A lot of expats and regular visitors to Puerto Peñasco enjoy the opportunity to give back to their adopted community, and there are many ways to do it. There are special events organized individually, local charities such as food banks, charities that support local schools, international organizations like the Lions Club and Red Cross and more. So whether you choose to provide help with cash or donations of supplies, or you get bored in your retirement and decide to volunteer your time and expertise, there are plenty of opportunities for you.
Below is a partial list of recognized charities/organizations in Rocky Point, and all of them will be grateful for your help. I'll update the list as I learn of more. Also keep an eye on the Upcoming Events page, because many of those fun events (such as bathtub races, golf tournaments, concerts, etc.) benefit some charity or pet cause. You can feel good to be improving lives in Rocky Point and have a great time while you're doing it!
Without further ado (and in no particular order):
Contributions are Tax Deductible and GREATLY APPRECIATED.
Please make checks to: Mission Heartbeat and mail to:
P.O. Box 1032
Lukeville, AZ 85341
They also appreciate donations of food and clothing, which can be dropped off to:
The Black Dog
Freemont #154, 3 blocks from the Red Cross
100% of the cash donations received for the "Adopt A Classroom" program go to purchasing supplies for the school, and all administrative costs, including the cost for their website, are provided courtesy of Rocky Point Boat Trips.
If you would like join them in the effort to help some of the children of Rocky Point get some much needed school supplies and help give them a better school to attend, please don't hesitate. You can even adopt a class (like second grade or sixth grade, etc., and donate specifically to that classroom!) Any cash or material donations you have to offer (or expertise in such seemingly mundane things as repairing air conditioning or fixing faucets, etc.) will be greatly appreciated. To learn what is needed and how to donate, plus get more details about the work being done for the schools of Rocky Point, please visit their website at http://www.rockypointclassroom.com/donate.html
Note that the website for this charity (linked above) is run by a U.S. contact on behalf of the orphanage and is not an "official" website. As the owner of the website says: "These children do not need to be rescued. They need love and fresh food, and when they have been out of milk for a week, the order needs to be reversed."
See also this website, with further information: http://www.esperanzachildrenshome.com As quoted from this website: "Guillermo Zapata the Director of Para Los Ninos has delegated Rick Bills a member of Desert Breeze Community Church the US Coordinator to allow EsperanzaChildrensHome.com to become the focal point for US interests in an effort to try and allow God's work to be most beneficial to the children of Esperanza." They can be contacted at EsperanzaChildrensHome@cox.net
Visitors and donations are gladly received at La Esperanza, and so are pen pals. Visiting the home is a wonderful gift to the children, but taking time to send a child a birthday card and maybe a Christmas card is a very special gift. It may be the only mail they ever get.
To write to these wonderful children use the address below:
Lukeville AZ 85341
To learn how to donate, when the children's birthdays are or how to find the home if you want to visit, go to http://www.esperanzaparalosninos.com/ or http://www.esperanzachildrenshome.com It could just change your life.
Peñasco Children's Foundation, Inc.
P.O. Box 70121
Tucson, AZ 85737
This group of volunteers from the U.S. and Puerto Peñasco shares in a cooperative effort to provide the following services:
Manos de Ayuda conducts monthly free clinics in Puerto Peñasco. They have developed a clinic through the donation of mobile homes and former mobile clinics on land donated in one of the poorest areas of Puerto Peñasco. These clinics provide evaluation and treatments for children with multiple medical and therapy needs. Children come from Puerto Peñasco and many other areas of Mexico. They also assist with obtaining medical interventions for children with severe problems, through other organizations.
To find out how you can help, even if it's just to transport donated items to Rocky Point, visit their website at http://www.manosdeayuda.org/
In addition to that major project, AIM offers the opportunity to sponsor a child, help build basic housing for families, and is doing wonderful work in the barrio Oriente, operating food drives and distribution and many other helpful programs. To join AIM for a weekend trip to bring supplies (and help build a house?), please contact Harold Tuttle at 602.320.8056.
For more information on how you can help/donate/volunteer, visit http://www.aimaz.org/
They also provide monthly scholarships for children in need of books, uniforms and food for school. Ophthalmologists from Phoenix and the State of Sonora offer eye exams (1200 per year) to local children. They collect blankets, clothing and household goods which they distribute to the community living in the cardboard homes in the outskirts of town, help ill individuals into medical institutions, present groceries and blankets in December, and they sponsor festivals for king’s day and children’s day. The list goes on and on.
The annual Taste of Peñasco, a major culinary fiesta held in November, benefits the Lion's Club so you will be doing a good thing as well as entertaining yourself if you choose to attend.
The Lions meet on Thursdays at 8:30 PM
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The Larry D. Large Foundation was created in 2001 as a US tax deductible 501(c)(3) charity to give back to the community, primarily in Puerto Peñasco. The goal of the Foundation is to assist the people of Puerto Peñasco in five principle areas - Education, Health Care, Family Support, Community Support and Housing.
If you are interested in donating, please visit their donations page. They are accepting donations of clothing, medical supplies: such as bandages, sealed over-the-counter medications and vitamins. They also accept donations of used sporting equipment, such as balls, bats, gloves, etc. You may ship your donations to their offices in Tucson at 2470 W. Majestic Parkway, Suite 120, Tucson, AZ 85705 (telephone 520-547-1970) or bring them by the Tucson or Puerto Peñasco office. Every little bit helps! For more information visit http://larrydlargefoundation.org/
The DIF is supported solely by donations. Throughout the year they hold many public fundraisers in Rocky Point, such as the Black and White Ball, a Cancer Awareness Walk, etc. to raise money. Among its many contributions to the community, the Municipal DIF recently completed construction on the children’s shelter for abused children, which is now fully equipped and with cutting edge technology. Currently the organization is raising funds to build a Hospice for cancer victims.
Please call for directions. 383 2266