of Greater Santa Barbara

Currently, our volunteer program is on hold for health and safety reasons. We look forward to welcoming new volunteers once it is safe to do so; thank you so much for your patience, and for your interest in empowering girls in our community.

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 challenges 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 these different opportunities to get involved.

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Ongoing Engagement Opportunities
Ongoing Engagement Opportunities

Work directly with Girls Inc. staff and girls, typically one day per week over a period of multiple weeks as a Homework Helper or a Boost Academic Mentor. State licensing requires that volunteers who work with children on an ongoing basis be immunized.

Requirements: Prior to starting, volunteers must submit:

  • TB test results (from within the last 12 months)
  • Proof of Pertussis/Tdap vaccination (from within the last 10 years)
  • Proof of Measles/Mumps/Rubella (MMR) vaccination (lifetime; not required if born prior to 1957)


Work one-on-one or in small groups with the girls to complete homework, assisted by Girls Inc. staff. Establish a relationship with the girls to help them rise to meet academic challenges and foster their love of learning.

Goleta Valley Center, Monday-Thursday, 5:00-6:00PM
Santa Barbara Center, Monday-Thursday, 5:00-6:00PM


Boost Mentors provide one-on-one help for girls using Boost curriculum structured and directed by Girls Inc. staff. Give the girls every chance to succeed by “boosting” academic, problem solving, and creative thinking skills.

Goleta Valley Center, Tuesdays, 4:00-5:15PM
Santa Barbara Center, Wednesdays, 3:45-5:00PM

One-time Event Opportunities
One-time Event Opportunities

Opportunities to support Girls Inc. on a one-time basis include:

  • Scholarship Fundraising Event (spring): help with registration, raffle ticket sales, in-room support.
  • Celebration Luncheon Fundraising Event (fall): help with registration, raffle ticket sales, in-room support.
  • She.Is.Beautiful Race (fall): Cheer on the runners, hand out water, staff a Girls Inc. booth.

Youth Opportunities
Youth Opportunities

Individuals 15-18 years old can volunteer on an ongoing or a one-time basis with any program or event. Opportunities include working with Girls Inc. staff at the Centers in many aspects of our day-to-day operations.

Goleta Valley Center
Santa Barbara Center

Become a Volunteer

1. Complete an Application

Volunteer Application

2. Provide Proof of Immunization

Proof of immunization can be submitted via email or dropped off at our administration office in person. Youth volunteers referred to Girls Inc. by their schools are not required to provide proof of immunization.

3. Attend a Volunteer Orientation

We hold monthly one-hour orientation and interview sessions throughout the school year at our Santa Barbara Center. You will receive information about upcoming sessions after completing your application and submitting proof of immunization (where applicable).

For more information on volunteering, contact info@girlsincsb.org or call (805) 963-4757.

If I help even one girl grow in confidence and improve basic reading and math skills, then I have done something worthwhile.

Diane, Volunteer