Who We Support – Santa Cruz Woodies

Who We Support

Santa Cruz Woodies is a non-profit organization. This gives us the unique opportunity to donate the majority of our profits to some special charities and foundations. This year alone we have donated over $7,000 to these 6 groups:

Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation

The Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation (AARBF) is a California-based nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing burns and fires and providing services to those who have been affected by a burn injury. Since 1971 the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation has enhanced the lives of burn survivors and promoted burn prevention education.  aarbf.org

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Santa Cruz County

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) screens, trains and professionally supervises caring adult volunteers –more than 1,000 since 1992- to serve as mentors and powerful advocates for more than 1,500 of Santa Cruz County’s most vulnerable children; those who have been severely abused, neglected or abandoned. casaofsantacruz.org

Operation Surf

This is a 100% volunteer-run organization operated by Amazing Surf Adventures in San Luis Obispo. Every year, Operation Surf brings a group of  active duty, military amputees to Santa Cruz from their hospital in Texas for a couple days of learning how to surf at Cowell Beach. Our donations will provide transportation and housing for these heroes on their Santa Cruz trip next April. operationsurf.com.

Family House at UCSF

Family House serves as a home away from home for families of children with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses by providing physical comfort and emotional support, free from financial concerns. Founded in 1981, Family House provides temporary housing to families of seriously ill children receiving treatment at the University of California San Francisco Benioff Children’s Hospital. Qualifying families live more than 50 miles from UCSF, and many live at or below the low-income status as determined by UCSF. Over the course of a year they serve more than 2,000 families.   familyhouseinc.org

Friends of Parks & Recreation

The mission of this organization is to support the City of Santa Cruz Parks and Recreation Department in providing programs and facilities to promote the social, cultural and recreational well-being of the residents of the City of Santa Cruz. FOPAR’s summer scholarship programs send dozens of children to summer camps, Jr. Lifeguards and special classes each year. This year we are supporting the Junior Lifeguard Program. The Santa Cruz Junior Lifeguard program introduces young people to safe marine and aquatic recreational opportunities. The program is designed to improve young people’s physical conditioning, their understanding and respect for the environment, and their respect for themselves as well as others.  friendsofparksandrec.org

Santa Cruz Surfing Museum

This museum is located in the lighthouse at Lighthouse Point. It memorializes the history of surfing in Santa Cruz, which is recognized as the birthplace of surfing on the mainland. The organization is 100% volunteer-run, and our donations help maintain the structure and keep the doors open. santacruzsurfingmuseum.org