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Volunteer Opportunities
updated: Feb 03, 2013, 2:01 PM

By Edhat Subscriber

The abrupt closure of Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic (Learning Ally) left a big hole in my week. Can anyone suggest volunteer opportunities in Santa Barbara/Goleta that are of use and provide intellectual stimulation in a friendly atmosphere? Thanks!

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 COMMENT 370501P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-03 02:17 PM

Become a literacy volunteer through the SB library: http://sbplibrary.org/services/tutoring-adults.html (info for volunteers is about 1/2 way down the page).


 STRAY agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-03 03:12 PM

Santa Barbara County Education Office "Partners in Education" offers numerous opportunities to involve yourself in our local schools working with youth.

One time or on-going, depending on your schedule.

Career Day, mock interviews, job shadows, high school academy programs and guest speakers in classrooms.



 COMMENT 370514 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-03 03:18 PM

Tell us more about the closing. Was a news item posted here? Search (on Edhat) turns up nothing.


 COMMENT 370519P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-03 03:45 PM

I searched it on Google and found this:


Evidently they closed a number of studios due to loss of funding. Too bad, it was a great resource. I didn't see anything in the local media.


 COMMENT 370530 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-03 04:47 PM

Horrible.. why? Any chance of reopening??


 COMMENT 370535 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-03 05:22 PM

boys and girls clubs.....Kids need good role models


 COMMENT 370571 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-03 08:51 PM

the braille institute is a great place to volunteer! stop by the beautiful campus at 2031 de la vina or call 682-6222.


 COMMENT 370587 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-04 06:29 AM

Afterschool homework help is needed at Ladera Apartments or 2 Carpinteria after school sites -- contact Peoples' Self-Help Housing at 699-7227. Low income kids could use your help! Thank you.


 COMMENT 370593 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-04 07:16 AM

Braille institute
Reading stories at children's libraries
Volunteering to read stories in kindergartens and elementary school grades


 COMMENT 370605 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-04 07:49 AM

If you like kittens and cats, ASAP in Goleta is a great place.
Little dogs or big dogs, any of the shelters in the same location.
I spend 3-4 hrs/wk at the County shelter with the big dogs and have a great time with each one. They really appreciate any interaction with people and any exercise you can give them.

Just about any non-profit that you think has an important mission needs volunteers. Thanks for helping out!


 COMMENT 370607 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-04 07:50 AM

The American Cancer Society needs volunteer drivers for their "Road to Recovery" program that offers cancer patients free rides to treatments.


 COMMENT 370647 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-04 10:37 AM

RSVP lists all kinds of volunteer opportunites. Also, both local hospice organizations have websites and need volunteers who can serve either in clerical or patient care capacities.


 COMMENT 370677 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-04 11:53 AM

I bet just about any public school would welcome your help in the library. I know my daughter's elementary school relies almost exclusively on volunteers to staff their library.


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