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Coastal Watershed Council

Organization Mission

CWC helps Santa Cruz realize its vision of a healthy, welcoming and fun San Lorenzo River that connects our diverse community to nature — a river that’s an attractive and desirable location for outdoor recreation and reflection. Our small but mighty team preserves this watershed through engaging the community in stewardship, monitoring, and education.

The Big Idea 2022:
Healthy River, Healthy Santa Cruz!

We envision the Santa Cruz Riverwalk becoming Santa Cruz’s Central Park. It’s the only large open space in downtown, it’s a thoroughfare from the boardwalk to downtown for visitors and residents alike, and it’s within walking distance from the homes of our community’s poorest residents, who will greatly benefit from a safe, healthy recreation area.

CWC organizes volunteers to pick up trash, pull invasive weeds, and plant native plants to improve the beauty of the Riverwalk and invest in a healthier river ecosystem.

Over the past few years, the San Lorenzo River has taken a turn for the worse due to drought, misuse and neglect. This river is our city’s main source of drinking water, it is home to threatened and endangered species, and was the cornerstone to our city’s founding.

This river needs us and we need it. Every donation is a gift to protect the river that we rely on and impact every day.

You really made an impact. You have a talent for teaching and your voice and energy are always a great motivator to keep my girls interested in the nature nearby us! I think the best part was it brought back memories of nature days in Margo’s class to the farmhouse and the river.

Anonymous parent of an elementary school student-volunteer

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.