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!

  •  California Higher Education Sustainability Conference, July 7-13 from 8 am - 5 pm
    • UCSB's California Higher Education Sustainability Conference, is currently in need of volunteers! Tasks include but are not limited to, setting up and breaking down tables, giving directions, placing and collecting linens, and being the general eyes and ears of the space just in case anything maintenance or tech related needs to be reported. Free lunch is provided to those who volunteer at 12 PM, and there are opportunities to attend conference sessions for free.
    • In short, the conference highlights cutting-edge research, as well as case studies with proven successes in curriculum development, operational programs, and community partnerships.  This unique event is jointly organized by independent/private colleges, California Community Colleges, California State Universities, and the University of California creating the opportunity for dialogue across institutions.  Institutions come together to discuss sustainable solutions to social equity, food systems, waste management, and much, much more. 
  • Food Cycling Program ongoing opportunity
    •  UCSB is launching our own food recovery program on campus in the next month.  We will be picking up individually packaged prepared meals from University Center Dining Locations and donating them to the AS Food Bank.  The purpose of the club is to tackle food security by recovering perishable foods and transferring the food to hungry people. We will be providing community service opportunities to members of our club and the UCSB student body to participate in food recovery operations off campus (gleaning events). Students will be able to build relationships with each other while giving back to the community.
    • We are also launching our own food recovery program at UCSB in the next month.  We will be picking up individually packaged prepared meals from University Center Dining Locations and donating them to the AS Food Bank.

Community Service