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Mountain Neighbors Helping Neighbors is a group of volunteers who provide free help to residents of the Santa Cruz mountains, especially our seniors. We coordinate occasional or short-term services such as stacking wood, visiting, giving rides into town, delivering meals, light temporary house-keeping, form-filling, trash cleanup, repairs, clearing storm drains, light clearing of defensible space, and assistance in using the internet.

All assistance is subject to the availablity of volunteers with the appropriate skills.

This is a great opportunity for local students to fulfill their community service requirements.

NEW! MNHN is offering Well-Being Calls. If you or someone you know would like someone to call them daily (or on certain days) to check that everything is ok, contact MNHN.

Contact or call 408 353 4565 to give or receive help from a neighbor
-- that's what neighbors are for! In the spirit of barn-raising, you can be both a giver and receiver of help.

Photo credit: Nancy Jo Lopp
Photo: MNHN Board members Connie Goddard (left) and Ann Wells prepare to offer free giftwrapping at the Loma Prieta Holiday Faire.

Thanks to members of the South Skyline Association for generous donations!

Here is a ten-minute video about our work:

We organize teams of volunteers and geographically match them with families who are willing to receive some assistance and in return provide community service opportunities for others. Help strengthen our community ties!

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MNHN Recent Activities

  • We continue to provide rides into town, most often for medical appointments.
  • We have done various yard work tasks, including firewood moving and stacking, raking, and weeding.
  • There is an increasing need for friendly visitors.
  • We have provided several referrals for people needing professional services which we are not equipped to provide.
  • We have almost ten volunteers from the South Skyline area (mostly 95033) and have opened the door to requests for help from that area.
  • We have had some needs for organic foods which have been provided through the Community Food Pantry at Skyland Church.

Connect with Mountain Neighbors Helping Neighbors

Story in Mountain Network News, May 2017

By Patricia Wood

We have all had some challenges with our drought-busting rains this winter. Many times the spirit of mountain neighborliness has shown up to fix downed trees, fill potholes, and unclog culverts.

Mountain Neighbors Helping Neighbors faces some challenges as well. We need some more volunteer drivers. Quite a few roads are still closed from slipouts, slides, and continuing downed trees (and will remain so). This makes drive times longer and more complex as less travelled or single lane alternatives are used. Our volunteers are dedicated, but a few of our most active people are facing their own health challenges and will be unavailable soon. We need YOUR HELP.

Mountain Neighbors Helping Neighbors has begun another free service that does not require driving, but gives peace of mind to people who need a little support and also to their families. We will match people who want or need a call to check on their wellbeing with someone willing to take a few minutes from their day to make that call. These calls can be simple, "Hi, how are you today? Did you get your morning meds?" to longer chats, depending upon the caller's time available. We need YOUR HELP.

This means that YOU are more important than ever! We want to set up a list of callers and recruit some more drivers. That will get us prepared for summertime when the roads are more travelled.

If you would like to know more about our free services, volunteer opportunities, and a way to donate some $$ towards our expenses, check out our website at Or give us a call! 408-353-4565 or an email at

Our Wonderful Community Partners

Our care network is made possible by your friends and neighbors who volunteer their time, supplies, and money. We are very grateful for the many folks and local groups who help to build a stronger healthier mountain community family.

Christ Child Catholic Church

Leo's Club (CTE middle school service club)

Loma Prieta Community Foundation

Loma Prieta Women's Club

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Chapel

Mountain Bible Church

Skyland Church, UCC


Santa Cruz Mountain Alliance

South Skyline Association