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Community Connection - Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County

Organization Mission

To empower our mental health community through wellness, meaningful activity, and community connection.

The Big Idea 2022:
Meaningful Connections & Food
for our Vulnerable Neighbors

Our community members living with serious mental illnesses are some of the most vulnerable and isolated in the community. During the Pandemic, while many of us struggled with isolation and the inability to connect with people and activities that bring meaning and health to our lives, they suffered greatly.

We have provided healthy food deliveries and regular contacts through phone and internet outreach to the mental health community we serve. We now need to raise funds to continue our food distributions and services connecting participants to activities such as education, work and volunteerism that improve lives and make our community stronger.

These efforts reduce the burden on the community by preventing homelessness, incarcerations and expensive psychiatric hospitalizations.

We are asking Santa Cruz Gives donors to support this critical piece.

Community Connection has given me the tools to get well, to cope, to come to an understanding about myself. I not only come here for me, but my journey to wellness has been so powerful that I want to give back and help other people.

Lisa, Santa Cruz

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.