Many of us have discovered a strong sense of community here on Banderas Bay, some for the very first time. If you're from a metropolis where technology reigns supreme and the words "next-door neighbor" and "stranger" are synonymous, you'll find this a refreshing environment where people matter.
Working side by side with our new neighbors to achieve common goals is an ideal way to learn about the culture and make friends while giving back to the community which embraces us.
On these pages you'll learn about the various local charities and how you can get involved. With a multitude of opportunities here to flex philanthropic muscles, you can find out for yourself that it truly does feel as good to give as it does to receive!
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USAR Vallarta Joins Rescue Efforts in Mexico City
The USAR Puerto Vallarta team traveled to Mexico City Tuesday night to join in the search and rescue efforts after the 7.1 earthquake struck Tuesday afternoon, turning buildings into dust and debris, and killing at least 240 people. Here's how you can help.
Regional Non-Profit Organization Conference Sept 28-29
The first regional Non-Profit Organization Conference will take place on September 28 and 29 at the Centro Empresarial in Nuevo Vallarta. The organizers' goal is to provide local non-profits with information and resources to help them increase societal participation in their projects.
'Techos de Esperanza' Helping Victims of Mexico Quake
The 8.1-magnitude earthquake that rattled Mexico on September 7th was the strongest earthquake to hit the country in over a century, affecting some 800,000 people in Oaxaca. Your donation to the Techos de Esperanza campaign will help affected families get through another day.
Roberto's to Host Democrats Abroad's September Social
Democrats Abroad Mexico
The Costa Banderas Chapter of Democrats Abroad Mexico invites you to join us for our September Social in the air conditioned comfort of Roberto's Seafood Restaurant, located at Basilio Badillo 283 on the south side of Puerto Vallarta, on Tuesday, September 19th from 5:00-7:00 pm.
Amapas Neighborhood Association Summer Update
The Amapas Neighborhood Association, a group of Mexican and ex-pat residents and business owners that work together to enhance the quality of life through improvements in security, streets and infrastructure, tells us what's been happening in Colonia Amapas this Summer.
The Purr Project Feline Shelter's September Newsletter
The latest news from Purr Project, a non-profit, no-kill feline shelter located just north of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, that provides homeless cats and kittens a recuperative stay with the ultimate goal of adopting them out to loving homes sterilized, vaccinated and disease free.
Vallarta Botanical Garden Needs Help with TripAdvisor
Up until recently, Vallarta Botanical Gardens, 60 acres of mountain splendor just 30 minutes south of Old Town, was listed at #3 on TripAdvisor's 'Things to Do in Puerto Vallarta' page. The listing has been removed from the travel site's PV page and VBG needs your help to get it reinstated.
SETAC Begins Training for PrEP Program in Puerto Vallarta
SETAC has begun training to perform fourth-generation HIV, and hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and chlamydia rapid screening tests in Puerto Vallarta. These tests are part of the Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) program the renowned community center will begin during the 4th quarter, 2017.
Sponsors Needed for Vallarta 9-1-1 Heroes Calendar
Sponsors are needed for this year's Heroes calendar, which will raise funds for equipment to complement Puerto Vallarta's new 911 emergency services program. Our last calendar featuring PV's first-responders left the world hot under the collar, and the new one is as steamy as ever.
SPCA de PV: Animals Have Rich & Deep Emotional Lives
Gregory Burns, a professor of Neuroeconomics at Emory University in Atlanta Georgia, says that dogs have emotions just like people. Why is this important to our community? Because Vallarta has a large population of homeless animals and our ability to help is what makes us human.
Summer Courses Return to Entreamigos in San Pancho
Entreamigos Community Center in San Pancho recently announced its 2017 Summer Workshops for children ages 3-16. The camp will run from July 24-August 11, and offer kids art, ecology and other workshops limited only by the imagination of the volunteer teachers - which are needed!
24 Hour Rowathon to Raise Money for Kids with Cancer
On July 28, Greg & Hillary Kennon, along with the members of Crossfit Zapata, will row (on rowing machines) for 24 hours to raise money for CANICA, a center in Puerto Vallarta that helps children with cancer. They'll be doing it during a free community fiesta that starts at 6 pm.
This Week's Events & Activities at Los Mangos Library
Puerto Vallarta's Public Library, Biblioteca Los Mangos, is not 'just a library,' it is a true cultural and community center that also serves as a venue for entertaining and educational workshops, art exhibits, concerts, and cultural events. Here's what's happening this week at Los Mangos.
Cheryl's Shoebox 2nd Annual Summer Bash, August 6
To raise funds for school shoes and supplies for local primary and secondary students and after-school programs in Colonias Progresso, Lomas de Enmedio and El Satrillo, Cheryl's Shoebox is hosting their 2nd Annual Summer Bash on August 6th at Babel Bar on La Isla Rio Cuale.
Women's Shelters Denied Federal Government Assistance
In Mexico there are 60 shelters and just over 30 External Resource Centers for women and their children who are victims of domestic violence, all of which depend on federal assistance to help cover costs. This year over 50% of them have been denied assistance due to technical reasons.
ACT LGBT Invites You to Talk with Puerto Vallarta's Mayor
ACT LGBT A.C., an influential legal coalition representing the interests of Puerto Vallarta LGBT & LGBT-friendly businesses and independent professionals, invites everyone to the Lion's Club on Thursday, June 29 from 11:30 am to 2:00 pm for a meeting with Mayor Arturo Dávalos Peña.