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Santa Cruz Gives 2018: A Holiday Guide to Nonprofit Giving







Once we began the Santa Cruz Gives vacation drive, we referred to as it “a new way to give” and “the future of giving.” Properly, with the marketing campaign having raised virtually half one million dollars for native nonprofits as we go into our fourth yr, it’s protected to say that the longer term is now.

Santa Cruz Gives has been embraced by the group in an entire new method this yr, with the venerable Group Basis Santa Cruz County contributing $20,000 to assist our collaborating nonprofits attain their objectives. And in flip, Santa Cruz Gives has advanced right into a kind of fundraising hub for a lot of nonprofits, the place they study from the experience of our companions on the Volunteer Middle of Santa Cruz County—and from one another—a few of the most cutting-edge methods to interact native donors on social media and of their day-to-day operations. These donors—and hopefully we’re speaking about you right here—are the rationale for each great point that nonprofits do right here.

So check out the teams that have been chosen for this yr’s Santa Cruz Gives, and every thing that they hope to accomplish together with your assist this vacation season. Then, go to and provides to the one or two or 20 that encourage you. And apart from Volunteer Middle of Santa Cruz County and Group Basis Santa Cruz County, we’d additionally like to thank the enterprise sponsors that encourage this program: Santa Cruz County Financial institution, Wynn Capital Administration and Oswald.

All About Theatre

Group Mission: All About Theatre’s mission is to encourage, nurture, problem, amaze, educate and empower artists and audiences within the Santa Cruz County space. We offer a wholesome and healthful ambassadorship for the humanities and open the door to new life experiences. We’re devoted to offering financially accessible arts experiences to all communities, no matter measurement or financial standing. We attempt to use participation within the performing arts as a car to develop life expertise for all.

Massive Concept: Arts for All

Group is on the core of what we do. We’re blessed to serve greater than 400 people per yr within the county. This challenge is tailor-made to serve youngsters and households in South County, to construct a bridge to share the riches of our joint communities. Arts for All has already begun, however together with your help it might soar.

Theater allows us to make lifelong friendships with individuals we might by no means have in any other case met, and to study cultures aside from our personal. Households in addition to youngsters regularly encourage one another and foster a group spirit that retains on rising. The professional-level expertise we train are additionally job expertise in excessive demand within the flourishing leisure business.

Whereas not each youngster needs to be on stage, each baby has the capability to be moved, study empathy, snigger, and be awed by the particular magic that occurs throughout a stay efficiency—whether or not on stage, within the viewers, or backstage. Our skilled coaching additionally covers tech, operating gear, stage administration, hair and make-up design, and extra.


Group Mission: Balance4kids addresses the wants of youngsters with disabilities by working along with personal organizations, mother and father and public faculties. We search to improve scholar success by bringing various supplemental packages to public schooling and the house, and supporting the insufficient present assets for youngsters with disabilities.

Huge Concept: Instructor Grant Basis

Our Instructor Grant Basis provides a mean of $40,000 in provides to native academics yearly. Native academics, specialists and directors are invited to attraction to us for classroom provides that their faculty finances doesn’t cowl. Together with your help, we may give extra desperately wanted provides, from tablets to therapeutic gear, and go a great distance in making our hardworking academics’ jobs just a bit simpler.

As well as, we offer extremely certified, in-class, paraprofessional help that saves the varsity districts we serve tens of hundreds of dollars yearly. We additionally present youngsters and younger adults with and with out disabilities a spot to socialize by means of actions corresponding to e-book golf equipment, cooking, gardening, theater, and subject journeys.

Massive Brothers Huge Sisters

Group Mission: Our objective is to present youngsters dealing with adversity with robust, enduring, professionally supported, one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the higher, ceaselessly. With the help of volunteer mentors, youngsters are extra probably to keep in class, keep out of the juvenile justice system, and make wholesome decisions that lead to productive lives. We envision a group the place all youngsters obtain success in life.

Massive Concept: Huge Brothers Massive Sisters Transgender Youth Mentoring

Mentoring relationships can change the trajectory of a kid’s life. By means of Massive Brothers Huge Sisters’ Make A Match program, volunteers are rigorously paired with youngsters who face critical challenges of poverty, single-parent houses, or are uncovered to gangs, drug abuse and alcohol abuse.

Huge Brothers Massive Sisters has modified the lives of greater than 6,500 native youngsters prior to now 35 years. We assess, create, supervise, and supply ongoing help to mentoring matches. After thorough screening and coaching, volunteer mentors commit to spending 10-20 hours month-to-month with a toddler for no less than one yr.

Massive Brothers Massive Sisters of Santa Cruz County initiated a program of matching transgender youth with volunteer transgender grownup mentors in 2015. We’re requesting funding to assist proceed to serve these youngsters and youth. Discrimination and bias sometimes begins in childhood, as transgender youth discover their gender id, and these youngsters are at excessive danger of harassment, bodily and sexual violence, and suicide. Quite a few research doc the pervasive injustice and bias confronted by transgender individuals in each facet of life.

