In Person Volunteer Opportunities

The following agencies are based in SLO and Santa Barbara counties and host volunteer activities considered 'essential services'. The agencies have taken measures to minimize risk to volunteers and clients such as requiring hand washing and providing personal protective equipment. 


Central Coast Aquarium

Forget about boring volunteer work and dive into the excitement of working at the Central Coast Aquarium! We’re currently seeking motivated and reliable volunteers to join our organization.

Are you interested in working behind-the-scenes at an aquarium? As an Aquarist you will be able to prepare food for the fish and feed them! As well as take care of any tank maintenance.

Are you passionate about educating and inspiring others to appreciate the amazing life that exists in our oceans? As an Exhibit hall volunteer you can communicate with our guests and give them the fun facts about our critters. You can also do a public feeding for them and pick up a shark for everyone to touch.

If all of this sounds interesting to you, then join us at Central Coast Aquarium!

Please fill out your application here:

If you have any questions please email


El Camino Homeless Organization

Overnight Chaperone: This position requires an overnight stay at the shelter. Start and end times are typically 5pm to 7am but can be flexible if needed- just let ECHO know in advance so they can be prepared. Volunteers sleep and stand watch in shifts (usually 10pm-2am, and 2am-6am) and record any significant events on a log sheet. This information helps better manage the shelter.  Wifi is available throughout the shelter.

Shower Monitor: The shifts are 3pm - 5pm Monday, Wednesday, Friday and 4pm- 5pm Tuesday and Thursday. Volunteers sign-in clients coming for a shower, show them where to get towels, toiletries, and clothing and make sure clients are not going past the showers and into the shelter area. Additionally, volunteers will take temperatures and make sure folks wash hands before entering the building.   Volunteers will be trained upon arrival.

To sign-up to volunteer with ECHO, please visit Contact Raychel Nowak at 805-539-7858 or with any questions or concerns.


Foodbank of Santa Barbara County

Help pack bags of food, deliver food to housebound seniors, and operate food distribution sites. 

Those interested in volunteering are invited to create an account at and opt in for emails. As needs emerge throughout the week, registered volunteers will be updated about where their help is needed. 


Meals That Connect

Help deliver meals to homebound seniors! Many of the typical volunteer drivers are seniors themselves, so individuals with low-risk are needed to volunteer. Meals are left on the doorstep after confirming the senior is home and maintaining the recommended social distancing protecting the volunteers as well as the seniors. 

Volunteers can sign-up by filling out a general form at, or by contacting a site manager directly from the list of locations at the following page  


SLO Foodbank

Help is needed with a variety of projects including assembling fresh produce bags, sorting food from the grocery rescue program and food drive donations, and helping to prepare food donations for numerous agency partners. 

Visit  to sign up for a shift.   


Wilshire Community Services

Assist older adults with simple daily activities in order to support their safety and independence. Volunteers may choose from tasks such as: grocery shopping, providing rides, running errands, or home safety tasks (i.e. changing a light bulb). Volunteer training (currently provided online) is required. 

Contact Kristen Grasso at for more information and to sign-up.



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