Service Opportunities

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

Volunteer with Children

Working with children

Summer community Service Project performed in conjunction with various non-profit organizations located throughout Santa Barbara.

Make a difference in a child’s life! Spend time with children in a nurturing and caring environment. Actively participate and guide the children through their daily summer curriculum, which includes: character and leadership development, health and life skills, arts, sports, fitness, and other recreational activities. Through these daily interactions, build special friendships and relationships with the children, which will help promote positive self-image, build self-esteem and reinforce social skills. Experience life changing opportunities while helping Santa Barbara youth grow and learn through interactive projects, summer fun activities, and workshops.

** Per California law, volunteers working with children in a preschool setting will need to provide proof of vaccinations for Influenza, COVID-19, Pertussis, and Measles. Each participant must also provide a negative TB test dated within the last calendar year.

Environmental Restoration and Education

Protect the Environment

Our restoration and education 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 in the San Marcos Foothills, reduce weeds and shrubs that encroach upon local plant species throughout Santa Barbara County, help with land surveys and studies, and learn about the beautiful Channel Islands. During this program our volunteers will also learn about the history of this magnificent area and the importance of keeping the eco-system in balance. Please note our participants will split their time between volunteer work and naturalist-led educational activities.

Volunteer at an Animal Shelter

Volunteer at an Animal Shelter

Lend a helping hand at Santa Barbara Humane, a socially conscious shelter that prioritizes the individual health and behavior of each resident animal. Our volunteers will provide shelter animals with daily care, exercise, and enrichment and support the organization’s staff with shelter operations, cleaning, and basic facility and landscape maintenance. They will learn about animal behavior, dog training and behavior modification, and veterinary care while helping provide a safe, clean, welcoming environment for people and animals. While working at Santa Barbara Humane, students will engage in discussions about animal welfare philosophy and responsible sheltering.

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 each morning, Monday – Friday, 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.