This program applies the confirmed Massive Brothers Huge Sisters mentoring strategy to attain this underserved inhabitants. We work in partnership with the Queer Youth Activity Pressure of Santa Cruz, the Transfamily Help Group of Santa Cruz, and different organizations to implement this system, which serves as a nationwide mannequin. It’s estimated that 120 to 400 county youth could possibly be candidates for this program.


Group Mission: CASA is a toddler’s voice in dependency courtroom, offering advocacy, stability and hope to youngsters who’ve been abused, uncared for or deserted. This help has had a profound impression on the lives of a whole lot of youngsters and youth in foster care. They obtain many well being, emotional and academic assets they may not in any other case obtain. “CASA children” have a better price of adoption than these with out an advocate, are much less probably to return to the system, and are considerably much less doubtless to spend time in long-term foster care. Eighty-three % of our youth graduated from highschool, in contrast to the state common of 45 %.

Massive Concept: Advocate Coaching with Give attention to Bilingual Volunteers

CASA empowers volunteers to immediately affect life-changing selections affecting youngsters in foster care. To perform this, CASA recruits, screens, trains, and supervises volunteer advocates who work one-on-one with youth within the dependency care system, advocating for his or her greatest pursuits in courtroom, in class, and locally.

This yr, as well as to recruiting and coaching all varieties of advocates, we’ll place emphasis on bilingual advocates. There are various youngsters referred to our program from the foster care system who come from Spanish-speaking monolingual households. We would like to be sure that volunteers can join with the youngsters and fogeys in a significant approach. They are going to be simpler if they will pay attention, perceive, and converse up for one of the best pursuits of a kid who has been abused, uncared for or deserted.


Group Mission: We construct cadres of volunteers and empower them with the talents, information and confidence for safely serving as instant responders in disasters affecting their communities in Santa Cruz County. We accomplish this by supporting the Santa Cruz Group Emergency Response Group (CERT) Council and different catastrophe service organizations to develop and maintain the CERT program—with no paid employees and 1,150 volunteers.

Massive Concept: Enlargement of CERT Primary & Superior Coaching

We purpose to broaden and adapt our CERT primary and superior coaching to mirror the distinctive geographical areas in Santa Cruz County. We’ll develop a coaching department that focuses on mountain communities’ wants and one which serves coastal communities. All primary CERT expertise are taught by every coaching department, however every department can tailor coaching wants for his or her space’s catastrophe challenges.

We’re requesting help to partially cowl the price of coaching gear, particularly for a full-body manikin and a chin raise, head tilt manikin for our mild search and rescue, and disaster-medicine coaching models. The 2 manikins value roughly $1,500.

We additionally hope to conduct extra Primary CERT courses concurrently. Prior to now yr, we met our objective of including 26 extra FEMA-trained volunteer CERT instructors and at the moment are in a position to supply much more Primary CERT Trainings and Superior Trainings which require the manikins, and backpacks containing $60 of security gear corresponding to: onerous hat, security vest, eye safety goggles, N95 mud masks, fuel turn-off device, flashlight, duct tape, leather-based gloves, whistle, first assist provides, and so forth. Backpacks are given for free of charge to every CERT educated volunteer for private safety.

Coastal Watershed Council

Group Mission: Individuals shield what they know and love. That’s why the Coastal Watershed Council (CWC) works to rework the decrease San Lorenzo River right into a beloved group vacation spot by inspiring individuals to discover, improve and shield this crucial pure useful resource. CWC fulfills its mission to protect and shield coastal watersheds via group stewardship, schooling and monitoring by means of the revitalization of your lovely waterway.

Massive Concept: San Lorenzo River Revitalization

The San Lorenzo River and the park alongside its banks have been as soon as the celebrated coronary heart of the town. The river is the primary consuming water supply for 100,000 individuals, and in addition supplies habitat for endangered species, fish, birds and wildlife. The river is essential to public well being and might be a pure respite, in style greenway and gathering area amid Santa Cruz’s city downtown—but it feels extra like a again alley than the town’s central park.

When Santa Cruzans keep away from the river, we grow to be disconnected from it, which retains us from understanding the river’s advantages, how we depend on it, and the way our day by day actions impression native waterways.

In different communities, rivers are various transportation corridors, drivers of financial exercise, customer locations, and pure areas the place individuals really feel proud and protected. Rivers can rework our well-being. By rebuilding private connections to our river and the Santa Cruz Riverwalk, CWC is shifting the best way we work together with this essential pure useful resource. The result’s each a more healthy watershed and a more healthy, extra vibrant group as we really feel protected outside and luxuriate in a park—an area of connection—within the coronary heart of Santa Cruz.

Battle Decision Middle of Santa Cruz County

Group Mission: The Battle Decision Middle provides reasonably priced, accessible mediation and mediator coaching to residents of Santa Cruz County. Our packages handle battle in any respect levels—from prevention to intervention—in our houses, neighborhoods, workplaces, and courts. We offer efficient options to litigation, hostility and violence. By way of respectful dialogue, individuals create their very own mutually useful options. We consider that by constructing relationships and understanding between individuals, we assist create extra peaceable and protected communities.

