There are many organizations in Santa Cruz County dedicated to helping those who find themselves homeless. Volunteer today.


The 180/2020 initiative is continuing to work with local community members, along with city and county organizations to expand its scope to ensure that “everyone is housed and healthy”.

Association of Faith Communities (AFC)

AFC is an incorporated association of local faith communities in Northern Santa Cruz County banding together to alleviate suffering through interfaith action.

Bill Wilson Center

For more than 40 years, Bill Wilson Center volunteers have increased the effectiveness of our programs. There are a number of ways you can get involved and make a positive change in someone's life by volunteering.

California Rural Legal Assistance

We truly appreciate your desire to help us provide direct legal services, community outreach, and educational workshops to farmworkers and other low-income Californians.

Community Action Board (CAB)

CAB’s mission is to partner with the community to eliminate poverty and create social change through advocacy and essential services. Volunteer opportunities are available in a variety of capacities across all of our programs.

Community Bridges

Our family of 10 vital programs, across 20 different sites throughout Santa Cruz County, meets the needs of 20000 children, families and seniors each year.

Downtown Streets Team

To fight homelessness we combine compassionate and innovative leadership with collaboration between the private sector, government agencies, social service agencies, and most importantly, our community. Volunteer along side Team Members while creating deep connections with your community.

Encompass Community Services

A nonprofit organization with about 40 programs county-wide providing services in behavioral health, family and social well-being, early childhood education, housing, and more.

Homeless Garden Project

We are an established nonprofit organization providing job training, transitional employment and support services to individuals in Santa Cruz who are experiencing homelessness. Our volunteer program is flexible, with one-off, as well as on-going volunteer opportunities.

Housing Matters

Partners with individuals and families to create pathways out of their homelessness into permanent housing. We have a variety of volunteer opportunities available, and are happy to work with you to find the opportunity that is best for you.

Mountain Community Resource Center

Our compassionate staff build a warm, friendly, safe place for San Lorenzo Valley and Scotts Valley residents, offering stability and hope for the future. Mountain Community Resources is part of the Community Bridges family of programs.

Pajaro Valley Shelter Services

Provides families with a path to stable, self-sufficient futures through short- and longer-term housing and supportive services.

Siena House

A residential program that provides support & opportunities for pregnant women in need.

The Salvation Army

Exists to meet human need wherever, whenever and however we can. When you give locally, you ensure that the people in Watsonville get the help they need.

Walnut Avenue Family & Women's Center

Provides support and services so that women, children, and families have the opportunities and skills to thrive. Many of the families participating in Walnut Avenue programs are from under-served populations due to poverty, early pregnancy, homelessness, and/or domestic violence.

Wings Homeless Advocacy

Committed to living out our values of compassion, dignity and respect for all people by uniting our community to be volunteer advocates for those moving out of homelessness and onto a path of healing – working together to end chronic homelessness in Santa Cruz County.

Address: 1000 Emeline Ave., Santa Cruz, CA 95060 |
| Phone: 831-454-7312
| Fax: 831-454-4642