Current Volunteer Opportunities

UCSC Student Volunteer Center
Current Volunteer Opportunities: May 2017
Volunteer Opportunities have been formatted into the following categories for ease of access. Happy Volunteering! – SVC Staff
Arts and Culture





Hunger and Homelessness

Medical and Wellness




Event Name: Quail Hollow Ranch Paint Party

Date/Time: Sunday, May 7th; One of three volunteer shifts or stay for the entire day: 10am to 12pm, 12pm - 2pm and 2pm - 4pm.

Location: Quail Hollow Ranch

Contact: Donna Patters,

Description: Spend your Sunday 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! This opportunity is open to youth volunteers.


Event Name: Spare Change Festival

Date/Time: Saturday, May 6; 11 am – 7 pm, Set up 7 am – 10 am

Location: San Lorenzo Park, Santa Cruz

Contact: Trevor Miller,

Brief Description: The Spare Change Festival is a free music festival that emphasizes the change that can happen when people work together and pool their resources. People are encouraged to donate their “spare change” that they come with or that is generated through their purchases at the event. Volunteer positions occur in 2-3 hour shifts and include break down, stage hands, trash monitors, entrance portal greeters, security, ADA support, gophers/runners, and emergency medicine personnel.


Event Name: Spring Book Sale at the Civic

Date/Time: Friday, May 26th 10am-1pm/5pm-8pm & Saturday, May 27th 10am-6pm

Location: Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium 307 Church Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Contact: Roxanne Carlson or (831) 427-7716

Brief Description: Volunteer while browsing over 10,000 hand-sorted books! On Friday, help is needed setting up in the morning and cashiering or helping out during the evening. On Saturday, cashier or help-out during the day or assist with clean up at 4pm. Many positions available. Set up and clean up are great opportunities for large groups.




Event name:  DeLaveaga Elementary Spring Carnival

Date/Time:    Friday, May 12th,  3:30-8pm

Location:   1145 Morrissey Blvd, Santa Cruz,  95065

Contact:   Meg Thomas-  408-859-3153 or

Brief Description:  Spring Carnival for students and community.  We have games, food, art auction, raffles, cake walk, face painting and more!  We are in need of volunteers to help staff those events and sell tickets, as well as help set up and break down. Carnival is from 4-8pm. Shifts are an hour long, but volunteers can work more than one shift if they'd like.   


Event Name: Spring Carnival

Date/Time: Friday, May 12th;  3 pm – 9 pm

Location: DeLaveaga Elementary

Contact: Meg Thomas,

Brief Description: Spring Carnival is a wonderful, fundraising event for DeLaveaga Elementary. Volunteering your time at the carnival helps make the event successful and provides an opportunity to give back to the school and local community. We have volunteer opportunities in our game and food booths, raffle and game ticket sales, face painting, cakewalk and art auction.


Event Name: Bike to School or Work Day

Date/Time: Thursday, May 11th;  7:30 am – 8:30 am

Location: Various, See Description

Contact: Eric Guerrieri,, (831) 426-5925

Brief Description: Join Ecology Action at one of our monthly Bike/Walk to School sites! We have 7 school sites including: Mission Hill Middle School, New Brighton Middle School, Shoreline Middle School, Westlake Elementary School, Del Mar Elementary School, HA Hyde Elementary School, and Ann Soldo Elementary School. Ecology Action coordinators host an event on each of the 7 campuses each month where students receive snacks and are entered into a raffle to win fun prizes such as helmets, locks, lights, t-shirts, and more. On average, 1,000 students participate every month.


Event Name: Spring Benefit Brunch

Date/Time: Saturday June 3rd; 8am – 1pm

Location: Cowell Hay Barn – Near Life Lab

Contact: Amy Carlson;

Brief Description: The Benefit Brunch is the centerpiece of the fundraising that helps Life Lab inspire thousands of local children annually to love learning, healthy food, and nature through our garden-based programs, and it's guaranteed to be an exciting and inspiring event! We need help setting up and running the event!




Event Name: Aptos Jr. High 7th-grade Outreach Event

Date/Time: Monday May 21, from 8:30-3:30

Location: Aptos Jr. High

Contact: Regina Spranger,

Brief Description: In this classroom visits, each volunteer will give a brief intro explaining their field of study or research, why they enjoy it, and anything else that might help inspire the kids to follow their interests in science and pursue higher education. We will then lead students through a fun science activity. For this visit we will be doing an ecology / geological processes related activity. We'll encourage their interest and confidence in their ability to do science, and answer their questions about what it is like to be a scientist. Our goal is to show students that scientists aren't all old men in lab coats, but that we are a diverse group of fun people studying all kinds of cool things that are relevant to solving problems in society! These visits are FUN and look great on your CV. If it is your first time and you are a little nervous give it a try! No outreach experience is necessary (or experienced in the topic!) and all genders, disciplines and education levels are welcome!


Event Name:  Staff Appreciation Picnic

Date/Time:    Thursday May, 25 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM - Be there at10 AM for set up

Location:   OPERS East Field

Contact:   John Steele,

Brief Description:    Annual Staff Appreciation Picnic. Chancellor will speak and the Outstanding Staff Award will be presented.




