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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.

What counts as Christian Service?

  • Service must be something that benefits others: This is the fundamental goal of service: to help others.
  • It must be something you are not required to do for someone else or some other program: (Responsibilities for student government or Boy Scouts or your requirement for Confirmation do not count).
  • 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 you started……

    Step #1 Find a non-profit organization where you would like to volunteer. Pre-approved sites and opportunity ideas can be found 1) on the back of the BDHS Community Service Form, 2) aired on BDTV, 3) discussed in Family Homeroom, 4) on the school website under Life at Bishop,
    5) visit the Dean of Students for additional opportunities.

    Step #2 Community service forms are available in the front office.

    Step #3 Do your service…with great love!

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

    Step #5 Repeat above steps until you’ve reached 25 or more hours by the April 5, 2019.


Upcoming Community Service Opportunities 

***Christian Service Opportunities***

 Peer Buddies  - volunteers are needed.   Volunteers will be trained in how to support their buddy while learning how to teach social skills and experiencing an amazing stimulating camp! 

Summer's Dates:

  • Week 1: July 9th-13th
  • Week 2: July 16th-20th
  • Week 3: July 23rd-27th
  • Week 4: July 30th-August 3rd
  • Week 5: August 6th-10th
  • Week 6: August 13th-17th

Link to the online application for Peer Buddies:


Summer Volunteering with Cottage Health. Applicants must be 14 years old and above. See additional information here.  Due to limited spaces, the sooner you apply the more opportunities available to you For more information Connie Castillo-Walsh; Volunteer Coordinator | Cottage Health. Office: (805) 569-7357. Email:  


St. Raphael Little Souls Sunday School offers classes for 3, 4, 5/6 year old children during the 9:30am Sunday Masses October -May (except for holidays). We offer volunteer hours to high school students who help in the classroom during this time. If you are interested in volunteering in our program, please contact Cecilia Marks.

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.

The Santa Barbara Central Library seeks volunteers for Youth Services' Homework Help program for children in Kindergarten through 6th grade. Teens interested in this program will need to attend a training to prepare for this opportunity. The training will take place at the Santa Barbara Central Library, located at 40 E. Anapamu St.
Volunteers are needed to:

  • Assist with children's reading and/or homework
  • Commit to volunteer 2 - 4 hours a week
  • Sign up for a shift between 3:30 - 6:30 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, or 2:30 - 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. Three different locations are available to volunteer in (Central Library, Eastside, and Carpinteria Library).
  • Teens will need to be at least a sophomore in high school, maintain a B GPA or above, and provide a letter of recommendation from teacher.
  • Volunteers 18 and older will need to complete a background check/livescan (free contingent on completing 10 hours of service in our community) and a TB test through Partners in Education Adults - Give back to the community and enrich your life! Teens - Earn community service hours and enhance college applications!

To sign up for the training please reply to this email or call the Karla Centeno, Program Coordinator at 805-564-5681 and provide your name, email address and phone number.

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  

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Bishop Garcia Diego High School

  4000 La Colina Road
Santa Barbara, CA 93110
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