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Upcoming Community Service Opportunities


December 2022

PCS Music Department


Ms. Calame is looking for 3-4 student volunteers to help out at the winter Instrumental Concert on 12/6. If you're interested and available to help out for a couple hours, inform Ms. Calame or Mr. G, and they'll sign you up.


Downtown Association


The beloved Downtown Santa Cruz Holiday Parade brings so much joy to our community every year. Help us carry on the tradition by volunteering to be a barricade monitor.


Volunteers must be 18 years old and up.


Barricade monitors stand by barricades at each closed street and stay there for the duration of the parade. You can bring a folding chair to sit. Volunteers are essential to the safety of the parade and are responsible for moving the barricade in the event an emergency vehicle needs to pass through. That's it. Easy peasy, but the help is huge.


Volunteer shifts are 2 or more hours.



Second Harvest Food Bank


We offer an afternoon volunteer shift each Wednesday! We need Volunteers to help us sort and pack 2,400 bags and boxes of fresh produce and dry goods for our partner agencies and clients. 

The food you pack will be distributed to the 75,000 people we serve each month in our community. This is great for community service hours, or just come with your family and friends! Volunteers 13 and up are welcome, minors need a permission slip.

To see volunteer opportunities and register, please visit

To sign up on line go to

Contact 831-232-8141 or [email protected] for more info or questions.


Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz


Are you looking for an easy way to get into the holiday spirit this year?


Our Adopt a Family program helps over 450 local families have a wonderful Christmas season!


We are in need of volunteers in our donation center to help with the intake of donations, sorting donations, and making sure that gifts make it into the hands of the agencies that will be delivering holiday packages to families this year.


Tasks for outdoor volunteers include:

  • helping donors with curbside drop-off - bringing packages inside
  • greeting donors and checking in gifts

Tasks for indoor volunteers include:

  • labeling or wrapping gifts
  • confirming that gifts are sorted and labeled so they get to the right child
  • taking inventory of items donated
  • completing donor paperwork

We recommend this project for kids over 10 - as it is sometimes difficult for younger kids to spend so much time in the warehouse.


Thursday - Monday donors will be coming to drop off their packages.

Tuesday - Friday volunteers sort, label and distribute gifts.

Afternoon shift on Friday, December 16th is clean-up.


Indoor volunteers are required to wear a mask while volunteering for this project.





Get into the holiday spirit by ushering at the Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre's, The Nutcracker! 

Volunteers will assist with ticket scanning and showing people to their seats. Most positions will require standing and walking upstairs. Each volunteer will receive a ticket and seat for the concert! 

Volunteer shifts:  2022

December 10th, 12:15 pm-3:15 pm

December 10th, 3:45 pm-6:45 pm

December 11th, 12:15 pm-3:15pm

December 11th, 3:45 pm-6:45 pm



All volunteers must be fully vaccinated and complete a Vaccine Attestation Form before being added to the schedule.

A CityServe application is also required for all new volunteers.

Find our Vaccine Attestation Form here!Complete a CityServe Application on our website!

Completed forms can be submitted by email to[email protected]or dropped off at 809 Center Street Room 6 in Santa Cruz.

Lastly, make sure to wear a white or black shirt with dark/black pants (no holes or tears in clothes please!).



Grey Bears


Grey Bears 49th Annual Holiday Dinner Drive-thru - in 2 locations!


Grey Bears in Santa Cruz:

December 10 & 11, 2022 10am-1pm


at the Watsonville Senior Center

December 10, 2022 from 10am-1pm


Volunteers needed:


Food Preparation Thursday, December 8th from 10am-2pm & Friday, December 9th from 10am-2pm


Set up in Santa Cruz on December 10 & 11 form 7 am-10am


Meal Distribution: in Santa Cruz on December 10 & 11, 10am-1pm *please check location when signing up


Meal Distribution: in Watsonville on December 10, 10am-1pm *please check location when signing up


Clean up Crew: in Santa Cruz on December 10 & 11, 1pm-2pm


Sign up to receive a meal here:

Call Rosie for help at 831-479-1055 ext. 226





What a difference 2 volunteer hours make.


2 little hours spent with other volunteers


brought the flowers and the bees.


What a difference 2 volunteer hours make.


IT'S TRUE: Your volunteer efforts will last like a good song.


So let's get together & have a fun time meeting & greeting other volunteer heroes.


WHEN: The third Saturday of every month from 9:00 am- 11:00 am


WHERE: On the river path above the Mike Fox Fruit Orchard next to Basketball court, close to Riverside Ave.bridge.


Limited parking available between Fruit Orchard & Basketball court @ San Lorenzo Blvd.


We invite you to join the Valley Women's Club Estuary Project to help restore the San Lorenzo River habitats in the Estuary Section. Your hands will assure that our river critters can flourish because your work will improve their food sources & shelter. Plus you will enjoy meeting other wonderful volunteers!


Families and children with supervision are welcome!


Questions about upcoming workdays? Please contact the volunteer lead, Jane Mio, at [email protected]. We recommend bringing a hat, sunscreen, gloves, water, and sturdy shoes. Learn more about thewildlife that inhabits the estuary here!



Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History


Join us at Evergreen cemetery for a few hours of work maintaining and restoring this historical site.  We meet every Friday from 9:30 to 12:00.

There are projects for all abilities. 

We are an all-volunteer effort that has been steadily uncovering, restoring, improving, and adding to Evergreen Cemetery to make it a beautiful, safe and educational site. We aim to inspire our community to learn more about local history, appreciate the many cultures represented at Evergreen, and make use of the site. 

Wear clothes you can get dirty and bring a bottle of water. If you have work gloves please bring a pair (we have extras for people who need them).

January 2023


Santa Cruz Trail Stewardship presents the January 2023 Month of Service

During January 2023, and encompassing Martin Luther King Junior (MLK) Day of Service on January 16, SCMTS is hosting a series of small and large volunteer events throughout Santa Cruz County designed to educate and inspire middle and high school students to steward local trails.


Below, we've provided a list of key points, and please feel free to call me or email me if you have any questions.


When are the events? (webpage here <>)


Saturday, 1/7/23 - Arana Gulch

Saturday, 1/14/23 - University Connector Trail in Pogonip

Monday, 1/16/23 - DeLaveaga Park (MLK Day, Students' Dig Day)

Saturday, 1/21/23 - Watsonville Slough Trails

Saturday, 1/28/23 - Henry Cowell State Park

Saturday, 1/28/23 - Teens on Trails Month of Service Celebration and Ice Cream Social

What happens at the events?

Students will learn about native species and ecological functions, get involved in trail maintenance activities, and connect 1:1 with our professional team to learn about career opportunities in the outdoors. Plus, they'll have fun and win some sweet prizes.


Trail maintenance includes invasive plant removal, sign installation, fence repair, trail restoration, drainage improvements, and much more.

Who can participate?

Youth (12-19), any ability/experience level. We specialize in providing safe, fun, and accessible experiences outdoors, and we look forward to meeting many new volunteers in 2023.

Reach out to Mr. G if you want to get involved!