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Tue, Mar 31, 2020

Resource Guide: Support Santa Cruz County

In times of uncertainty, Santa Cruz County has a history of coming together. Here are some local partners, at-home projects, and national resources we can utilize to help keep our community healthy and safe.

Call or Volunteer at 211


Call or text 211 Santa Cruz County, to be connected to real people trained and ready to help you. 2-1-1 is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week AND is free, confidential, and available in multiple languages.

Browse the website or give them a call for important health updates and local resources like meal delivery, counseling, and educational programs.

Local Food Distribution: February Schedule

The Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County has put together a bilingual calendar for food distribution sites, who to call for financial assistance, mental health support, healthcare, and COVID-19 information.

Get Involved

Browse this list of ways you can help your community with art projects, translations, IT support, and more.

Sew Face Masks

Wellness Checks

  • Check on older neighbors and loved ones with a call, text, or talk through the door
  • You Are Not Alone
  • Check-In & Chat. Volunteer-run conversation line. E-mail to volunteer.

Deliver Meals to Seniors

Collect Arts and Craft Supplies for Donation

  • Collect arts and crafts supplies for donation to after school organizations such as the Boys and Girls Club and Youth N.O.W.

Collect Hygiene Products for Donation

Donate Brown Bag Lunches

Paint for a Senior

Be a Remote English-Spanish Interpreter

  • Join the Conflict Resolution Center to help youth and families have productive and meaningful discussions in Parent-Teen Mediations.

Become a Hotline Advocate for Survivors of Domestic Violence

  • Join the Walnut Avenue Family & Women's Center for a weekly shift on their local 24-hour hotline.

Offer Remote IT Support for Seniors

  • Focus on helping seniors sign up for online services such as grocery and medication deliveries with YouthServe.

Become Virtual Tech Support for Distance Learning

  • Answer tech questions for Cruz One, a site for teachers and students in Santa Cruz County who are setting up distance learning.

Make Cards for Seniors At-Home

  • Through the Volunteer Center send some happy messages with an e-card or an old fashioned paper card.

Support the Human Race

  • Help assist the Volunteer Center's event team in supporting a community of 70+ nonprofits!

Distribute goods/food with Santa Cruz Tenant Power

  • Learn more & reach out to get involved here

Support your community of health care professionals, nonprofits, and families with goods, money, and more.

Donate Protective Equipment for Healthcare Providers

  • Santa Cruz County Health Services is now accepting donations of protective equipment and supplies for use by healthcare providers throughout the county.
  • Or join Personal Protective Equipment for Santa Cruz County (PPE4SCC) to advocate for more PPE production.

Donate/Deliver Meals for At-Risk Communities

Support Camp Kessem

  • This local organization provides free summer camp for children whose parents have been affected by cancer.

Support Positive Discipline Community Resources

  • The SPDC empowers families to teach their children social, emotional, and life skills. Their continued work in South Santa Cruz County and North Monterey Counties depends on your support.

Support Frontline Heroes

Santa Cruz Neighbors is supporting local businesses by providing meals to frontline workers.

Support Non-Profits

  • Non-profit organizations, like the MAH, need your help to remain active in the community and support their staff and mission. Consider donating to some of your favorite local non-profits.

Buy Gift Cards

Order To-Go / Online

  • View a list of restaurants open for to-go orders at Visit Santa Cruz and the Downtown Association.
  • Shop local grocery stores and be aware of exclusive shopping hours for those more at risk of contracting COVID-19. View Hours.
  • See what Downtown shops are open online here.

Browse this list of resources for how to stay engaged with the community.


  • Join this reading challenge for all ages hosted by the Santa Cruz Public Library.
  • Find authors who are doing read aloud and corresponding activities for K-high school students.



State-Wide Resources

Browse a list of state-wide opportunities for how we can all safely support our community.

Want to add to this list? Email us at, we'll keep this list updated as new ideas, resources, and information come available.