Mexico Riviera Nayarit Community Service Opportunities

Bay and Beach Clean Up

Organizes annual clean ups usually in mid-November after the rainy season and in mid-May before the rains begin. Dedicated to raising awareness among the peoples of Riviera Nayarit & Puerto Vallarta.

Contact, Craig Caughlin, Tel: 223-2542 with email at zentiente@pvnet.com.mx

Casa Hogar

An orphanage near the airport/bus terminal run by Catholic nuns. Most of the children come from families who are unable to care adequately for them. Needs include food, hygiene supplies such as soap and shampoo, clothing and toys.

Contact Luz Aurora, Tel:221-1908.

Email: casahogar_maximocornejo@hotmail.com

Ecology Group of Puerto Vallarta

The ecology group of Vallarta (Grupo Ecologico de Puerto Vallarta) believes that residents of the Banderas Bay area have the legal right and moral responsibility to participate in the conservation of the natural beauty and wildlife of the area as an essential element of our community.

Contact: Sonia Aracely Contreras at her Email: muchotextil@yahoo.ca or R.C. Walker, Tel: 222-0897 at his Email: grupoecologicopv@yahoo.com.mx

 

Feed the Children Vallarta

Formed in 1998 with the mission to help the poor children who were living in and around the city dump, Children of the Dump’s main focus is on helping the children in Puerto Vallarta go to school and stay there. While there are no children now living in the dump, Feed the Children Vallarta provides food for more than 1,800 children daily in the  primary and kinder schools around the dump and an additional 1,500 children each week with their hot meals program.

For information Children of the Dump/Feed the Children Puerto Vallarta 

Contact Cell: 044-322-158-8815 / 322 223-4311

 

Grupo Ecologico de la Costa Verde, A.C. (Ecology Group of the Green Coast)

Founded in 1992, the Green Coast Ecology Group was originally set up to protect nesting turtles along the San Francisco (San Pancho) beaches in the state of Nayarit which begins just north of Puerto Vallarta. In April 1993 Groupo Ecologico de la Costa Verde received official recognition by the Mexican government to become the first non-profit environmental civil organization of the Nayarit region with a special interest in the protection of the marine turtle. Through the governmental offices of SEMARNAT (Secretary of the Environment and Natural Resources) this ecology group has works to help protect all other endangered species of flora and fauna along that part of the Pacific Coast of Mexico. They sponsor environmental education programs as well.

For more information visit: www.project-tortuga.org

 

International Friendship Club (IFC)

The Friendship Club is a group of expatriates from the U.S. and Canada whose goals include promoting friendship between the international and the local communities. The group works to provide funds to such community programs as school construction and education supplies, reconstructive surgery for cleft palate patients, emergency medical aid, AIDS, a local orphanage and physical rehabilitation clinic, as well as funding a large community food distribution program. The Club annually collects and distributes over $100,000 to 16 programs. Office at Edificio del Parian #13 upstairs, corner of Libertad and Miramar in downtown Vallarta. Mon-Fri, 9am-1pm.

Tel: 222-5466  Email: ifcvallarta@gmail.com

 
Make-a-Wish Foundation

Make-a-Wish Foundation of Mexico is a non-profit organization that grants wishes to children with life threatening illnesses who will not likely see their 18th birthday. One hundred percent of the funds are used for the wishes. Funded by corporate sponsors and private donations that are tax deductible in the U.S. and Mexico. Started up in Vallarta and active here since 2003, they work to grant wishes to children that are between 3 and 18 years old in all of Mexico. Office at 337-A San Salvador street, Colonia 5 de Diciembre, Puerto Vallarta.

Contact Bob Mandel, Tel: 222-9111 and toll free: 01-800-337-3671. Further information visit Make-a-Wish Foundation of Mexico.

 

Red Cross/Cruz Roja

Handles hospital and emergency services locally, offering its services to those who are unable to afford it. In need of operating funds and equipment as well as volunteers, as you could well imagine. One of the outstanding organizations in Mexico that always offers massive assistance in earthquakes, hurricanes and other natural disasters that afflict the country.

Contact the Red Cross clinic, Tel: 222-4973 or Aurea Torres, Tel: 222-2455.

   
Sea Turtles Program of Protection & Conservation

For many years Mexico has had one of the most advanced programs of protection of marine turtles in the world, where programs are implemented for the protection of this natural international resource. Sociedad Ecologica de Occidente has been protecting sea turtles and their egg laying since 1993. Turtle experience activities are available between June and October. Many sea turtles that make their way home to the beaches of Riviera Nayarit in order to lay their eggs in the sandy beaches of Banderas Bay. With the assistance of the Sociedad Ecologica de Occidente Sea Turtle Protection Program, 96% of the eggs are able to hatch. Good news indeed. Sea turtle hatching occurs usually between July and December.

For further info visit Sea turtles conservation

S.O.S. Animal

Dedicated to finding homes for street dogs and cats.

If you want to adopt an animal.

Tel: 221-0077 or cellular Tel: 044-322-227-5519

SPCA of Puerto Vallarta

Helps fund and promote sterilization and adoption of animals in the Puerto Vallarta area.

Email: spcapv@gmail.com and website: www.spcapv.com

Toys for Tots

Raises funds to purchase toys for distribution to the neediest kids of the Bay area on Three Kings' Day, January 6. Donations of cash or toys are accepted year round.

Contact: Jerry Lafferty, Tel: 221-6156; Kelly Trainor, Tel: 222-0069; or Gaby Castro at the Marriot hotel, Tel: 221-0004.

Western Ecological Society

The Western Ecological Society (Sociedad Ecologica de Occidente) is a non-profit agency in Mexico created to promote the conservation of natural resources in the region of Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit. The organization seeks to create simple projects, but with a clear focus that fulfills objectives with a minimum of capital. Their goals include: "To promote and to impel the protection and conservation of the Wildlife and natural resources in the region of Puerto Vallarta and the Bay of Banderas in Mexico. To foment the respect of nature through participatory  environmental education in participation, creating conscience and willingness to contribute to the conservation of wildlife. To develop and to support specific projects of conservation and ecosystem restoration, as well as find ways to obtain the economic and human resources necessary to achieve our goals."

Email: seaturtlesvta@aol.com

PEACE (Protection, Education, Animals, Culture and Environment)

A Banderas Bay non-profit endeavour that acts as an umbrella organization for Casa Comunidad, Ayuda los animals (Help the Animals) , a Women's Co-op, ( Manos de Mujeres Unidas) and Community Pride. Offering free community service programs such as animal spay and neuter clinics and English classes for children and adults, PEACE is a U.S. non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization and a Mexican Civil Association that issues facturas (invoices)for donations.

For more information, please visit PeaceMexico.org

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