Finding Good Volunteer Opportunities That Fit Your Interests
Here are a few of our favorites, linked for your convenience:
Boys & Girls Club
Come share your skills at the Club: we have needs that fit a huge variety of interests, including Academic Tutoring, Sports and Recreation, Arts, Music and Dance, Programming and Robotics, Chess, and Woodworking, as well as needs for help in Administration, Events, and Facilities. Visit www.boysandgirlsclub.info/volunteer/
for more information on how to sign up.
Are you interested in coordinating a donation drive for Camp Kesem at UCSC? Camp Kesem is an organization for children affected by a parent's cancer. They are in need of art supplies and are looking for students to make posters welcoming the students to camp too. If you are interested in helping with this, please email [email protected]
Coastal Watershed Council
Volunteers and interns are needed for various water-quality monitoring programs. Visit www.coastal-watershed.org
or call 464-9200.
Our mission is to provide easy access to the many rewarding environmental volunteer opportunities in our community and to promote the diverse and dedicated environmental organizations serving Santa Cruz County. Visit environteers.org
to find a volunteer opportunity in climate, education, energy, farm & garden, forests, oceans, parks, recycling, transportation, water and wildlife.
Contact Volunteer and Event Coordinator at (831) 479-1055 ext 226 or [email protected]
It is a program of Habitat for Humanity and its primary mission is to provide additional funding to support our home building goals, provide quality materials at affordable prices, and to foster good stewardship of sustainable and reusable resources within the community of Santa Cruz. The Restore is open Wed 10am - 2pm, Thur, Fri and Sat from 9am to 5pm. We normally ask volunteers to work a shift i.e. 4 hrs, but we can make exceptions to accommodate student schedules. To volunteer or for more information email [email protected]
Homeless Garden Project
Volunteers needed on Saturday and Sunday (10am-4pm). Minors and a parent/guardian must sign a waiver, see below. Minors also must be accompanied by a chaperon the first time they visit the farm (although this does not have to be same person who signed the waiver). The farm is located on Shaffer Road at Delaware Ave. on the west side of Santa Cruz near Natural Bridges State Park and the Long Marine Lab. The 3 and 20 bus lines stop nearby. On Thursday and Friday, we are able to provide a hot lunch to volunteers. Rain cancels farm days. Students need to wear closed-toe shoes (required), as well as clothes they don't mind getting dirty, sun protection (hat + sunscreen), and layers, as the weather can often change quite a bit throughout the day.
KSQD Community Radio
Students are invited to write 240 words about a topic of their choosing. They then can come to the studio to record it and be involved in the editing process. The final product will be aired on KSQD 88.9FM twice on a date to be determined in the future.
Monterey Bay Aquarium - Teen Programs
High School and middle school students from the Central Coast area can explore the Monterey Bay - from both above and below the water - through our award-winning Teen Programs. See community service board for details or email Teen Programs at [email protected]
Native Plant Society
Volunteer as a part of the habitat restoration team or the plant propagation group. Other opportunities are also available. Visit www.cruzcnps.org
PCS On Campus Opportunities
Help clean our campus during lunch for community service hours. Please see Mr. G in the library to sign up. 7th/8th students may complete all their hours on campus, high school students can do half. Campus work days count too!
Produce for Health
Looking for volunteers to help with Saturday food distribution and preparing for market. Provides families with members battling cancer free organic produce. Ongoing volunteer opportunities. Contact information: [email protected]
or call (831) 475-3327 produceforhealth.org
Reading Buddies Project
Reading tutors are paired with children in grades K- 2nd to help improve their reading skills and develop their love of reading. Each tutor will serve as a role model and have a positive influence on the lives of these early learners! The Reading Buddies Project is now recruiting volunteer tutors for Alianza Charter School in Watsonville. Contact [email protected]
to learn about the next Reading Buddies training and how to get involved as a leader and/or tutor!
Red Cross Opportunities
Ride A Wave
Ride a Wave's mission is to give children with special needs the chance to feel the thrill of riding a wave and experience a safe, fun-filled day at the beach, whether they are physically, developmentally or economically challenged. Click here for more information and to sign up to help: http://www.rideawave.org/volunteer.php
Santa Cruz Children's Museum of Discovery
Do you have an interest in…working with children? Early childhood development? PR, marketing, and outreach? Exhibit design? Then spending some time volunteering at the Santa Cruz Museum of Discovery is the right fit for you! We are a new local non-profit organization geared toward the advancement of children 0 to 12 years old. We offer themed exhibits and classes that teach children about STEM, agriculture, marine environments, and more! We would love to have you on the team to expand ideas and coordinate with YOU! We are flexible and are willing to work around your schedule! Come spend some time with us today learn valuable employment-like experience and gain new skills to put on a resume or college applications! Go to http://www.sccmod.org/get-involved/volunteer/
for a link to the application.
Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter
Do you enjoy working with animals? We are looking for committed, youth volunteers (at least 13 years old) who have a passion for animals to volunteer at the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter. Get hands on experience and learn to care for animals while getting community service hours! There is currently no wait list! Orientation and trainings are required. If you're interested, contact [email protected]
for more information.
Santa Cruz Outdoor School, Cabin Leader at Science Camp
Volunteer and earn community service hours and gain valuable leadership skills while taking care of elementary students. Contact Elizabeth Lewis at (831) 291-3997 or [email protected]
for more information. Hope to see you there!
Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Positions available at the museum include tidepool collectors, gardeners, and docents For museum tours and outdoor education programs. For information, visit www.santacruzmuseums.org
or call 420-6115.
Santa Cruz State Parks
Volunteer as a campground host, trailworker, student intern, or docent at one of Santa Cruz's beautiful state parks including Big Basin, Henry Cowell, Natural Bridges, Santa Cruz Mission, Wilder Ranch, and more. Visit www.santacruzstateparks.org
or call the park you are interested in directly.
Save Our Shores
Second Harvest Food Bank Santa Cruz County
Food sorting, M-F, 8-1 for 15yrs of age and older, and on some Saturdays, 8-12, for 8 years and older (those below 15 need to be accompanied by an adult). If interested, please contact Rosario Valerio, Volunteer Services Coordinator, 722-7110 x205 / [email protected]
Additionally there are food distributions throughout Santa Cruz County through our Passion For Produce program. They consist of setting up the produce, farmers market style, nutrition education class, food distribution, and clean up. These are throughout the week and throughout Santa Cruz County, from Felton to Watsonville. The time of the distribution/class also varies from mornings to evenings—none on weekends. If interested, contact Crystal Cerda at 722-7110 x218 / [email protected]
Senior Tech Days
Seymour Center at Long Marine Lab
Volunteer as a docent, gardener, aquarist, school programs instructor or apprentice guide. School Programs Instructor Training begins in September. For information, visit seymourcenter.ucsc.edu
or call 459-3854.
Surfrider Beach Clean Ups
Teen Peer Court
Opportunities are available for interested volunteers in the many areas including events, education tours, propagation and nursery, and more. Visit arboretum.ucsc.edu
or call 427-2998.
YMCA Camp Campbell
Interested in being a camp counselor at science camp in Boulder Creek? Volunteers need to be 16 years old, a sophomore in high school and in good academic standing. See Ms. Musal in the Library for more information.