Current Volunteer Opportunities

UCSC Student Volunteer Center

Current Volunteer Opportunities: October 2017

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

Happy Volunteering! – SVC Staff



Environment and Nature

Hunger and Homelessness


Event Name: Women’s Center Open House
When: Tues Oct 24th, 2017, 4-7pm
Where: UCSC Women's Center
Volunteer times:
Facility Set up: 12-2 pm
Set up /decorations 2-4pm
Event Shift 1: 3:30-6pm
Event Shift 2: 5-8pm
Clean-up Time: 7:00-8:30pm
More information email:
More information about the event on Facebook:
Link to sign up for a shift:

Brief Description:  This is a time to welcome Women's Center current and past students, staff and faculty to the wider community. Join us for a reception with music,  dinner, fun and a lot of resources. Food will be catered and vegetarian options will be included.  We are looking for several different position volunteers to help us with set up, the event,  clean-up and break down after the event. Everyone of all genders is welcome to this event. Volunteers are also welcome to attend the event.


Event Name: After-School Tutor Opportunity

Date/Time: October 17th (program start date) , Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3pm-4:30pm

Where: DeLaveaga Elementary School

Contact: Rosario Weckler, 831 429 3127 ext 3127,

Brief Description: DeLaveaga Elementary is starting an after school tutoring program for English learner and is in need of UCSC students to enrich 3rd to 5th grade students in math and reading skills.

Event Name: On-going Tutoring Opportunity

Date/ Time: On-going opportunity, please contact volunteer coordinator

Where: Live Oak Community Resources

Contact: Claire Echeverri, (831) 476 7284 ext 108

Brief Description: The program offers one-on-one tutoring for elementary and middle school students at both our center and off-site locations, Del Mar, Live Oak and Green Acres Elementary School.

Event: Become a volunteer for The Cove and Slugs for Health & Growth

Date: Wednesdays: Training with Christian 4 to 6 p.m. , Thursdays: Training with Laura 12 – 2 p.m. ,  

Fridays: Training with Lupe 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Contact: Jorge Bru

Brief Description:

If you want to be trained this Fall Quarter to be a volunteer for The Cove and Slugs for Health & Growth, please look at the schedule below and let me know what day of the week & what date you would like to attend a The Cove and  Slugs for Health & Growth. I will send you a google calendar invite.  Please accept it when you receive it and if your availability changes and you can't make then please go back to the calendar and decline it.  

Event Name: Harvest Festival

Date/Time: October 21st 10am-3pm

Where: Farm Discovery at Live Earth

Contact: Hayley Reitman, 831-728-2031

Brief Description:  Farm Discovery at Live Earth is a nonprofit based in Watsonville whose programs empower youth and families to regenerate healthy food, farming, and natural systems through community based programs on our organic farm. The Harvest Festival is one of Farm Discovery's biggest community events of the year. we expect up to 500 youth and children to join us on the farm for pumpkin picking and decorating, apple picking, cider making, live music and so much more

Environment and Nature

Event Name: Fall Plant Sale at the UCSC Arboretum and Botanic Garden

Date/Time: October 14th 10am-12pm (members only) 12-4pm (general public)

Where: UCSC Arboretum and Botanic Garden

Contact: Please sign-up via this link, as soon as possible!

Brief Description: The UC Santa Cruz Arboretum and Botanic Garden, is planning the amazing annual Fall Plant Sale to be held on Saturday, October 14, here in the lovely gardens. In addition to our community volunteers, UCSC student volunteers have historically been an immense help at our plant sales and have had a good time while fulfilling their obligatory volunteer service hours at the same time.

Event Name: River Health Days

Date: 12, 21 and 28 at Various Times along the lower San Lorenzo River

Contact: Volunteers sign-up via this link:

Brief Description: Stop the spread of invasive plants and make a difference in the San Lorenzo River ecosystem! Every fall, CWC organizes habitat restoration events called River Health Days along the lower San Lorenzo River. At each event, volunteers like you learn about the role of native plants in the riverine ecosystem and then learn to identify and remove invasive plants. In October, River Health Days will be focused on removing and stopping the spread of an invasive plant in our ecosystem: ice plant.

Event Name: October Volunteer Opportunities

Date: On-going Opportunities throughout  October

Contact: Christina Thurston,

October Volunteer Opportunities:

Brief Description:  The Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County was founded in 1967 to address the pressing needs of our local community through volunteer service.
We  offer 17 innovative programs that empower young people, families, seniors, working professionals, and people with disabilities to be the difference.  Such programming includes helping parents interact with their children’s school through literacy education, connecting low-income senior home-owners with safety related home repair options, revitalizing public spaces and enhancing community safety through graffiti abatement, easing the transition from incarceration to freedom through support services, and inspiring youth towards civic participation.

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.