Partners in Education’s Countywide Volunteer Program serves as the hub of volunteer coordination in Santa Barbara County schools, placing volunteers into activities that support student learning and prepare them for college or career.
The Countywide Volunteer Program serves with schools and youth serving nonprofits, coordinating over 30 different types of volunteer activities from tutoring to guest speaking. In alignment with the needs of students, the program has a special focus on career preparation for youth, coordinating volunteers to participate in: Career days, career panels, mock job interviews, job shadows, and career mentors via our Internship Program.
How it Works
1. Educators request help.
2. Volunteers sign up, sharing their personal passions, interests, and skills.
3. Our volunteer managers work to make the best possible match, linking a request with the right volunteer(s).
4. Program staff act as case managers, guiding and training volunteers through the process, and communicating with school staff to ensure the highest quality volunteer engagement.
Students benefit from direct interaction with three main types of volunteers:
- Business professionals
- College Students
- Retired individuals
We welcome companies, groups, families, service clubs, and individuals looking to contribute in meaningful way. Sign up and we will find a place for you to serve! Click here to learn more about getting your business involved.
Progress to Date
Since the program’s launch in 2008, local businesses and individuals have delivered a whopping 220,000 hours of service valued at more than $5 million dollars. With up to 200 volunteers in action on a daily basis, this number is continuously on the rise.