Volunteer

Give your time and share your passion!

Without the support of our volunteers, we would simply not be able to provide so many opportunities for over 2,000 people every year.

There are many ways to lend a hand at PUENTE depending on your interests, availability, and desired experience. Get started by reviewing our volunteer opportunities and filling out our volunteer application.

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Volunteer Opportunities

PUENTE volunteers — both individuals and groups — fulfill a number of important roles at our Boyle Heights campus. Learn more about each form of support by reading below. To sign up for volunteer opportunities of interest or request more information, please email volunteer@puente.org or call 323-780-5312.

  • Program Volunteerism - Virtual Opportunities

    Program volunteers work with students in order to support PUENTE’s mission to enrich the neighborhood through education.

    • Virtual S.T.E.A.M. Volunteers Our Charter School program is in need of volunteers that have been or are currently working professionals in the Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and/or Math fields. Ideally, the volunteer would offer just 30 minutes (or more) per week of their time for: -Live or pre-recorded video Q&A’s to discuss their background and experience working in their field -Short 15- or 20-minute video tutorials teaching something that our children would find fun and interesting -Offer insight to our team to help grow the program and children participation

    • Virtually Mentor a First-Generation College Student Only 11% of low-income, first-generation college students are expected to earn bachelor’s degrees. Become a volunteer with PUENTE's College and Career program to help make a difference. As a Mentor you would: -Help a first-generation college student stay competitive for future job opportunities by growing their skills and networks -Utilize your industry experience to provide coaching and advice via live video chat -Receive an online orientation and staff support

    • ESL Small Talk: Practicing English Virtually ESL Classes empower parents and adults to gain needed language skills so they can engage more actively in their children’s education or improve their economic opportunities. Volunteers would engage with ESL students to: -Work one-on-one with ESL (English as a Second Language) students -Host online workshops to teach small groups of motivated adult English learners -Be able to commit to 1-2 hours a week

    • Senior Citizen Meal Delivery Join us in helping deliver meals to seniors staying Safe At Home during the pandemic. They receive groceries once a week. Drivers are needed. Most routes take an hour. Volunteers would need to: -Be at least 18 years old with their own transportation -Be able to push a cart with up to 40 pounds of weight -Wear facemask and gloves when handing out donations (provided by PUENTE)

    • Virtual Fundraising Volunteers We are looking for virtual volunteers that can contribute by helping us spread the word through their social network (Facebook, Instagram, emails) about our fundraisers and help us to promote PUENTE programs and services. Volunteers would need to: -Have a personal and active social media account and email -Links, graphics, and verbiage will be provided -Knowledge of hashtags and tagging are preferred but not required

  • Administrative Support

    Administrative volunteers support PUENTE hands-on by assisting on an as-needed basis with a variety of office tasks and projects.

  • Service Groups

    The PUENTE Advisory Council and other service groups are made up of PUENTE alumni, students, parents, and supporters who regularly volunteer at PUENTE events and organize community fundraisers. If you enjoy attending PUENTE events, being part of a supportive community, and sustaining the mission of PUENTE, then please consider joining.

Volunteer Application

Please fill out the information below to apply to volunteer with PUENTE Learning Center. If there are any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to the Volunteer team at volunteer@puente.org.
  • Your Information

  • Availability

  • Interests

    Please indicate which areas you are interested in volunteering.
  • Summarize special skills and qualifications you have acquired from employment, previous volunteer work, or through other activities, including hobbies or sports.
  • Person to Notify in Case of Emergency

  • Agreement and Signature

  • Please have a parent or guardian type their full name here if you are under 18.
  • Our Policy

    It is the policy of this organization to provide equal opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual preference, age, or disability.

    Thank you for completing this application form and for your interest in volunteering with PUENTE Learning Center. Volunteering in any classroom requires a fingerprint scan and TB test clearance for anyone over the age of 18.

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