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Community Life Services

Organization Mission

Our Mission:
Advancing community support and opportunities for people with disabilities.

Our Vision:
We exist to support people and relationships. We build strong communities where people are respected and valued as contributing citizens. We break down barriers to full community participation and inclusion, and transform lives by the dignity of work.

The Big Idea 2022:
Build Back Santa Cruz County

Businesses cannot find the talent, labor and employee commitment to fully recover from the pandemic. We have a solution.

Even before COVID, Community Life Services supported adults with disabilities to prepare and join the workforce — and we haven’t stopped. Currently, we have 25 individuals looking for meaningful work in our community.

We seek your donations to fund a temporary, dedicated, part-time Employment Specialist to focus on outreach, engagement, networking, and training with local businesses to provide employee matches of all abilities and prepare and diversify their workforce as we build back our local economy and include everyone.

Together, we can build back our local economy because the dignity of work can transform lives.

I lost my job because of COVID. Community Life Services helped me. Now I have my dream job because they didn't give up on me.

G. Deaver upon getting hired in 2021 at a local Santa Cruz business

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.