The Volunteer Experience

We rely heavily on the work of volunteers to carry out our mission. Our volunteers get the chance to connect with an organization that is deeply rooted in the community, committed to values of social justice, and actively involved in the arts and media.  Find out more about how to get involved here.



unnamed“As an environmental advocate, I’m glad to be helping inform people about issues occurring in our community, especially issues that are not usually covered by the mainstream media.”

–Laura Gaurdia, San Francisco State University environmental studies major




Gustavo“I saw a bunch of copies of El Tecolote. And I thought, ‘This is the first bilingual newspaper I’ve ever seen.’ It took my attention and then I noticed that there were no cartoons, and [that the newspaper held] meetings. And I just came. I liked that it’s very people oriented. And I wanted to collaborate with this nice organization.”

–Gustavo Reyes, cartoonist El Tecolote



DRizoEl Tecolote serves to bridge the gap and provide a space for thoughtful discussion. I am proud to have my pictures published by such a powerful and honorable publication.”

–Dhoryan Rizo, photographer El Tecolote




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“I’ve learned so much and had the opportunity to work with amazing volunteers, staff and collaborators. I think that I will always find some way to work with Acción Latina because it’s such a great community organization.”

–Eva Martinez, Volunteer Processing Archivist, SF State Labor Archives and Research Center

Diana-K“Volunteering for El Tecolote has been such a positive and empowering experience, I have met so many wonderful mentors and gained many valuable skills as a photographer and a journalist. Hearing about their photo contest years ago was one of the best things that has ever happened to me.”

–Dianna K Arreola, photographer El Tecolote



Elisa Parrino“El Tecolote has been a very important chapter in my life. Personally, I have found good friends, professionally I’ve gained precious experience. I [feel fortunate that I] could document such an important historical moment in the history of San Francisco, on the front line, on the side of the working class.

–Elisa Parrino, photographer El Tecolote




“I greatly enjoy the opportunity to design [for] Acción Latina. This work lets me use my skills as an artist and graphic designer to communicate about things that matter to me. The tremendous amount of personal inspiration I get from the cultural activities makes me feel very fortunate to be a part of the Acción Latina family.” 

–Dana Flowerman, graphic designer



Alejandro Galicia“As a journalist it’s always rewarding to capture moments that can go on forever and still have a powerful impact. I think that’s what we all strive for in this business. Working for El Tecolote has been a doorway to that dream of mine.”

–Alejandro Galicia, photographer El Tecolote



“In the few months I’ve been involved, I’ve been given the creative freedom to engage with the community I love in a brand new way and for that I’m thankful.”

– Gabriela Alemán, reporter El Tecolote




Thanks to all volunteers who help make our work possible:

Adrian Pintor * Adriana Gutierrez * Adrianna Teresa Almaguer *Alejandra Picazo * Alejandro Galicia Diaz * Alejandro Murguia * Alex Emslie * Alexa Antunez * Alexander De Haro * Alexander Tidd * Alicia Vargas * Alison Wells * Alma Villegas * Amos Gregory * Angelica Ekeke * Anh Le * Anthony Ortiz * Anthony Torres * Armando Valdez * Arturo Mendez * Beth LaBerge * Breanna Cruz * Calindra Revier * Carla E. Gonzalez * Carlos Baron * Carlos Da Silva * Carlos Valdes * Carmen Ruiz-Hernandez * Cassandra Franco * Christian Casillas * Claudia Pepe * David Chiu * David, Rodriguez * Desiree Rios * Dhoryan Rizo * Diana K. Arreola * Drago Renteria * Dylan Harari * Edgar Pacheco * Ekevara Kitpowsong * Eleni Stephanides * Elizabeth Barragan * Elizabeth Silva * Elizabeth Veras Holland * Emilio Victorio-Sanchez * Emily Wilburn * Emma Marie Chiang * Erasmo Martinez * Ericka Cruz Guevarra * Eva Martinez * Fern Echevarria * Francisca Icaza * Francisco Buenrostro * Francisco Flores * Francisco Sanchez * Gabriel Gonzalez * Gabriela Sanchez * Gabriella Angotti-Jones * Gardenia Zuniga Haro * Genesis Chavez-Caro * Geovanni Ramos, Greg Zeman * Guillermo Sanchez * Gustavo Reyes * Hilda Ayala * Isis Marie Queen * Ivan Magaña * Jacqueline Galicia * Janett Perez * Jasmine Garcia * Jasmine Mejia * Jeffrey Haspell * Jennifer Kelly Rodriguez Murillo * Jerold Chinn * Jessica Camacho * Jessica Daney Cuevas * Jessica Webb * Jesus Varela * Jim McKinney * Joel Angel Juarez * Joey Krebs * John Morrison * Jorge Banuelos Jr. * Jose Alfredo Orozco * Juan Carlos Cuellar Baldomar * Juan Leon * Juan R. Fuentes * Juana Guerra * Juliana Sampaio Gratao * Karina Bañuelos * Katynka Martinez * Kimberly Farias * Kimberly Mata * Koji Ozawa * Leilani Jimenez Rodriguez * Linda O. Wilson * Luis Soto * Lupe Kindel * Manuel Orbegozo * Marco Siler-Gonsales * Maria Antonieta Mejia * Maria Gonzalez * Maria Poblet * Mario Figueroa * Mike Ruiz * Moby Howeidy * Moisés Garcia * Natalia Deeb Sossa * Natalia Gottschalk * Natalie Villalobos * Natasha Dangond * Nicole Reinert * Olivia Franco-Perez * Oscar Palma * Patricio Guillamon * Paul Flowerman * Raven Sanchez * Raymundo Meza-Peralta * Reyna Maldonado * Rick Rodriguez * Rodrigo Bedoya * Rose M. Arrieta * Russell Diaz * Sandra Valmana Lastres * Santiago Mejia * Sarah Monique Jimenez * Shajia Abidi * Sirron Norris * Stephanie Lopez * Teresa Elena Ortega * Thomas A. Saenz * Tomas Alejo * Vanessa Campos * Veronica Solis * Wendy Bardsley * Will Carruthers * Yaratzed Hernandez * Yessica Lopez

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