Huge Concept: Peaceable Engagement

Beginning the brand new 2019 yr recent, CRC will embark on a community-wide engagement marketing campaign to promote using peaceable dialogue by means of facilitation, mediation and schooling. We’ll arrange month-to-month group occasions to deliver individuals collectively and have troublesome conversations on subjects that matter. We hope you’ll be a part of us!

In instances the place events may discover themselves in courtroom, we provide free or reasonably priced mediation providers that significantly scale back general prices, problem, and most significantly, pointless and extended animosity that may trigger lasting, disagreeable group relations. From neighbor disputes over fences to divorce to landlord-tenant points and parent-teen challenges, CRC mediation could be the perfect selection as a result of each side will probably be facilitated into an settlement that’s appropriate for each, leaving hostile conditions out of the image.

CRC additionally facilitates a restorative and therapeutic dialogue between victims and offenders.


Group Mission: To create lasting oral well being for the underserved youngsters and adults of Santa Cruz County and neighboring communities.

Massive Concept: Give Youngsters a Smile Day

Our 15th Annual Give Youngsters a Smile Day will present free dental care and oral well being schooling to 30-40 uninsured youngsters of Santa Cruz County. Our aim is to make prevention extra widespread than remedy, so that youngsters can give attention to faculty as an alternative of a toothache.

Today of free care serves youngsters who would in any other case fall by means of the cracks—households who don’t qualify for Medi-Cal and may’t afford even discounted dental care at native clinics. Dientes goals to instill wholesome habits and constructive experiences with the dentist so that youngsters can proceed good oral well being all through life.

Downtown Streets Staff

Group Mission: Downtown Streets Workforce is ending homelessness by restoring dignity and rebuilding lives of women and men. Serving the group via work groups prepares members for everlasting employment and housing.

Massive Concept: Santa Cruz Downtown Streets Staff

DST group members, all of whom are homeless or susceptible to homelessness, volunteer 20 hours per week in Santa Cruz, cleansing and mitigating litter on streets, in parks, on the river and seashores from Important to North County. With help from Santa Cruz Gives, DST can be in a position to help workforce members with primary wants stipends—present playing cards that guarantee workforce members have the means to buy meals, treatment, transportation passes and extra.

DST offers wrap-around help providers, from case administration and employment readiness to interview garments, coaching certifications and stipends. $three,000 would pay for 14 % of our SC Workforce Members stipends for one yr.

Each Youngster Outdoor

Group Mission: The Each Youngster Outdoor Basis is based on the precept of fairness that each one college students ought to have the chance to expertise environmental and outside schooling, no matter monetary circumstances. We scale back monetary obstacles to outside schooling for college kids in Santa Cruz County.

Huge Concept: Each Youngster Outdoor Scholarship Program

Santa Cruz County’s Outside Science Faculty, affectionately generally known as “science camp,” has been a ceremony of passage for elementary faculty college students for greater than 50 years. Nevertheless, this system is fee-based and lots of college students lack the means to take part.

Together with your help, in 2019 the Each Baby Outdoor Scholarship Program will present monetary help towards charges to roughly 1,000 native fifth-grade college students. When college students spend every week dwelling and studying with classmates within the Santa Cruz Mountains, many report feeling extra related to nature and extra snug in nature, extra serious about science, and extra possible to work to assist the setting of their group. College students say they felt calm within the forest, they realized science could possibly be enjoyable, they usually can higher tackle challenges. Academics have noticed that the camp is “life-changing” and “an essential milestone.”

Meals, What?!

Group Mission: FoodWhat’s energized identify speaks to its mission as a youth empowerment and meals justice group. FoodWhat companions with low-income and struggling youth throughout Santa Cruz County to develop, prepare dinner, eat, and distribute wholesome, sustainably raised meals, and tackle native meals justice points. FoodWhat creates a protected area the place youth expertise profound private progress and transformation, radical eating regimen change, crucial job coaching, and step into related activism.

Huge Concept: Radical Food regimen Change – Spring Internship

Yearly, tons of of younger individuals apply for 60 obtainable spots in FoodWhat’s programming. In 2019, we’ll set out to improve the variety of positions and supply extra life-changing and community-building alternatives to meet the expressed wants of younger individuals, notably these based mostly in Watsonville.

We associate with struggling but resilient youth that suffer disproportionately from issues related to poverty: limitations to schooling, severely restricted employment choices, group violence, and compromised well being. By way of FoodWhat, younger individuals start their journey in radical weight-reduction plan change, job preparedness and private progress by means of meals, farming, activism and group occasions. They go on to use their energy, expertise and talent to create an enduring relationship with wholesome meals and dwelling inbuilt their very own phrases.

In consequence, FoodWhat youth are altering the tradition round well being. Our Spring Internship typically represents their first step.

