Volunteer Opportunities

Abel Maldonado Community Youth Center:

The Abel Maldonado Community Youth Center is a teen center that offers a variety of activities, clubs, and events for youth to participate in.

For information on volunteer opportunities:

Address: 600 S. McClelland St. Santa Maria, CA 93458
Phone: (805) 925-0951 Ext 252

American Red Cross:

We sincerely appreciate your desire to join the American Red Cross in performing our humanitarian work. We’re thrilled to have you onboard. We can’t do it alone. Your commitment to the Red Cross not only means helping others within your community through your local Red Cross; it means helping others across the world by joining the millions of volunteers worldwide that make up the global Red Cross network.

For information on volunteer opportunities:

Address: 225 Prado Road, Suite A, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Phone: (805) 543-0696 ext. 8414 

Boys & Girls Clubs Lompoc Unit:

The United Boys & Girls Clubs Of Santa Barbara County Lompoc Unit needs your help. We are actively seeking volunteers to help carry out our mission of “Reaching the children that need us the most”. Please come share your knowledge & talents and in return gain the rewarding experience of Volunteering.Become a volunteer and help bring great futures to youth today! 

For information on volunteer opportunities:

Address: 1025 W. Ocean Ave Lompoc, CA
Phone : 805-736-4978
Website: unitedbg.org 

Boys & Girls Club of santa maria valley:

The Boys & Girls Club of Santa Maria Valley needs your help with our goal of teaching kids the values of life and make them better citizens of the community. We have lots of opportunities for you to share your knowledge while gaining an unforgettable and rewarding experience.

For information on volunteer opportunities:

Address: 901 N Railroad Ave, Santa Maria, CA 93458
Phone: (805) 922-7763
Email: ecuevas@bgcsmv.org

Catholic Charities:

The Santa Barbara County area of Catholic Charities of Los Angeles, Inc. remains committed to helping low-income families and persons who continue to struggle with the effects of the economic downturn. With the support of dedicated community members and volunteers, we, collectively, are rallying to help stabilize those in crisis.

For information on volunteer opportunities:

Address: 607 W Main St, Santa Maria, CA 93458
Phone: (805) 922-2059 

Coast Valley Substance Abuse Treatment Centers: 

Substance abuse and mental illness are human conditions/disorders that can be treated. It is the mission of Coast Valley SATC to provide substance abuse and co-occurring treatment to all who want or need treatment in Santa Barbara County. We offer services at three locations in Lompoc and Santa Maria and provide a number of different programs to meet the needs of our clients including outpatient substance abuse treatment for adolescents and adults, bi-weekly food distribution, anger management and parenting courses. We have volunteer opportunities available in Lompoc for food distribution, Recovery Day in the Park, Pay-It-Forward Thrift & Gifts, and at our outpatient facilities. 

For information about our volunteer opportunities:

Address: 133 North “F” Street
Phone: (805)735-7525

Dignity Health Marian regional Medical Center:

Volunteers are an integral component of the day-to-day operations at Marian. With a wide variety of education and work experience that complements the wide variety of positions; our Volunteers share a common goal: a desire to be of service to Marian’s patients, guests, and staff.

For information on volunteer opportunities:

Address: 1400 East Church Street, Santa Maria, CA 93454
Phone: (805) 739-352 

FoodBank Santa Barbara County:

The mission of the Foodbank is to provide nourishment to those in need by acquiring and distributing safe nutritious foods via local agencies and providing education to solve hunger and nutrition problems in Santa Barbara County.

For information on volunteer opportunities:

Address: 490 W Foster Rd, Santa Maria, CA 93455
Phone: (805) 937-3422 

Growing Grounds Farm, Santa Maria:

Growing Grounds Farm in Santa Maria combines horticultural therapy and vocational training to provide individuals with mental illness employment and a supportive environment where personal growth can be realized. The Santa Maria farm was launched in October 2000, modeled on the successful Growing Grounds Farm, San Luis Obispo. We grow delicious pesticide-free produce, gorgeous flowers, and vigorous plant starters that nourish the community both mentally and physically! www.t-mha.org/work-programs.php A program of Transitions-Mental Health Association. 

