Office of Student Life

Community Service

Civic engagement is one of the keystones of fraternity and sorority experience. Members are empowered to make a positive impact on the community, and develop and understanding of civic responsibility through the process of serving others. In the past year, UCSB fraternities and sororities spent more than 10,000 hours giving back to the Santa Barbara, Isla Vista and Goleta communities. As part of the Standards of Excellence program, the Office of Student Life requires each fraternity or sorority member to complete a minimum of 6 hours of community service per quarter.

Chapters are required to submit the following items documenting their members' community service and philanthropy achievements each quarter:
  • Community Service Report Summary - emailed to the chapter's Community Service Chair quarterly for completion
  • Chapter Member Verification Form - completed by each member every quarter to summarize and verify all community service hours completed
  • Philanthropy Report Form - detailing the amount of money raised by the chapter through philanthropic activities and fundraising for charity.
To access the Community Service Report Submission Guidelines, please click HERE.

Community Service Opportunities (Spring 2018)

  • Voter Registrationongoing opportunity.
    • Colleges and universities are mandated by the state to register students to vote in their new addresses. For the last decade, UCSB has been the #1 campus in the country in number of students registered. And we want to keep the tradition this year!!!!!!!! The last presidential elections we, Gauchos, registered 13,300 students. This year, we want to break our own record by registering at least 13,500. How can you help? The Voter Registration Student Coalition, a non-partisan student group, is looking for volunteers to help register student voters in the residence halls, university housing, in Isla Vista, and tabling. Volunteer and get community service hours! For volunteering, email Madeline Loudon at
  • Sufrider Cigarette Butt Collectionongoing opportunity
    • Did you know how cigarettes are made of plastic that never biodegrades and contains over 7,000 pollutants that leach into our oceans?

    • 50 Cigarette Butts = 1 volunteer hour.  Look on the streets of DP, on the beach, by the library, ANYWHERE and you will find MANY cigarette butts.

    • Collect only 50 and turn in your cigarette butts in a recycled container (peanut butter jar, tortilla bag, dip container, etc.) to your Greeks go Green rep in your chapter. Please put your name, chapter, and location of collection on your container! Make sure there are 50 butts! Your Greeks Go Green rep will sign off on your volunteer paper and approve the volunteer hours when you turn in your cigarette butt collection to them.  It's that easy, start collecting!

  • Harding School Foundation Cinco De Mayo Celebration, May 4, 2018 @ 4-7pm
    • Harding School Foundation is holding its annual fundraising event to raise critical funds for enriched learning experiences for over 500 students in grades preschool through 6th at Harding University Partnership School. The Cinco De Mayo Celebration will be held on May 4th, 2018 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and will include homemade Mexican food for purchase, a silent auction, booths, games, bounce house and fun for the entire family. All funds raised support and promote the International Baccalaureate program so that student can enjoy learning through field trips, educational presentations and hands-on experiences. Fun volunteer opportunity to help make this fundraising event a success. 2-4 hour time slots available: selling desserts and drinks, setting up or breaking down, running children’s game booths and bounce house. Please contact Layla to sign up and get more details. 805-453-0456,
  • Santa Barbara Birth Center Mother's Day 5K & Wellness Fair, Saturday, May 5th
    • Santa Barbara Birth Center is hosting their annual Mothers Day 5k and Wellness Fair and they are looking for fraternity and sorority volunteers to help with prep work, set up, break down and other tasks throughout the day. If you're interested, sign up HERE or contact Megan Zander at
  • UCSB Residence Hall Association, May 19th @ 10am
    • RHA is organizing a 5K to raise money for those hurt by the THomas Fire and mudslides in Montecito. The race is planned for May 19th at 10am and would be two laps around the lagoon, starting from the Chi-5 area. If you or your chapter are intersted in volunteering or participating, please contact
  • GIVE Saleongoing opportunity.
    • Since 1990, GIVE has accepted donations of unwanted and reusable clothing, books, furniture, household furnishings, kitchenware, canned and packaged foods, and miscellaneous items during Isla Vista and UCSB’s annual move-out time in June. The donations are sold at a giant sale and the proceeds benefit organizations and projects that improve the quality of life in Isla Vista. Each year over 150 volunteers (UCSB students and local community) receive, organize, and sort all donations in preparation for a huge GIVE sale. One hundred percent of the proceeds are distributed to Isla Vista non-profits and projects that benefit the Isla Vista community. If you or your organization is interested in volunteering to help with promotion of the sale during Spring Quarter 2018 or with the sale in June 2018, please contact Viviana Marsano for more information. 

Community Service