Current Volunteer Opportunities



Santa Cruz 

For an ongoing list of resources and different ways to help in Santa Cruz, check out this website:

(If you have the capacity to donate supplies, this website also has an up-to-date list of items needed throughout Santa Cruz county.)
COVID-19 Response Volunteers: Volunteer Center of SC County
Santa Cruz County's Volunteer Center is coordinating volunteers for their own senior programs and mental health support programs to distribute food to people who are in vulnerable populations and unable to go shopping. They are also referring volunteers to community organizations and services provided by the County of Santa Cruz to meet community needs including new shelters for unhoused people in North and South County.

Click here for more information on their website
American Red Cross Needs Volunteers
(Various Locations)
"Our need for volunteers is constant and continues to evolve as we navigate this Coronavirus health crisis. Volunteer opportunities include supporting blood donations and delivering much-needed disaster services to your community. We even have a wide variety of remote (work-from-home) opportunities available." 

For specific volunteer opportunities with the Red Cross,
click here.
Drive for Grey Bears Brown Bag Program
(Santa Cruz)

"Drivers deliver bags of fresh produce and essential groceries to homebound and isolated seniors.  The driving shift is flexible between 7:30am and 11am on Thursdays and Fridays.

Volunteers need to be 18 years of age or older, have a valid California driver's license, be responsible and friendly. Volunteer drivers are reimbursed for their gas mileage and receive a free bag of groceries as well. Volunteers must attend an orientation before they begin. Please schedule a one-on-one orientation with the volunteer coordinator."

Apply to be a volunteer here!

Bay Area

Emeryville Citizens Assistance Program:
The organization collects donated food from the USDA, Safeway, Trader Joe’s and others, and distributes it to those in need in the Emeryville-Oakland area.

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Hands on Bay Area:
The organization has compiled a list of ways people can volunteer for community support, including food banks, food pantries, deliveries and more.

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San Francisco-Marin Food Bank:
The organization serves more than 141,000 people every week. The food bank, which relies on volunteers, has seen roughly half of its volunteers cancel shifts for March.

 To  volunteer:

Muhsen is an organization that helps families and individuals with disabilities. These people are hit especially hard during a pandemic like this. They need volunteers to help with Medication Pickup, Grocery Store Run and Video Call with a Peer Buddy to help these people transition. 

To Volunteer:


Food Runners: 
The organization delivers meals to neighborhood food programs. They need volunteers to pick up perishable and prepared food from businesses and deliver it in vehicles directly to neighborhood food programs. The relay program provides enough food for more than 20,000 meals every week in San Francisco.
To volunteer:


Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities (Might be discontinued indefinitely due to COVID-19)

UCSC Queer Cantú Center  

Food Pantry Volunteer: Great opportunity for a student interested in reducing food insecurity on campus! Duties include: monitoring inventory, assessing student needs, and communicating with campus partners. Time Commitment: 2hrs a week. 

Peer Group Leaders: Lead a peer group based on a common identity or social interest within queer and trans communities! Groups can meet weekly, bi-weekly or monthly. Volunteer Commitment depends on meeting schedule. 

Library Volunteers: Great opportunity for someone who loves queer books and film! Duties include, sorting and cataloging books, manage student borrowing program and ensuring titles are relevant and up to date. 

For more information on these volunteer opportunities with the UCSC Queer Cantú Center please contact Logan at 

Sign up Here:




Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries 

Friends need help keeping their library open downtown!

Open Shifts are as follows:

Monday at 1pm - 4pm 
Wednesday 4 to 6pm 
Friday 1pm to 4pm 
Saturday 10 am to 1pm and 1pm to  4pm 
Sunday 1pm to 4pm 
Any interested person should contact

UCSC West Side Pop-Up Pantry! 

Sign up for shifts using this link:



Saturdays in the Soil

Ongoing, every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month

Next opportunity: October 19th

Location: At the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History, 1305 East Cliff Dr.

Drop-in hours 10:00am-12:00pm

Description: Help us keep our Garden Learning Center thriving! Our Garden Learning Center functions as a model of sustainable gardening practices, designed to reduce use of resources, increase ecological diversity, and keep harmful chemicals out of our watershed. We also bring school groups through the garden to explore plants used by local tribal groups for food, tools, medicine, and shelter. As a garden volunteer, you will help us with general landscaping, occasional watering, weeding, and replanting. You will also learn about sustainable gardening practices and California Native plants! All ages are welcome; children under 14 require adult supervision.

Please RSVP to



Event Name: Drive a Senior to their Doctors Appointment

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

The Kitchen Assistant assists cooks in their tasks. Performs other tasks such as assisting in food preparation, storing foods after delivery, and cleaning coolers, freezers, and storerooms. Assists in completing weekly kitchen cleaning and maintenance lists. Helps serve meals to our guests.(Monday- Friday 7am-8:30am or 4:30pm-6:30pm)

The Mail Room Coordinator ensures that the incoming mail is collected, sorted, and distributed to the correct clients quickly and reliably. This position requires diligent volunteers who can sort through hundreds of pieces of mail accurately and efficiently. (Monday-Friday, 10am-2pm)

The Hygiene Bay Attendant greets our guests and makes sure that they have all the toiletries and towels they need. Provides oversight to the day to day operations and has the ability to adapt to a fast-paced environment. Additional duties include washing the laundry/towels and light housekeeping of the general Hygiene Bay area. (Monday-Friday, 9am-1pm)

The Front Desk Coordinator performs all duties necessary to ensure an efficient flow in the front office at HSC. They have key interaction with staff, residents and other volunteers and must have the ability to provide the highest level of customer service. The FDC 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.  FDCs must possess organizational, analytical and problem solving skills and excellent written, verbal and interpersonal skills. (Monday-Friday, 8am-12pm or 12pm-4pm)

The Supportive Services for Veterans Families (SSVF) Outreach Support Volunteer will be trained to be proficient and knowledgeable about HSC programs and other community resources for Veterans and their families experiencing homelessness. This position will work with the SSVF Outreach and Intake Specialist both on and off campus. Must demonstrate effective communication skills. Will be trained in Motivational Interviewing and other resources. Will assist with pre-screenings, intake support, outreach opportunities and connecting people with veteran resources. (Monday-Friday, 10am-2pm with some flexibility)

The Housing Navigation Support Volunteer will work closely with Homeless Service Center Housing Navigators in order to assist clients on their housing pathway. This will include assistance with housing applications, conducting credit checks, and searching online property listings. Volunteers may also support clients with challenges like computer proficiency, email use, basic writing skills  etc. Volunteers will assist in data collection, helping to track the length of time a client is searching for housing, number of searches completed, and landlord receptiveness to voucher programs. (Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 10am-2pm)