CASA of Santa Cruz County

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) are community volunteers, just like you, who stand up and speak out to help children and youth in foster care.

Our CASA program belongs to a network of 951 independent community-based programs that recruit, train and support citizen-volunteers to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in courtrooms and communities.

CASA of Santa Cruz County currently serves over 270 children and youth annually – and the need doesn’t go away.

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813 Freedom Blvd,
Watsonville, CA 95076 

Website

831.761.2956 (Main)

Music Camp International

Transforming Children, Communities and Countries Through the Power of Music

Music Camp International was founded in 2002 by internationally acclaimed children’s music specialist, Connie Fortunato. MCI reaches the disenfranchised children of Romania and Ukraine through an intense Sunday through Friday day camp program in which choral singing and instrumental instruction occurs. After five full days of rehearsals, classes, and instrumental training, all camp participants present a full concert for parents, friends, and civic authorities. In response to the pandemic, we began virtual camps with choir performances. Young people from around the world have been participating! Out of this, a new program has emerged called “Musedics” which is a music program with three options: 1) We work with teachers in – school by having our Master Teachers working virtually to a classroom of students and their regular teacher; 2) Our Master Teachers work virtually in after-school programs in “micro music hubs” with up to eight students and an advisor; and 3) Our Master Teachers work virtually with Individual young people learning in the privacy of their home. To learn more about Musedics, please visit

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P.O. Box 66629
Scotts Valley, California 95067-6629 

Website

831-425-3600

Scotts Valley Senior Life Association

SVSLA is a non-profit organization established to provide education and support relating to the health and welfare of senior citizens living in the area of Scotts Valley, California. We seek to enhance and add enjoyment to the lives of seniors in the community, provide educational opportunities with a focus on healthy living habits, and provide access to facilities that help seniors create their own healthy and fulfilling lives.

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P.O. Box 66438
Scotts Valley, CA 95067 

Website

831-438-1000 (Main)

Second Harvest Food Bank

Founded in 1972, Second Harvest Food Bank Santa Cruz County was the first food bank in California and is the second oldest in the nation. We began by distributing food from a parking lot in Santa Cruz to groups operating the Breakfast For Kids programs. Second Harvest works to end hunger and malnutrition by educating and involving the community. Through our network of 200 agencies and programs and their 3,000 volunteers, we distribute over 8.3 million pounds of food annually to working poor families, children, and seniors. Our mission is end hunger and malnutrition by educating and involving the community. Our vision is to use 95 cents of every dollar for program services while increasing the distribution of healthy foods and nutrition education.

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800 Ohlone Parkway
Watsonville, CA 95076 

Website

831-722-7110

Think Local First

Think Local First – County of Santa Cruz is a network of independent and locally owned businesses and community organizations joining together to promote economic vitality and preserve the unique character of our community.

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877 Cedar Street, Ste 120
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 

Website

831-423-9242

Workforce Investment Board Santa Cruz

Workforce Santa Cruz County is a fully integrated workforce development system that maximizes human and business capital by promoting a well trained workforce for Santa Cruz County employers, insuring individual economic security and community vitality. Led by a dynamic Board that is empowered to effect change, WFSCC is committed to customer satisfaction and standards of performance in meeting the needs of job seekers, incumbent workers and local business alike.

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18 W. Beach Street
Watsonville, CA 95076 

Website

831-763-8900 (Main)