Over many decades of community involvement in the Santa Cruz county area, Dr. Mariposa is grateful to have the opportunity to be a force of positive change on the health and wellness frontier through the organizations listed below. Rooted in her experience on many levels of non-profit and compassionate work from being a co-founder of WomenCare and volunteer worker, to occasional fun and educational stints as an actress in the local Actors’ Theater group, she encourages activism and service as a part of a healthy and fulfilling life. It’s Mariposa’s pleasure to provide links and info about the wonderful model organizations and people making a difference in the Santa Cruz area.

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WomenCare Free services, support and resources to women with cancer
Mental Health Client Action
Network (MHCAN)
Client run, peer run, self-help, drop-in center for people with mental health disabilities in Santa Cruz.
Santa Cruz Aids Project
(SCAP)
An agency providing effective HIV prevention strategies, advocacy, and support services for people living with HIV and all those affected by the epidemic.
Diversity Center / LGBT The Diversity Center is a community center dedicated to advancing the causes and priorities of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and questioning (LGBTIQ) individuals and their allies in Santa Cruz County.
The Children Are our Future Children Are Our Future is a non-profit organization which initiates and supports transformational leadership and educational experiences engaging children, youth, and adults.
Actors’ Theatre Actors’ Theatre supports, champions, and provides a venue for the performing arts, with emphasis on the theatrical arts.
Five Branches University Five Branches is a traditional Chinese Medicine, TCM, and acupuncture school located in Santa Cruz, California since 1984.
Northern CA Women’s
Herbal Symposium
Inspiring Herbal and Sustainability classes, indigenous spiritual teachings, health, ritual and more for women and children.