A Holiday Guide to Nonprofit Giving


This is a complete list of 40 groups we’re raising money for in this year’s Santa Cruz Gives holiday giving campaign. Go to to donate to a number of of this 12 months’s members. — Editor

Massive Brothers Massive Sisters of Santa Cruz County

Group Mission: We create and assist one-on-one mentoring relationships that ignite the facility and promise of youth. We have now served greater than 7,000 native at-risk kids, offering a vital basis at a important time of their lives. Mentors make Santa Cruz County a safer and more healthy place by serving to kids make higher choices, which will increase their probabilities of staying at school and reduces their challenges with substance abuse, teen being pregnant, and the felony justice system.

Massive Concept: Digital and In-Particular person Mentoring

A couple of-third of youth in Massive Brothers Massive Sisters have develop into caretakers, breadwinners and tutors because the pandemic started. Covid-19 disproportionately impacts the households we serve.

All of our companies can be found nearly now, and one constructive end result is that this opens up mentoring for extra volunteers, together with seniors and others who additionally could also be experiencing isolation. We’re uniquely positioned to supply constant out-of-school and digital assist if wanted, and our mentors proceed to function a significant supply of consistency and connection.

Chicken Faculty

Group Mission: The Chicken Faculty Challenge makes use of outside experiential studying to encourage and equip college students and academics to like, examine, and steward their native surroundings. We offer outside schooling about birds to college students instantly on their schoolyards, making nature and a little bit of wilderness simply revisited.

Massive Concept: Serving to colleges reopen with outside studying!

The Chicken Faculty Challenge goals to relaunch our well-liked schoolyard program to assist colleges use outside areas on campuses to welcome college students again to highschool. College students construct expertise in focus, direct statement, meaning-making, arguing from proof, and collaborating with friends—and profit farther from the research-based therapeutic results of time spent outdoor. Our most important program dietary supplements center college life science courses. 4 weeks of faculty visits embody guided, on-campus chicken walks; use of binoculars; shut examination of museum specimens; and using a area journal by which college students study to document their observations creatively.

Camp Krem 

Group Mission: We offer respite companies to households of youngsters and adults with mental and developmental disabilities. A variety of program alternatives are supplied year-round to our households in single-day, three-day, five-day and 10-day classes that present respite from the calls for of every day care and supervision. Our packages foster independence, nurture accountability, develop competence and construct lifelong friendships in a heat, supportive ambiance of deliberate permissiveness.

Massive Concept: Rebuild Camp Krem After Wildfire

Camp Krem’s full facility was misplaced within the CZU fireplace. Over the previous 63 years the volunteers, employees and households of Camp Krem constructed greater than 27 buildings and buildings, which at the moment are gone and in determined want of rebuilding. In 2019, we supplied our companies to greater than 600 households and served 1,250 campers. They proceed to want our assist. The purpose is to rebuild rapidly and return to serving our neighborhood.

CASA of Santa Cruz County

Group Mission: CASA of Santa Cruz County advocates for kids, offering court-appointed volunteers so every youngster within the Dependency Court docket system feels cared for and related with the individuals, households, and sources they should heal and flourish into maturity.

Massive Concept: Advocating for Foster Youth in Santa Cruz County

Covid-19 is affecting all of us, however kids in foster care are particularly susceptible to abuse and neglect. CASA volunteers make certain these kids are shielded from the isolation that comes with this pandemic. Youngsters in foster care depend on members of their neighborhood to make sure they aren’t left behind because the world shelters in place.

CASA recruits, screens, trains, and supervises Volunteer Advocates to work one-on-one with kids and their households to assist reunification or everlasting placement right into a secure and wholesome residence. Advocates get to know their youngster’s state of affairs and desires, assist caregivers entry sources to fulfill these wants, and advocate for the kid’s greatest pursuits in court docket, neighborhood, and faculty settings.

California Licensed Natural Farmers Basis

Group Mission: CCOF advances natural agriculture for a wholesome world by way of natural certification, schooling, advocacy, and promotion. We envision a world the place natural is the norm. Headquartered in Santa Cruz, CCOF co-founded the natural motion within the U.S. with allies throughout the nation. CCOF’s experience is a key motive that greater than 30% of the agriculture in Santa Cruz is licensed natural.

Massive Concept: Bricmont Hardship Help Fund

This fund offers grants to natural companies affected by hardship, together with wildfires, pure disasters, and the Covid-19 pandemic. All {dollars} raised by way of this fund go instantly into the natural farming neighborhood with no administrative charge.

Since 2007, the CCOF Basis has distributed $250,000 to farmers by way of our Bricmont Hardship Help program. We have now already had a four-fold improve in functions for monetary help on this difficult 12 months.

