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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.


We’ll meet at noon for lunch at El Alteno restaurant, 323 Main St. in Watsonville.

Following lunch we’ll head to the Pajaro Valley Art Gallery to enjoy their current exhibit:
Mi Casa Es Tu Casa: Lessons from Loved Ones

Date:  Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Time:  12 noon until 3:00 PM
Where:  Watsonville

Join Village members at Glow Candle Lounge, a DIY candle-making studio in downtown Santa Cruz where you can create your own personalized candle for gift giving or for your personal use.

Date:  Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Time:  1:30 PM until 3:00 PM
Where:  1101 Pacific Avenue

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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. 


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."

August 30, 2017 - Good Times article featuring Mary Howe

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

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!