The Volunteer Initiative Program (VIP)

Santa Cruz County Government Volunteer Program

The Volunteer Initiative Program matches interested community members with volunteer opportunities throughout County Government. VIP was started in 1984 as a partnership between the County of Santa Cruz and the Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County, and is fully funded by the Board of Supervisors. To date, about ten thousand people have volunteered through the VIP program, with around 700 volunteering at any one time.

Work to divert juvenile offenders from the justice system, provide tutoring to children after school, research cases for the District Attorney, gather information on the impact faced by crime victims, and aid children suffering from mental illness.

Volunteer positions are available to anyone ages 18 and over. Time commitment is dependent on volunteer assignment.

Internships are an ideal way to gain skills, update your resume, and help the County government serve the people. Many interesting internships exist within County departments and we will do our best to find or create a position where the intern will gain the most valuable experience in accordance with their area of study.

Join VIP to explore job options, gain experience, and give back to your community!

Volunteer Initiative Program Coordinator: Tara Ireland

Phone: (831) 454-2987
Email: Tara.Ireland at
Hours: 8:30AM-3:30PM    Mon and Wed

1:30PM-4:30PM    Tues and Thurs

Check out some of our volunteer opportunities at this link.

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