Coastal Watershed Council

Group Mission: The San Lorenzo River is forgotten by too many residents who might not notice our consuming water depends on it. The Coastal Watershed Council is the one group solely targeted on revitalizing this river that was the rationale Santa Cruz was based within the first place. Our small however mighty crew strives every day to comprehend Santa Cruz’s imaginative and prescient of a wholesome, welcoming and enjoyable river that connects our numerous neighborhood to nature, and is a fascinating vacation spot for recreation and reflection. 

Massive Concept: Getting Youngsters Again Exterior

The San Lorenzo River is the first consuming water supply for almost 100,000 individuals and is designated as important habitat for threatened and endangered species of fish. Most locals agree that our neighborhood deserves a wholesome river ecosystem surrounded by secure and welcoming parks. A very powerful factor we are able to do for the river, at present and tomorrow, is introduce children to nature on the Riverwalk. We’d like your assist to present academics, college students and hardworking mother and father actions that they will do each on-line and offline—exterior, taking part in and studying in nature. CWC’s Watershed Ranger program helps academics do their job by together with classes that align with the Subsequent Technology Science Requirements and Widespread Core Requirements.

Neighborhood Bridges

Group Mission: Collectively, our household of 10 packages delivers important companies, offers equitable entry to sources and advocates for well being and dignity throughout each stage of life. Our packages serve 20 websites and meet the wants of greater than 17,000 native kids, households, and seniors every year.

Massive Concept: Catastrophe Useful resource Reduction for Impacted Households

Your donation will be certain that Neighborhood Bridges’ Household Useful resource Collective can proceed to supply direct monetary and useful resource aid to households and people impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic and the CZU Lightning Complicated Fireplace. The 4 useful resource facilities situated in Stay Oak, Santa Cruz, Watsonville, and the San Lorenzo Valley present money help for rental help and groceries, and help with accessing public advantages, FEMA catastrophe aid, and reasonably priced authorized companies. These companies are supplied at no cost to low-income and undocumented households ineligible for presidency aid, and mid-low earnings households affected by the fireplace.

Dientes Neighborhood Dental Care

Group Mission: Dientes is on a mission to create lasting oral well being for underserved kids and adults. As the biggest dental care supplier in Santa Cruz County, Dientes offers preventative dental care and reasonably priced remedy for over 10,000 individuals residing in poverty. For almost 30 years, Dientes has labored exhausting to make sure that price, insurance coverage, earnings, language, and transportation don’t forestall individuals from visiting the dentist.

Massive Concept: Dientes Cares

Dientes is dedicated to offering entry to very important dental look after sufferers residing in poverty so that everybody can have a wholesome smile, even amid a pandemic. Covid-19 has elevated demand for our care with greater unemployment and extra uninsured all through Santa Cruz County. To maintain our sufferers and employees secure, Dientes has carried out intensive protocols. Nevertheless, these new protocols are labor-intensive and cost-intensive. Your assist of Dientes Cares is important to assist uninsured sufferers who’re most in want obtain free dental care, in order that they have the dignity that comes with a wholesome smile.

Ecology Motion

Group Mission: We assist individuals, companies and communities act now to scale back carbon emissions at scale for a wholesome, thriving future. Ecology Motion was based in Santa Cruz in 1970 and has helped to begin and run packages that assist our area lead the nation in environmental sustainability. Our initiatives embody Earth Day Santa Cruz, Bike to Work Day/Bike Problem, Protected Routes to Colleges/BikeSmart/WalkSmart, Electrical Car Incentive Packages/Nationwide Drive Electrical Day, and Monterey Bay Pleasant Landscaping/Inexperienced Gardener Packages.

Massive Concept: Bike Expertise are Life Expertise

In our lowest earnings neighborhoods, kids stroll and bike to highschool on the filth shoulder of roads the place large rigs roll by lower than 20 ft away. A technique Ecology Motion achieves transportation justice is to make sure all of our youngsters have equal entry to talent improvement coaching for safely biking and strolling by offering free, on-line classroom coaching. We assist each academics and college students in low-income areas. We search neighborhood assist (donations, volunteers, and sponsors) to make sure each fifth-grader rides safely on their bikes and each second-grader can cross a road safely in site visitors. There are 109 courses within the county and we search funds for coaching the final 25 courses in Stay Oak, Bonny Doon, San Lorenzo Valley, Scotts Valley, Watsonville, and Completely satisfied Valley.

Exploring New Horizons Out of doors Faculty

Group Mission: Exploring New Horizons empowers college students, builds environmental literacy, and strengthens communities by way of outside schooling. Each pupil within the U.S. will need to have equal entry to outside schooling, but fewer than 10% of fourth-to-sixth grade California college students attend such packages and few colleges embody outside studying of their curriculum. Our skilled naturalists interact greater than 7,000 college students every year outdoor, with a deal with ecology, environmental stewardship, social emotional studying, and the humanities.

