Current Volunteer Opportunities

UCSC Student Volunteer Center

Current Volunteer Opportunities: April 2017

Volunteer Opportunities have been formatted into the following categories for ease of access. Happy Volunteering! –SVC Staff

Arts and Culture
Hunger and Homelessness
Arts and Culture
Event Name:
Santa Cruz Half Marathon
Date/Time: April 9th 7:00 am – 11:00 am
Location:Depot Park, Santa Cruz
Contact:Misti Navarro, (408) 489-4926
Brief Description: Volunteers make this community event possible
support the runners!
Event Name:Sophia Garcia Robles Memorial Drum Feast ("Drum Feast" for short)
Date/Time: Saturday, April 22, 2017, 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: UCSC Family Student Housing field
Contact: American Indian Resource Center (AIRC) at
Brief Description: The annual UCSC Sophia Garcia Robles Memorial Drum Feast celebrates the songs, dances, and contemporary lifeways and arts of Indigenous peoples in North America. In a “pan-Indigenous” atmosphere of fellowship, trust, respect, and empowerment, the UCSC Drum Feast brings students, staff and faculty together with community members to help educate others about Indigenous cultures of this continent. Participants include the Amah Mutsun Band of Ohlone (the Indigenous inhabitants of Santa Cruz), dance groups that celebrate the cultures of Indigenous peoples across the Americas and vendors who sell merchandise and food inspired and made by Indigenous people.
Event Name: Branciforte Middle School Spring Carnival
Date/Time: April 28th 4-8 pm
Location: 315 Poplar Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062
Contact: Shannon Greene,
Brief Description: A comprehensive middle school serving 465 students from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, Branciforte is a learning community that provides an
academic and extra curricular program that promotes the success of all students. The spring carnival is one of our biggest fundraisers of the year. This year we'll have food
trucks, lots of student entertainment, carnival games, and fun. We'd love to have volunteers! I can help provide transportation from UCSC if needed. I know it's a long
way on the bus. Shifts generally start anytime after 3, 7-8:30pm is usually the period it's hardest to get parents to help; everyone is tired so that is our greatest need. Please let me know if anyone in your organization might be interested in helping out this year. We love to have support from our community!
Event Name: Mini Maker Faire
Date/Time: April 29th 10:00 am– 5:00 pm (3 hour shifts)
Location: Gateway School, 126 Eucalyptus Ave, Santa Cruz
Contact: Lorena Donaldson-Zurita,
Brief Description:The Mini Maker Faire allows local creators and tinkerers to showcase their work to the community while the public comes to enjoy interactive experiences, connect with like-minded people, and be inspired. Join the team and volunteer at the 2nd Annual Mini Maker Faire. You can work the time slot that fits your schedule and meet and great people at the same time.
Event Name: Diversity Center Prom
Date/Time: April 7th 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Location: Diversity Center, 1117 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz
Contact:, (831) 425-5422 X104
Brief Description:The Annual Queer Youth Prom is an opportunity for teens to connect and have fun in a safe and accepting environment. Volunteers wil l all have a great time! Be an ally for youth!
Event Name: Coastal Community Preschool Family Day Celebration
Date/Time: April 15th 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Location: 900 High Street, Santa Cruz
Contact: Kimberlee Biagini,
Brief Description: This event is open to our preschool families and the community. We are looking for volunteers to help make this event fun! Would you like to help as a face painter, bubble station monitor, ice cream maker, petting zoo monitor or one of our other fun activities? Volunteers should arrive no later than 10am for orientation and placement. The event ends at 2pm and volunteers are needed to help with clean up from 2-3pm as well as with the event.