For information on volunteer opportunities: 

Transitions-Mental Health Association (Main Office)
784 High Street, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Phone:  (805) 540-6534


People’s Self-Help Housing:

PSHH has established multiple residential communities in Santa Maria, Lompoc, Orcutt, and Guadalupe (as well as San Luis County), and they are always looking for volunteers to help with education and youth programs, resident services, and self-help home construction. https://pshhc.org/volunteering/

For information on volunteer opportunities:

Santa Barbara Office
26 E. Victoria Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Phone:  (805) 962-5152
E-mail: audram@pshhc.org

San Luis Obispo Office
3533 Empleo Street, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Phone:  (805) 781-3088
E-mail: audram@pshhc.org

Santa Maria valley Discovery Museum:

The Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving schools, families, and youth groups. We offer group discounts and our staff work hard to make sure your child or children have the best and most fun experience they can!

For information on volunteer opportunities:

Address: 705 S McClelland St, Santa Maria, CA 93454
Phone: (805) 928-8414

Santa Maria Valley Humane Society:

The SMVHS is a private non-profit organization that has been serving the Santa Maria Valley for over 30 years. We are committed to providing shelter and care for homeless cats and dogs. Volunteers are the mainstay of our organization and perform an essential part of our day to day operations. Volunteer opportunities available at SMVHS are as diverse as the people they attract. We offer two volunteer shifts per day, 10am to 1pm, and 1pm to 4pm, Monday through Saturday.

For information on volunteer opportunities:

Address: 1687 W. Stowell Road Santa Maria, CA 93458
Phone: (805) 349-3435

The North County Rape Crisis & Child Protection Center: 

We need people to step and to speak up for those who are not ready to do it for themselves.  Our 10 week training consists of a wide spectrum of information from legal prosecution & child abuse to helping a client deal with depression and PTSD after a molestation or assault.  Please contact us regarding schedule for our Advocate and Hotline training.  

For more information on volunteer opportunities:

Please call or email Mandy Ebert at 736-8535 or mandy@ncrccpc.org


the Salvation Army:

The Salvation Army does everything from feeding starving children and families through recovery from natural disasters to battling poverty, addiction and homelessness. The Salvation Army is serving more people in the United States than ever before. We are already seeing large increases in the number of Americans seeking the basic necessities of life - food, shelter, and warmth.

For information on volunteer opportunities:

Address: 211 E Fesler St. Santa Maria, CA 93454
Phone: (805) 349-2421 

the YMCA:

The Y is for everyone. Our programs, services and initiatives: enable kids to realize their potential, prepare teens for college, offer ways for families to have fun together, empower people to be healthier in spirit, mind and body, prepare people for employment, welcome and embrace newcomers and help foster a nationwide service ethic.

For information on volunteer opportunities:

Address: 3400 Skyway Dr., Santa Maria, CA 93455
Phone: (805) 937-8521


University of California Cooperative Extension Master Food Preserver Program:

The University of California Cooperative Extension Master Food Preserver Program extends University of California researched based information about home food safety and preservation to the public. The UC Master Food Preserver Program is a public service and outreach program offered by the University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources.

For Information on volunteer opportunities:
Address: 2156 Sierra Way, Suite C, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Phone: (805) 781-1429
Email: slomfp@ucanr.edu


University of California CalFresh Garden Nutrition Extender Program (GNE)

The UC GNE program provides interested adults with education to develop skills in planning and planting seasonal school gardens, encouraging students to taste garden vegetables, and establishing the farm-to-school link through evidence-based curriculum and engaging activities.

For Information on volunteer opportunities:
Address: 2156 Sierra Way, Suite C, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Phone: (805) 781-4188
Email: lmharrah@ucanr.edu 

University of California 4-H Youth Development Program (YDP)

The 4-H YDP in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties is a volunteer led program that emphasizes enrichment education through inquiry-based learning. Youth are encouraged to discover their passions, adopt a growth mindset, practice self-reflection and set goals. 4-H projects and programs are focused around the core content areas of citizenship, healthy living, and science, technology, engineering, and math.

For Information on volunteer opportunities:
Address: 2156 Sierra Way, Suite C, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Phone: (805) 781-5941
Email: dderickson@ucanr.edu

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