Massive Concept: Out of doors Academic Fairness for College students

Out of doors schooling is crucial to alleviate a few of the strain that distance studying places on academics, college students, and their households, and for college kids who might not study as effectively on a display. Nevertheless, the elevated demand will create additional inequity between mother and father who can afford them and people who can’t. We search your assist for Santa Cruz colleges and households by participating small Ok-5 teams in outside curricula that concentrate on guided nature exploration, climbing, and statement; nature writing, drawing, mapping, and information assortment; and artwork, music, and imaginary play.

Farm Discovery at Stay Earth

Group Mission: Farm Discovery at Stay Earth empowers youth and households to construct and maintain wholesome meals, farming, social and pure programs. On our natural farm, youth study to develop and put together wholesome, plant-based meals from the sector to the desk. We offer year-round alternatives for individuals of all ages to study and to take part in a sustainable meals system.

Massive Concept: Covid-19 Reduction By way of Natural Produce Distribution 

Farm Discovery continues to be offering outside schooling to kids in response to the pandemic and fire-related hardship, and we’re distributing natural produce to places throughout the county. We hope to help different farms as effectively in decreasing starvation, well being issues associated to weight loss program, and meals waste in our neighborhood. We have now donated 24,000 kilos (12 tons) of produce for twenty-four weeks since April and are persevering with each week. A mean of 25 kilos of produce feeds a household of 4 for one week—due to this fact, we feed about 40 households per week. Along with your assist, we are able to proceed and develop this into 2021, retaining our price to solely $1.30/lb. of produce, which covers the produce and all labor to maintain the challenge going.

Meals What

Group Mission: “Meals, What?!” is a youth empowerment and meals justice group. At FoodWhat, youth domesticate their well-being, liberation and energy by participating in relationships with land, meals and one another. Youth from Watsonville to Santa Cruz be part of the FoodWhat Crew by way of our Spring Internship, Summer season Job Coaching and Fall Challenge Administration packages. Throughout the supportive house of FoodWhat, youth develop, prepare dinner, eat and distribute farm-fresh, natural meals whereas addressing native meals justice points.

Massive Concept: Youth Empowerment, Meals Justice

As financial, well being and meals insecurity deepens in our neighborhood, youth of shade proceed to wrestle in these areas with disproportionate problem. That’s why at FoodWhat, we are going to proceed to get contemporary, wholesome meals to marginalized youth and their households—it doesn’t matter what. Whether or not from rising their very own meals on the farm, or receiving contemporary CSAs at their doorsteps, FoodWhat households could have a meals entry level that’s stabilizing, nourishing and community-driven.

Ladies Inc.

Group Mission: To encourage all women to be sturdy, sensible, and daring, and to respect themselves and the world round them. Ladies Inc. serves 1,700 women in 41 colleges with educated professionals (usually older teenagers) who mentor them in a secure surroundings. Ladies are impressed to pursue secondary schooling, develop management and decision-making expertise, serve their communities, and purchase the flexibility and knowledge to steer wholesome life.

Massive Concept: Digital Management Mentoring Program for Excessive Faculty Ladies

The overriding purpose of our new digital program is that women will study to set and obtain targets, boldly confront challenges, resist peer strain, see school as attainable, and discover nontraditional fields. The digital setting eliminates transportation points and can permit women all through Santa Cruz County to take part extra simply. Contributors will meet twice a month for 12 interactive, digital classes.

Gray Bears

Group Mission: Gray Bears improves the well being and well-being of seniors and our neighborhood by way of meals distribution, volunteerism, useful resource conservation and recycling. Seniors caught on the fringe of poverty usually dwell alone and hire. As a result of Santa Cruz County is likely one of the least reasonably priced areas within the U.S., an estimated 40% of seniors shouldn’t have the earnings to fulfill their primary wants.

Massive Concept: Transferring Ahead at Each Age

What does it imply to age effectively? Native, very important and multifaceted, Gray Bears believes that good diet, exercise and social connection are the right recipe for wholesome ageing. We ship contemporary greens, fruits, and wholesome staples to 4,200 seniors weekly together with 1,300 who’re homebound. Our kitchen will even ship 1,600 wholesome meals to seniors this vacation season.

Homeless Backyard Challenge

Group Mission: Within the soil of our city, natural farm and backyard, individuals discover the instruments they should construct a house on the planet.

Massive Concept: Transitional Employment Program

HGP has continued to supply important companies for the neighborhood, each in human companies and rising meals for the neighborhood. In a destabilized world, these experiencing homelessness stay susceptible and HGP’s yearlong program stays a important alternative to get of us again on their ft. Now in its thirtieth 12 months, this system has been honed to be as efficient as potential for getting individuals into steady housing and employment. A brand new precedence has been to assist our alum as soon as they’ve obtained employment and housing. The strengthening of our graduate assist and to develop and deepen the influence of our work is the main target for the quick future.