Event Name: Team CoCo Fun Run and Reading Flash Mob
Date/Time: April 22nd 8:00 am – 1:00 pm or 10:30 am to 3:00 pm
Location: Pinto Lake County Park, 757 Green Valley Road, Watsonville
Contact: Jackie Medina, (714) 514-6228 text or call,
Brief Description: Join us on Global Youth Service day and run, walk or volunteer! The run features a 5K and a 10K at Pinto Lake County Park in Watsonville and a free 1K for kids under 12. Kids who participate in our fun run will each get a free book. Volunteers are needed along the course as monitors, cheerleaders, handing out fruit, supervision at the playground, working tables (check-in, raffle, bookmark making), photo taking center, reading with kids, setup and clean up. This is a fundraiser for the Live Like Coco
Event Name: Bay View Elementary School Math Festival
Date/Time: April 10th 8:20 am – 2:20 pm
Location: Cafeteria, Bay View Elementary School, 1231 Bay Street, Santa Cruz
Contact:Sarah Wolfsen, Parent Volunteer, cell (510) 612-2731 or
Brief Description: The Math Festival is a hands-on workshop that will expose students, teachers, and parents to key math concepts in a positive, self-exploratory, festival-like atmosphere. Geometry is the focus this year. Multi-grade classes will attend together at pre-arranged sessions throughout the day. Volunteers are needed to help kids navigate each station throughout the day. No math experience necessary! Ideally each volunteer will be able to stay for at least a morning (8:20am-11:20am) or afternoon (12pm-2:20pm), but any time you have would be great. To sign up for a morning or afternoon shift, please go to:
Event Name: March for Science
Date/Time: April 22nd
Location: Santa Cruz
Brief Description: The Santa Cruz March for Science coming up on April 22nd is being organized? If you are interested in getting more involved in the planning of this important event email us!
Event Name: Cesar Chaves Community Gardening Event
Date/Time: April 1st, 11 am – 2 pm
Location:Youth N.O.W. Student Center, 124 E. Lake Ave, Watsonville
Contact: Desiree Farnal, (831)427-5070x118,
Brief Description: Join YouthSERVE for a day of learning and fun as we plant a new community garden. An array of youth friendly workshops on gardening sports and art activities for all ages.
Event Name: Habitat Restoration Team
Date/Time: April 8th 10 – 1pm
Location: Quail Hollow Ranch County Park
Contact: Linda Brodman 831.462.4041
Brief Description: We are a volunteer group working to restore native habitat in the parks and protected lands in Santa Cruz County. Our program provides an opportunity for people to learn about the natural systems that surround them while helping to restore special and wild places. No prior work experience is necessary, just show up at the park. We welcome individual volunteers from 8 to 80 years, as well as special group projects. Wear comfortable layered clothing, bring something to drink, and lots of enthusiasm! We work rain or shine, but if things get particularly unpleasant, we call it a day. Tools provided; bring gloves.
Event Name: Peery Park Riverine Restoration
Date/Time: April 8th 9:00 am
Location: Peery Park along Soquel Creel
Contact: (831) 464-9200
Brief Description: Restore vital riparian habitat along Soquel Creek at Peery Park in Capitola. Volunteers will work to remove invasive English Ivy in the continuing effort to return Peer Park to its natural riparian habitat.
Event Name: Quail Hollow Ranch Paint Party
Date/Time: April 8th 10 – 4 pm 2 hour shifts!
Location: 800 Quail Hollow Rd, Felton
Contact: Donna Patters,, (831) 454-2987
Brief Description: Spend your Saturday doing something good for our local parks by joining us for a Paint Party at Quail Hollow Ranch. We will be painting fences on the property in an effort to beautify our park! You can join us at one of three volunteer shifts or stay for the entire day: 10am to 12pm, 12pm - 2pm and 2pm - 4pm. This is the perfect opportunity to work outside as a group or by yourself. Dress in paint clothes. All paint and materials will be provided.
Event Name: Lose Your Lawn Worksop
Date/Time: April 15th 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Location: County Public Health Building, 1080 Emeline Ave. (Building D), Santa Cruz
Contact: Eric Guerrieri,, (831) 426-5925
Brief Description: Just before Earth Day, the County will be investing in a landscape make over in front of the County Public Health Building D. Turf will be removed from this area and replaced with beautiful, drought-tolerant landscaping will conserve approximately 50,000 gallons of water/year. Ecology Action invites the community to participate in the workshop to learn how to convert your lawn or weedy landscape into a Monterey Bay Friendly Garden using sheet mulching, water-wise plants, drip irrigation, downspout redirection and more.
