LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS

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Climate Action

The Romero Institute

The Romero Institute combines public education, grassroots organizing, policy initiation and high-impact litigation to expose the sources of injustice and implement life-sustaining solutions. Right now, human-caused climate change is the single greatest threat to our human family. We won’t stop working to hold Big Oil accountable and make the world a better and safer place for future generations.

Santa Cruz Climate Action Network

A local coalition of groups and individual thinking globally and acting locally here in Santa Cruz County.

350.org

Building the global grassroots climate movement that can hold our leaders accountable to science and justice. Currently focused on a “Fossil Free” Campaign that promotes the creation and local adoption of fossil-free resolutions across the country.

Healthy Climate Alliance

Healthy Climate Alliance is committed to giving our children a healthy climate and a thriving planet. HCA works with leaders and policymakers toward full climate restoration.

Project Drawdown

A Project drawdown is facilitating a broad coalition of researchers, scientists, graduate students, Ph.D.’s, business leaders and activists to assemble and present the best available information on Climate Solutions available now.

Social Justice

Pachamama Alliance

Working to educate and inspire individuals everywhere to bring forth a thriving, just and sustainable world. 2018 Priority issues are Climate Change and Democracy Reform in addition to protecting the indigenous communities of the rainforest. They have powerful online training tools we recommend.

Reversing Runaway Inequality

Sustained movement building and educational infrastructure. Helping groups all over the country conduct workshops based on the facts and figures assembled in Runaway Inequality and accompanying curricula. Volunteer to become a Trainer.

Resource Center for Non-Violence

Check out our programs, events, workshops, trainings, conversations, celebrations. We would like to meet you! We welcome everyone exploring activism and nonviolence, asking questions, seeking allies. We welcome volunteers and interns.

Santa Cruz Indivisible

Santa Cruz Indivisible is a group of 4000 people who are engaged as active citizens in the political process at the local, state, national and international arenas and focus on a progressive political agenda. The work across multiple issues participating in actions, demonstrations and organizing movements.

ACLU of Santa Cruz

The American Civil Liberties Union is a non-partisan, not-for-profit, civil liberties organization founded in 1920 “to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to all people in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States.” 2018 focuses include Homelessness, Immigration, Police Practices & Oversight, Fair and Affordable Housing

Community Action Board of Santa Cruz County

CAB Mission is to end poverty and create social change by partnering with the community to provide essential services and resources to underserved communities. Good volunteer opportunities.

Non-Toxic Policy

Project Pollinate

Promoting non-toxic policy to protect pollinator and human health through advocacy and education. VISION: An educated, established, empowered community dedicated to sustaining a vibrant ecosystem for all through art, music, and events.

Ocean and Watershed Health

Save Our Shores

Protecting Monterey Bay Sanctuary so that current and future generations can also enjoy it into the future. Beach Clean-ups, Habitat Restoration Volunteer Opportunities

Coastal Watershed Council

The Coastal Watershed Council is transforming the lower San Lorenzo River into a community destination by inspiring people to explore, enhance and protect this critical natural resource. Great Volunteer opportunities for the whole family!

San Lorenzo Valley Restoration Project

Through the removal of invasive non-native species, the project will expand native habitat corridors that are plentiful in native plants and wildlife across both public and private lands in the SLV.

 

Homelessness

Homeless Services Center

Homeless Services Center partners with individuals and families to create pathways out of their homelessness into permanent housing. Main focuses include; Transitional Shelters, Permanent Housing Programs, Income and Employment support

The Warming Center

With over 400 volunteers, WC works with boots on the ground helping our local homeless residents with basic life-saving services, bridging the gap from a “housing-first” approach, by understanding the experience of homelessness first hand, And then addressing the basics like warmth, cleanliness, physical safety, and storage.

 

LGBTQ Rights

GLBT Alliance

Since 2001, the GLBT Alliance has been informing our community on political issues impacting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer and allied civil rights, and helping achieve and enhance those rights through local advocacy and action.

The Diversity Center

The Diversity Center is a vibrant LGBTQ+ resource and community center. We provide specific programs for the Youth, Senior, Latinx and Transgender communities, as well as resource and referral services and professional trainings for the wider community.

 

Racial and Religious Minorities Justice

Lakota Peoples Law Project

Dedicated to reversing the slow genocide of the Lakota People and destruction of their culture, Lakota People’s Law Project assists in the return of Lakota children to their families and communities, partners to protect sacred lands from threats such as the Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL), and much more.

Sanctuary Santa Cruz

Calling on the conscience of our nation, Sanctuary Santa Cruz was formed by and for the Santa Cruz community to support those neighbors, friends, and fellow-workers who face discrimination and harassment. In particular, we unite on behalf of immigrants and refugees who are, at this time, our most vulnerable community members.

 

Youth Programs

YouthServe Santa Cruz

Do you want to make a difference in our community? YouthServe is dedicated to connecting youth, ages 11-17, with rewarding volunteer projects across the Santa Cruz County. Our aim is to connect local youth who have a passion to help those in need with meaningful opportunities to do so.

Santa Cruz County Summit for Youth Leadership

High School: The Santa Cruz County Summit for Youth Leadership (SCCSYL) program is a week-long summer camp in Nogales, Arizona that focuses on youth empowerment, leadership development, and mentoring, providing young students with an awesome summer experience where they ultimately feel empowered and motivated to achieve their dreams.

Camp Kasem Santa Cruz

All-Ages: Kesem is a nationwide community, driven by passionate college student leaders, that supports children through and beyond their parent’s cancer. A program of Kesem, Camp Kesem operates free summer camps for children who have been impacted by a parent’s cancer.

Santa Cruz County Summit for Youth Leadership

High School: The Santa Cruz County Summit for Youth Leadership (SCCSYL) program is a week-long summer camp in Nogales, Arizona that focuses on youth empowerment, leadership development, and mentoring, providing young students with an awesome summer experience where they ultimately feel empowered and motivated to achieve their dreams.

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