Hope Companies

Group Mission: Hope’s mission is to enhance the standard of life for individuals with developmental disabilities and psychological well being wants. We serve greater than 350 adults and teenagers in Santa Cruz County yearly. Our seven packages emphasize vocational improvement and neighborhood participation. From a cellular work group for purchasers all in favour of engaged on crews, to job coaching and placement, to a psychological well being program providing case administration and psychiatric companies, Hope Companies is a frontrunner in offering modern programming to native purchasers.

Massive Concept: From Hope to House

To maintain our purchasers related to programming that has needed to shut through the pandemic, Hope Companies is transitioning to our new distant studying service: From Hope to House. We’re requesting funds to equip 50 purchasers with laptops and tablets to entry dwell, interactive, every day on-line programming with our employees in order that this susceptible inhabitants is not going to expertise isolation. It’s critical to supply packages by which people with disabilities can develop social connections, study, develop their pursuits, and discover significant engagement by way of employment and different endeavors, identical to the overall inhabitants.

Hopes Closet

Group Mission: To supply gently used clothes, tools, blankets, footwear, books and toys (Bundles of Hope) to kids in want in Santa Cruz County. Everybody who wants assist will get it. There are not any eligibility necessities to obtain companies.

Massive Concept: Naked Requirements

There’s nothing like the texture of recent socks and underwear to make you be ok with your self (think about what it could really feel prefer to placed on another person’s used socks and underwear daily). Sadly, these naked requirements should not one thing a household in want is ready to spend treasured {dollars} on. At Hopes Closet we imagine that each youngster is deserving of that particular feeling and our Naked Requirements challenge will be certain that each youngster we assistance will obtain a brand new pair of underwear and socks of their “Bundle of Hope” bag. Along with financial donations that assist us purchase new undergarments, we are going to enlist neighborhood assist and native youth teams for a “children serving to children” focus to complement our present endeavors.

Housing Issues

Group Mission: Housing Issues companions with people and households to create pathways out of their homelessness into everlasting housing. Housing Issues case managers assist greater than 500 unhoused neighbors in Santa Cruz County on their pathway to steady housing on any given day. This consists of 200 adults and youngsters sleeping in shelter packages on our campus, receiving three nutritious meals a day, plus constant assist in getting again residence from knowledgeable employees and compassionate volunteers. Final 12 months, Housing Issues related greater than 300 adults and youngsters experiencing homelessness in our neighborhood with steady, everlasting housing, thus ending their homelessness.

Massive Concept: Pathways House Toolkit

Practically 1,000 properties had been misplaced within the fires in Santa Cruz County. Shedding a house is a universally traumatic expertise, and no particular person ought to should navigate that have on their very own. Housing Issues case managers are specialists at serving to your neighbors transfer by way of the expertise of homelessness and get again into housing. Many stepped as much as assist their unhoused neighbors in navigating the disaster of homelessness. Our expert-informed toolkit will assist these volunteer “case managers,” a lot of whom are serving to these newly displaced by the fires. This interactive toolkit will embody data on trauma-informed care, case administration fundamentals, setting manageable targets, working with somebody in disaster, self-care, boundaries, and extra.

Jacob’s Coronary heart

Group Mission: Jacob’s Coronary heart exists to enhance the standard of life for kids with most cancers and different life-threatening sicknesses by supporting their households within the challenges they face. We offer emotional, sensible, monetary and peer assist to lots of of native kids with most cancers and hundreds of their members of the family. We envision a neighborhood the place each youngster with a severe or life-threatening situation has a robust, supported and knowledgeable household empowered to completely take part of their care.

Massive Concept: Medically Fragile Youngsters

Caring for a medically fragile youngster is at all times rife with concern and uncertainty. Monetary stress compounds when your youngster is critically unwell. Siblings are confused and scared. A easy journey to the grocery retailer is at all times a threat when caring for an immunocompromised youngster. Early in 2020, nobody might have imagined the challenges that had been about to befall the youngsters and households we look after at Jacob’s Coronary heart. We search assist for our new laser-focused emergency aid plan to handle the quick bodily and emotional wants of households of medically fragile kids through the pandemic: secure housing, meals, transportation to remedy and disaster counseling.

Stay Like Coco

Group Mission: We assist children within the Santa Cruz County space to develop up wholesome and with alternatives to pursue their goals. Our basis is impressed by Coco Lazenby, who was killed in a automotive accident in 2015 at age 12. We work to supply native kids with alternatives that made a distinction in her life.

