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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 Report Guidelines.

Community Service Opportunities - In-Person Options

Santa Barbara Zoo Snow Leopard Festival: Sunday, January 19 - 23, 2022
SB Zoo is in need 60-65 volunteers who can work at minimum a 2 hour shift.  There will be refreshments provided for volunteers.  Duties Include (involves standing, bending, lifting 50lb+):  helping create the sleds runs, raking snow, assisting guests with getting on/off sleds, distributing sleds, and more!

We also have two opportunities for volunteers to help set up the event. These do require heavy lifting of 50 lbs or more.
         Wednesday 1/19 from 8am – 12pm  - moving hay bays (6 people)
         Saturday 1/22 from 7:30am – 9am  - moving snow into animal enclosures (10 people)

Please fill out this Google Form if you or your organization is interested in volunteering at this event!

Give Blood
COVID-19 threatened the nation's blood and platelet supply.  Please visit the America Red Cross to find out more about how to donate blood and where to go near you.  Your actions could literally save a life! You can also consider bringing the Bloodmobile to campus/your chapter facility.

Best Day Foundation 
(ongoing opportunity)
The Best Day Foundation is an organization that takes kids with special needs on a day to the beach! They have adaptic surfboards, boogie boards, kayaks, and beach obstacle courses. The Foundation is looking for energetic student volunteers to help serve as "beach buddies" for participants. This video provides more information about the Foundation. Please sign up online HERE!

Volunteer to help keep the local IV community clean.  Operating hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday (closed Sundays, holidays, and when it is raining). For groups of more than 10, please make a reservation by emailing
Contact (805) 968-2017

Your Children’s Trees
This organization works throughout SB County to grow, plant, and care for trees primarily in public areas while also providing educational outreach to school and the community.  
Contact: (805) 252-1952

This opportunity involves tutoring elementary/secondary level science.  There are a variety of ways to get involved based on your comfort level and time commitment.
Contacts: (behind the scenes volunteering), (elementary tutoring), (secondary school tutoring) 

Volunteer to help out at a bunny and guinea pig shelter.  No experience needed - we will provide all the training you need!
Contact: 805-683-0521 

Food Bank Santa Barbara County
Lots of opportunities to get involved.  Currently, walk-ins are not accepted, so please register prior to going to a volunteer event site. 
Contact: (805) 403-2471 or email 

Santa Barbara County Animal Services
With many ways to contribute to our life-saving work, we look forward to speaking with you about how you'd like to be involved.  With roles including the daily care and feeding of our shelter animals, as well as everything from being a driver on our transport team to an assisting in our veterinary clinic, from playing and cuddling with the adoptable animals to assisting with behind-the-scenes admin work, we hope to find a role that's as rewarding for you as it is immensely helpful for the animals in our shelters.
Contact: (805) 681-5285 or email 

Friendship Manor
Friendship-Manor offers various opportunities for you to learn and help on premises, while reaping huge benefits from giving to this senior living facility.
Contact (805) 968-0771 

This community action agency offers numerous was to help SB County residents live healthy, resilient, and financially secure lives. 
Contact (805) 964-8857 - extension #1109 or email

Apples to Zucchini Cooking School
You don’t need cooking experience to volunteer with us. If you don’t know how to cook, you’ll learn alongside our students. What you need to have is patience for working with kids and the ability to recognize what needs to be done in a given moment — whether it is corralling kids, creating a game, bandaging a cut, dashing to the kitchen for extra supplies, or just guiding meal-time discussion
Contact (805) 452-3497

Santa Ynez Valley Humane Society 
The volunteers here perform an essential part of the daily operations.  We have many areas in which you can help us. Whether it is with our animals, the thrift store, or helping us at our special events, you are integral part of the SYV Humane/DAWG team!
Contact (805) 688-8224

Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation
There are many volunteer opportunities available throughout the year and we want you to join our team. Consider volunteering at a fundraising or program event, in our office, or becoming an intern.
Contact (805) 962-7466

Kids In Nutrition
As a college student, you have the power to mobilize other university students to become advocates for nutritious and sustainable diet change within your community. You can join a chapter as a volunteer instructor at existing KIN chapters or volunteer with KIN headquarters for behind the scenes operations.

Community Awareness, Responsibility, Education helps to prevent suffering and ensure pets can stay with their families, we distribute four tons of pet food weekly and provide critical wellness services to a record-number of animals in our mobile veterinary clinic. We also offer refuge for pets of domestic violence survivors as well as humane education programs that promote compassion for animals and empathy in our community.
Contact: (805) 335-7524 or email

Santa Barbara Channelkeeper - Watershed Brigade
Santa Barbara Channelkeeper is a registered 501c3 environmental nonprofit (EIN: 91-2151460) and is pleased to offer validated community service credits.  Channelkeeper’s Watershed Brigade provides COVID-safe opportunities for volunteers to benefit the environment and earn credit. Watershed Brigade volunteers remove trash from trails, neighborhoods, creeks, rivers, and beaches and serve as environmental stewards.  Clean-ups can be conducted anytime, anywhere and our team is happy to support student efforts by identifying litter hotspots and providing volunteers with clean-up supplies.
Contact: (805) 563-3377 or email


Community Service Opportunities - Virtual Options

Many organizations across the nation are in need of folks who are willing and able to help.  While community service will not be required this quarter, it is a pillar of the fraternity and sorority community and if you are able to help out, we encourage you to do so!  Let's show the world the positive power of our organizations! 

All For Good
Find local service opportunities you can do from home, no matter where home might be for you at this moment. There are opportunities all around the world you can check out HERE.

Operation Warm
Operation Warm offers a list of several organizations to virtually volunteer for from your home!

Be a digital volunteer with the Smithsonian for their transcription center or update their Wikipedia material. 

Catch a Fire
Volunteer with Catch a Fire for a variety of projects depending on area type and time to completion.

Amnesty Decoders
Join a global network of digital volunteers helping to research and expose human rights violations with Amnesty Decoders. 
Translators without Borders
Translators without Borders works with volunteers who are fluent in more than one language to translate a variety of documents for those in need.

Crisis Text Line
Crisis Text Line is the free, 24/7 text line for people in crisis in the United States. The service is powered by volunteer Crisis Counselors who work remotely—anywhere with a computer and secure internet connection works.  Crisis Counselors answer texts from people in crisis, bringing them from a hot moment to a cool calm through active listening, collaborative problem solving, and safety planning.

Project Gutenberg
Volunteer with Project Gutenberg to proofread eBooks for those who don't have access to paper books.

DoSomething members join volunteer, social change, and civic action campaigns to make real-world impact on causes they care about. 

Community Service