Volunteering and Donations

Recruiting COVID-19 Responders

NOTICE: At this time, we are no longer recruiting for Contact Tracers. We received such a tremendous response from the community (in fact, we’re still screening through the hundreds of applications), that we’ve closed the recruitments for tracers and interviewers.

The County of Santa Barbara is actively responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. As staffing needs arise, new job opportunities may become available. If you are interested in temporary, paid employment opportunities where you can contribute to the efforts and response to the pandemic, please visit the County of Human Resources website for the current openings. Due to the fast-changing and fluidity of the situation, these positions may open and close quickly. We encourage you to visit the website to regularly check for positions you qualify for and are interested in: Emergency Job Matching website.

If you would like to offer to volunteer your time to assist in our response to COVID-19, we have opportunities that arise and would like to make you aware of them. To sign-up, please complete our Volunteer sign-up COVID-19 form.

Community Volunteer Organizations and Resources

Santa Barbara County Mask Network | http://www.sbcmasknetwork.org/

The Santa Barbara County Mask Network assists local government, non-profits, community groups, and volunteers to protect community members and fight the spread of the coronavirus, with face covering information and resources, as we all learn how to live in a world where masks are a way of life. 

Coastal Quilters Guild of Santa Barbara and Goleta | http://www.coastalquilters.org/

Coastal Quilters Guild Inc. is a non-profit, educational & charitable organization. It is the purpose of the Guild to educate its members about the history and the preservation of the art form of quilt making and its related topics.  Guild members are helping produce cloth masks for community members.

Santa Barbara Bucket Brigade| https://sbbucketbrigade.org/so-you-think-you-can-sew/

The Bucket Brigade has launched a “Most Mask Maker Challenge” to coordinate cloth masking throughout the community.  Participants can receive free mask-making supplies and schedule pick up of completed masks.


Santa Barbara County in collaboration with Foodbank of Santa Barbara are partnering to establish a countywide process for the donation of PPEs from the community. There will be several locations throughout the county where donations of PPE may be collected from community members.  See below for details regarding the types and criteria of PPE needed, as well as donation locations and hours.

Types of PPE

  • N95 masks (NIOSH-approved)
  • Surgical and procedure masks (FDA-approved)
  • Exam gloves (powder free; nitrile or latex preferred)
  • Isolation gowns/coveralls
  • Hospital grade cleaning wipes
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Eye protection
    • Face Shields
    • Goggles
    • Safety Glasses
  • Thermometers
    • Disposable
    • Non-contact/temporal scanner

PPE Criteria

All PPEs must meet the following criteria:

  • Sealed, original packaging
  • Not expired (with the exception of NIOSH-approved N95 masks in accordance with the Emergency Use Authorization)
  • No stains, odors or tears

Donation Locations and Hours

Donations will be accepted at the following locations:


  • Carpinteria Unified Boys & Girls Club – 4849 Foothill Road
    Every other Wednesday from 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
  • Carpinteria City Hall – 5775 Carpinteria Avenue
    Monday – Friday from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm


  • Goleta Unified Boys & Girls Club – 5701 Hollister Avenue
    Monday – Friday from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Santa Maria

  • Santa Barbara Unified Boys & Girls Club – Evans Park, 200 W Williams Street
    Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm


  • Lompoc Unified Boys & Girls Club – 1025 West Ocean Avenue
    Monday – Friday from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Santa Barbara

  • Santa Barbara Unified Boys& Girls Club – 602 West Anapamu Street
    Monday – Friday from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Food Programs

Santa Barbara County Food Rescue| https://www.sbcfoodrescue.org/

Community Environmental Council is coordinating SBC Food Rescue, a collaborative recovery network for Santa Barbara County with support from private, public, and nonprofit sectors.  This website serves as the “hub” of information on available food resources throughout the county.