Massive Concept: Enhancing Ebook Variety

This 12 months, we’re stepping up efforts to enhance language variety and to signify a greater variety of ethnicities, household backgrounds and talents for our literacy program. Our program offers books to college students at native public colleges, at little free libraries we’ve positioned all through the neighborhood, and to native organizations that attain our most susceptible communities. We additionally sponsor a forest and neighborhood backyard, pay for scholarships, and arrange seashore cleanups and area journeys, amongst different efforts to enhance the lives of native children, with a deal with these in low-income communities.


Group Mission: MENtors helps boys, males and fathers to realize more healthy social and emotional improvement that may enrich their consciousness, engagement and connection, and assist every to construct lasting relationships with one’s self, interpersonally, with their households and the larger neighborhood.

Massive Concept: 100 MENtors Who Care Initiative

This 12 months, we want to create a crew of 100 males in Santa Cruz County to serve and assist native boys, younger males, males, and fathers. Your donation will assist us to recruit, interact, prepare and assist these males who will coach and mentor boys and males. Presently, we offer weekly packages to boys and younger males in 4 center colleges and one highschool. We host 4 father involvement and co-parenting courses to reinforce fatherhood roles, strengthen parent-child relationships, and promote crew parenting.

Pajaro Valley Shelter Companies

Group Mission: PVSS offers households with a path to steady, self-sufficient futures by way of short-term and longer-term housing and supportive companies. In 2019-2020, PVSS served 204 people. 87% of PVSS households exited to everlasting housing, 67% exited with financial savings for housing; and 71% of adults exited efficiently with employment. We run structured, drug- and alcohol-free packages inside a heat, safe surroundings.

Massive Concept: Financial Empowerment for Households Experiencing Homelessness

Households in PVSS packages actually work their approach out of homelessness and monetary vulnerability. On the onset of shelter-in-place, 50% of PVSS households skilled job loss or employment interruption. PVSS is launching Coordinated Financial Improvement to supply households with monetary literacy coaching, tuition help for job coaching sources, and help with discovering and retaining employment. Monetary resilience makes the distinction between sustaining progress towards everlasting housing and returning to homelessness—throughout and past the pandemic.

Pajaro Valley Loaves and Fishes

Group Mission: Our imaginative and prescient is a Pajaro Valley neighborhood by which all individuals have entry to wholesome meals and primary requirements. Our mission is to supply wholesome, hearty meals, groceries and contemporary produce, and connections with different businesses to assist our neighbors improve their well being and well-being.

Massive Concept: Enhance Our Outreach, Cut back Our Carbon Footprint

For the previous 30 years, we’ve been a frontline, boot-strapping meals pantry and lunch program touching hundreds of lives every year with a restricted funds and environment friendly operations carried out by lots of of devoted volunteers and a small-but-nimble employees. As we serve over 26,000 scorching meals every year, we’re devoted to serving our purchasers in probably the most nutritious and environmentally-friendly approach potential. Our on-site, free-to-all-who-are-hungry lunch program was 100% waste free, pre-Covid. We at the moment are challenged to supply the identical wholesome meals in to-go packaging. To regulate to the brand new approach of serving our purchasers, we’ve been utilizing extra disposable merchandise and are effectively conscious of the pressure this has on the environment. Please assist us make our operation—receiving, storing and distributing greater than 500,000 kilos of meals every year—greener.

Regeneración — Pajaro Valley Local weather Motion 

Group Mission: We work with neighborhood companions to encourage everybody within the Pájaro Valley to reply regionally to the worldwide problem of a altering local weather.

Massive Concept: Girls, Ladies and Local weather Justice

Girls know an ideal deal about constructing relationships and nurturing life. This data is crucial for spreading consciousness and taking swift motion to guard a livable world as our neighborhood faces a tough restoration from unprecedented wildfires fueled by drought and excessive warmth. We are going to convene our third neighborhood discussion board and social media awareness-raising marketing campaign in 2021 with a deal with Girls and Local weather Change. We’ll plan, host, and promote a digital Local weather of Hope discussion board that includes a variety of feminine voices and concentrating on a various viewers from our tri-county space. Highschool and school college students will acquire expertise in organizing, communications, efficient outreach, and engagement as they assist to develop and promote an internet occasion that evokes others to take significant motion and spur new initiatives to reverse international warming. We’ll deal with how girls, particularly low-income girls of shade, are disproportionately affected by local weather impacts and are wanted in management.

Useful resource Heart for Nonviolence

Group Mission: The Useful resource Heart for Nonviolence promotes the aware follow of nonviolence and antiracism as dynamic forces obligatory to realize private, institutional and societal modifications for the creation of a simply, peaceable and sustainable future.  

