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.

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 323-780-0128.

Program Volunteerism – Virtual Opportunities

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

Campus Beautification Day– Help keep our campus beautiful! Activities for Campus Beautification may include painting classrooms, planting and garden maintenance, and other green/sustainable projects. 

ESL Small Talk– Practicing English Virtually with ESL adult students! 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 practice English conversation skills with ESL (English as a Second Language) students through virtual workshops. These workshops are regularly scheduled for the last Saturday of the month, 10 – 11:30am PST. 

Speed Mentoring- Spend 2 hours virtually mentoring a first-generation youth or young adult! During speed mentoring events, professionals give valuable career advice and our high school and college students build communication skills. Virtual Speed Mentoring are regularly scheduled via Zoom. Join us for one time or become a recurring volunteer!

Press Record- Are you a working professional in the Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and/or Math fields? We want you to record a presentation about your professional/ career for our Charter Elementary Students.  This is a great way to engage our community without the restriction of time commitments. Record yourself in your robotics lab working on a project, record yourself giving a tour of your medical office , or record yourself coding a new application. Help our student learn about different professions and maybe, introduce them to their future career!

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.

The online Volunteer Application should be submitted electronically. Volunteers must submit clearance of TB prior to starting volunteer service. Clearance for TB is valid for a period of up to four (4) years for in-person opportunities. Volunteer applicants need to be fingerprinted only once during their volunteer service. LAUSD adheres to the California State statutes pertaining to supervised volunteerism in public schools. Any volunteer applicant whose name appears on the Megan’s Law online database is prohibited from serving as a District office volunteer and as an on campus school volunteer in any capacity for any length of time, including for one-time activities.