary—only a willing and open heart. 18+ Background: Given the rapidly evolving situation- with the daily stress and fear around life in the midst of a health pandemic, economic uncertainty, the threat of fire season and limited access to in-person mental health service providers, we project that the Suicide Crisis Line for the tri-counties of Santa Cruz, Monterey and San Benito will have a dire need for well-trained volunteer responders in the coming months. The overall fear and anxiety prevalent in the population because of COVID has hit particularly hard for those who are already in crisis, or prone to experiencing anxiety, depression, and possibly isolated and pre-existing mental health challenges. We expect this trajectory to continue for at least the short term and are committed to doing everything possible to support our community members in staying safe during this public health crisis. We engage people through community outreach, educational presentations in schools, and evidence-based training such as ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) and SafeTalk. SPS operates the 24/7/365, free, confidential, and multilingual Suicide Crisis Hotline, 1-877-663-5433. The program is an Accredited Crisis Center through the American Association of Suicidology and is certified with the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Postvention services include bereavement support services focusing on providing support for survivors of suicide loss. We are a small team of four staff, and 71 dedicated and trained volunteers. If you are suicidal, in crisis or concerned for a loved one, please call our 24 hour suicide crisis hotline at 1-877-663-5433 (1-877-ONE-LIFE)

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Santa Cruz, CA 95062
Phone: 831-427-5070

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