Associates of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries

Group Mission: Pals of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries helps the Santa Cruz Metropolis-County library system by way of fundraising, volunteer providers and advocacy. Donations fund conventional gadgets akin to books and media, emergency wants corresponding to changing deteriorated furnishings, new pc know-how, and a wealth of cultural and academic packages on your favourite department.

Massive Concept: 2018-19 STEAM Packages

We’ve gone from STEM to STEAM. We’re including the Arts to selling Science, Know-how, Engineering, and Math (that are extremely correlated with innovation) as a result of we consider artwork and design will rework the financial system on this century.

A lot of the STEAM packages at SCPL have 100 % enrollment with ready lists. Your help will permit libraries to improve the variety of college students, many from low-income households, who achieve expertise in fixing actual world issues by way of figuring out, framing and fixing issues collaboratively.

Your help will fund provides for packages for youngsters of varied ages that embrace designing, programming and constructing robots; Minecraft courses to train coding; LEGO Easy and Not-So Easy Machines for a hands-on strategy to engineering; and extra.

Women Inc.

Group Mission: To encourage all women to be robust, sensible and daring, and to respect themselves and the world round them. We offer women with instruments and help, research-based programming, and educated professionals who mentor them in a protected setting of friends who share their aspirations. Women study to set and obtain objectives, boldly confront challenges, resist peer strain, see school as attainable, and discover nontraditional fields.

Huge Concept: Pleasant PEERsuasion Program

The Pleasant PEERsuasion after-school program teaches women communication expertise, stress administration, consciousness of tobacco, medicine and alcohol, and the way to resist unfavourable peer and media pressures, and bullying. Teen women are constructive influences to facilitate and mannequin wholesome conduct for youthful women.

Part I (12 weeks): Practice women aged 11-14 to facilitate packages on decision-making, assertiveness, communication expertise, and follow strolling away from conditions the place they really feel pressured to use alcohol or medicine.

Part II (six weeks): The brand new “PEERsuaders” conduct substance-abuse prevention actions for youngsters aged six-10.

Gray Bears

Group Mission: Gray Bears improves the well being and well-being of seniors via meals distribution, volunteerism and environmental preservation. Our imaginative and prescient is that each one seniors reside wholesome, significant lives. Gray Bears has grown into one of the crucial resourceful meals distribution and recycling nonprofits within the U.S.

Massive Concept: Shifting Ahead at Each Age

Gray Bears is a dietary lifeline for three,800 low-income seniors. Our Wholesome Meals for Seniors program delivers brown luggage of recent produce and wholesome staples to getting old adults every week. Further every day meals distributions help hundreds extra. It provides up to the equal of two million meals annually.

Lots of of mostly-senior volunteers take pleasure in all types of volunteer alternatives. Their service makes our packages potential whereas cultivating social help techniques and well being advantages for each volunteers and members. Weekly courses embrace chair yoga, Spanish, cooking, tech assist, fix-it clinics, and lunch occasions that hold seniors lively and socially engaged, and assist them age with pleasure, grace and dignity.

Homeless Backyard Venture

Group Mission: The Homeless Backyard Challenge is an natural city farm that gives job coaching, transitional employment and help providers to people who find themselves homeless. With an emphasis on making a thriving and inclusive group, in addition to rising the native meals system, the undertaking offers individuals with the instruments to construct a house on the earth. The Homeless Backyard Challenge additionally helps the group with a Group Supported Agriculture program (CSA), and an schooling and volunteer program that blends formal, experiential and service-learning.

Massive Concept: Impression Fund for Trainee Wages

Santa Cruz County has one of many largest homeless populations by county within the U.S. Our success price of 92 % for employment and housing achieved by current graduates speaks to our 28 years of innovating for higher and extra sustainable providers for this inhabitants and, finally, for enhancing the group.

So as to help our trainee graduates’ transition into jobs and housing, and retention of jobs, our request to Santa Cruz Gives is to help our Influence Fund program. This program offers people experiencing homelessness with not only a paycheck, but in addition with a job that gives help, schooling and coaching—that’s, a path to stability, independence and a house that lasts.

Homeless Providers Middle

Group Mission: Homeless Providers Middle companions with people and households to create pathways out of their homelessness into everlasting housing.

Huge Concept: Recuperative Care Middle

It’s estimated that in Santa Cruz County every individual dwelling on the road prices our group $70,000-$80,000 per yr in emergency providers. In distinction, it prices an estimated $17,000-$22,000 for supportive providers to home that very same individual. One of many excessive prices is in repeat visits to the hospital for many who lack a house for recuperation.

The Recuperative Care Middle is an progressive medical respite program for individuals experiencing homelessness who want security and stability to recuperate from vital medical remedy. Homeless people discharged from inpatient stays at native hospitals might keep on the RCC and get well whereas receiving follow-up

medical care and built-in social providers together with housing navigation, psychological well being care, advantages enrollment, and substance abuse remedy.

All Homeless Providers Middle packages function with a Housing First methodology, a recovery-oriented strategy to shortly transfer individuals experiencing homelessness into everlasting housing and offering further help as wanted.

