Current Volunteer Opportunities

UCSC Student Volunteer Center
Current Volunteer Opportunities: Summer 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

Children

Education

Environment and Nature

Hunger and Homelessness

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Arts and Culture

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Event Name: Redwood Mountain Faire Volunteer

Date/Time: June 3rd and 4th 9:30 am – 9:00 pm

Location: Tara Home, Soquel, CA 95073

Contact: Rick Becker, rickb@cbridges.org, (831) 335-6600

Brief Description: Take tickets and 'oversee' the bounce house at the Redwood Mountain Faire at Roaring camp for a 4 hour shift.

For Bounce House Sign up here: http://slvrmf.ivolunteer.com/2017bouncehouses

Volunteers are also needed for Bag Check at the entrance (checking for alcohol).

For Bag Check Sign Up here: http://slvrmf.ivolunteer.com/2017bagcheck

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Event Name: Usher for Music Events at the Civic Auditorium

Date/Time: June 6th 6 pm – 10 pm

Location: Civic Auditorium, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

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

Brief Description: CityServe and the City of Santa Cruz need volunteer ushers for the Santa Cruz Symphony at the Civic Auditorium. 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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Children

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Event Name: Make a Difference for a Child in Foster Care

Date/Time: June 13th and June 21st 6 pm – 7 pm and 5:30 pm – 7 pm

Location: Watsonville, CA 95076

Contact: Cita Rasul, cita@casaofsantacruz.org, (831) 761-2956

Brief Description: You can make a lasting difference in the life of a child in foster care! Apply to be a Court Appointed Special Advocate! As a CASA, you will: Investigate the needs of the child by familiarizing yourself with their welfare file Advocate for the child’s needs to be met promptly and thoroughly. Generally serve as a trusted & consistent source of support for the child! In a sea of ever-changing faces, the CASA volunteer is the one person the child knows will keep coming back, each and every week. No other program combines regular mentoring and preventive services with the comprehensive advocacy that influences decisions directly affecting the child’s future. More information about info session can be found here: www.tinyurl.com/CASAorientation
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Education

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Event Name: Life Lab Spring Benefit Brunch

Date/Time: Saturday June 3rd, Two shifts, starting at 8am and 1pm respectively

Location: Cowell Hay barn (located next to Life Lab)

Contact: amy@lifelab.org

Brief Description: Our benefit is a brunch that's put on entirely by our staff and volunteers like you. Unlike many other fundraising events, we don't hire a staff of strangers to set everything up, prep and serve the food, take pictures, clean up, etc. So we need help completing all of these tasks to make the benefit run smoothly.

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Event Name: Pleasure Point Street Fair

Date/Time: June 24th 7:00 am – 6:00 pm

Location: N/a

Contact: Brinn Rawles, brinn.rawles@gmail.com, (831) 234-4352

Brief Description: Help us raise funds to support Live Oak Schools at this fun event! Volunteers are needed to help it run smoothly by directing traffic, setting up booths, selling T-shirts, selling food and drinks, etc. This is an all day event so volunteers are asked to work a 4 hour shift. We especially need volunteers to help with set up in the morning.

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Environment and Nature

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Event Name: Non-Profit/Holistic College Internship

Date/Time: ASAP/Summer; call/email for interview 

Location: College of Botanical Healing Arts at 4170 Gross Road Extension, Capitola, CA

Contact: COBHASANTACRUZ@Gmail.com or 831-462-1807

Brief Description: Applicants must bring a resume and relevant information to the interview, which should last no longer than one hour. Upperclassmen preferred. Past interns have taken this internships as their senior exit requirement (please speak with your advisor if you are interested in that option). In order to obtain 5 credits for this internship, 12 hours per week (120 total hours) is required. To obtain 2 credits for this internship, you will need to commit to 60 total hours, or six hours per week. You are required to keep track of all your hours. This internship is under the office of the UCSC Environmental Studies department. Please consult with them if you have questions about credits. Chris Krohn, Internship Program Coordinator, can be reached at ckrohn@ucsc.edu or at831-459-2104

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Event Name: Natural Bridges Restoration

Date/Time: Saturday, June 3rd; Saturday, June 10th; Sunday June 11th 10:30 am – 1:00 pm

Location: Natural Bridges State Park

Contact: naturalbridgesstatebeach@gmail.com

Brief Description: The park relies on one day volunteers to assist with restoration to pull invasive species so the park does not have to use poison in the environment. Please wear closed toed shoes with socks as well as long pants and long sleeved shirt. 

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Event Name: Work with young children

Date/Time: Monday mornings starting on June 19th

Location: Natural Bridges State Park

Contact: naturalbridgesstatebeach@gmail.com

Brief Description: Help work with young children under the supervision of a staff member at the park. We will also need help creating displays on Fridays throughout the summer.

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Event Name: Habitat Restoration Team

Date/Time: June 10, 2017 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Location: To be determined

Contact: Program Leader, Linda Brodman 831.462.4041redwdrn@pacbell.net

Brief Description:  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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Hunger and Homelessness

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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, kerenr@homelessgardenproject.org

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 drop in volunteer days.

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Event Name: Santa Cruz Connect

Date/Time: July 18th 10 am – 3:30 pm

Location: Santa Cruz Bible Church, 440 Frederick St., Santa Cruz

Contact: Christina Thurston, connect@scvolunteercenter.org, (831)427-5070x117

Brief Description: This one day community event brings resources to some of the most vulnerable people in our community. We need the energy and enthusiasm of a diverse committee to pull it off! Join our established team and help make the next Project Homeless Connect in Santa Cruz County a success.