• Bowl for Kids’ Sake Fundraising Event

    Big Brothers Big Sisters is a youth empowerment organization. Focusing on youth is an investment in your community and benefits all of us. Hundreds of children and youth across Santa Cruz County are waiting for a Big Brother/Big Sister. YOU can make a BIG difference in the lives of these children while having FUN! How Does it Work? Just 3 Simple Steps! Bowl for Kids’ Sake is a fun, easy and a great way to get kids matched with a mentor! 1. Create a Team: Teams are formed with 5 members. Create a team with family, friends, fraternity brothers, sorority sisters, or co-workers. 2. Raise Money: Each bowler is asked…

  • AFE Information Night

    Alternative Family Education (AFE) is a public Santa Cruz City Schools Alternative K-12 Homeschool program. Our credentialed Teacher Consultants are here to support you & your student(s) on your homeschooling journey. We are a vibrant community with an array of options for learning and playing together. Your family can choose to enrich your student’s learning with our teacher-led classes in core subjects, student leadership opportunities, parent-led classes/events/field trips, Alternative Schools sports league, clubs and groups in a variety of interest areas, and concurrent enrollment in other schools and colleges. We are centrally located in Midtown on the Branciforte Small Schools campus. Childcare will be provided.

  • February 2023

    Heroes of the Storm

    While you and your family were sheltering from torrential rains, Manuel Rodriguez, 50, and his brother Joel, 58, were digging underground conduits to help restore power to Aptos. Not only was the work torturous in horrid conditions, but the two were far from their homes in San Luis Obispo County working six days a week, staying in a mobile home in Watsonville and driving back south for one day to see their wives and children. And, to make matters worse, the retaining wall around Joel’s house in Atascadero had collapsed and friends there were helping him out with sand bags. He figures there was at least $15,000 to $20,000 of…

  • February 2023

    How You Can Help the Storm Cleanup

    The Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz is organizing storm cleanup efforts in Felton Grove for the next several weeks. To sign up to be an emergency response volunteer, request flood clean-up assistance, or donate to the Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County and support its efforts, visit scvolunteercenter.org. For more information call 831.427.5070. This Google Map set up by Coastal Watershed Council leader Laurie Egan has a number of contacts for area cleanup supervisors: bit.ly/3j37NjfThe Community Foundation Santa Cruz County has launched a disaster fund to help residents and small business owners. The money will go to nonprofits serving vulnerable populations. Donations will also go to small businesses in coordination…