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Time For PEACE in Nayarit and Jalisco

Started by Molly Fisher over five years ago, PEACE has been actively involved in community services including free animal spay and neuter clinics and teaching free English classes to children and adults in Nayarit and now Jalisco.

The Bay of Banderas is blessed with the non-profit organization, PEACE (Protection, Education, Animals, Culture & Environment.) Started by Molly Fisher over five years ago, PEACE has been actively involved in community services including free animal spay and neuter clinics and teaching free English classes to children and adults in Nayarit.

As of now, PEACE acts as an umbrella organization for four main programs, Casa Comunidad, Ayuda Los Animales (Help The Animals), Women's Co-Op (Manos de Mujeres Unidas) and Community Pride. They are also hoping to expand into other areas of community service. It is a U.S. non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, which accepts tax-deductible donations and a Mexican Civil Association, where a factura can be issued for a donation.

Casa Comunidad - Building Blocks For Life, helps children and adults develop the necessary skills to be successful, positive contributors to their multi-cultural, bilingual community, through free English classes. There is also an after school program, which includes, sports, art, adventure education, etc. This program operates in the Punta de Mita area.

Ayuda Los Animales (Help The Animals) - decreases the number of unwanted animals by holding high-volume spay and neuter clinics. Ayuda Los Animales has worked in Nayarit exclusively for the last five years, but has recently been contacted by the Jalisco Department of Health (Secretaria de Salud) to organize clinics in that state. PEACE provides teaching clinics for local vets, organizes education for children and adults, plus other animal related services.

The Women's Co-Op (Manos de Mujeres Unidas) - provides an opportunity for mothers to work in their homes. They develop creative skills and expression, by designing and producing various handicraft items, many made from recycled materials. The children are able to stay in school because their mothers are earning enough money to help support the family. This program runs in Punta de Mita.

Community Pride - actively pursues projects to protect the environment. The group throws "Trash Parties", installs trash cans, and works with the local government, businesses and volunteers to ensure pick-up and coordinating highway brigades.

PEACE has a proven track record of success in all these areas. Local governments and schools continually ask for these programs to be implemented in their colonias in Nayarit and now in Jalisco. If any of these are going to expand, PEACE needs volunteers and funding. For more information, please visit

Vallarta Needs New Free Mobile Spay/Neuter Program
Gretchen DeWitt

The current PEACE Mexico is in the process of being liquidated. The 'Ayuda a los Animales' free mobile spay/neuter program is one of the programs that will not be continued. There is an urgent need to set up a new A.C. to provide free mobile spay/neuter clinics in Puerto Vallarta.

3 More Chances to Take a PEACE Vallarta Home Tour
Conrad Kostelecky

It's been another great year for PEACE's Puerto Vallarta Home Tours, but there are only 3 tours left this season! PEACE home tours finance their 'Food for Families' program, in which needy families complete beautification projects in their neighborhoods in return for food.

Sea Monkey Auctions Christmas Tree for Charity
Gretchen DeWitt

The Sea Monkey Restaurant is auctioning off a stunning Christmas Tree with 75 handmade glass ornaments adorning it. 100% of the proceeds from the sale of this tree goes to PEACE Mexico's 'Help the Animals Program' with funds specified for the free spay/neuter clinic.

'Food for Families' Program Gaining Speed
Eric La Gasca

PEACE Protectores Action for Food program has provided over 2500 meals for needy families in our area. The high demand, food for families program grew out of flood relief efforts in September 2010 and has continued to expand due to the consistent increase in job loss and need.

PEACE Action for Food Program Now in Vallarta

We are excited to announce the launch of the PEACE Action for Food program in Puerto Vallarta! PEACE's PV Protectores Action for Food is a 'work for food' program funded by proceeds from the non-profit organization's Puerto Vallarta Home Tours, which resume on Tuesday, November 20.

Community Unites to Help Families in Need
Nova Pennison

Thanks to the wonderful response from good citizens throughout the Banderas Bay area, PEACE collected a total of 2533 food items in September to help local families through the difficult month, often referred to as 'Septihambre' (hungry September.)

