How can you help in your community?
Thanks for clicking on the link! This means we are one step closer to getting you involved in just a few of Vallarta´s charities and exciting drives to improve life for all of us here.
So, what can YOU do?
I have established a list of excellent, well managed and transparent groups that all need help in various ways. So, depending on the amount of time you have to give or the amount of funds or materials you want to donate, you can certainly find something compatible for your timeframe and wallet here.
My personal favorites are listed below (in no particular order):
Pasitos de Luz (Mamas unidas por la Rehabilitacion de sus hijos A.C.)
If you have some spare time to help a great center that gives day care to severely disabled kids, this is your option! PDL is in desperate need of diapers (of all sizes as some kids have to use them for life), wet wipes, toilet rolls, talc, cleaning products, washing powder, milk formula, protein and vitamin supplements for kids and protein rich foods for cooking (meat, chicken, fish, beans, lentils etc). If you can donate any of these items or leave cash so they can purchase what they need or even pay the running costs of the facility (electric, water and gas does not come at discounted rates from the government for non profit organizations) every little helps. The center currently serves 110 children and has many more on the waiting list. For more information contact Jim Boland at email@example.comFind more
Impulso de Aguila A.C.
If you have items of furniture to donate and would like to see exactly where they go to and which families and/or local charities will benefit then Impulso offers an excellent service. They can arrange to collect the items and then take them to the non profit thrift store in Coapinole that receives the items and sends them out to needy families first (for free) and any that are not immediately needed are put on sale at low prices to benefit low income families in the area who are not able to afford new items. The proceeds of these sales are used to benefit over 20 local charities that are affiliated with Impulso.
If you have items you would like to donate, please contact the administrator Cesar Sanchez via email at firstname.lastname@example.orgFind more
This is a cat shelter that takes strays off the streets and arranges a temporary home with love, food and vet services, as well as coordinating spay and neuter programs. Many kittens and cats are left in terrible conditions and are in dire need of homes. If you are able to assist by volunteering at the center, adopting one of them or even by helping to transit one by air to the US or Canada to its new adoptive family, please let them know. You can contact via email at email@example.com or visit their website.Find more
PEACE (Protection, Education, Animals, Culture & Environment):
This is an excellent, diverse group that works hard to promote a better society for all. One of their best features, in my opinion, is the trash collections. Several are organized each year and many on the public beaches or river to collect all the trash that accumulates here. It is a great way to spend a few hours and really gives something back to the community. For more information on their drives and what they currently have running please take a look at their site http://www.peacemexico.org or for information on volunteering you can contact Nicole at firstname.lastname@example.org
PEACE website - www.peacemexico.org
PEACE Video - http://vimeo.com/17374843
PEACE on FB - https://www.facebook.com/Peace.Mexico
PEACE blog - http://peacemexico.blogspot.com/
PEACE Volunteer Opps
Cooking for our Alternative School students – everyday at Casa Campesina from Monday – Friday and have lunch ready by 11:30am. You would cook for 6-12 students. (Only when school is in session)
Working with our “Work for Food” teams in the Mita or Bucerias area – You can help them with their community beautification projects, recycling collecting & clean ups.
Bi monthly Beach Cleanups - Meet at the mouth of the Rio Cuale (Oscars Restaurant) at 9am - Bags & Gloves are provided. First & Third Saturday of every month. Please contact email@example.com
PEACE Free Spay & Neuter Clinics
All of PEACE clinics are free and specific locations are released on Tuesday before the clinics start. Clinics run from Wednesday-Friday from 9am-4pm and on Saturdays from 9am-12noon. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Casa Hogar Maximo Cornejo A.C.
Founded in 1993 this non-profit children’s’ home locate near the airport is privately run operation dedicated to help boys and girls who have been abandoned by their families, who have suffered abuse or belong to dysfunctional families or families living in extreme poverty who can no longer care for them.
Assistance is required in form of cleaning supplies, medicines, food, school equipment, clothes and shoes (in good condition), diapers and wet wipes. For a current “wish list” of items please call Tel: 22 1 19 08 Mail: email@example.com www.maximocornejo.orgFind more
Discapacitados Visuales de la Bahia A.C.
This special non-profit group offers free services to the blind and visually impaired of Puerto Vallarta. They give specialized assistance such as classes to learn brail, handicraft, music, psychological support groups and self reliance training. In addition, they offer specialized equipment to allow their members to be self sufficient and get around town without the need of assistance, building autonomy and independence. For more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Cel: 322 10 7 00 47
New Life Mexico
A UK charity that has its field work in the Puerto Vallarta area striving to provide better levels of education, health and hygiene to vulnerable kids who have suffered abuse (mental, physical, sexual and economic). The current drive is a great health program with the “Centro de Salud” government run health clinic to promote hand washing and clean drinking water. If you would like to help, the charity doesn’t need volunteers for the kids as such but rather needs help to collect bars of soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste that they can distribute in the schools. Also needed are school supplies to ensure that the neediest kids can stay in school and not be forced into abandoning their studies to provide extra money for the family. Also urgently needed are craft supplies for workshops. See www.newlifemexico.com or contact email@example.com for an updated “wish list” of items required.Find more
Los Mangos Library
This wonderful non profit library is a superb institution that needs all of us to give it a helping hand. Please feel free to donate books in English and Spanish (if in readable condition) direct to the library. Also many exciting cultural events and theme nights are run here, such as film projections and fundraisers. For more information you can contact Ricardo at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the site to see what events are coming up soon: http://www.losmangoslibrary.blogspot.comFind more
Horizonte De Paz A.C.
Horizonte de Paz A.C.
Tel: 28 1 06 44
or find their facilities on YouTube (in Spanish) at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SAF6DSXBGX0