Taking part in community service with your CASA child can be an incredibly educational and enriching activity. Kids learn about the importance of volunteerism, and community service helps to raise their self-esteem while connecting them with their communities.
Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County
To view a huge list of potential volunteer opportunities, please visit this website. You can conduct an “Advanced Search” to limit the opportunities based on location, areas of interest, age of volunteers, etc. http://www.scvolunteercenter.com/home.asp
Santa Cruz County SPCA
This is a great opportunity for our animal-loving youth, ages 16+. http://www.santacruzspca.org/volunteer.html
Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Cruz and San Benito Counties
Youth under 18 can participate in many volunteer opportunities at the Second Harvest Food Bank, although they cannot volunteer in the warehouse. Please see the website for service options. http://www.thefoodbank.org/heh_volunteer.html
Save Our Shores
Save Our Shores is a non-profit, marine conservation organization with many volunteer opportunities, the most well known of which are the large, community-wide beach clean-up days. This is a great way for beach-loving kids to give back to the community! http://saveourshores.org/
Santa Cruz County Parks
There are many ways to support the Santa Cruz County Parks and their various activities throughout the year. Check out the website for options! http://www.scparks.com/volunteer_opportunities.html
Does your CASA kid enjoy spending time in the many beautiful forests we have in our county? If so, this may be a great opportunity for you both! http://www.trailworkers.com/
If your CASA child is connected with a church, synagogue, or other spiritual center, there most likely will be service opportunities available through that center/organization. For example, some spiritual programs run soup kitchens, food pantries, holiday programs for needy families, etc.