Puerto Vallarta Home Tours by PEACE
Gerald M. Rapp

Every Tuesday through April 5th, explore everything from classic, traditional Vallarta casas to graceful haciendas and breathtaking million dollar oceanfront condos on a 3-1/2 hour guided tour in the comfort of an air-conditioned bus.

2011 PEACE Calendar Available for Purchase
Becci Burchett

The 2011 PEACE calendars are here and available for purchase at any PEACE event, or at the PEACE headquarters in Punta de Mita. Calendars cost $100 pesos and directly support PEACE community programing.

PEACE Newsletter: Christmas in Vallarta
Gretchen DeWitt

The mornings and evenings are breezy and cool, almost cold. Outside the glow of town, the stars are very bright. On the Malecon, pink and red poinsettias have been planted at the base of all the palm trees lining the promenade next to the beach.

PEACE Launches New Programs in Puerto Vallarta
Becci Burchett

Women and youth in neighborhoods throughout Puerto Vallarta will soon be exposed to educational and financial opportunities, as PEACE, a non-profit organization with tax-free status in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, expands south with its community outreach programs.

5th Annual Pet Picnic a Howling Success
Laura Gelezunas

Over 40 dogs and close to 100 humans had a howling good time at the 5th Annual Pet Picnic. The patio at Daiquiri Dick's restaurant continues to host this animal lover's annual event, which took place this year on December 4th, and raised around $20,000 pesos for Ayuda a los Animales.

Donations Needed for PEACE Work for Food Program
Becci Burchett

The high-demand 'Work for Food' program initiated by local non-profit PEACE, which grew out of the September flood relief efforts in Nayarit and continued to expand due to the consistent increase in job loss and need, is in need of donations of food, cleaning supplies and clothes.

Get Into the Holiday Spirit With PEACE
Becci Burchett

We hope you’re in the holiday spirit... because PEACE is gearing up for the season with a December packed full of events - from a Coffee Hour at Vera Bakery and the 5th Annual Pet Picnic to a volunteer appreciation luncheon and lots of other great happenings that you don’t want to miss!

A Dazzling Night at the Checo Carrillo Concert Benefitting PEACE at Rivera Cuale
Gretchen DeWitt

A full moon and a sparkling array of stars were shining down on Puerto Vallarta on November 21st, but Checo Carrillo was the brightest star of all at the Rivera Cuale condominium complex, where he performed a benefit concert that raised approximately $45,000 pesos for local non-profit PEACE.

PEACE Non-Profit Launches Second Season of Home Tour
Becci Burchett

Step out of your comfort zone and interact with locals on the PEACE Real World Home Tour! Visit four exclusive homes, from spectacular luxury estates to modest pueblos, and experience both the differences and similarities of the locals and the expats who make up Banderas Bay's rich community.

Fifth Annual Pet Picnic at Daiquiri Dick's
Laura Gelezunas

The dogs get the best seat in the house at the fifth annual pet picnic. Don't miss your chance to share a great afternoon of food and fun at Daiquiri Dick's restaurant starting at 11AM on December 4th.

Work-for-Food Program Creates Powerful Circle of Service
Becci Burchett

All communities have needs. Unique communities have the ability to unite and perform multi-beneficial programs to overcome those needs. The towns of Emiliano Zapata, Corral del Risco, and Higuera Blanca are doing just that, in the PEACE initiated 'Work for Food' program.

Exemplary Local Businesses Connect With Communities
Becci Burchett

Giving back is good business – that’s what The Dazzling Details and Vallarta Adventures decided when they invested their time and money into local non-profit PEACE. These two exemplary businesses raised and/or donated funds for PEACE-coordinated flood relief efforts and spay and neuter clinics.

Cupcake Decorating Day at Pie in the Sky
Harold Sokolove

Cupcakes have become the newest food fad in the US and it was no different at the Pie in the Sky bakery in Bucerías on October 29th. Ten students, their teachers and program co-directors from PEACE's Casa Communidad took part in the 4th annual Halloween cupcake decorating event.

