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.

  • 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 (English as a Second Language) students through virtual workshops, taking place on the last Saturday of every month, 10– 11:30am PST.

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.