Santa Cruz County storm recovery: Here are ways you can donate and volunteer

Volunteers help to clean up storm damage in Felton Grove.
(Kevin Painchaud / Lookout Santa Cruz)

Across Santa Cruz County, community groups are coming together to raise money and launch volunteer efforts to help vulnerable residents during emergencies and rebuild and recover from the damaging floods and surf swells. Here are some ways you can help.

With many parts of the county recovering from winter storm damage, and more rain on the way, community groups are coming together to raise money and launch volunteer efforts to help vulnerable residents during emergencies and rebuild and recover from the damaging floods and surf swells.

Here are some ways you can help.

Know of more volunteer efforts underway? Email us at news@lookoutlocal.com.

Seacliff State Beach Recovery Fund

Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks has launched a Seacliff State Beach Recovery Fund to support rebuilding efforts in the park, which was badly damaged in the storms.

Click here to donate, or mail a check to:

Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks
1543 Pacific Ave., Suite 206
Santa Cruz 95060
Make a note that the donation is “For Seacliff.”

Supporters can also purchase souvenirs featuring the iconic Michael Schwab cement ship by visiting ParkStore Online.

San Lorenzo River cleanup

The City of Santa Cruz’s Parks and Recreation Department is organizing a San Lorenzo River storm cleanup on Saturday, Jan. 28, from 10 a.m. to noon.

The volunteer event is in partnership with several local community groups, including Save Our Shores, Coastal Watershed Council, Save the Waves, Santa Cruz Sunrise Rotary, Benchland Estuary Stewardship Team, and Resource Conservation District of Santa Cruz County.

People interested in volunteering can sign up here.

Visit this page for information on the locations of volunteer site meetups.

Volunteer cleanup in Felton Grove

The Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz is organizing storm cleanup efforts in Felton Grove for the next several weeks.

To sign up to be an emergency response volunteer, request flood clean-up assistance, or donate to the Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County and support its efforts, visit scvolunteercenter.org. For more information call 831-427-5070.

Disaster Recovery Fund


The Community Foundation Santa Cruz County has launched a disaster fund to help residents and small business owners struggling to recover from the winter storms.

The money will go to nonprofits with deep roots in the county serving vulnerable populations on the front line of flood and storm relief and recovery efforts. Donations will also go to small businesses in coordination with local business improvement districts.

The fund will provide financial support for Santa Cruz County organizations serving vulnerable populations on the front line of flood and storm relief and recovery efforts.

Nonprofits are going door to door in neighborhoods to check on seniors, medically fragile residents, and other vulnerable populations. And with more storms heading this way, the foundation is asking for volunteers to help coordinate sandbagging, assist with cleanup efforts, and make sure residents receive public safety messages.

Donations can be made to the Santa Cruz County Disaster Fund at www.cfscc.org/disaster.

Capitola fundraising and volunteer efforts

Capitola Recreation is seeking volunteers to help with disaster recovery support.

Volunteer efforts will be coordinated when staff is assured that the village is safe for members of the public.

Capitola Recreation Division Leader Nikki Bryant LeBlond is leading the effort. LeBlond will communicate with those who have signed up to volunteer as soon as the coming storm has subsided and the area is deemed safe.

Call the Capitola Community Center to provide your contact information. Call 831-475-5935 or email .

Donations are also being accepted at Jade Street Community Center in the form of water bottles and gift cards from places like OSH, Home Depot and Target. The gift cards will be distributed to those residents and business owners in need.

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