Project California

14, 21 & 28-Day Community Service Program With Participants Living @ UC Santa Barbara

In Santa Barbara, choose ONE of the following Community Service Projects:

Volunteer with Children

Working with children

Storyteller Children's Center

- Work with children 2 to 5 years of age at Storyteller Children's Center. The center provides quality, tuition-free early childhood education for at-risk children in Santa Barbara. Our volunteers work with the children in small groups to provide individualized attention. Activities include arts and crafts, outside play-time, story reading, and general day care.

Boys and Girls Clubs of Santa Barbara County

- Work with elementary through middle-school aged children and become a mentor as you help to develop self-esteem and values in a fun and energetic environment. The Boys and Girls Club consists of a computer lab, library, athletic fields and gymnasium, and other youth-oriented facilities.

Isla Vista Youth Project

- Work with infants, toddlers, or kindergartners as you help to provide a positive experience through diverse educational, recreational, and social programs. Our volunteers will provide general care, will go on fun field trips, and will be encouraged to develop their own unique projects.

Girls, Inc. Summer Adventure Program

– Work at one of Girls, Inc's program centers as you help inspire young girls to be smart, strong, and bold. Each day, our volunteers will help provide fun activities in a camp-like setting, including gardening, science, gymnastics, sports, dance, computers, and more.

Protect the Environment

Protect the Environment

Summer Community Service Project performed in conjunction with Project Clean Water, Channel Islands Restoration, Looking Good Santa Barbara, and Municipal and County Parks and Preserves.

Our restoration project will increase awareness and promote individual and group actions to help the environment. Our volunteers will restore native plant-life to balance the eco-system, reduce weeds and shrubs that encroach upon local plant species, and beautify local county beaches and watersheds. During this program our volunteers will also learn about the history of this beautiful area and the importance of keeping the eco-system in balance. All volunteer work takes place outdoors.

Volunteer at Unity Shoppe

Volunteer at Unity Shoppe

Unity Shoppe operates a year-round free grocery and clothing store so people on the verge of homelessness can shop with dignity for their basic needs such as food and clothing. By supplementing these basic necessities, people have the ability to pay their rent and utilities and are then able to move their lives forward. Our volunteers will help by stocking food and clothing, working at the register, helping customers to shop for their families' necessities, and more. This is a truly unique opportunity to experience the essence of "giving back." Each volunteer will participate in each activity every day.


Service Details

  • Summer Community Service participants volunteer with the same project for the length of the program, in order to create meaningful bonds between our volunteers and the community they are helping.
  • Participants volunteer Monday - Friday, four hours per day, for the duration of the program, earning 40, 60 or 80 hours of Summer Community Service credit.
  • Service project space is limited at each volunteer site, so project selections are granted following your date of enrollment, based on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • The goal of Community Service is not only to give back to the community but for our participants to also learn and grow through their experiences.