Student Volunteer Opportunities
A minimum of 25 hours of Christian Service is expected each year, freshman through senior year. Numerous opportunities for service are available at all times on and off campus.  Hours are applied yearly July 1 - June 30.  Hours must be submitted once service is completed and/or by the end of each semester.  

What counts as Christian Service?

  • Service must be something that benefits others: This is the fundamental goal of service: to help others.
  • You cannot get paid or be given credit in any way for the activity.
  • The organization may not benefit monetarily from your service.
  • Parents are not permitted to supervise or sign off student hours.
5 steps to get started...
Step #1 Find a non-profit organization where you would like to volunteer. Pre-approved sites and opportunity ideas can be found on the back of the BDHS Community Service Form.  If you are unsure if the organization or project will count as service hours, visit the Dean of Students for approval.  Be sure to take a form to the volunteer site for the supervisor to complete their section of the form.
Other ways to learn about service opportunities...
  • Aired on BDTV
  • Discussed in Family Homeroom 
  • On the school website under Life at Bishop 
  • Visit the Dean of Students for additional opportunities
Step #2 Community service forms are available in the library and the website Life at Bishop/Forms.

Step #3 Do your service…with great love!  

Step #4 Turn in your COMPLETED service form to the basket in the library.

Step #5 Repeat above steps until you’ve reached 25.  Due dates for each semester
  • Fall Semester: December 20, 2019
  • Spring Semester: April 22, 2020.  
Service hours from the fall semester will not be accepted in the spring semester - be sure to turn in your hours.  


Upcoming Community Service Opportunities 


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In every community there are individuals who are home bound and suffering from illness or injury that have no support network. Part of the healing process is being cared for nutritionally. Food From the Heart recognizes that need by preparing nutritious, healing meals, delivered by caring volunteers to those in crisis due to illness, injury or under the care of hospice, visiting nurses or other medical professionals. Food From The Heart does not charge for this service.
The Harvest Program is Mon/Tue from 8:30am-11:30am. Volunteers meet at the church on the corner of La Cumbre and Foothill and carpool to the harvest site.  Harvest Program will send a weekly email to confirmed the harvest locations  for the week.  
The Food Prep Program is Tues/Wed from 9am-11:30am. Students should contact in advance to confirm and find out if support is needed for the week. For more details contact  

St. Joseph Catholic Church will host the 61st St Joseph Festival scheduled for July 12, 13 and 14.  Volunteer opportunities are offered for all three days in four hour shifts each day.  We reward all volunteers with a free meal of any price, and with a free soft drink of any price. Those volunteers who help with cleanup during the 8:00 am -12:00 pm shift, or with the 8:00 pm – 12:00 am shift will also receive ride tickets.  Volunteers will be assigned tasks on an as needed basis to work in booths, monitor parking, assist with trash removal, and other tasks as the needs occur. 

Our first organizational meeting will be on Thursday, May 30, at 7:00 pm, St Joseph Catholic Church, Room 2,  1532 Linden Ave., Carpinteria.  Students who volunteer for more than one day, and will receive food and drink vouchers for each shift; but they may not work more than one shift per day.  Student volunteers attending the orientation meeting should be accompanied by a parent, as a signed consent form and photo release is required.  Students may also take the forms for parent signature, and return them to the office within the next seven days.

For more information contact Mike Lee; Volunteer Coordinator @ St. Joseph Catholic Church

1532 Linden Ave - Carpinteria (805) 453-2916


Camp Wheez 

Applications (not pictured) available in the library or see Ms. Van Wingerden


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Excellent volunteer opportunity this summer for incoming 10th graders and up. The United Way is seeking Counselors in Training to assist with our annual Fun in the Sun summer camp. This is a six week program that runs from June 17 – July 27. As well as earning community service hours our CIT’s will also receive college prep enrichment, special training, and participate in community building activities. Questions contact Lizza Wilding @

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The Alzheimer's Association of Santa Barbara County is looking for volunteers to help with their newest global signature event, The Longest Day. The Longest Day Volunteers play a vital role in helping the organization end Alzheimer’s and with their mission, a world without Alzheimer’s. On, June 21, 2019, people across the world will do what they love on the day with the most light, Summer Solstice, to come out of the darkness of Alzheimer's disease, to honor those they love with Alzheimer’s. Together, we will raise funds and awareness for the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association and to help the nearly 10,000 in Santa Barbara County. Please contact Erika Van Wingerden at to receive a participation handbook and/or registration form. 

Please feel free to contact or 805-892-4259 ex 101 for participant and volunteer opportunities.


Santa Barbara Zoo Volunteer Opportunities
Ever wonder how volunteering at the Santa Barbara Zoo makes a difference? View
to see how our volunteers earn community service hours, gain work experience, and meet new friends all while Saving Animals From Extinction! For more details of zoo opportunities visit

Nonprofit Resource Network is a way to connect with your community, world organizations, break into the nonprofit world, and make your community a better place. Here’s how this resource is relevant to you: it connects people in Santa Barbara who care about making the world a better place. How does it do that? In many ways, but in your case, through the Volunteer Connect page. Through this page, organizations post their volunteer needs. Simply go to to register as a volunteer.

Santa Barbara Central Library

Santa Barbara Public Library is offering volunteer trainings for our Homework Help Center on Wednesday, August 29, from 5:15-6:30 p.m., or Saturday, September 8, from 1-2:15 p.m. in the Tech Lab of the Santa Barbara Central Library, located at 40 E. Anapamu.

Volunteers are asked to work a minimum of two hours a week assisting children with reading and/or homework. Teen volunteers earn community service hours for their time, must be at least 14 years old, and maintain at least a B grade-point average. Volunteers 18 and older need to complete a background check/livescan. Those interested in volunteering can register online for the Wednesday or Saturday training, or contact Molly Wetta, Senior Librarian for Youth Services at or (805) 564-5642.

Homework Help is available at Central Library beginning September 5th, 2018 on Mondays from 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm and Wednesdays from 2:30 pm to 6:30 pm. Students can sign up for 20 minute sessions for assistance with math or other homework, or practice reading aloud with a volunteer.

Non-Profit Organizations in the Santa Barbara Area

Students are not limited to serving from this list only. These are merely suggestions:

Total Christian service hours to be completed by the end of each school year:

  • Freshmen – 25 (or more)                 
  • Sophomores – 50 (or more) 
  • Juniors – 75 (or more)
  • Seniors – 100 (or more)

 Have questions or need help?

Have questions or need support? Please contact Dean of Students, Ms. Carr