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Opportunity Details

Family Services
Families, Low-income communities, Other
Holiday Guide,At Home Volunteer

Age Minimum (with Adult): 1+, Minimum Age:1+, Court Ordered Volunteer - Allowed

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

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Express Interest

Volunteers needed through 12/25/2020

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Contact the Volunteer Center

1740 17th Ave
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
Phone: 831-427-5070

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