Current Volunteer Opportunities

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



Environment and Nature

Hunger and Homelessness


Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities



Event Name: Santa Cruz Public Library

Date/Time: November 3 5pm-8pm, November 4th 10am-1:30pm, 2pm-4pm

Location: Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium

Contact: Henry Orozco <>

Brief Description: The Santa Cruz Public Library could use your help on Friday morning (Nov 3rd at 10am) at the Civic auditorium unloading a truck and setting up boxes of books onto tables, as well as Saturday at 4pm in order to do the opposite. This is a crucial fundraising event for the library as well as a great community event.

Environment and Nature:

Event Name: Coastal Watershed Council Representative - Santa Cruz Warriors

Date/Time: November 4- November 10th

Location: Refer to contact for more information

Contact: Alev Bilginsoy,

Brief Description: The Coastal Watershed Council is looking for an energetic and fun volunteers to rep the Coastal Watershed Council at this season's SC Warriors games. Volunteers would be responsible for tabling at the game and selling balls for the ball toss. The first home games are November 4 and November 10 so we are looking to train someone on outreach soon.


Event Name: UCSC Arboretum Wreath and Gift Sale

Date/Time: Saturday, November 18th

Location: UCSC Arboretum

Contact: Please sign-up here:

Brief Description: Arboretum artists have been busy for months creating stunning wreaths and dried flower works of art for this sale. This is the only collection you will find that draws upon the Arboretum’s rare and extraordinary succulents and dried plants.

Parking: Volunteers will be stationed outside and direct cars to appropriate parking areas. Training and vests will be provided.

Sales Ticket Writers: Volunteers will write up a handwritten receipt and add up the total cost of merchandise, before tax. Talliers will also help hand out boxes, answer questions and direct guests. Training, aprons, small clipboards with tally sheets, and calculators will be provided

Holding Table Assistant: Volunteers will hand out boxes, answer questions, direct guests and keep an eye on merchandise. Training and aprons will be provided.

Umbrella Valet/Floater: Volunteers will help valet shoppers to their cars with an umbrella (if raining) and otherwise help where needed.

Membership: Arboretum Board Members will confirm existing members’ status and process new memberships. [please note Board members, if you prefer to help in another way, please feel free to sign up for anything else on the list or email me (Katie) directly with questions].

Cleanup: Volunteers will help inventory and pack up remaining merchandise, break down tables, and clean the areas. Please wear close-toed shoes.


Hunger and Homelessness

Event Name: Volunteer at the Homeless Garden Project

Date/Time: Saturdays and Sundays 10 am – 4 pm

Location: Homeless Garden Project, Behind Natural Bridges State Park

Contact: Keren Reichler, (831) 426-3609 x10,

Brief Description: Volunteer on the Homeless Garden Project Farm! On the farm you will meet the crew, learn more about the farm, and join that day’s activities which may include: weeding,harvest, planting, building compost and more. Projects are weather dependent and defined by the day’s priorities. Drop in days are Tuesday - Friday. Arrive between 10am and 11am and stay as long as you want or until 2pm. On Saturday and Sunday drop in anytime between 10am-4pm. Rain cancels volunteer days.



Event Name: Holidays d’Eleganz

Date/Time: Thursday November 16th – 9am to 5pm  (Set-up)

Friday November 17th – 2pm to 5pm  (Set-up)

Sunday November 19th – 10am to 12pm  (Break-down)

Location: Cocoanut Grove in Santa Cruz

Contact:Susi Ballard, 831.462.7712,

Brief Description: Dominican Hospital Foundation would like to personally invite you to volunteer and support one of Santa Cruz County’s most important annual benefits – Dominican Hospital’s Holidays d’Eleganz. This two-day holiday extravaganza takes place at the Cocoanut Grove and raises funds to ensure our community receives the best possible

health care. We are seeking enthusiastic individuals to help with set-up and break down

before and after the event. May have some opportunities available on the day of event,

formal wear would be required.

Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities

The following organizations have ongoing volunteer opportunities that will be publicized throughout the year.

Homeless Services Center

Each position is offered multiple days a week, however the time commitment to is it completely up to the volunteer, they can do however many/few days they want. The contact information for all of the opportunities would go as follows-- Main phone contact: 831 458 6020, Main email contacts: and

Hygiene Bay Mon-Fri 10AM- 2PM

Assist us in helping the homeless population gain access to basic hygiene services! The Hygiene Bay Attendant greets our guests and makes sure that they have all the toiletries and towels they need to take a shower.  They provides oversight for the day to day operations,  washing the laundry/towels and doing light housekeeping of the general Hygiene Bay area. Everyone should have the right to a nice clean shower, please help us achieve that goal.

Mail Room

Mondays Fri 10AM- 2PM

The Mail Room at the Homeless Service Center is an extension of the US Postal Service-- dedicated for mail pick up for people experiencing homelessness. It is an excellent way for people without a mailing address to get important documents they need, as well as maintain social connections. The Mail Room Coordinator ensures that the incoming mail is collected, sorted, and distributed to the correct clients quickly and reliably. Receiving mail is very important for personal and professional upkeep, please help us distribute said mail to folks who need it.


Wednesday Market

Wednesdays 9AM-2PM

Every Wednesday the Homeless Service Center hosts a free market for the homeless to receive clothes and food items. The Wednesday Market team works together to set up and break down the Market, Receive donations from the community, Oversee the operations of the market, and work with our Safety team to maintain a friendly environment. This is a good opportunity to help distribute necessities to a very vulnerable population as well as meet with other members of the community dedicated to the same.

​Kitchen Assistant Everyday 6AM-9AM, and 4PM-7:30PM

The Kitchen Assistant will assist the Kitchen Manager and staff by assisting with the preparation and cooking of nutritionally balanced meals for a large group. Dependent on the day the assistant may be asked to -- sort food deliveries and/or donations and put the food items in storage after sorting,​ help serve meals to the program participants, ​assist in completing weekly kitchen cleaning of the coolers, freezers, and storerooms and other maintenance as needed. This position is very important to guarantee that all of our residents get a proper meals for each day during their stay​. The Shifts are divided into Breakfast Shift and Dinner Shift.

Front Desk

Mon-Fri 8AM-12PM, and 12PM-4PM

The Front Desk Coordinator oversees and facilitates all front office duties including, but not limited to, greeting/checking-in residents, answering phones, helping our development department and helping people with resources. This is an excellent position for someone who is friendly and open to talk with residents and give out helpful information. It is also a great way to build office experience


Campus Liaison

Inquire about hours

The Campus Liaison assists The Assessment Specialist in performing interviews and intakes of our prospective clients, while also assisting them in reaching out to other resources. They need to be proficient and knowledgeable about Campus programs and other resources as well as  demonstrate effective communication. They will also be trained in Motivational Interviewing and other resources. Tasks include doing intakes, assessments, diversions, and connecting people with veteran resources.