These packages save our group hundreds of thousands of dollars yearly, whereas additionally saving lives. Individuals are higher in a position to transfer ahead with their lives if they’re first housed. That is as true for individuals experiencing homelessness, psychological well being and habit points as it’s for anybody.

Jacob’s Coronary heart Youngsters Most cancers Help Providers

Group Mission: Each day, the workforce at Jacob’s Coronary heart works tirelessly to enhance the standard of life for youngsters with most cancers and help their households within the challenges they face with no-cost providers funded totally by way of group donations. Since 1998, we have now been together with tons of of native youngsters with most cancers and hundreds of their relations as they navigated the journey from analysis by means of an unsure future. Our imaginative and prescient is to create a group the place each youngster with a critical or life-threatening situation has a robust, supported and knowledgeable household empowered to take part of their care.  

Huge Concept: Coronary heart on Wheels Transportation Program

When your youngster has most cancers or one other critical sickness, touring forwards and backwards to remedy is emotionally exhausting and costly. The Coronary heart-on-Wheels program supplies door-to-door rides for youngsters present process intensive remedy in partnership with Central California Alliance for Well being. Coronary heart on Wheels additionally offers pay as you go fuel playing cards and bicultural transportation coordination.

Most significantly, this system offers additional layers of consolation, help and shared expertise on the journey. Jacob’s Coronary heart drivers embrace volunteer firefighters, emergency medical technicians and household counselors, educated to tackle the sensible and emotional challenges households face throughout lengthy journeys from house to Palo Alto and San Francisco.

By way of Santa Cruz Gives, Jacob’s Coronary heart seeks to rally help from the group to present 100 further households with fuel playing cards, door-to-door rides and help. Collectively, our group can alleviate an unlimited supply of stress in the course of the unimaginable journey of great sickness and the potential dying of a kid.

Farm Discovery at Reside Earth

Group Mission: We empower youth and households to maintain wholesome meals, farming, social and pure techniques by educating farming expertise, reworking meals habits, and creating environmental literacy and stewardship. The objective is for every particular person to type a relationship with meals that helps private, group and environmental well being.

Massive Concept: Summer time Farm Camp Scholarships for Youth

Farm Discovery will present scholarships, management coaching and summer time jobs for 50 native, low-income youth from all elements of the county. We’ll collaborate with the Diabetes Well being Middle (DHC) of Pajaro Valley Group Well being Belief. Within the final two years, almost 40 % of sufferers served by DHC have been underneath 20 years previous, and 88 % had a main analysis of Sort 2 Diabetes or Weight problems.

The summer time camps happen on Reside Earth Farm’s 150-acre working natural farm, riparian hall, oak and redwood forest within the Pajaro Valley. The farm fields, animal pens and kitchen classroom present an ideal setting for positively reworking younger individuals’s relationship to meals and the setting as they study concerning the significance of caring for his or her our bodies, the surroundings and their group.

Campers, Leaders in Coaching (LIT) and Junior Employees plant, decide, protect and put together recent produce; save seeds; make compost; and create wholesome snacks, studying actual expertise to enhance well being.

Stay Like Coco Basis

Group Mission: The Stay Like Coco Basis helps native youngsters develop up wholesome and with alternatives to pursue their goals. Our basis is known as after and impressed by Coco Lazenby, a self-described “book lover, cat petter and environmentalist” who was killed in a automotive accident in August 2015 at age 12. To honor Coco’s vibrant spirit and large coronary heart, our basis works in 4 areas that made a distinction in her life: literacy, nature, well being and wellness, and funding for out-of-school actions (reminiscent of theater, horseback driving, artwork and pc programming).

Massive Concept: Birthday Books From Coco

Our distinctive Birthday Books From Coco program presents college students at collaborating faculties the chance to select a brand new ebook on their very own birthday. Greater than 72 % of the elementary-school college students we serve qualify free of charge or lowered lunch. For a lot of of those youngsters, it’s the first e-book they’ve owned.

Together with your help, we hope to attain two extra faculty websites with Birthday Books From Coco, delivering greater than 1,000 further books to youngsters in our public faculties. We’d additionally like to proceed constructing different native literacy packages, together with buying image books and Spanish books for a summer time ebook giveaway on the Watsonville Farmers Market, and constructing Little Free Libraries.

Pajaro Valley Arts

Group Mission: Pajaro Valley Arts presents programming year-round for free of charge to the general public to fulfill its imaginative and prescient to convey the group collectively by means of the facility of the humanities. By presenting artwork reveals and cultural occasions, PVA is the one arts group in South County that gives the general public a wealthy variety of artwork and artists in a gallery setting.

The Massive Concept: Vote! Your Vote is Your Voice

We wish to register and encourage individuals to get out and vote! Our spring exhibition seeks to educate, encourage, and develop higher curiosity within the democratic course of.

The exhibit will illustrate locals in historic and present voting rights struggles, and artists will interpret the query: “What does the right to vote mean to me, my community, and/or my country?”

