Current Volunteer Opportunities


UCSC Student Volunteer Center

Current Volunteer Opportunities: February 2018

Volunteer Opportunities have been formatted into the following categories for ease of access.

Environment and Nature 

Arts & Education

Education & Literacy

 Hunger & Homelessness 

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Hahn Student Services #245 (Dean of Students Office)

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Event Name: Habitat Restoration at Quail Hollow Ranch

Date: Saturday, February 3rd, 10th, and 24th

Time: 10am to 1pm

Location: Quail Hollow Ranch - Directions to Quail Hollow: Take Graham Hill Road from Santa Cruz. As you come down the hill into Felton, turn right at the first light in town called E. Zayante Road. Drive up E. Zayante Road about 2 miles, and turn left on Quail Hollow Road. The park entrance is on the right side about a half mile up the road. Meet in the gravel parking lot on the left side of the entrance road.

Description: We are a volunteer group working to restore native habitat in the parks and protected lands in Santa Cruz County. No prior work experience is necessary, just show up at the park. 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.

Contact: Linda Brodman, 831.462.4041,

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World Wetlands Day

Date: Saturday, February 3rd

Time: 10am to 12pm

Location: Ramsay Park, 30 Harkins

Description: Join us for a morning of planting trees and celebrating the beautiful Watsonville wetlands! The festivities begin at 10 AM with tree planting, followed by kids games at 11 AM.

Contact: Ria,

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Art Show Prep at the Boys and Girls Club

Date: Thursday February 1st from 4-7pm and Friday February 2nd from 1-4pm

Location: Downtown Clubhouse, 543 Center St, Santa Cruz

Description: We are participating in First Friday in February to showcase the talented artists at the Downtown Clubhouse. You can help us celebrate the inspiring work done by youth and Club members. Volunteers are needed to help with set up for the event.

Contact: Deirdre Lister, (831) 423-3138,

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Literacy Tutor Orientation

Date: Thursday Feb 8, Saturday Feb 17, Wednesday Feb 21

Time: Saturdays from 10 – 11am, Wednesday and Thursday from 6-7pm

Location: Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County, 1740 17th Ave, Santa Cruz

Description: The Literacy Program of Santa Cruz is looking for dedicated individuals to help community members learn English. This can help them get a better job, be able to talk to their children's teachers, and be able to get help in an emergency. Attend an orientation to learn more about becoming a Literacy volunteer.

Contact: Dhara,,  (831) 427-5077

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Event Name: MESA Day

Location: Jack Baskin School of Engineering

Times: 7:00am-5:00pm

Date: March 3rd, 2018

Contact Person (also included in description): Luis Garcia Bautista (Email:

Description: The  MESA Schools Program provides academic development for middle school and high school students from educationally disadvantaged backgrounds. We emphasizes preparation for careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) based fields. MESA Day presents the opportunity to test students' skills against their peers in a variety of hands-on competitions. This event marks the culmination of months of hard work and preparation from our students. Some competitions, such as the Prosthetic Arm Challenge, require countless hours of design and building time adhering to strict specifications, while others require in-depth research and practice, such as the Video Game Design competition. To register your organization or to receive additional information about the event, please visit our website at under the MESA Tab or contact Luis Garcia Bautista at

Event Name: Evergreen Cemetery Beautification

Dates: Every Monday

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Location: Evergreen Cemetery in Harvey West Park

Description: Join MAH in a major effort to restore and transform Evergreen cemetery into an inspiring place for learning local Santa Cruz History. With some serious volunteer powered digging, planting, and beautifying, Evergreen is seeing its best days as a historic landmark and a resting place for Santa Cruz's culture-shaping men and women.

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Opportunity: Jacob’s Heart Food Pantry

Date: Friday, February 9th and 23rd

Time: 12:30pm to 3:30pm

Location: Jacob’s Heart Children’s Cancer Support Services, 680 West Beach St

Description: Volunteers will be helping families pick out items from our Food Pantry and Clothing Closet. Whether they are explaining the benefits of kale or helping find the right shoe size, volunteers will be a vital help to our families. The pantry is open every other Friday from 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm.

Contact: Alex Dami,

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Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities

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


Event Name: Drive a Senior to their Doctors Appointment

Date:   Ongoing

Time: Monday- Friday 9am to 3pm

Location: Countywide

Description: “It's So Much More Than A Ride”. As a volunteer driver, you provide rides to seniors for doctor and dentist appointments, grocery shopping and banking. Volunteers have the freedom to choose their destination, driving schedule and frequency. Drivers will receive a mileage reimbursement and the satisfaction of connecting with isolated seniors in need.              

Contact:  Jan Brady, (831) 427-5070,


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 Miranda Pettiford


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

Mon-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

Wed 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.