Current Volunteer Opportunities

UCSC Student Volunteer Center

Current Volunteer Opportunities: March 2017

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

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Arts and Culture

Education

Environment

Women

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Arts and Culture

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Event Name: Hari Kondabolu Comedy Night

Date/Time: March 4th 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Location: Colleges 9/10 Multipurpose Room

Contact: Jamie Villareal jvillare@ucsc.edu

Brief Description: Volunteer roles include setting up and cleaning up the venue, ushering guests/performers, working registration tables, and various other roles. Come help out, sign up to volunteer for a shift and have a great night with great company and a lot of laughter. SET UP: 4:00PM to 7:00PM; EVENT: 6:00PM to 9:00PM; EVENT/CLEAN UP: 9pm/END

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Event Name: Usher for the Symphony at the Civic Auditorium

Date/Time: March 25th 6 pm – 10 pm

Location: Civic Auditorium in Downtown Santa Cruz

Contact: Laurel, (831) 420-5403 cityserve@cityofsantacruz.com

Brief Description: Volunteers take tickets, help people find their seats for community sponsored events and nonprofit fundraisers. Volunteers must be available an hour and a half prior to the show time. Event ushers are required to wear black bottoms with a white top (no sneakers please).  First time ushers welcome!

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Event Name: Art in the Library Exhibit Support

Date/Time: March 11th and April 2nd 9 am – 12 pm

Location: 315 Poplar Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062

Contact: Dee Hooker, dhooker@dhooker.com,  (831) 462-3430

Brief Description: Volunteers are needed to help bring art into Public Libraries. Every three months we update the art in the Downtown Santa Cruz Branch and the Scotts Valley Branch and volunteers help us hang the new art.  Volunteers are needed at the Santa Cruz Downtown Branch from 9am to 12pm on Sunday, April 2nd.  Volunteers are needed at the Scotts Valley Branch from 9am to 12pm on Saturday, March 11th.  This is a flexible opportunity, so even if you aren't able to stay for the entire time you can still help out. 

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Education

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Event Name: Teach a Science Lesson

Date/Time: March 6th from about 1:15 to 3:00 pm (transit time included, class is 50 minutes)

Location: E.A. Hall Middle School, Watsonville

Contact: wiseoutreachucsc@gmail.com

Brief Description: Call for volunteers! We need several enthusiastic scientists to assist with a hands-on science lesson at E.A. Hall Middle School in Watsonville. We will be talking about rocks and the rock cycle of which California has AMAZING examples. No experience needed, you will be trained on the lesson by a geologist who will assist with the activity. This is also an amazing opportunity to let these young aspiring scientists ask about your work, your path, and your passion!

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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, sgreene@sccs.santacruz.k12.ca.us

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!

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Event Name: Mesa Day

Date/Time: March 4th

Location: UCSC Science Hill

Contact: mesa.ucsc@gmail.com or Ana Rodarte at 831.459.1819

Brief Description: MESA needs volunteers for MESA Day! MESA Day brings hundreds of 6th – 12th graders to the UCSC to compete against their peers in over 16 STEM competition events such as robotics, prosthetic arm challenges, and egg drops. We need your help with setting up for the event, guiding students to classrooms, serving lunch to participants, and helping judges.

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Event Name: Light Up the Night

Date/Time: March 4th 3:30 pm onwards

Contact: Maura volunteer@bikesantacruzcounty.org

Brief Description: Light Up The Night is a community bike ride and bike light giveaway geared toward promoting safe night bicycling being held on Saturday, March 4. We need help with everything from set-up to crafting to helping along the bike route. Shifts are only 1-2 hours long and start at 3:30pm, so you can enjoy the event yourself in addition to helping others make the most of the evening.

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Event Name: March for Science

Date/Time: April 22nd

Location: Santa Cruz

Contact: wiseucsc@gmail.com

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!

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Environment

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Event Name: Habitat Restoration Team

Date/Time: March 4, March 25th, and April 8th 10 – 1pm

Location: Quail Hollow Ranch County Park

Contact: Linda Brodman 831.462.4041 redwdrn@pacbell.net

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.

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Event Name: Monthly Bike/Walk to School Day

Date/Time: March 9th 7:30 – 8:30 am

Location: Schools countywide

Contact: Eric Guerrieri, eguerrieri@ecoact.org, 831.426.5925

Brief Description: Join Ecology Action at one of our monthly Bike/Walk to School sites – Mission Hill, New Brighton, Shoreline, Westlake Elementary, Del Mar Elementary, HA Hyde Elementary and Ann Soldo Elementary. On a monthly basis coordinators host an event on each campus where students receive snacks and are entered into a raffle to win fun prizes such as helmets, locks, lights, t-shirts and more. Additional incentives such as free bike maintenance are offered at specific sites. On average 1,000 students participate every month and volunteers are essential to the project.

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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, ys@scvolunteercenter.org

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.

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Event Name: Restoration Extravaganza at Natural Bridges

Date/Time: March 19th 10 am – 2 pm

Location: The event will take place at Natural Bridges State Beach, near the Delaware Avenue entrance

Contact: Amidia Frederick, amidia.frederick@noaa.gov

Brief Description: Come join the Watershed Stewards Program, Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks, and Natural Bridges State Beach for a trash cleanup and invasive species pull in Moore Creek.
We look forward to sharing our knowledge about the Santa Cruz watersheds and working with everyone to help create better habitat for our native species! What to bring: Food and water will be provided, but please bring a reusable water bottle, dress in layers, wear closed toe shoes, and keep yourself protected from the sun. Dogs are not allowed on unpaved trails, so please leave your furry friends at home! Lunch will be provided for everyone who RSVP’s by March 1st

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Women

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Event Name: She.Is.Beautiful 5 K walk/run

Date/Time: March 19th 6:30 – 11:30 am

Location: West Cliff Drive

Contact: Denise Gonsalves, dgonsalves@wafwc.org, (831) 426-3062 x206

Brief Description: The she.is.beautiful women's 5k/10k benefiting the Walnut Avenue Family & Women's Center needs volunteers to help cheer on racers while monitoring road closures along West Cliff Drive. Snacks, water and a free t-shirt provided for all volunteers!

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