We couldn’t do what we do without the help and support of our generous community volunteers.
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Each year Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara relies on community volunteers to help fulfill its mission of inspiring girls to be strong, smart, and bold. We seek people who share our vision for a future where girls use their voices to confidently overcome the challengs of gender bias and stereotypes so they may grow up healthy, educated, and economically independent leaders in our community, free from gender inequity, harassment, and violence.
If empowering girls to fulfill their highest potential motivates you, check out the many ongoing commitments and short-term projects below.
The following are just some of the volunteer opportunities available this year.
Reading Ambassadors: (Dates vary by location during the school year.) Third and fourth grade girls practice their read-aloud training and skills with volunteers during the after-school program. Girls would benefit from volunteers who represent a group (sports team, business, etc.) who could speak to the girls about what they do/represent. Volunteers are asked to commit to at least 3-5 visits.
iRead: (Dates vary by location during the school year.) First and second graders who benefit from additional practice read to volunteers in order to improve their skills and increase their confidence. A weekly commitment is required.
Homework Helpers & Tutors: Volunteers are needed at both the Santa Barbara and Goleta Valley Centers to work one-on-one with girls to encourage them to complete their homework and lend a hand when needed. Shifts are flexible Monday through Thursday, from 5PM-6PM. Volunteers are asked to commit to at least one set hour per week for a 10-week semester.
Volunteers are needed throughout the year to support various fundraising events, such as the One Hundred Committee Gala in the spring, the Celebration Luncheon in the fall, and the She.Is.Beautiful 5k & 10k run in September, as well as other community events throughout the year.
We need volunteers for several special events at the Santa Barbara and Goleta Valley Centers throughout the year, including:
Science Fair: Each center hosts an annual Science Fair in the spring, and science-savvy volunteers are needed to help the girls explore and reach new heights in science.
Thanksgiving Dinner: Each Center hosts a Thanksgiving Dinner in November for the girls and their families. This is a wonderful opportunity to get the holiday season started right for families in our community.
Winter Stage Performance: Each Center performs an annual play/musical and volunteers are needed two days a week from September – December to help with staging, costuming, sets, running lines, and all the fun (and work) involved in the magic of theater!
Volunteer help is needed for the annual Gymnastics Meet in March-April and Performance Showcase events in the spring and fall. For more information or to volunteer, contact the Gymnastics Center at (805) 963-4492.
For more information on volunteering, contact Mel Dase, at (805) 963-4757.