Volunteer

The vital work of the Santa Cruz AIDS Project is made possible because of people, such as you, willing to lend a helping hand. Everyone has something special to offer and knowing that you are making a difference in the lives of others is a rich reward. In addition, you have the opportunity to: • Develop marketable skills for future career opportunities • Undertake unique training/learning opportunities • Apply for community service hours Volunteer positions are open to all individuals, without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, or disability. There are many ways to get involved, please review our volunteer opportunities.

Volunteer Opportunities

• Office Assistant

- Volunteers assist with reception duties, answering phones, directing clients, food pantry upkeep, and fundraising.

• Food Pantry Volunteer

- The Food pantry volunteer will organize and coordinate food drives and contact local businesses to donate to our client food pantry.

• Outreach Volunteer (Bilingual)

- Outreach volunteers work with the volunteer coordinator and other Education & Prevention volunteers to plan and perform HIV/STI education outreach in Santa Cruz County. Volunteers research and become familiar with outreach locations in Watsonville, such as homeless shelters, bars, parks, and community centers. They commit to visiting these locations several times a week to hand out flyers about HIV testing & SCAP’s services, safer sex supplies, and talk to those present. Volunteers research local community resources, SCAP’s services, and basic safer sex information to become a resource to those they meet. Outreach interns are also responsible for assembling outreach hand-outs & safer sex supply bags, identifying sources for free or low-cost safer sex materials, and keeping statistics on their outreach interactions. Location: Watsonville and Santa Cruz.

• Educational Presentations (Bilingual)

- Educational Presentations interns work with the volunteer coordinator and other Education & Prevention volunteers to plan, arrange, and lead workshops on safer sexuality and HIV prevention. Interns research safer sex information to develop and expand SCAP’s workshop curriculum and become well-versed in HIV/STI prevention information. They do community outreach to schools, churches, community centers, and other local venues to identify places to hold these workshops. They promote their events through flyering and networking with other organizations. Educational Presentations interns also lead the HIV/STI information workshops in teams and report back to SCAP staff after the events.

For more information on volunteer opportunities, please email volunteerprogram@EncompassCS.org or call (831) 427-3900.