We hope to handle the which means of the youth vote, points we will affect by way of our vote, voter suppression, and extra, in addition to present on-site voter registration through the exhibit.

PVA showcases the work of regional artists based mostly on related historic and modern themes, and promotes arts schooling in collaboration with greater than 40 faculties, schools, instructional packages, and nonprofits.

Pajaro Valley Shelter Providers

Group Mission: Pajaro Valley Shelter Providers empowers single moms, single fathers, and two-parent households with youngsters to transfer out of homelessness and transfer into everlasting housing and self-sufficiency. We offer short-term shelter, transitional housing and long-term reasonably priced housing to obtain security and stability. Our strength-based, bilingual, and culturally delicate case administration is confirmed to empower households to overcome the obstacles that led to their homelessness.

Huge Concept: Tenant Schooling to Finish Household Homelessness

Please companion with us to bridge the hole between homeless households and landlords.

With Tenant Schooling, PVSS builds a path to robust partnerships between tenants and landlords.

PVSS empowers households with youngsters to be accountable, knowledgeable tenants. Shopper households are accountable to well timed lease funds, conscientious communications, and sustaining their houses in good situation. Additionally they achieve information of the rights and obligations of tenants and landlords.

By addressing landlord considerations, landlords will need to lease to graduates from PVSS packages.  

With 22 housing models, PVSS is a website of group empowerment, serving greater than 7,500 individuals in 35 years. About 75 to 85 % of households who depart our packages discover secure housing and develop into self-sufficient. You modify lives: your help empowers households to transcend the cycle of homelessness.

Useful resource Middle for Nonviolence

Group Mission: The Useful resource Middle for Nonviolence promotes the apply of nonviolence as a way of effecting private and social change and making a extra simply, peaceable and sustainable world. This dedication to nonviolence is rooted in reverence for all times in all its varieties, and the dignity of all individuals.

Massive Concept: Undertaking Regeneration: Nonviolence Coaching for Youth

Challenge Regeneration is to train Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s six steps of nonviolent motion to college students at a public highschool. College students will select a social change difficulty they’d like to work on, then study and apply the Kingian course of to determine, examine, handle, negotiate, take public motion, and reconcile social justice points that impression them at college or of their group.

On this approach, Venture Regeneration will develop the subsequent era of nonviolent leaders. RCNV additionally offers a facility and organizational help for group members to work for human rights, financial justice, racial justice, peace, refusing militarism, environmental sustainability, and extra. Prior to now yr, greater than 100 native nonprofit organizations used our area for occasions, conferences and constructive work.

Save Our Shores

Group Mission: To steward clear shores, wholesome habitats and dwelling waters to foster a very thriving Monterey Bay and Monterey Bay Nationwide Marine Sanctuary.

Huge Concept: Month-to-month Kayak Cleanups

The sloughs, rivers, creeks and different waterways that circulate into our Monterey Bay carry litter and particles. This air pollution will get trapped on shores, coves and river bends till heavy rains flush all of it out to sea.

Final yr, Save Our Shores ran a pilot program of 15 river and slough cleanups with volunteers in kayaks. We quickly established that a well-run kayak cleanup isn’t solely an enormously invaluable cleanup but in addition a massively pleasant expertise for members, particularly college students.

We hope to increase $30,000 to make these cleanings a month-to-month exercise at Save Our Shores. Funding can be used for planning, coordination, allowing, implementation, gear rental and waste hauling. Please assist get rid of marine particles nearer to its supply so it doesn’t land on our seashores and in our Sanctuary.

A thriving Bay is important to the well-being of each one that lives right here, and is likely one of the most essential drivers of our financial system and our collective spirit.

Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter Basis

Group Mission: In Santa Cruz County, the first group safeguarding the lives of home animals is the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter. With an consumption exceeding 5,000 animals per yr, SCCAS has municipal funding just for core providers comparable to animal management, licensing, rabies vaccinations, housing for strays and surrenders, and intervention in abuse instances.

Massive Concept: Prevention! Prevention! Prevention!

In accordance to the 2017-18 Nationwide Pet House owners Survey, 68 % of county residents have at the very least one pet, including up to greater than 200,000 companion animals. The county’s obligatory spay/neuter regulation for canine and cats has little impact with out reasonably priced providers for households who can’t afford the price.

SCCAS seeks to double its clinic area for low-cost spay/neuter providers, as these providers are one of the efficient methods to curtail the tragic circulate of undesirable canine and cats. The shelter inhabitants has dropped annually, however restricted area leaves SCCAS with lengthy ready lists which have the impact of turning people away. Please be a part of us in increasing the variety of animals that may be handled.


Group Mission: Senderos is an all-volunteer group that forges pathways to success for Latino youth by means of free music and dance packages, and fosters instructional alternatives that may not in any other case be out there. Senderos has established cultural delight in within the face of racism and gang involvement, with 80 youth at present acting at greater than 30 occasions annually.

