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Volunteer Centers of Santa Cruz County

Listing Last Update: February 22, 2018


1740 17th Ave
Santa Cruz, CA 95062

Primary Contact

Dhara Damania

(831) 427-5077

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Educational services

  • Reading and writing
  • To help my child learn
  • To study for high school equivalency
  • English language
  • Math
  • How to use Computers/Technology
  • Volunteer at a Program
  • Citizenship Classes

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Program Overview

Since 1967, our trained volunteer tutors work with the people whose lack of the ability to speak, read and write English at a functional level traps them in lives of poverty and exclusion from community. Quietly and effectively, around kitchen tables, in laundry rooms, at worksites and churches and in jail, our volunteers meet the most disadvantaged learners where they are, and help them to achieve their dreams through Literacy.

"I gained the confidence I needed for years to pronounce
English. Now I don't have to worry to answer the phone, buy groceries, to talk with my neighbor, to resolve the simple things in life. The program completely changed my life and my family's life" Charo

We serve all over the Santa Cruz County with offices in Santa Cruz and Watsonville.

Literacy Program—Main Office
1740 17th Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
Phone: 831-427-5077 | Fax: 831-423-6267
Office Hours: Monday- Friday 9-5 pm

Literacy Program—Watsonville Office

349 Main Street, Suite 208
Watsonville, CA 95076
Phone: 831-722-6708
Office Hours: Monday- Friday 9-4 pm

Mission Statement

The mission of the Literacy Program is to enable adults in Santa Cruz County to understand, speak, read and write English so that they can meet the challenges of their personal and work lives and fully participate in the community. Through our program we have seen many lives changed for the better.

"I feel secure. I can write a check. I can pay my bills. The supervisor is very happy with my work. I know that I can keep this job. Most of all I feel free." Samuel, Literacy Student

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