Event Name: Earth Day 
Date/Time: April 22nd 7:45 am to 4:00 pm – 1 to 4 hour shifts
Location: San Lorenzo Park
Contact:Eric Guerrieri,, (831) 426-5925
Brief Description: If you share our passion for spreading awareness and action for environmental issues, join Ecology Action’s dedicated team of dozens of volunteers who participate in the annual Earth Day event held in San Lorenzo Park on Saturday, April 22nd. Ecology Action is seeking volunteers for a number of shifts and responsibilities - ranging from basic set up to assisting in the various educational and interactive booths that will be featured
Event Name: Snapshot Day Volunteer Training
Date/Time: April 30th 10 am – 11:30 am
Location: CWC offices in the Santa Cruz Harbor Community Room at 365 A Lake Avenue. Parking on Lake Avenue is recommended
Contact: Alev Bilginsoy,, (831) 464-9200
Brief Description: This training will prepare you to be a stellar Snapshot Day volunteer, collect good data and have a fun time on Snapshot Day, May 6, 2017! During this training you will become a citizen scientist and learn how to monitor temperature, dissolved oxygen, pH, electrical conductivity and transparency, how to collect samples, and make physical
About Snapshot Day: On the first Saturday in May each year hundreds of volunteers join the Coastal Watershed Council and Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary staff to take a “snapshot” of the health of rivers and streams flowing into the Sanctuary. This favorite event draws people of all ages from all over California's Central Coast to collect scientifically valid water quality data and to learn more about their local watersheds. The valuable data collected by Snapshot Day volunteers is used to drive action for clean water. Data from field measurements and lab analysis are collected and analyzed to determine the biggest threats to water quality and best management practices to address them. Together with local experts and our partners in government, CWC uses that data to drive improvements in our storm water infrastructure and also manage erosion and storm water runoff, which are threats to clean water.
Event name: Coastal Watershed Council Volunteer Open House
Location: Coastal Watershed Council offices at 345 Lake Avenue, Suite F, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Date/time: April 12 5:30 to 7:30 PM
Contact: Alev Bilginsoy at or 8314649200
Brief description: Do you love your local river or stream and want to make sure it is healthy and thriving for fish, wildlife and people? Whether you’re a long-time volunteer or brand
new to Santa Cruz, we invite you to the Volunteer Open House to celebrate our community of river stewards and learn about how to get involved in your watershed in 2017. Get to know CWC staff, fellow river enthusiasts, and the volunteers that have been making a difference in our watersheds. Learn about volunteer opportunities and get involved in habitat restoration and invasive plant removal, water quality monitoring, youth education, events and more! Learn more and RSVP at:
Event name: Snapshot Day
Location: Santa Cruz County
Date/time: May 6, 2017 8:30 AM to 1 PM
Contact: Alev Bilginsoy at or 8314649200
Brief description: On the first Saturday in May each year hundreds of volunteers join the Coastal Watershed Council and Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary staff to take a “snapshot” of the health of rivers and streams flowing into the Sanctuary. Gain new water quality monitoring skills, explore local streams and help study the health of our watersheds. Learn more and signup at
Event Name:Life Lab Blooming Classroom –2 unit internship -
Date/Time: Tuesday afternoons, 1:30 pm to 6pm OR Fridays during the school day, 8:30am to 2pm
Location: Meet at the Life Lab Garden, on the UCSC campus, and carpool down to the Blooming Classroom
Contact: Cara Sundell at or (831) 459-4035
Brief Description: Teach garden-based after school programs or school-day field trips, serving Pajaro Valley school kids. Connect kids to their food, nature, and garden-based science! Interns receive training in garden-based lessons, working with kids in an outdoor setting, games, environmental education, and more!