Massive Concept: Crossing Borders: Cultural Arts for Youth

Senderos’ 2019 challenge is to meet the higher demand for its free after-school Mexican folkloric dance and conventional music instruction. The 30-plus group and faculty performances at the moment are seen by greater than 25,000 yearly.

There’s a want for conventional dance outfits, in addition to devices to broaden the instrument-lending library for younger musicians to apply and carry out. Senderos’ highly regarded public performances assist our youth and their households really feel “seen” and appreciated within the public area, and open up avenues for larger tolerance, constructive collaboration and group well-being.

In at the moment’s political local weather it’s extra necessary than ever to help Latino youth and their households. Gracias!

The Variety Middle

Group Mission: Our aim is to construct an equitable group the place LGBTQ+ individuals thrive. We envision a wholesome, vibrant, numerous LGBTQ+ group, free from worry, hatred and prejudice.

Huge Concept: LGBTQ+ Seniors Constructing Group

Most LGBTQ+ older adults have skilled a lifetime of discrimination. They’re typically estranged from relations who rejected them, and are extra doubtless to be single, stay alone, and fewer possible to have youngsters.

To chop via this isolation, The Variety Middle is providing outside get-togethers, leisure actions and shared group meals. We’re additionally providing workshops about how to enhance bodily and psychological well being.

Our seniors have made magnificent contributions to the LGBTQ+ motion for equality, and we honor their efforts. The Variety Middle additionally offers a protected area for LGBTQ+ youth via help teams and group occasions.

We profit your complete county by internet hosting instructional workshops about gender and sexuality for well being care suppliers, county businesses, faculties, and nonprofit organizations.


Group Mission: UnChained fosters empathy, respect and duty in youth by way of the human-animal bond.

Massive Concept: Canines Educating Compassion

UnChained teaches underserved youth to practice homeless canine in primary expertise and good manners, serving to to place the canine into adoptive houses. The youth develop values of endurance, respect and duty for themselves and others via belief and relationship-building with their canine. Working with canine who share comparable experiences of neglect, abandonment, and abuse allows youth to expertise compassion and respect for others, whereas constructing confidence and self-worth. Because the canine succeed, youth thrive figuring out they’ve helped discover a residence for a canine who loves and accepts them unconditionally.

In 2019, UnChained will broaden providers to youth and canine, and with seven years of graduates, UnChained needs to reinvest in its youth by providing vocational coaching and group service alternatives, in addition to add school scholarships for its youth graduates.

Vista Middle for the Blind & Visually Impaired

Group Mission: Imaginative and prescient loss impacts one in eight individuals in Santa Cruz County. Vista Middle’s mission is to empower people who’re visually impaired or blind to embrace life to its fullest by means of analysis, counseling, schooling and coaching.

Massive Concept: Imaginative and prescient for Our Youth Tomorrow

College students who’re blind or visually impaired face many instructional challenges that put them at higher danger for college failure than their sighted friends. Most youth with imaginative and prescient impairments in our group don’t have entry to know-how outdoors of faculty, nor the coaching they want, and lack a reference to mentors.

New adaptive know-how evens the enjoying area, opening doorways that might in any other case stay closed, and permitting effectiveness not solely at college, however in work and social interactions.

Vista Middle’s coaching program, Imaginative and prescient for Our Youth Tomorrow, supplies center and highschool college students with visible impairments with adaptive know-how, coaching, mentoring and help to put together them for greater schooling and a profession. Studying to use an iPad as a mini pc, college students with imaginative and prescient impairments can accomplish phrase processing, e-mail, net analysis and most significantly, learn books simply. They will take notes and switch in assignments identical to their sighted friends.

Vista Middle provides courses, tech labs and consumer teams/workshops geared particularly for center or highschool college students and supplies every youth with an iPad upon completion of this system, making certain continued independence.

Vista Middle additionally companions with native know-how corporations to present hands-on, actual world experiences for college kids. Previous corporations and native companions embrace Amazon, Apple, Microsoft and UCSC.

Warming Middle Program

Group Mission: Warming Middle Program develops and operates packages that handle the gaps in assembly primary wants that outcome from homelessness that aren’t offered by different funding sources (authorities and different organizations). Packages embrace our Warming Middle, a coldest and wettest nights shelter to get rid of the prevalence of hypothermia and demise; and the Day & Night time Storage Program to scale back the gadgets individuals who sleep outdoors should carry always.

Huge Concept: Day & Night time Storage for Homeless Individuals

The issue: Homeless individuals carry bedding, clothes and different gadgets 24/7, limiting their capacity to transfer freely with no visible identifier of homelessness. This will lure people right into a mindset troublesome to emerge from. They’re unable to carry the variety of gadgets they want, particularly in winter, and possessions are often the one worth they maintain. Belongings left unattended might be stolen or confiscated by metropolis staff. Additionally they create visible blight and might be an environmental hazard.

Our answer: A protected, organized, cost-efficient program to scale back the belongings individuals who sleep outdoors should carry.

