Become a volunteer
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The Tom Lea Institute is always on the look-out for bright, smiling faces with a passion for the mission of the institute and the work of Tom Lea.


Make friends, gain valuable work experience, network, and enrich community life with us! Don't just take our word for it, read more about our current volunteers and what they have to say about the TLI.

Paula Denton helps with the Tom Lea Digital Library and organizes our digital files. Paula is a great asset to the Tom Lea Institute. Paula also contributes much of her time in assisting the institute with major events. She helped with I Love El Paso with Crystal Long and the Paint & Ink event with Sam Donaldson. She is willing to do whatever is needed!  Paula’s assistance is greatly appreciated and much needed at the institute.

Brandon Raab is a senior at UTEP, studying Psychology and Biology. He has been a volunteer since 2019 and has assisted with our Tom Lea archives, Tom Lea Month, and our I Love EP events. Brandon is a native El Pasoan and deeply relates to Tom Lea and his regional art. Since a child, Brandon was introduced to Tom Lea by his family members who are also very fond of him. We are extremely lucky to have a volunteer who relates to and loves Tom Lea as much as we do.  

Jody Schwartz is a great asset to the Tom Lea Institute. Jody is kind enough to bring her camera and photography skills on previous Tom Lea trips, this includes Casas Grande, and Mata Ortiz! Jody had the privilege of knowing Tom and Sarah Lea and her parents were good friends with them.  Jody’s passion and dedication to being a wonderful volunteer for the Tom Lea Institute is contagious. . We appreciate Jody so generously donating her time and talents to the Institute.

for more information on how to join our volunteer team: Holly