How to Get Involved

Attention All Volunteers! Adopt-A-Block hosts three drop-in volunteer opportunities a week! Our hours are Wednesdays 12pm-3pm, Fridays 1pm-4pm, and Saturdays 11am-1pm and are held at our District Office, 961 Embarcadero del Mar. Individuals and groups are welcome to drop in during these hours, but we ask that you email if you would like to host a group of 20 people or more.

For individual or small group drop-in,

Sign Up for Adopt-A-Block Here

To protect against broken glass and other hazardous street litter, we require all our volunteers to wear closed-toed shoes. While not required, a reusable water bottle, sunscreen and/or clothing appropriate for current weather conditions are also highly encouraged.

No. Street litter often contains sharp objects, including broken glass. In the interest of keeping our volunteers safe, we require all participants to wear closed-toed shoes. Volunteers wearing sandals will be asked to go home and switch shoes before being allowed to sign-in.

Please dress appropriately for current weather conditions. Sunscreen and a reusable water bottle are also highly encouraged; there is a water dispenser at our office for you to fill up your bottle. We will provide you with all clean-up materials and equipment, including gloves, safety vests, trash grabbers, and buckets.

Each drop-in period is three (3) hours and volunteers are welcome to come for all or some that period.

Yes, absolutely! Many of our volunteers need their hours verified for Greek Life, UCSB Honors Program, and various clubs and organizations. We are happy to sign off on your volunteer hours after your clean-up. Please make sure to bring any paperwork provided by your organization, or use the following links to print an individual or group verification form.

Adopt-A-Block is funded primarily to address street litter in Isla Vista, though we sometimes send groups down to the beach if the streets have already been cleaned. Please remember that street litter will eventually end up on the beach if it isn’t cleaned up, so by helping us pick it up you are directly helping to keep Isla Vista’s beaches clean!

Adopt-A-Block offers a Community Service Work Program that provides opportunities for individuals to complete court or probation ordered community service. For more information or to inquire about completing assigned hours through AAB, please email .

No. As much as we love animals, letting them tag along on a clean-up poses a safety risk to both you and your pet so we ask that you leave them at home while volunteering. Thank you for understanding.