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Non Profit Wish List

Each month we post a wish list for a different organization in town. It is our hope that people in the community who see this list might be able to help meet these needs in some way. If you have a wish list you would like posted, please send us an email with your attached wish list. If everyone gives just a little, we can help others.

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Youth N.O.W. Student Center

Jenna Rodriguez | website | | 8317687998 | 23 Casa Via Ct.

Our Needs

-Food/snacks for youth.
-Schools supplies such as binder paper, small white boards, expo markers, pens, pencils, tape, markers, graph paper, graphing calculators.
-Recreational games for youth (pool table, ping pong table, board games, etc).
-ink for HP Printers
-inflatable projection screen
-coloring books


Youth N.O.W Center is an After School Student Center that provides no-cost tutoring, academic support, career and college mentoring, and a safe social environment for middle and high school students in the downtown Watsonville area. Youth N.O.W. is committed to engaging youth in a nurturing community where they grow personally and academically through individualized programs that cultivate success. Youth N.O.W. envisions a world in which all youth thrive and contribute to the success of their community.

Our History

Youth N.O.W. began in February 2010 with its high school learning center. A dedicated site for middle school students was opened in the Fall of 2010. The following winter, the 'coffee house' space was opened downstairs from the high school learning center for students to have a pro-social environment and a base for enrichment and leadership activities. To date, the organization has served hundreds of students through its various programs and offered volunteer opportunities to over 100 participants annually through a variety of positions that include tutoring, teaching, mentoring and much more.


Youth N.O.W Center is an After School Student Center that provides no-cost tutoring and academic support, as well as, a safe social environment for middle and high school students in the downtown Watsonville area. We have been dedicated to the personal and academic success of all youth since 2010.



High School Center and Coffee House


31 Carr St.
Watsonville, CA 95076
PH: (831) 768-7998

Middle School Learning Center


15 Madison st
Watsonville, CA 95076
PH: (831) 254-4990

Discovery Learning Center of Santa Cruz

Heddi Craft | website | | 831-531-7352 | 111 Errett Circle, Santa Cruz

Our Needs

Gently used pre-K - 8 educational toys and curriculum, office and art supplies, and your time to lead activities for children and parents.


The DLC serves the needs of homeschooling and preschool families with a lending library of toys and curriculum, clubs, social events, and volunteer-led classes.

Our History

We were formed as a way for homeschoolers to come together and share resources.

Literacy Center Education Network

Linda Hahner | website | | 415501716 | Ben Lomond, CA 95005

The Literacy Center Education Network is a non-profit organization with a mission to deliver free, high-quality, education material to children around the world. We hope that your children will enjoy playing with our interactive activities and that you will send us your feedback.

Our Needs

We would like to add new languages to our free website so we are looking for teachers who speak any of the following languages:

Arabic, Chinese, Japanese or Hebrew


The Literacy Center Education Network is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization with a mission to deliver free, multi-lingual, professionally-designed, education material to preschool-age children.

Utilizing the power of the Internet, we distribute our education material directly to children in homes, libraries, and schools in every state in the United States as well as in 220 countries around the world.

Our free resource currently offers pre and early reading lessons in English, Spanish, German, and French.

Our History

Our project was started with a US Department of Education SBIR contract. Our free resource had more than 30 million page views in 2008!


We are in the Santa Cruz area and are interested in finding teachers who would like to volunteer.

New Families, Inc.

Janet Parske | website | | 831-335-8380 | 6062 Graham Hill Rd, Ste D, Felton, CA 95018

The need for caring families willing to provide a foster (and, potentially permanent) home to kids who have been removed from their parents' homes is overwhelming. For the month of September, 2008, the latest month for which we have statistics, the State of California reported over 1.3 million total child welfare cases, of which 116,585 were active. Of these, 33,721 were in active referral, i.e. their cases were being worked on that month.


In Santa Cruz County, we currently have 250 kids in foster homes, 172 of which are in permanency planning, which means the kids are not going to be reunified with their family of origin and are candidates for adoption. Nationally, there are over 129,000 kids looking for permanent homes.

Our Needs

- Foster parents
- Newer computers and printers
- Financial contributions to send foster youth to summer camp and other extracurricular activities
- Seasonal donations
- Fundraising support


We are a local Foster Family Agency that is committed to the well being of children and their families. On a daily basis, we help to address community and family problems. We are located in Felton with a satellite office in Sacramento. The Foster families who work with our Agency are in Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Monterey, San Benito, Sacramento, Stanislaus and San Joaquin Counties.

Our History

New Families, Inc. is about to celebrate its 11th Anniversary as a foster care agency. We were founded by Janet Parske, MA and were licensed by the State of California in June, 1998.


Our mission is to provide non-profit, comprehensive placement services to the foster care community and to maintain ongoing services that enhance and support the lives of our foster children and the families with whom they are placed.


We currently have 22 homes providing a caring and loving environment to 42 children. These homes are supported by our staff of 7 graduate social workers and 10 social worker aides, all of whom hold bachelor degrees.

Learn to Discover

Brian Laschkewitsch | website | | 831-662-9700 | 27 Alta Drive

Our Needs

-Donations of LCD Projectors and Laptops
-Volunteer Teacher Assistants
-Financial Donations for scholarships

-Classroom speakers from STEM fields
-Fundraising Support


Learn to Discover is an educational Non-Profit Organization that offers “STEAM” (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art/Design, and Math) and related Career education for children & teenagers ages 4-18, as well as opportunities for youth to discover their passion and learn life skills such as team work, problem solving and creativity.

Our History

Learn to Discover was established in April 2008, offering classes tin Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, and Monterey Counties.   It has served over 1800 youth, ages 4 through 18 from many diverse backgrounds.  Learn to Discover teaches a variety of courses and workshops in after-school programs, public and charter schools, community facilities, specialty programs and through homeschools. 


Register Now for our Summer Classes held in Santa Cruz, Aptos, Aromas, Boulder Creek, Watsonville, Los Gatos and Seaside.  For more information, visit our website  Classes offered include a variety of robotics classes, LEGO engineering, simple machines, electronics, video game design, marine biology, animation, programming, and much more.

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