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Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County

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Organization Mission

To transform our community and ourselves through volunteerism, empowering everyone to be the difference.

The Big Idea:
Expansion of Reading Buddies Project and Senior Tech Day

Being of service to others is one of the most rewarding experiences in a person’s life. Young people have an unbridled passion for making the world a better place but they are consistently told they CAN’T contribute because they are too young.

Our YouthSERVE program provides adult supervision and guidance to more than 300 young people each year who share their time and talents to be the difference in our community.

Our big idea is to expand the efforts of two of YouthSERVE’s most successful initiatives, Reading Buddies Project and Senior Tech Day.

Reading Buddies project volunteers mentor K-2nd grade students to help them develop a love of reading and succeed in school. We are excited to add a new location at Schapiro Knolls, an affordable housing complex in Watsonville.

Senior Tech Day matches youth volunteers with seniors to teach them how to use tech devices so they can stay connected to their friends and family. This year we will expand to the San Lorenzo Valley where SLV middle schools students will tutor seniors in Felton.

I’m a 72 year old woman and have received help with my Mac and iPod. What a wonderful service, and I only wish I could recall the name of the young man who first helped me recover from my problems. He was willing, eager, patient, and knowledgeable—what more can you ask for?

— Senior Tech Day client, Santa Cruz