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May 19, 2023

Nominations for Be The Difference Awards open

The Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County has opened the nomination period for the 15th Annual Be the Difference Awards. The awards honor the individuals, groups, nonprofits and businesses that transform Santa Cruz County through volunteerism.

People can share their stories of inspiration by nominating worthy candidates through March 23.

Each year the Volunteer Center reaches out to the community asking for stories of dedicated volunteers, nonprofits that effectively engage volunteers, and businesses that champion civic engagement. In 2020 the event went virtual during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic. In 2021 the Volunteer Center took a break from the event to focus on the pressing needs of the community.

The top 50 nominees will receive special recognition at the Be the Difference Awards event on May 18 at the Santa Cruz Warriors Arena and five selected winners will receive additional highlights.

To learn about the nomination process and the event, visit

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