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 (Winter 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
  • UCSB Theater & Dance, February 16-17, 20-24 @ 8pm, February 17, 24, 25 @ 2pm
    • The Department of Theater and Dance is very excited to present "The World of Extreme Happiness" by our very own Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig. If you decide to volunteer with us as an usher, you get to see the show for free. If interested, please sign up here. The event will take place at Performing Arts Theater on: · February 16-17, 20-24 / 8 PM · February 17, 24-25 / 2 PM For more information and tickets please visit our website
  • Beach Cleanup with Adventure Programs, February 24th & March 3rd
    • Sands Beach Clean Up with UCSB Adventure Programs - February 24th, 10 AM-12PM:  Help us keep our beaches beautiful!  If you would like to attend this event, please look for the Facebook event on the UCSB Adventure Programs page that will be posted soon and RSVP there, or contact Beth Isensee at

    • Arroyo Hondo Preserve Work/Volunteer Day with UCSB Adventure Programs - March 3rd, 9 AM-1 PM:  Volunteer work days are held the 1st and 3rd full weekends of every month at the Arroyo Hondo Preserve. Tasks include habitat restoration and trail maintenance. Volunteers are needed to pull out invasive nonnative weeds that threaten the sensitive habitats of the canyon and replant with native plants. To RSVP, please contact John Warner, Preserve Manager at To arrange a ride from UCSB contact Reema Moussa at

  • 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 2017 or with the sale in June 2018, please contact Viviana Marsano for more information. 

Community Service