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Volunteer with Seniors

Senior Recreation Programs
Located at Louden Nelson, the Downtown Senior Center uses volunteers to teach and lead many of its senior programs. Volunteers teach computer courses, lead exercise classes and help with the administration to keep the senior programs running. Highly rewarding, this volunteer program requires a long-term commitment and volunteers who enjoy working with seniors.

Civic Event Hosts
A fun way to get involved in our community, the Civic Center uses volunteers to assist at Civic events. It makes sense that this volunteer program is very popular. The Civic staff is fun and easy to work with and they always let volunteers watch the show. If you want to volunteer at a Civic event call the CitySERVE coordinator early, because they fill up!

Group ProjectsChildren's Programs
The City of Santa Cruz has three excellent after school recreation programs. These programs welcome community volunteers who are interested in working with children. Help the City of Santa Cruz create a fun and safe environment for local kids! Children's Program volunteers are required to commit to volunteering for at least six months and must be fingerprinted.

Graffiti Free Santa Cruz
Concerned about the spread of graffiti vandalism into our neighborhoods and business districts? Be part of the solution! Graffiti Free Santa Cruz is looking for volunteers to Adopt an Area near where they live or work and pledge to keep it graffiti free. The City of Santa Cruz will provide the supplies you'll need and some training on how to remove graffiti.

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The City of Santa Cruz has an excellent internship program which is designed to give local college students the opportunity to gain practical work experience. Interns are placed in nearly every City department, including City Manager, Finance, Human Resources, Parks and Recreation, Public Works and Planning.

If you are interested in an internship, please contact the CitySERVE Coordinator to schedule an interview and discuss a possible placement. 

Current internship opportunities


  • Three month minimum commitment
  • 8-15 hours per week

How to apply:
Contact the CitySERVE Coordinator to schedule an interview. During this interview you will discuss your interests in more detail. Additionally, you should provide the CitySERVE Coordinator with a resume outlining your past experience. Go to Online Forms for a pdf version of the Volunteer Application.

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Group service projects give groups the opportunity to spend productive time together and have fun while giving back to their local community. The City of Santa Cruz has one day volunteer projects for almost any size group year round. Group service projects are almost always outdoors and usually are physical in nature.

Examples of Past Group Projects:
Santa Cruz High School's Girls Honor Society participated in a beach clean-up; Monterey Bay Academy students helped to paint the Municipal Wharf and helped clear trails in Harvey West Park; Members of the Neighborhood Church helped to clean-up the San Lorenzo River.

How to arrange a group project:
There are projects for any size group from 2 to 100. All you need to do is call the CitySERVE Coordinator with a proposed day and the number of people in your group. We will do our best to find you a place to volunteer where your efforts will be appreciated.

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Last updated: 4/22/2013 2:57:44 PM