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

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

    • Citizenship Class Provide teaching assistance to assist our students to prepare for the U.S. naturalization test. You can help to guide community members in becoming new American citizens.

    • Classroom Assistant(s) Volunteers in the classroom make a difference for children’s lives by assisting PUENTE educators in our Preschool, Charter School, After School, and Summer Camp programs. Volunteer support roles include providing students with extra help or supervision, delivering enrichment activities and assisting teachers with snack and recess time. Volunteering in any children’s classroom requires attending an orientation session, completing a fingerprint scan, and submitting a TB test clearance, for anyone over the age of 18.

    • College and Career Program: Professional Guidance High school students in the PUENTE College and Career Program benefit from the support of volunteers from the STEM fields and beyond. During the academic year, guest speakers visit PUENTE students during their weekly college and career preparedness seminars on campus at our partner sites, Mendez High School and Roybal Learning Center. And every spring, PUENTE plays host to a variety of professionals who visit the PUENTE campus for our Career Fair. Volunteers support the weekly seminars and the annual career fair by sharing the story of their career path, answering student questions about their profession, or providing informational interview opportunities.

    • ESL Small Talk: Practicing English 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. Classes are offered in partnerships with Los Angeles Unified School District and Los Angeles City College. Volunteers engage in English conversation with adult ESL students.

  • Special Events

    Each year, PUENTE hosts fundraising and engagement events to reach out to our community and support our programs.

    • Back to School Bash is a celebration of the new school year with food, music, resources, and a raffle for hundreds of PUENTE students and community members. This year, the event will take place from 11 am – 2 pm on August 29th. Volunteers support this event by assisting with set-up, greeting, food/drink/raffle ticket sales, and tear-down.

    • Golf Classic is PUENTE’s annual fundraising event held each October, during which we raise funds to sustain our programs while enjoying a full day of golf. Volunteers are important to making this event a success by assisting with set-up, greeting, registration, raffle ticket sales, and tear-down.

  • 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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