Make a real difference. You can help provide essential resources and enrichment opportunities to public school students in Pasadena, Altadena, and Sierra Madre.
Our volunteers donate time and expertise to support PEF and the initiatives of the Pasadena Unified School District… because they know great education lifts everyone up.
Who are our volunteers?
PEF volunteers are community members, PUSD parents, college students, high school students, realtors, business teams and associations who make a positive impact by doing good work right here in our own neighborhoods. Together, we are building a stronger community and you can, too.
Schedule a Garden Day for You & Your Friends – Volunteer to help our school gardens grow.
Feed Families. Prep produce at the PUSD Warehouse and/or distribute produce boxes at one or our four school sites. Learn more.
Books! Books! Books! Support the PUSD Curriculum Department by labeling and scanning new textbooks for students between March 27 – April 7 at the PUSD Warehouse. Learn more and sign up.
Organize Summer Class Supplies. The 20th year of the PEF Summer Enrichment Program offers hands-on exploration opportunities for K – 12 students to perform, explore, and create. Volunteer alongside PEF staff to ready summer supplies between April 17 – 21 & April 24 – 25.
Interested in working with us this summer? Learn about our summer employment opportunities.
See our current VOLUNTEER CALENDAR for all current opportunities.
Need more info on volunteering?
For information about custom corporate/group volunteer action days or volunteer service hours you may need for graduation, please email Nancy Carol Inguanzo, Community Engagement Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteer with PEF as…
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.
Questions? Contact: Nancy Carol Inguanzo, email@example.com
“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