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The County of Santa Barbara is in search of community members seeking ways to get involved in volunteer opportunities that support the various COVID19 related projects. 
The County of Santa Barbara is in search of community members who would like to utilize their wisdom and talents by volunteering for various COVID19 related projects. Volunteer assignments will be based on the skills, knowledge, and abilities of each individual volunteer and may include supporting emergency shelters, food distribution call centers, alternate (medical) care sites or other emerging needs. 
All volunteers are subject to a background check and will be required to provide their full name, date of birth, address, driver’s license or California Identification number, and social security number. All volunteers who are not currently employed as a government worker must also be sworn in by an approved Disaster Service Worker (DSW) appointing authority of the County of Santa Barbara. Being sworn in as a DSW provides full coverage by the State of California Worker’s Compensation system. 
Community members interested in volunteering can sign up by completing the Volunteer Registration Form found on the Santa Barbara County Public Health portal at and emailing the completed form to or by contacting the Santa Barbara City CERT Spontaneous Volunteer Center, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at (805) 564-5780 to sign up over the telephone. 


In times of crisis, communities come together to help one another. We at the Santa Barbara Foundation are inspired by the generous donors and volunteers who have stepped forward to provide funding, donations of vitally needed food and supplies, and essential volunteer work. The forums below provide opportunities for community members to support our non-profit organizations in need of food, supplies, volunteers, and financial contributions for needs related to the COVID-19 crisis.

Community members: Please contact the organizations on the Santa Barbara Foundation Page directly, or follow their instructions regarding donations and volunteer opportunities. You can use the tables below to search and sort for relevant data, or scroll through to browse opportunities and needs.
Organizations: Please use the forms provided on the Santa Barbara Foundation Page to submit your current needs to be listed in the tables below. You will be able to submit changes and additional requests as your needs develop.


Visit the webpage hereSanta Barbara Foundation Page


We've highlited the needs of our Partner Agencies and the Home For Good Santa Barbara County Coordinated Outreach Team here. 

Santa Maria Safer in Shelter 
What: The County of Santa Barbara is seeking volunteers who are comfortable working with persons experiencing homelessness to assist with shelter operations under the direction and oversight of County staff.
Where: Santa Maria High School Gymnasium, Gate 12 off of Stowell Rd.
When: Opening Saturday, March 21, 2020 at 2pm
Contact: The contact for volunteers to respond to is Ernesto Diaz
Salvation Army in Santa Maria
What: reparing box lunches and open pantry distribution.
Where: Salvation Army, 200 W Cook St, Santa Maria
When: Open Monday through Sunday 
Contact: Captains Juan and Patricia Torres 805-349-2421 or 562-544-9874

Organic Soup Kitchen
What: In response to COVID-19, Organic Soup Kitchen is expanding their delivery of organic, plant-based immune building soups. Drivers are needed to help with delivery. 
When: Monday-Friday 
Where: Summerland to Goleta 
Contact: Andrea at 805 284 3552 or
PATH Santa Barbara 
What: We need volunteers in our kitchen. We are practicing social distancing and cleaning much more at PATH. They are limiting the amount of volunteers in the kitchen, 2-4, and spacing everyone out throughout the kitchen on projects: 
  • 9:00am to help with food sorting
  • 10:00am-1:00pm serving lunch
  • 1:00-4:00pm food prep & cleaning
  • 5:30-7:30pm serving dinner
Where: PATH-Santa Barbara, 816 Cacique Street, Santa Barbara 
Contact: or 805-979-8710 
Salvation Army in Santa Barbara
What: Food prep of box lunches 
Where: Salvation Army, 4849 Hollister Ave., Santa Barbara
When: Open Monday-Friday 11am-1pm and 1pm-3pm  
Contact: Ashley at or 805-451-5604. 

County Housing Authority Food Distribution Sites 
What: Food distribution to Housing Authority sites 
Where: Sites in Santa Maria, Guadalup, Lompoc and Goleta
When: Monday-Friday. 
Contact: Jenny K. Grimsley | Resident Services Manager, Housing Authority of the County of Santa Barbara, 805.925.4393 ext. 330
FoodBank COVID-19 Response Volunteers:
Go to the website and select the button to indicate the region you’d like to volunteer in. You will be redirected to a page where you will need to make an account. This helps us keep track of who is working with us, and helps make sure all our volunteers are safe and accounted for in the event of a disaster.
Once your account is created, you will receive updates about volunteer needs and how to sign up.
Pickup of Food For Home For Good Santa Barbara County
We need drivers to pick up food for our Home For Good Santa Barbara County “Brown Bag Lunch” program. Contact Ashley at cgvolunteers or 805-451-5604 


Contact or 805-451-5604