Friends of Hospice

Friends of Hospice honored with prestigious

“Be the Difference” award

The Friends of Hospice, our amazing group of fundraising volunteers, has been awarded the “Be the Difference Award” presented by The Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz. This special award recognizes people, groups and businesses that make a difference in Santa Cruz County through volunteerism. Chosen from over 49 nominees, the nomination wasreviewed by a Judges Panel that considered the overall amount of their volunteer effort, their impact on our community and how The Friends inspire others to make a difference.

Formed in 1984 with only 10 members, the Friends of Hospice are now 100 members strong. Their mission is to raise funds and awareness of Hospice community programs including; the Grief Support Program for adults, Healthy Understanding of Grief (HUG) program for children, Transitions program, and Community Education.  They also raise funds in support of underinsured and uninsured patients receiving Hospice care. In the last five years, the have raised more than half a million dollars to ensure that our loved ones, neighbors, and community members are served by Hospice of Santa Cruz County community programs.

The Friends of Hospice continue to grow in membership due to the dynamic nature of the group and the tangible successes members can take great pride in.   Annually these volunteers raise approximately $130,000 and concurrently raise awareness of the availability of end-of-life programs to our community.  The organized activities of the Friends are a marvelous example of volunteers collectively making a positive difference in the lives of community members facing the end of life.

Thank you Friends, for all you do! 

Watch this brief video to see the difference your donation makes:


Who are the Friends of Hospice?

The Friends of Hospice are a dedicated group of volunteers committed to presenting exciting community events. Formed in 1984 by a group of ten women, the Friends group is now over 100 members strong.

Their mission is to raise funds and awareness of Hospice community programs.The Grief Support Program, HUG program for children, Transitions and Community Education all benefit from the dedication and leadership of the Friends. In the last five years, the Friends of Hospice has raised more than half a million dollars to support Hospice of Santa Cruz County programs.

The Friends’ major fundraising events include:

Fairways for Kids Golf Classic: Held at the beautiful Seascape Golf Course in Aptos, this annual golf tournament raises funds for H.U.G. (Healthy Understanding of Grief), our children’s grief support program. A favorite among golfers, the fun-filled day starts with a box lunch and includes 18 holes of golf, contests, a buffet dinner and silent auction. It’s a great day for a great cause. Next Fairways for Kids is Wednesday, May 4, 2016.

Oktoberfest: Bavaria comes alive at this family-friendly event featuring authentic German-style food, music and live and silent auctions. There’s something for everybody at the auctions including vacations, weekend get-aways, fine wines and private winery tasting tours, original artwork and gift certificates to the best restaurants, stores and beauty treatments in town. The Friends plan the details small and large to make this event better every year. Next Oktoberfest is Sunday, October 4, 2015.

Become a Member of the Friends of Hospice

Friends of Hospice warmly welcome new members. The Friends meet the third Wednesday of each month. For the meeting location and membership information, call (831) 430-3000.

You can become a member of Friends in any of the following ways:

Active Members

  • Attend the monthly Friends meetings.
  • Play an active role in Friends fundraising activities and solicitations.
  • Serve on one or more committees and participate in the planning of special events.
  • Become an informal advocate of Hospice of Santa Cruz.

Annual dues: $25.

Supportive Members

  • Supportive members offer financial and moral support and volunteer to work on special
  • projects.

Annual dues: $50.

Sustaining Members

  • Sustaining members are those who cannot accept an active or supportive commitment but do wish to offer financial support.

Annual dues: $75.