Community Relations

The UC Santa Cruz Community Relations Office works diligently to bridge communication between neighbors, students, the city and county of Santa Cruz, and the university. While UC Santa Cruz strengthens the educational and economic fabric of our region, we are also aware there are challenges created by our presence in the community. To handle these challenges and show our commitment to being a good community member, we have several programs and resources in place to address these challenges.


Donations pick up

Monetary donations for our local community

During the COVID-19 crisis, community members have supported each other in ways big and small. The Monterey Bay Economic Partnership (MBEP) and the three Community Foundations in the Monterey Bay region have launched a new campaign called #CommunityCARES. The goal is to encourage residents who may not need all of their federal stimulus checks

to donate what they can to one of three local COVID-19 Relief Funds to benefit those who need it most. We can help ensure that no one in our region goes hungry, loses their housing, or goes without needed help. The need is big -- our neighbors are hurting from sudden job loss, salary reductions, and new responsibilities. Second Harvest in Santa Cruz County reports distributing about 250% more food so far this year.

Where to Share
Our three regional Community Foundations have made it easy to give where you live. The COVID-19 Relief Funds for Santa Cruz County , Monterey County , and San Benito County provide grants to nonprofits helping provide food, shelter, care, and other basic needs for those impacted most. All the funds stay local and help local people.



volunteercentersclogoVolunteer needed for CZU Fire Evacuation Sites

Volunteers aged 14-65 needed at the Donation Centers for fire relief in both Santa Cruz and Watsonville. 

This is a physically demanding position, so please be sure you are well enough to lift and move donations. Wear closed-toed shoes, a mask and comfortable clothes (hats also recommended).


COVID-19 Slug Support Campaign

Supporting UCSC Students

The UCSC Slug Support Program was created to promote early intervention with students of concern to prevent culminating problems from escalating into a crisis. The goal of the Slug Support Program is to identify students of concern and develop an action plan focusing on retention through provision of support and resources. If you have questions or would like more information on the Slug Support Program, please contact the Dean of Students Office at 831-459-4446 or you may send us an email at 

If you would like the campus to be aware of other opportunities to provide support, please email our Government & Community Relations office: Salina Nevarez,