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:

Aaron Levy-Wolins • Adelyna Tirado • Adriana Camarena • Alejandro Galicia-Díaz • Allison Martinez • Alma Villegas • Alma Herrera • Anna Lisa Escobedo • Angelica Ekeke • Angelica Williams • Annice Jacoby • Anthony Holdsworth • Ariana Vazquez • Arianna Vargas • Arturo Ayala • Arturo Mendez • Bart Johnson • Berlin Macuixtle • Beth LaBerge • Brenna Cruz • Briane Fernandez Nuval • Bridgid Skiba • Brooke Anderson • Calixto Robles • Carlos Barón • Carmen Ruiz-Hernandez • Cassie Ordonio • Cece Carpio • Cecilia Ciccone • Chris Arreola • Chris Cuadrado • Chisto Oropeza • Daniel Valencia • David Chiu • Desiree Rios • Destiny Arroyo • Dhoryan Rizo • Drago Rentería • Eduardo Unisa • Ekevara Kitpowsong • Eleni Stephanides • Elizabeth Gonzalez • Elizabeth Silva • Elizabeth Veras Holland • Emma Marie Chiang • Emily Flores • Erica Marquez • Estivali Moreno • Eva Martinez • Fern Echevarria • Francisco Gutierrez • Francisco Orozco • Gabriela Alemán • Gabriella Angotti-Jones • Gardenia Zuniga-Haro • Gustavo Reyes • Hilda Ayala • Hugo Martinez • Ingrid Perez • Isaias Guzman • Ivette Diaz • Jakarta Kumasi-Nakuru • Janett Perez • Jaqueline García López • Jasmine Sanchez • Jay García • Jazmine Sanchez • Jessica Camacho • Jessica Webb • Jessica Quila • Jesus Varela • Joanna Ruckman • Joel Angel Juárez • John Sepulvedo • Johnny García • Jorge Ramos • Jose Luis Caicedo • Kanani Cortez • Karen Sanchez • Karissa Trujillo Segura • Katie Beas • Katynka Martinez • Kelsey Choy • Kevin Wong • Koji Ozawa • Linda Wilson • Lisette Winjen • Madeleine Bair • Marci Valdivieso • Maria Garcia-Hernandez • Maria Pinedo • Mario Lopez • Marisol Cabrera • Matt Gonzalez • Melissa Perez Winder • Mike Ruiz • Miguel Perez • Min Lee • Natalie Hopner • Natasha Dangond • Nestor Castillo • Paul Duginski • Paul Flores • Peter Ho • Raven Sanchez • Renalyn Ejada • Ricardo Ibarra • Rick Rodrigues • Rio Yañez • Rita McNeal • Ruby Flores • Santiago Mejia • Scot Tucker • Shane Menez • Sirron Norris • Steve Rhodes • Terrence Scott • Tiffany Sainz • Tommi Avicolli Mecca • Victoria Sanchez De Alba • Veronica Solis • Wayson Yuen • Wendy Li • Wilma Gandoy • Yessenia Pozo Coronel