Massive Concept: Racial Fairness Management Coaching

We are going to conduct trainings for leaders in corporations, nonprofit organizations, and authorities businesses in Santa Cruz County, utilizing the most recent fashions for educating antiracism transformational management expertise and views, aiding leaders to create new insurance policies supporting racial fairness and to vary insurance policies inside establishments. This program will study racial disparities in Santa Cruz County and can draw from native experience to create a extra holistic and collaborative strategy to the sector of variety, fairness and inclusion. Your donations will assist improvement of this program and scholarships for participation.

Santa Cruz Museum of Pure Historical past

Group Mission: Connecting individuals with nature and science to encourage stewardship of the pure world.

Massive Concept: Museum At Your Facet

The Museum hopes to interact lifelong learners, college students, and academics with our new challenge, the Museum At Your Facet, a group of hands-on actions, informative articles, and fascinating movies to attach you (sure, you and your entire neighbors) with nature and science wherever you might be! The Museum affords quite a lot of downloadable actions and sources equivalent to area guides and scavenger hunts, and extra. Customers can join with different nature lovers by way of interactive packages that deliver collectively individuals with a shared curiosity and entry our collections and reveals in methods by no means earlier than potential.

Save Our Shores

Group Mission: To steward clear shores, wholesome habitats, and residing waters, which is able to foster thriving marine ecosystems throughout our California Central Coast and defend the sources that make our neighborhood a most fascinating place to dwell and go to.

Massive Concept: 3D Digital Actuality Marine Ecosystem Studying Modules for Underserved Youth

Our challenge takes underserved youth in center college on an experiential 3D digital actuality dive into our wonderful marine protected areas, full with an animated wildlife character and tutorial information. The animated character explains why marine protected areas had been established, defines the various kinds of areas, and tells tales concerning the vegetation and animals that dwell in them. We acquired a grant to create the 3D VR expertise and a lesson plan, and to pilot it in six colleges. We’re in search of funding to develop supply of this program to many extra colleges throughout our neighborhood. There shall be a 2D model so we are able to ship this system through distance studying. If we elevate $25,000, we are able to deliver it to 100 school rooms all through the county.

Santa Cruz SPCA

Group Mission: The Santa Cruz SPCA offers secure harbor for animals in want and promotes an energetic humane neighborhood by way of adoption, advocacy, and schooling.

Massive Concept: Retaining Pets and Individuals Collectively

What if we might maintain pets with loving guardians and stop the trauma of pricey shelter stays, even throughout tumultuous occasions? The Santa Cruz SPCA helps animals whose households are in misery or affected by the disasters of 2020 with new and expanded packages, together with weekly pet meals pantries that gave out 11,000 kilos of meals and pet provides in 2019. After the 2020 fires, they’ve been open every day to fulfill elevated demand. “Ask the Canine Coach” classes assist dozens of guardians resolve conduct points to stop pet give up. A brand new “Emergency Housing Toolkit” at our Pet Meals Pantries would present find out how to discover pet-friendly rental housing, record native house complexes that settle for pets, and supply functions for one-time grants of as much as $500 for pet deposit and rental charges.   

Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter Basis

Group Mission: The first group safeguarding and enhancing the lives of home animals is the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter. With an consumption exceeding 5,000 animals a 12 months, SCCAS has a bedrock of municipal funding for core companies equivalent to animal management, licensing, rabies vaccinations, housing for strays and surrenders, and intervention in animal abuse instances. Impartial funding is required for SCCAS’s key preventive initiatives: spay/neuter clinics, coaching courses, humane schooling, neighborhood outreach, and talent to reply to emergency circumstances.

Massive Concept: Restoration and Preparedness

The influence of the virus and fireplace has underscored the significance of creating a Restoration and Preparedness Plan to deal with a double and even triple catastrophe. In response to this 12 months’s financial hardship, shelter employees and volunteers joined with different businesses to supply catastrophe service employees, and ship wanted pet meals and primary veterinary companies countywide. Throughout the fireplace, SCCAS employees cared for almost 4,500 pets, together with animals left at residence who had been fed, watered and sorted by the Shelter’s Animal Management officers with permission from the Sheriff’s workplace. Because the pandemic, many organizations shut down, however SCCAS has remained open, offering important core companies, taking in surrenders, receiving strays, retrieving misplaced pets, offering adoption companies and making pet meals accessible to house owners struggling financially.  

Second Harvest Meals Financial institution

Group Mission: Second Harvest Meals Financial institution Santa Cruz County’s mission is for our county to be a neighborhood working collectively to finish starvation by way of wholesome meals, schooling and management. By means of our community of companion businesses, we offer nutritious meals and CalFresh software help for households, seniors, the unemployed, farmworkers, immigrants, veterans, homeless, sheltered homeless, the disabled, and people affected by psychological sickness. 

