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Resources for Organizations

The Volunteer Center is a resource to our non-profits, schools, and goverment partners who want to effectively utilize volunteers to advance their mission.

We provide the tools to help you recruit, retain, and recognize your volunteers. Additionally we can help you sustain your valuable programs through fundraising at the Human Race. 


More than 1500 local residents view our site each month to learn about new opportunities and organizations in need. Last year we referred over 6,000 volunteers to our partners.

By using our site, volunteers may reach out to you in a number of ways:

  • They may express interest directly through our site.
  • They may email the opportunity coordinator identified in your posting
  • They may call your organization after viewing the posting

Additionally, volunteers may be referred after a one-on-one consultation at the Volunteer Center through our Volunteer Match Program



Need help getting started with our websiteTo schedule a training call  831-427-5070 or email

Ready to take your organization to the next level of volunteer management? Join us at our next Service Enterprise training and learn how to leverage volunteers for maximum impact. Learn More.


Each year through the Be the Difference Awards, we offer a community wide opportunity to recognize local individuals, businesses, and groups or non-profits for the substantial contributions they make through volunteerism. This is an excellent opportunity for you to honor and publicize the good works of your volunteers or your organization. The Call for Nominations is currently open through Sept 26, 2011. The A ward Ceremony will take place on October 20, 2011

Volunteer Retention is a crucial component to a successful Volunteer Program. 1 in 6 volunteers leave their volunteer position within several months.  There are many excellent resources out their to help you maximize your volunteer managment efforts through better retention.
  Retention Resources:
Join the fun and raise money for your programs by registering for the Human Race Walkathon and Fun Run. The Human Race happens the first week in May each year and is the largest collaborative fundraiser on the Central Coast supporting non-profits, schools, groups, and faith-based organizations.
We offer volunteer management training throughout the year as resources become available. Check back in upcoming dates. We additionally offer an intensive yearly partnership with 10 fellow non-profits providing them with an Americorps Volunteer Coordinator to serve 40 hrs per week for one year. Are you interested in hosting a fellow at your organization?


Contact Us

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

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