Our new program supplies 20-60 gallons of area in a managed, locked facility close to a nexus of homeless foot visitors. Individuals will signal a Shopper Settlement that states there are not any perishables; no moist or damp gadgets; no unlawful gadgets; gadgets should belong to the shopper, and so on.

The power opens twice-daily: 7-9 a.m. and 5-7 p.m. Please assist us maintain and broaden this program!

Watsonville Wetlands Watch

Group Mission: We’re devoted to the safety, restoration and appreciation of the wetlands of the Pajaro Valley, and to encourage the subsequent era of environmental leaders. The wetlands maintain greater than 250 species of birds and 23 species of native crops and animals which might be threatened or endangered.

Huge Concept: Wetland Wonders Fifth Grade Program

A new mannequin for science studying and hands-on, outside studying for college kids are hallmarks of our new wetland exploration program. It’s designed to help the “5 E’s” studying cycle of Interact, Discover, Clarify, Elaborate and Consider, and Subsequent Era Science Requirements.

This system helps Pajaro Valley Unified Faculty District in taking the lead on the brand new studying mannequin, the place academics and environmental educators work collectively to improve environmental literacy with full integration into classroom curriculum. This inquiry-based program provides college students not solely info, however the instruments to uncover the wetlands for themselves.

We additionally supply an afterschool program, environmental careers schooling, a watershed conservation program, knowledge assortment and monitoring of the wetlands’ well being, group restoration, path reconstruction and upkeep, docent coaching, and extra. Please be a part of us in introducing extra college students to the wonders of the pure world!

Wings Homeless Advocacy

Group Mission: Wings Homeless Advocacy is dedicated to dwelling our values of compassion, dignity and respect for all individuals by uniting our group to be volunteer advocates for these shifting out of homelessness onto a path of therapeutic, and dealing collectively to finish persistent homelessness in Santa Cruz County.

Huge Concept: Beds and Baskets

Wings’ 47 volunteers (and one part-time paid employees individual) would really like to broaden the capability for our associate businesses to assist these experiencing homelessness full duties and acquire assets wanted to grow to be housed and self-sufficient. As well as to offering rides to medical and courtroom appointments, we’ll assist extra individuals transfer into housing, and donate new refurbished beds ($100 worth) and Welcome House baskets ($50 worth) full of private care and family necessities, and a wanted present of hope.

The variety of beds donated is up 58 % this yr and we’d like to proceed that development together with your help! We associate with greater than 50 case managers, and our different work consists of help with identification playing cards by means of the DMV, and assist with housing paperwork.

Yoga For All Motion

Group Mission: Yoga For All Motion is on a mission to make yoga accessible to all in Santa Cruz County. We outline accessible as fairness. To us, equitable yoga is bodily protected, trauma-informed, culturally competent and reasonably priced, in addition to obtainable for all no matter race, socioeconomic standing, age, gender, measurement or authorized standing.

We’re educating yoga to people in incarceration, youth in various schooling faculty settings, survivors of home violence, and adults experiencing homelessness, to identify a couple of.

Huge Concept: Mindfulness Initiative in Various Schooling

We’re a volunteer yoga collective that teaches yoga countywide, and is collaborating with the County Workplace of Schooling to create a mindfulness initiative that may embrace at the very least 5 various schooling faculties to obtain the present of yoga and mindfulness courses for college kids.

After robust outcomes with Sequoia Faculty this previous yr, we would like to broaden providers to embrace extra youth in various schooling as a way for growing emotional regulation, empowerment and self reliance, and to give instruments to youth to improve coping expertise when a lot else feels past their management.

Youth N.O.W.

Group Mission: Youth N.O.W. is dedicated to partaking youth in a nurturing group the place youth develop personally and academically by way of individualized packages that domesticate success. Youth N.O.W.’s after-school scholar facilities (separate websites for center and excessive schoolers) present a protected place with caring grownup mentors, and social and emotional help all through the varsity yr and summer time. Every website has each a studying middle and a recreational-social area. Tutoring, homework assist, faculty challenge assets, pc labs, and unbiased research are provided. We additionally supply workshops for top schoolers, household nights, enrichment courses, night social occasions, and alternatives for youth to full group service hours, and extra.

Massive Concept: Center Faculty Summer time Program

Enrollment for Youth N.O.W.’s all-day, five-week summer time program for center faculty youth within the Watsonville space has elevated tremendously and is our most profitable but—51 % progress for summer time of 2018.

We give attention to serving youth who would in any other case be unable to afford summer time actions. Our low-cost program ran simply $30 per week final summer time. We ask your help to supply full and partial scholarships for youngsters whose households can’t afford the low-cost program. Our packages assist to even the enjoying area for deprived youth, and enhance their future outcomes.

Funds are additionally wanted for anticipated will increase in prices for area journeys and transportation for summer time, 2019.

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Andrea is a contract reporter with an ear for social and environmental justice tales. She has additionally spent over 15 years educating college students in each school and highschool lecture rooms to turn out to be important shoppers of data and efficient writers. She now lives in Seattle the place she is studying all issues Pacific Northwest.

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