organizations with whom i've worked with

Community Affairs Board

Community Affairs Board Website

is UCSB's largest student-run volunteer organization. If you're interested in volunteering with animals, elderly, kids, environment, hungry/houseless community, and/or disaster relief, CAB is the place for you!

Every quarter, a small amount of every UCSB student's tuition goes towards funding CAB, and CAB's mission is to put that money back into students' pockets through opportunities for community service work, career exploration, and meaningful connections with their communities. As the Disneyland of UCSB Associated Students, we make volunteering easy, fun, and rewarding.



My involvement with CAB begin 3 months into my college career when I showed up to a meeting for free food and left with a volunteer opportunity. Soon after, I found myself volunteering with kids at the MOXi, elderly at Friendship Manor, and the hungry/houseless community in Isla Vista.

To further my contribution to the student body and local community, I joined the leaderboard of CAB.
First, I was Childcare Director, serving the very unique population of undergraduate student parents of UCSB, forwarding their grants, and providing childcare.
Next, I became the Public Relations Coordinator, where I managed their social media accounts (Instagram + Facebook), sent out university announcements, created flyers, and bought merchandise.
Lastly, I ended my college career as their Alternative Breaks Coordinator, in charge of a program that sends UCSB students to other parts of the country during Winter and Spring break to volunteer. In December of 2017, I attended their trip to Port Arthur, Texas where we were able to help with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. In December of 2019, I organized and attended their trip to San Antonio, Texas on an Immigration Project. For Spring of 2020, I organized a trip to Flint, Michigan, hoping to help with the Flint Water Crisis, however, due to the coronavirus outbreak, the trip was cancelled, but we are hoping the trip can still be done at a later time.



CAB has honestly given me some of the best college memories. It's a place where work and play collide, and fun never stops.


New Directions for people with disabilities, Inc. (New Directions Travel)

New Directions Travel Website

is a non-profit organization based in Santa Barbara, CA. Working as a travel agency for people with developmental disabilities since 1985, they have traveled with over 33,000 travelers to over 65 countries. In a progressive country like the United States, we would have guessed that there are plentiful opportunities for people with disabilities. However, compared to some other countries, who still have not yet reached the level of sufficiency, we are way behind. With the mission to change the way the world views disability - one adventure at a time, New Directions creates opportunities for high- quality local, national, and international travel vacations and holiday programs for people with mild to moderate developmental disabilities.

Beginning in March of 2018, I have been working with them as their Social Media Intern. In this role, I manage their social media accounts (mainly Facebook) and create content to engage existing and potential travelers, tour guides, volunteers, and donors. But of course, with a group that amazing, it did not take long for me to go on a tour myself. So, in December of 2018, I went on my first, but not definitely not last, tour with them to Disneyland as part of their Holiday Happiness program. It was 4 days of Disneyland, fun, food, friends, and smiles. In the summer of 2019, I went on two more tours with them to the Queen Mary in Long Beach and Rankin Dude Ranch.




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