Event Name: 3rd Annual UC Santa Cruz Campus Cleanup Day

Date/Time: Saturday, May 6th, 2017, 10AM-1PM

Location: Quarry Plaza

Contact: UCSC Zero Waste Team

Brief Description:  The Campus Cleanup is an event hosted by the Zero Waste Team housed under the Sustainability Office and has brought in over 300 volunteers who have collected around 540 pounds of litter from our campus in the previous two years! The participating volunteers will meet at the Quarry Plaza at 10AM for breakfast and check in, and then disperse into cleanup crews led by facilitators who will guide volunteers to designated areas around campus with litter. We will also be giving away free t-shirts and free breakfast! All students, faculty, and advocates for a cleaner UCSC are welcome! Feel free to invite friends!


Event Name: Snapshot Day
Date/Time: Saturday, May 6, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: San Lorenzo Park and various locations in the watershed
Contact: RSVP required to River Scientist, Alev Bilginsoy, 464-9200
Brief Description: Snapshot Day is the oldest and largest single-day annual water quality monitoring event in California, Snapshot Day. As a Snapshot Day volunteer you will be trained in how to monitor temperature, dissolved oxygen, pH, electrical conductivity and transparency, how to collect samples, and make physical observations. Help keep your watershed and ocean clean and join us!
Event Name: Student & Alumni Volunteer Santa Cruz Service Day 
Date/Time: Saturday, May 20, 2017 10-2pm
Location: Natural Bridges State Beach
Contact: Samantha Brandon
Brief Description: This event is an opportunity for the students and alumni to give back to the Santa Cruz community while fostering a Banana Slug connection. Students will gain the opportunity to connect with alumni in a casual and meaningful setting, producing an honest and important connection. Giving alumni the chance to share their personal stories and connect with the future alumni population.


Event Name: San Lorenzo River Paint Out (En Plein Air)
Date/Time: Saturday, May 6, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: San Lorenzo Park, 137 Dakota Ave., Santa Cruz, CA 95060 
Contact: Jenny Shelton,
Brief Description: Stop by the Riverwalk between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to see painters in action. If you are interested in painting, you're welcome to join! The group will welcome painters of all ability levels to join and paint the river ecosystem. Please bring your own paints and materials. Artists and scientists will be meeting at San Lorenzo Park near the Duck Pond on May 6 at 9 am.



Event Name: Senior Wish Day

Date/Time: Saturday, May 6th; 8 am – 4 pm

Location: in the parking area across the street from the offices of Costa Bella Builders, located in Aptos Village at 8032 Soquel Dr, just 100 yards East of Aptos Creek Rd.

Contact: Jeff,, (831) 818-9847

Brief Description: Senior Wish Day is a home grown, local, one-day community service outreach to Santa Cruz County Seniors who own their homes and identify as low-income households. If you have any handy skills you are highly encouraged to volunteer and help local seniors around their house with repairs.


Hunger and Homelessness


Event name: Greek Food Faire

Date/Time: May 19 – 21

Location: Prophet Elias, Greek Church, Santa Cruz

Contact: Anna Petroutsas; (203) 554 – 3640

Brief Description: Non-profit organization that needs help to make their fundraiser a success! Volunteers need for booth set-up, operation, and clean-up. Hours are very flexible. There will be live music at the event, and free food is provided for those that volunteer.


Event Name: Stamp Out Hunger

Date/Time: May 13th 3-6pm  

Location: Aptos, Santa Cruz, Scotts Valley, Watsonville Post Offices


Brief Description: Help unload food from postal carriers trucks and into Second Harvest Food Bank trucks must be able to lift 25lbs


Medical and Wellness


Event Name: Human Race

Date/Time: Saturday, May 13th; 6:00am to 2:00pm

Location: 2300 Delaware Ave. Santa Cruz and West Cliff Drive

Contact: Ria Mukerji, (831) 427-5070 ext. 128 or Odessa Burkett , (831)427-5070 ext.115

Brief Description: Enjoy a day on beautiful West Cliff Drive volunteering at the Human Race Walkathon and Fun Run, the largest collaborative fundraiser in Santa Cruz County! The Human Race raises funds for over 120 schools, churches and nonprofits throughout the County and would not be possible without the amazing volunteers who help put it on. Volunteer jobs include setting up, serving food or water, being a crossing guard, cheering on runners, and more! We welcome families and groups to volunteer, as there is a role for everyone interested in this collaborative event. This year’s theme is Fairy Tales, so feel free to dress up as your favorite character as we give more, grant wishes, and make magic at the Human Race!


Event Name: Open Streets Watsonville

Date/Time: Sunday, May 21st; 10 am to 4 pm: A mandatory volunteer orientation will be held on Monday, May 15 (location and time TBD).

Location: Downtown Watsonville on Brennan/Union St. from Callaghan Park (Freedom Blvd.) to the City Plaza.

Contact: Maura Connolly,

Brief Description: Open Streets is a pop-up park where the road is closed to cars, and pedestrians and cyclists get to partake in fun activities, educational booths, and active entertainment! Volunteers are needed for set-up, crossing guards, barricade ambassadors, and breakdown.