Event Name: Life Lab Garden Classroom –2 unit internship -
Date/Time: - Spring Science Exploration field trips for 1st-5th graders happen on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout spring quarter 9:00-1:45. (Interns pick one of these days to teach all quarter) - Seeds of Wonder Pre & K field trips happen Wednesdays, 8:30-1:45.
Location: UCSC Organic Farm
Contact: Amy Carlson at or (831) 459-4035
Brief Description: Interns receive training in garden-based science education, working with children in an outdoor setting, concepts in organic farming/gardening, environmental education, games, activities, and much more!
Event Name: Watsonville School Garden Crew –2 and 5 Unit internships
Date/Time: Available spots on Wednesday 9:00-1:30.
Location: Car not required
Contact: For information and to apply, go to
For further questions, email Aisling Mitchell at
Brief Description: Seeking Spanish speakers 
Work in School Gardens in Watsonville! Gain gardening skills, learn how to install vegetable garden irrigation systems, create interpretive displays and lesson materials, and work with kids in school gardens.
Event Name: Santa Crux People's Climate March
Date/Time: April 29th, 2017 @ 1 pm
Location: San Lorenzo Park
Contact: Jax Puliatti at
Brief Description: Santa Cruz Climate Action Network (SCCAN) is seeking volunteers for the People's Climate March. Volunteers would lead chants, direct the march, and ensure safety for no more than three hours. This is a great opportunity for young environmentalists to connect with the Santa Cruz community. These positions would provide a behind the scenes look at local grass-roots organizing in solidarity with marches across the country. Key environmental leaders are part of the delegation including Ecology Action,, Citizen's Climate Lobby, and more.
Hunger and Homelessness
Event Name: Volunteer at Pajaro valley Loaves and Fishes
Date/Time: Monday-Friday 8AM-4PM
Location: 150 Second St, Watsnoville CA, 95076
Contact: Sara Munoz ( Americorps volunteer at PV Loaves and Fishes)
Brief Description: Volunteer at Pajaro Valley Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry and Kitchen in Watsonville! We are a volunteer-supported non-profit that provides access to healthy food
in the Pajaro Valley. We serve over 100 homemade, nutritious noontime meals and provide families with grocery assistance. Our lunch and pantry programs work to nourish a healthier, happier community. This would be a great opportunity to directly serve and connect with our community through hands-on food justice work. We offer various volunteer opportunities and flexible scheduling.
Pantry Assistant volunteer: Tasks include stocking, packing, and distributing produce and canned goods to thousands of families in our community.
Kitchen assistant: Tasks include food preparation, lunch service, dishwashing, and daily kitchen cleaning chores.
Laundry Assistant: Our busy food pantry and kitchen is in need of volunteers who would like to support our organization a WHOLE LOT in a short amount of time! Strengthen our lunch program by assisting the kitchen with our laundry loads! Volunteers have the freedom to choose a schedule that best fits their needs, and may select their preferred laundry location.
All of our volunteer opportunities are ongoing, as we are open year round Monday through Friday, 8 AM – 4PM.
Event Name: Volunteer Advocate Training
Date/Time: Training information nigh is on Wednesday, April 5th from 5 – 8 pm (Training starts Saturday April 8th)
Location: Walnut Avenue Family and Women's Center (303 Walnut Avenue in downtown Santa Cruz)
Contact: (831) 426-3062
Interested individuals should attend the info night and call the office to sign up for a general volunteer orientation to complete the application process.
Brief Description: Become a certified Advocate to Support Survivors of Domestic Violence and Children & Youth! Advocate training prepares you for the following positions;
  • Crisis intervention on our 24-hour domestic violence hotline
  • Intake & needs assessment for survivors of domestic violence
  • Legal advocacy in family & criminal court
  • Support group co-facilitation : Adults & Youth
  • Teen Workshop facilitation (I Decide: Comprehensive & Inclusive Sex Education and Healthy Relationships Workshops)
NOTE: We ask that you make a 12 month commitment to help with the program. All Genders Welcome! No Experience Required!