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Your Donation Will Help Keep the Spirit of RISE Alive
Lisa Manoogian

Over the years, we have seen many changes at the Refugio Infantil Santa Esperanza. But now it is with a heavy heart that we announce the August 15 passing of our beloved director, Madre Mari. Though saddened by her departure, we will continue to work at keeping the Spirit of RISE Alive.

Spend a Day at the SPCA Sanctuary in Puerto Vallarta

Spend a rewarding afternoon at the Puerto Vallarta SPCA Sanctuary. The dogs and cats sheltered there are awaiting 'forever homes' and need your help to jump start their socialization. The goal is to get these animals adjusted and ready to interact in the real world.

Dávalos Awards Winners of SEAPAL Drawing Contest
María Francesca

On August 13, the mayor of Puerto Vallarta, Arturo Dávalos Peña, awarded the winners of the SEAPAL Vallarta 'Summer at Home, Caring for Water' Children's Drawing Contest in a simple, but joyful, ceremony. The top three winners each won a brand-new bicycle.

Chacala Mourns the Passing of Susana Connors Escobido

Susana Connors Escobido, one of the co-founders of Cambiando Vidas, a non-profit organization that provides educational opportunities to students in the small fishing village of Chacala, Nayarit, passed away on August 20, 2020. She died at home, surrounded by family and friends.

Summer News from the Entreamigos Community Center
Nicole Swedlow

Summer news from Entreamigos, an active community center whose primary focus is to increase educational opportunities for the children of San Pancho, Nayarit. To achieve these goals, Entreamigos runs a collection of educational and community based initiatives.

Vallarta Food Bank Continues to Support Those in Need

Vallarta Food Bank continues to grow as volunteers work to support Puerto Vallarta families struggling to survive the economic impact of COVID-19. In addition to delivering 1,500 despensas each week, earlier this month, they opened a soup kitchen that serves hot meals 3 times a week.

Streets in Downtown Vallarta are Getting a 'Face Lift'
Lorena Sonrisas

Eleven street corners in the heart of the city are getting a 'face lift,' thanks to a joint effort by the Puerto Vallarta Historic Center Citizens' Council and the municipal government, who are working to improve the downtown area's appearance and visitor appeal.

Vallarta to Provide 52,000 Students with School Supplies
Lorena Sonrisas

Though the return to classes will be virtual this year due to the health contingency of COVID-19, the annual distribution of backpacks filled with school supplies, uniforms, and shoes to Puerto Vallarta preschool, primary and secondary school students begins today.

Let's Get Started: Entreamigos Virtual Fundraiser
Nicole Swedlow

On September 17, from the comfort of your own home, you can join Entreamigos supporters from around the globe as the staff at this active Community Center in San Pancho shares plans for the upcoming season in an engaging virtual event filled with fun surprises and giving opportunities.

It's Sea Turtle Nesting Season on Puerto Vallarta Beaches
Margarita Bonita

August is the peak of turtle season in Puerto Vallarta, with thousands of sea turtles searching for a place to nest on the shores of Banderas Bay. If you see a female making its way toward the beach to lay her eggs please do your part to ensure their survival.

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