Massive Concept: Meals Entry for Santa Cruz County

Our county’s excessive price of residing and the pandemic has led to 90,000 individuals a month needing meals help. One-third of our county seeks assist from the meals financial institution and our companion businesses on account of job loss, excessive hire and low wages. We companion with a broad community of native nonprofits and security internet companies equivalent to meals pantries, shelters, and group properties that enables your assist to succeed in deep into neighborhoods. Assist us reply to the elevated want by supporting our Vacation Meals and Fund Drive, which permits us to supply 100 nonprofit businesses with meals all year long, in addition to provide much-needed nourishment to native residents by way of our personal distributions.


Group Mission: Senderos is a volunteer-based group that forges pathways to success for Latino youth by way of free conventional music and dance packages, and fosters instructional alternatives. Senderos has established cultural delight within the face of racism and gang involvement, and has grown from serving seven youth in 2001 to greater than 150 youth and younger adults every year.

Massive Concept: Fairness in Schooling and Arts for Latino Youth

In 2021, we are going to deal with educational and cultural arts fairness for Latino youth. Senderos will present homework assist, tutoring, and mentoring for youth, and pc literacy coaching for fogeys. Distance studying has illuminated the disparities for low-income, immigrant households. The place potential, improved connectivity, headsets, and quiet studying areas might make a distinction. Senderos additionally seeks to construct our scholarship fund to inspire first-generation college students on their pathway to greater schooling. Lastly, we purpose to reinforce strategies to interact youth in our free, now digital, music and dance courses.

Shakespeare Play On

Group Mission: Impressed by Shakespeare, we create and strengthen neighborhood by bringing audiences and theater artists collectively to have fun tales about our collective humanity. Santa Cruz Shakespeare’s outside theatre competition is a treasured 40-year custom.

Massive Concept: Pupil Transportation Fund

Santa Cruz Shakespeare extends its public summer season season into September every year to supply student-only matinees for regional excessive colleges. However many colleges run up towards a frequent downside: the dearth of transportation to and from the Grove. Because of lack of funding for bus transportation, and the mother and father’ lack of automobiles or incapacity to overlook work, transporting college students as a gaggle is just not an choice for a lot of colleges. Donations will go to Santa Cruz County colleges in want solely, and can permit SC Shakespeare to develop its present matinee alternatives to extra college students.

Shared Adventures

Group Mission: Shared Adventures is devoted to enhancing high quality of life for these with disabilities. Within the perception that recreation, enjoyable, problem, and entry to the outside are important to well being and achievement, we get individuals outdoor and shifting past imagined limitations. Roughly 2,000 people with bodily and mental disabilities participate in Shared Adventures actions every year, benefiting people, households, and the broader neighborhood.

Massive Concept: Make Santa Cruz a Vacation spot for Guests with Disabilities

Shared Adventures organizes many accessible actions. We want to promote the alternatives for disabled guests to take pleasure in native actions by updating our 15-year-old Santa Cruz County Entry Information, a useful resource information with “straightforward go to” plans for disabled vacationers and the native disabled neighborhood alike. We are going to work with Go to Santa Cruz County to publicize sources equivalent to transportation, seashore accessibility, lodging, and extra. A full calendar of occasions can be supplied by way of Zoom, equivalent to adaptive yoga and train courses, dance events, bingo, ebook membership, and humanities and crafts—with sturdy participation.

Teen Kitchen Challenge

Group Mission: The Teen Kitchen Challenge builds more healthy communities by cooking meals. Cooks and nutritionists assist volunteer teenagers prepare dinner nourishing meals which can be delivered to people and households in disaster on account of extreme sickness all through Santa Cruz County.

Massive Concept: Assist the Critically Ailing with House Delivered Meals

Assist us improve delivered meals by 200% to assist those that are remoted on account of sickness through the pandemic. Your assist will present uninterrupted meal supply service to 500 Santa Cruz County people and households who’re impacted by a life-threatening sickness. We’ll additionally proceed to interact teenagers as a paid, steady workforce so as to ship a complete of 97,000 meals in 2020, representing a rise in manufacturing of 140% as we reply to the evolving influence of the pandemic.


Group Mission: UnChained fosters empathy, respect, and accountability in youth by way of the human-animal bond. For 12 years, UnChained has served greater than 350 youth who’ve helped prepare, socialize, and discover properties for over 170 canines—unleashing the youth’s potential one canine at a time.

Massive Concept: Youth-Canine Studying Neighborhood

UnChained works with two susceptible populations in Santa Cruz County: homeless canines and at-risk youth. To broaden the influence of our modern animal-assisted remedy packages, we’re piloting a Humane Schooling program to construct a studying neighborhood for Santa Cruz County youth by way of canine-themed subjects, canine coaching, and community-service studying tasks. Our program consists of 25 courses, 90-minutes every (to adapt with lockdown restrictions; digital as wanted) overlaying canine coaching, the biology/science of canines, relationship expertise, civic expertise, and extra.

