Get out! Get involved! Volunteer!
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 two years, over 300 volunteers have donated over 10,000 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.
Volunteer for the Ray Joiner Chess Tournament on September 15.
We are looking for individuals both with chess experience and without to help us organize and run our chess tournament.
Already a PEF Volunteer? Sign up on the calendar in the Volunteer Information Center.
Volunteer with PEF As…
Applications being accepted now for Summer 2018!
Note: New applicants will be added to our wait list.
High school and college students in our Summer Volunteer Program develop the skills of Leadership, Mentorship and Scholarship while working with younger students and alongside teachers in art, science, math and literacy classes such as woodworking, rocket science, improv, chess, Spanish, Mandarin and others.
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.
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!
Individuals volunteer their time and skills in our offices, for school programs, and at events throughout the year.
Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities
Interested? Contact: Allison Pultz, email@example.com
BECOME A SUMMER PROGRAM VOLUNTEER
We are looking for more than 100 student volunteers this summer!
Come serve as a Volunteer Classroom Assistant 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!
SERVE AS A JUNIOR AMBASSADOR
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, 2018
How Long: About 3-10 hours based on your availability
Where: Your school, your neighborhood
“NO BOUNDARIES” ART EXHIBITION VOLUNTEER
Every year PEF helps support the all-district art exhibition, “No Boundaries”, which opens on Friday March 9, 2018. We are seeking adult volunteers who can commit to regular shifts weekdays Feb 26-March 7 to install in the gallery. Volunteers also needed on Tuesday 3/31 to take down the show. This is a great opportunity to support our young artists and it’s a lot of fun!
BECOME A FIELD TRIP CHAPERONE
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
What Our Volunteers Say
"Well my experience has been great. The biggest impact is how much the little kids know so much Spanish. They have inspired me to learn Spanish just like them. I love how these kids are so smart! "- Jasmine Castro, Pasadena High SchoolThey Are So Smart!
"I’m having a great experience right now working with the kids. I’m like a teacher for them and they respect me. The main teacher is so nice with me that I don’t find the work hard. This is such a great experience. Thank you for the opportunity!" - Andrea Reconco, Blair High SchoolThank You For the Opportunity
"For me, it’s been a tremendous experience working with all the kids. Everyday I wake up looking forward to teaching them another lesson and having fun at the same time. I’ve also had the pleasure of working with a great teacher and some fabulous volunteers.” Michael Ayranian, Pasadena High SchoolHaving Fun & Teaching at the Same Time