Current Volunteer Opportunities

UCSC Student Volunteer Center

Current Volunteer Opportunities: May 2018

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

Environment and Nature


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Environment and Nature

Coastal Watershed Council

Event Name: River Health Day

Date:  Saturday May 12

Time: 9:30am - 12

Location: Santa Cruz Riverwalk (Exact Meeting Location TBD - project site between Soquel and Laurel Street Bridge)


Revitalize river habitat in the heart of Santa Cruz at Coastal Watershed Council's monthly volunteer event.

As a volunteer you will enhance the ecosystem that surrounds the San Lorenzo River by planting beneficial native plants and removing invasive plant competitors. You will explore and learn about the riparian, or riverside, ecosystem. Join us in making the San Lorenzo River ecosystem better for the fish, birds and bugs, and for our community.

Events occur along the banks of the lower San Lorenzo River near the Santa Cruz Riverwalk. Equipment, gloves and refreshments are provided.


Natural Bridges State Beach

Are you interested in gaining experience in environmental education? Would you like to learn about tidepools and lead walks for school groups and the general public? An internship at Natural Bridges is a great opportunity to develop valuable skills in environmental interpretation and natural resource management.

How to apply:

  1. Send an email to We will confirm and complete a learning contract with you.
  2. Enroll in one of the internship options listed above.
  3. Attend the Tidepool Training on Friday, April 13th, 1 - 5pm.

Are you interested, but maybe not this quarter? Check-in with us before classes begin in September. Our Fall Monarch Tours are another great way to gain experience in the field!

Also, we are always happy to take volunteers who want to gain experience, but can’t commit to a full internship.


Event Name: Capitola Library Closing and Spring Book Sale

Date/Time: May 18th - 21st

Where: Capitola Library

Contact: Mary

Brief Description:

The Friends of Santa Cruz Public Libraries is seeking volunteer to help with the Capitola closing sale and Spring book sale held on May 18th-21st

Lots of opportunities for groups to help and individuals.

Event Name: Delaveaga Elementary School Spring Carnival

When: June 1st 3pm to 8pm

Time Commitment: 1 hour or more

Where:  Delaveaga Elementary School, 1145 Morissey Boulevard

Volunteer Coordinator:  Denise Sanford

Volunteers may sign up at the following link:


Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities

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

Drew Glover City Council Race 2018 - Volunteer and Internship Opportunities

Drew Glover, City Council candidate and community leader is officially running again in 2018.

Drew's platform stresses "compassionate governance," sustainability, and housing protections. Major issues in our community. This campaign will be extremely volunteer dominated, with fun- hands on work.

Please Juliette Lyon at 559-917-2343 or to get involved.

Saturdays in the Soil

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

Next opportunity: April 7th

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

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

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)