Vets 4 Vets Santa Cruz

Group Mission: Vets 4 Vets is a nonprofit by and for native veterans together with supportive associates who create neighborhood and help our brothers and sisters in want. Our work is to supply funding to fill the gaps left by authorities and different organizations, together with emergency meals, transportation, residence repairs and emergency housing. We additionally present actions and companies designed to interrupt the isolation of veteran members.

Massive Concept: Filling the Gaps

We’re asking for assist for our large concept, which is to supply funding to veterans and their households who’re in an emergency state of affairs. Funds will go towards primary wants, and to fulfill the elevated demand. The very best precedence for help is veterans who’re affected by Covid-19 and/or fire-related evacuations and different losses. We have now no paid employees and function with 50 volunteers, in order that your donation shall be used effectively.

Warming Heart

Group Mission: To scale back the expertise of hypothermia and the incidence of demise inside the inhabitants of people that sleep exterior; to determine the fundamental unmet wants of homelessness; and to create and function packages to fulfill these wants. Warming Heart packages not supplied by funding sources equivalent to authorities and different organizations embody day and evening storage retaining private belongings secure, weekly laundry and Bathe Sunday—the longest and hottest bathe for individuals who sleep exterior.

Massive Concept: Footbridge Homeless Companies Heart

After a number of years of providing a homeless shelter, the Warming Heart Program requested, “What are different unmet wants of homelessness?” An inventory of wants turned clear: storage for homeless individuals’ belongings; a laundry and bathe program; electrical gadget charging bays; and a sturdy donation program the place individuals can entry blankets, clothes and hygiene provides. We’re lastly bringing all of this collectively and finding it alongside a nexus of homeless foot and bike site visitors close to different service packages. Our work advantages the person and the neighborhood by decreasing crime and environmental degradation, and affords individuals a better path in direction of normalcy.

Watsonville Wetlands Watch

Group Mission: Watsonville Wetlands Watch works to protect, restore, and foster appreciation of the wetlands of the Pajaro Valley, and contain the Watsonville neighborhood. Our teaching programs attain over 4,000 college students with outside studying that helps to develop the following era of environmental leaders.

Massive Concept: Local weather Change Management Institute, Increasing City Forest

In response to Covid-19 and to assist our initiative Wetlands Motion for Local weather Change, we launched a paid job coaching program that helps Watsonville teenagers develop their management expertise and take native actions to curb local weather change and deal with environmental justice points. Funds raised from Santa Cruz Provides will allow the event of the Local weather Corps Management Institute, a multi-year paid internship for teenagers, and also will assist the growth of city tree plantings in Watsonville. Teenagers will plant bushes on streets, parks, colleges, and neighborhoods and can develop small group motion tasks to have an effect on large modifications associated to local weather change resilience and concrete forests in Watsonville.

Wings Homeless Advocacy

Group Mission: We’re dedicated to working with our neighborhood to finish persistent homelessness in Santa Cruz County. We dwell out our values of compassion, dignity and respect for all individuals by uniting our neighborhood to be volunteer advocates for these shifting out of homelessness and onto a path of therapeutic.

Massive Concept: Cell Companies to Double Outreach

Wings’ purpose is to assist individuals get into housing and to stay in everlasting housing. With no constructing bills, solely three part-time employees and 40 volunteers, we offer important home items, beds and bedding, furnishings, free haircuts, very important paperwork—and far more. Our Massive Concept is to boost funds for a much-needed car which is able to permit for cellular companies to be supplied to these experiencing homelessness and can greater than double our outreach capabilities. This car will permit for very important doc companies to be supplied instantly the place our purchasers are, in addition to supply further shifting capability of furnishings, beds and welcome baskets that include important home items.

Youth N.O.W.

Group Mission: Youth N.O.W. is dedicated to participating youth in a nurturing neighborhood the place every particular person can develop personally and academically by way of individualized packages that domesticate success. By offering no-cost educational assist to people who most want it, Youth N.O.W. helps our youth to thrive and in flip contribute to the success of their neighborhood.

Massive Concept: No-Price Tutoring for Distance-Studying College students

The influence of distance studying on our susceptible populations is leaving some college students with out the assist obligatory for them to succeed. Youth N.O.W. is addressing the inequity by including extra tutors and rising digital and on-site appointments for caring, educated adults (each paid and volunteers) to help college students 1:1 with lecturers. We hope to stop youth from falling behind of their studying throughout this difficult time. For 10 years we now have been supporting college students so they might acquire confidence at school and in life, broaden their inventive pursuits, and really feel related to a spot of nurturance.


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