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Community Action Board of Santa Cruz County

Organization Mission

Since 1965, CAB’s mission is to eliminate poverty and create social change through advocacy and essential services.

We advance economic and social justice for low-income families with housing, immigration services, food, and income supplements—along with job training, job matching, rent assistance, youth programming, emergency and supplemental food, farmworker health, and youth violence prevention.

The Big Idea 2022:
A Helping Hand to Underserved Communities

Amid the overall wealth of Santa Cruz County, certain communities have historically been left out. These include immigrant youth, rural seniors, farm workers, day workers, and people experiencing homelessness. Last year CAB impacted 8,836 people through our services that cover immediate needs as well as long-term tools to empower people to self-sufficiency.

We created a “basket” of items this year for Santa Cruz Gives donors to show you what we can do together to counteract the historic omission in a small way at a local level. CAB will fund:

DACA renewal scholarships for 2 immigrant youth, purchase ingredients for six community meals for 12 local seniors at the Davenport Resource Service Center, provide vaccination gift card incentives to 50 farmworkers, and give direct financial assistance to 4 families experiencing homelessness plus 20 families of Day Worker Center members who lost work due to COVID.

They helped me feel that I am not alone, that I have a place and that there are people who can help me with resources.

CAB Client, Spring 2021

We’re In This Together

Nonprofits are more important that ever in this trying time. Santa Cruz Gives! was created to support the local nonprofit community's Big Ideas (and programs). And thanks to your participation and generosity, Santa Cruz Gives! raised over $1.10 million for 82 local nonprofits in 2021.

SCGives! has now raised and contributed over $36 million dollars since its inception Seven years ago. That’s astounding. And wonderful. Thank you to all our Partners, Sponsors, nonprofit Board Directors, staff and volunteers — and each of our 1,455 donors. We did it, together.

Santa Cruz Gives! 2022 campaign kicks off in early November


The 2022 Santa Cruz Gives! RFP (for applying nonprofits) is due by Tuesday, September 7 and organizations will be notified of their application status Sept. 22-24. Santa Cruz Gives! 2022 campaign kicks off in early November.