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Volunteers expand our capacity to provide essential resources and enrichment opportunities to public school students in Pasadena, Altadena, and Sierra Madre.

Our volunteers are making a difference. In the past three years, over 600 volunteers have donated more than 30,000 hours of community service to PEF and our schools.

Our volunteers are community members, PUSD parents, college students, high school students, realtors, and teams representing businesses and other associations. Our volunteers offer their support to PUSD and PEF initiatives including My Masterpieces, Farm to School Gardens, Summer Enrichment Program, Robotics and more.

Our volunteers’ commitment is also felt directly here at PEF through office and event support, and out in the world as community advocates for the work of PEF and for public education.



SUMMER YOUTH LEADERS – Registration is available now! Sign up to get your first choice of school and preferred area of interest. This is an excellent way to improve your skills for college while helping our school community.



For information about custom corporate volunteer action days, please email Nancy Carol Inguanzo, Community Outreach & Volunteer Manager at ncinguanzo@pasedfoundation.org

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Individuals volunteer their time and skills in our offices, for school programs, and at events throughout the year.


Groups of five or more volunteers representing a business, club, or other association can participate in team building one to two-day service projects at school sites such as school gardening, playground beautification and painting projects. Many hands make light work, and it’s great community visibility for your group. Learn more!


Come be a part of an amazing community wide group of volunteers who are excited about the work we do, want to promote our unique PUSD schools, and who believe in public education! As a PEF Ambassador you’ll attend our “insiders only” meetings and commit to vibrantly furthering the mission of the Pasadena Educational Foundation by creating awareness in the community for PUSD and public education, networking among personal/professional friends and colleagues, bolstering social media presence, representing at key events, and inspiring others to get involved.


Gain important skills for college and career, expand your horizons, make new friends, and mentor younger students in a subject you’re passionate about by serving as a Youth Leader volunteer in our K-8 summer classes! Our training in educational and emotional development, college and career prep, and classroom support techniques will provide you with all you need to know to succeed in this 3-5 week community service experience that you’ll never forget!

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Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

Interested? Contact: Nancy Carol Inguanzo, ncinguanzo@pasedfoundation.org


We are looking for more than 100 student volunteers this summer!

Come serve as a Youth Leader in our Summer Enrichment Program by sharing your talents in Rock Band, Orchestra, Dance, Chess, Robotics, Drama, Archaeology, Art, Table Tennis, Sculpture, Science, Math, Spanish, French, Mandarin, Cooking, Gardening…and more!

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PEF Junior Ambassadors play a key role in volunteer outreach and recruitment for our Summer Enrichment Volunteer Program. They distribute fliers to their neighborhood hangouts, school or college, provide information to their teachers and counselors, and encourage friends to participate. They provide back to PEF a list of their outreach points for future reference.

Who: Any former summer volunteer
When: You make your own hours in March, April and May, 2020
How Long: About 3-10 hours based on your availability
Where: Your school, your neighborhood


Every year PEF helps support the all-district art exhibition, “No Boundaries”, which opens in the Spring. We are seeking adult volunteers who can commit to regular shifts on weekdays to install in the gallery. Volunteers also needed to take down the show. This is a great opportunity to support our young artists and it’s a lot of fun!


Our award-winning K-6 arts program “My Masterpieces: Discovering Art in My Community” needs adult volunteers to help chaperone students on field trips to arts and culture institutions such as The Norton Simon Museum, The Huntington Gardens and others. From time to time we also receive requests for volunteers to help chaperone other school field trips. These chaperones must receive a PUSD District “greenbadge,” which requires an orientation, FBI Livescan, and recent negative TB test.

Who: Any community member
When: Orientation and screening scheduled ASAP.  Trip dates TBD with 72-hour prior notice
How Long: Field trips typically last ½ to a full school day
Where: Area arts, culture and science institutions

“All of the volunteers were amazing and I am so thankful for their help. We packed all 850+ bags of food, sorted thousands of toys, and we even got done early. We are very blessed to be able to provide Christmas toys and food to so many families in need, but we could not do it without the help of our wonderful volunteers.” Jhoana Hirasuna, B.A. Director of Social Services

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