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Day of Service is our annual event that encourages UC Santa Barbara alumni across the globe to give back to their communities. Last year's event was a huge success with over 400 Gauchos spending their Saturday in service to their communities. Be sure to save the date for Saturday, August 20th, 2022, and encourage your fellow Gauchos, friends, and family to do the same. If you wish to serve as a volunteer leader in your area, please email us at

Looking for more ways to give back? Consider making a gift to the
Gaucho For Life Fund.

The Gauchos for Life Fund enables Alumni Affairs to create meaningful engagement opportunities that build strong ties between UCSB and its alumni. Gifts to the Gauchos for Life Fund support alumni events and student programs including the All Gaucho Reunion, regional & Olé events, the Gaucho Professional Network, study nights, career panels, and incoming student welcome receptions.

Service Projects

Stay tuned for a list of opportunities! Events will be added regularly so be sure to check back.

If you would like to receive community service hours for your participation, please contact the organization directly.


Isla Vista Recreation & Park District | 950 Embarcadero del Mar, 9am - 12pm
Volunteers choose from 3 different activities to clean up the area around Anisq’oyo’ Park – weeding, mulching, raking leaves, and picking up trash. 30-person capacity limit.
Contact: Kimberly Kiefer,

Downtown SB | 27 De La Guerra, 9am - 12pm
Volunteers beautify Santa Barbara through bouquet-making, gardening, and trash pick-up. 30-person capacity limit.
Contact: Amy Gudino,

PATH | 816 Cacique St, 9am - 12pm
Volunteers pick up trash and debris during the PATH Neighborhood clean-up. No capacity limit.
Contact: John Bowlin,

Surfrider | Ocean Beach, SF, 10am - 12pm
Volunteers (max of 300) clean up Ocean Beach from 10-12pm.
Contact: Holden Hardcastle,

Surfrider Los Angeles | City of Industry: Venice Beach – Rose Avenue, 10am-12pm
This clean-up at Venice Beach is sponsored by Ernst & Young LLP. Volunteers must fill out the digital waiver before arrival. Capacity limit is 150.
Contact: Sarah Plenge,

Los Angeles Regional Food Bank* | City of Industry: 2300 Pellissier Pl, City of Industry, CA 90601, 9am - 1pm
Volunteers assemble food packages for low income seniors in L.A. County.  Maximum 70 volunteers (no walk-ins allowed) participants must sign a COVID19 waiver and a terms & conditions form on-site. 
Contact: Madeline Kay, 
* The minimum age to volunteer is 18 years old

Someone Cares Soup Kitchen* | 720 W 19th St, Costa Mesa, CA 92627, 9am - 12pm
Volunteers may cook, serve, sort and stock donations, and help with set-up and clean-up. Maximum capacity reached. No more sign-ups available.
Contact: Shannon Santos,
* The minimum age to volunteer is 15 years old

Orange County Food Bank | 11870 Monarch Street Garden Grove, CA 92841, 11AM-1PM
Volunteers will pack food items into boxes for low-income seniors. Closed toed shoes are required and bringing a reusable water bottle is recommended. No waivers or additional materials needed. Capacity limit is 32.
Contact: Tracey Chhuor,  

San Diego Rescue Mission* | 120 Elm Street, San Diego CA 92101, 9am - 12pm
Volunteers will assemble hygiene kits, cut fleece for no-sew fleece blankets, sort donations, etc.
Contact: Debbie Krakauer,
* Adults and families with kids ages 7 and up.

Surfrider/San Diego Coastkeeper Collaboration, 9am - 12pm
Two locations:
1. Moonlight State Beach, Encinitas, CA 92024 (Meet next to the restrooms near the tables)
2. Imperial State Beach, Elder Ave., CA 91932 (Meet on the sand behind The Spirit of Imperial Beach Statue)
Volunteers will clean up the beach and street. Volunteers must sign a waiver on-site — parent or guardian must sign for those under the age of 18. Supplies are limited so please bring your own gloves, bag/bucket and reusable water bottle to reduce waste.
Contact: Mitch Silverstein,

The Understudy | The National Theatre, South Bank, London, 12:30pm - 3:30pm
Join Olé UK in writing letters, emails, petitions and more to support Amnesty International Campaigns. Please bring a laptop/tablet/phone. No capacity limit.
Contact: Kara Goslin,


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Show the world how #GauchosGiveBack!  In the last couple of years, Day of Service provided virtual initiatives, such as opportunities to donate to organizations like Feeding America and more hands-on offerings like volunteering for the Smithsonian Digital Volunteers. This year, we're again promoting these types of events and also planning in-person opportunities that comply with the COVID-safety guidelines of respective counties. 

Stay tuned for a list of opportunities! Events will be added regularly so be sure to check back.

Be sure to register to receive your free Day of Service t-shirt at our event! And if you think it's something others may enjoy, email us, and we may be able to add it to the schedule.

Day of Service Through the Years


Contact Information 

Abigail Merkel
Day of Service Intern
Carmiya Baskin
Programs Coordinator