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Welcome to Village Santa Cruz
a non-profit, grassroots membership organization.  We are a network of Santa Cruz city and county residents with a vision of aging as an active, empowering time of growing and learning, as important and meaningful as any other time of our life.

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Upcoming Events
Upcoming Events

Our goal is a vibrant, caring community, neighbors of all ages helping each other, so we can stay in our homes and engaged in our community, through all the transitions of aging.


Learn how to speak and listen in a manner that reduces defensiveness, blame, and subtle demands. The practice of NVC involves listening past another person’s criticism to hear the needs that they are trying to meet. And when we have needs that we want to express, it helps us express them in a way that is more likely to be heard.   More info at

When:       Wednesday, October 25, 2017, 12:30 PM until 2:00 PM
Where:      Volunteer Center in the first floor meeting room
                  1740 17th Ave.
                  Santa Cruz, CA  95062


Assume a character in the story as we gather clues and try to solve the who??? and why??? of a murder mystery. Join in the fun on Sunday, Oct 29, 4:45-7:15 pm.  Limited to 20 participants.  RSVP on the events calendar page.

TimeBanking is a way of giving and receiving, and building supportive networks and strong communities. The linkAges™ timebank is an online network that connects and empowers Village members to improve our health by providing opportunities for meaningful connections. These connections strengthened our organization by reducing social isolation and loneliness for all participants. The linkAges network has been tailored to meet the unique needs of our Santa Cruz Village community.  If you are signed in to this website you can access linkAges using the tab on the main menu. 


August 30, 2017 - Good Times article featuring Mary Howe

Village Santa Cruz:  Creating Community and Support for Seniors, Aging Boomers

Click on the image to the left to watch a Tedx Talk about the history of the Village movement and its key components.

"Were they going to wait for the government to create a better way for them to age? Absolutely not."

Marin Villages exemplifies a "hub and spoke" village model that serves members county-wide and yet serves needs on a local or neighborhood basis. This is accomplished by providing vetted-volunteers who assist members with local rides, household help, pet care, tech support, office organization, companionship, and more. Click on the photo at left to view video about Marin Villages.



Village Santa Cruz

1740 17th Ave.
Santa Cruz CA  95062

(831) 824-2404        

Thanks to 
Community Foundation logo   and Volunteer Center logo for your support!