Join a Community of Love and Hope

Become part of the Jacob’s Heart Volunteer Community

Jacob’s Heart is an inclusive place for anyone who wants to give back and make an impact in the lives of local children with cancer and their families. Whether you have 30 minutes or a whole day, we want to find the perfect volunteer opportunity for you! Volunteers can help us with any of the below projects:

Join the Full Hearts grocery crew as you pack nutritious groceries for our families.

Meets every other Thursday 9:30am – 11am

Deliver Full Hearts groceries to the doorsteps of our families’ homes. Routes in Watsonville, Santa Cruz, Salinas, the Monterey Peninsula, Morgan Hill, Gilroy, and Hollister

Pick up groceries every other Thursday 12pm to 5pm, and Friday 9am to 5pm.

Drop in Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 9am – 5pm to help with any of our ongoing projects.

  • Make kid’s cards
  • Decorate grocery bags
  • Organize and sort donations
  • Help us with office administration

Join us at any one of our heart-warming family & community events:

  • Art from the Heart
  • Teen Day Programs
  • Camp Heart + Hands
  • September Kidrageous Events
  • Adopt-a-Family (holiday season)

Helping families pick fresh produce and pantry items will fill their kitchen and fill your heart. Bilingual volunteers encouraged.

Meets every other Thursday, 12 – 2pm

Schedule a time for your group to tour the Jacob’s Heart Family Center and help with one of our ongoing projects.

  • Girl Scout and Boy Scout Troops
  • School Field Trips
  • Businesses and Organizations

Internship Program

Are you interested in building your resume, learning new skills, and providing services to our families? If you are, you could become an intern and help us with the following projects. Don’t see your special talent below…let us know if you have other ideas / ways you can help Jacob’s Heart.

  • Working with Family Support Specialists
  • Coordinating Full Hearts Grocery Program
  • Managing Social Media Accounts

Email Kymberly, kymberly@jacobsheart.org, or call 831.724.9100 to learn more. Bilingual applicants encouraged.

Community Service Projects and Fundraisers

Plan an event or fundraiser for Jacob’s Heart! Whether you want to host a car wash, bake sale, or create your own fundraiser, we’d love to help you plan it. Email Kymberly, kymberly@jacobsheart.org, to chat about your ideas and to get the support you need for fundraising success.

Sign Up to Receive Volunteer Emails

Sign up to receive upcoming volunteer opportunities for a variety of events and programs, directly to your inbox.

Volunteer Email Sign-Up

Volunteering during COVID-19

For the next three weeks during the COVID-19 Shelter-in-Place order, there will be some changes to volunteering and interning at the Jacob’s Heart Family Center in Watsonville.
Please note:
  • Volunteers should stay home until further notice, this includes special packaging and thank you card volunteers.
  • Interns should work remotely until further notice. Jacob’s Heart mentors will check in periodically, to offer project assistance.
Want to volunteer while sheltering in place? You can volunteer remotely by creating cards for kids and decorating plain grocery bags at home. When the crisis has passed, bring your cards and bags into the Family Center.

How do I start?

Volunteers must attend a special volunteer orientation which happens the first Wednesday of every month from 3:30pm to 4:30pm at the Jacob’s Heart Family Center, 680 West Beach Street, Watsonville.

Volunteer applications (to fill out) are available at the Volunteer Orientation.

3:30 to 4:30pm The first Wednesday of each month:

March 4
April 1
May 6
June 3
July 1
August 5
September 2
October 7
November 4
December 2

For More Information

Email Kymberly, kymberly@jacobsheart.org, or contact the Jacob’s Heart Family Center at 831.724.9100.

Camp Heart + Hands Volunteers, a program of Jacob's Heart Children's Cancer Support Services

“Volunteering gave me a chance to be with the wonderful people who make up Jacob’s Heart.”

Shirley, Maddy's grandmother