PEACE and Destination:PEACE Announce New Partnership with Investours
Anna Ruman

A new nonprofit has hit Banderas Bay! The local nonprofit PEACE and Destination:PEACE Volunteer Vacations have announced a partnership with the innovative nonprofit Investours, in an effort to improve the economic condition of hardworking, low-income Mexican families through micro-finance.

Local Communities Witness the Power of Kids
Becci Burchett

It is the size of the heart, not the size of the person that matters. That’s what local non-profit PEACE experienced after witnessing the influence of one young American and a group of Puerto Vallarta students, who worked together to raise money and supplies for the Punta de Mita community.

PEACE Unites With Pie in the Sky for 3rd Annual Halloween Cupcake Decorating Event
Becci Burchett

Banderas Bay area children are getting ready for some finger-licking fun as bakery favorite, Pie in the Sky, prepares to host children from local nonprofit PEACE’s alternative school, in a private cupcake decorating session on Friday, October 29th.

PEACE Discount Program Popularity Grows
Becci Burchett

Local businesses and individuals alike are signing up to participate in a new membership program, created by local non-profit PEACE, in order to receive discounts and give back to local communities in the Banderas Bay area at the same time.

Local Non-Profit Launches Language School
Becci Burchett

Tres, dos, uno! The countdown is on as PEACE Language School prepares to open their doors on October 25th. Expats and tourists are signing up to culturally and linguistically integrate themselves in the Mexican way of life while supporting communities throughout the bay.

Kids Lace Up Their Shoes for PEACE
Becci Burchett

Local non-profit PEACE is inviting the public to join the race towards positive change in a fun-filled day of races, contests, carnival games, food and drink at El Tigre Golf Course in Nuevo Vallarta on Sunday, October 24, 2010.

PEACE Flood Recovery Progress Report
Becci Burchett

The summer heat has arrived in full force, yet the late afternoon continues to be accompanied by heavy rains, wreaking more havoc in villages throughout the Banderas Bay region. PEACE continues to organize the collection and distribution of donations, which are being dispersed to those in need.

PEACE Classic Vallarta Home Tours
Astrid van Dam

Join PEACE as they expand south from Nayarit and launch their exciting new Classic Vallarta Home Tour this fall. Tours depart every Tuesday at 10 am, November 23rd through April 5th from Plaza Romy located at Ignacio L. Vallarta #228 in the Romantic Zone.

Local Artisan Co-Op Goes Global
Becci Burchett

Local non-profit, PEACE has recently introduced PEACE Boutique, an online web store featuring a selection of hand-made items made by Manos Unidas por la Mujer, a group of women from the Bay of Banderas that create hand-made artwork made from low cost, recycled materials.

PEACE Reports Progress in Flood Recovery
Becci Burchett

As the rain finally lightens up, community members are partnering with PEACE, passionate volunteers and local NGO’s to help in the recovery effort. On September 17th, PEACE organized a group of 32 volunteers from all over Banderas Bay, who came together to help those affected by the floods.

Volunteers Needed for Flood Relief Efforts
Nicole Majewski

Together with local community groups, NGO's and businesses, PEACE is organizing volunteers to lend a helping hand to the rain ravaged communities in the Banderas Bay region. Join us at 9:30 am on September 17th to help with the flood relief efforts in Higuera Blanca, Guamuchil and San Ignacio.

PEACE Relief for Banderas Bay Area Flood Victims
Gretchen DeWitt

The recent heavy rains in the Banderas Bay region have caused bridges to collapse, landslides and the flooding of streets, homes and businesses, leaving many people in need of community support. Join local non-profit PEACE in their efforts to help our neighbors get through this difficult time.

Banderas Bay Communities Ravaged by Rains
Gretchen DeWitt

As many of you already know, many communities throughout the Bay of Banderas area have been negatively affected by the recent heavy rains. As a result, many homes in the affected area have been damaged, leaving some people homeless and in need of YOUR help and support.

PEACE Members Invest in Community
Becci Burchett

Local non-profit PEACE has launched a membership program that allows residents and visitors to receive discounts at various cafes, restaurants, shops and activity centers around the Bay, while providing an easy, beneficial way for businesses and consumers to give back to the community.

PEACE September News and Events Schedule
Gretchen DeWitt

The month of September is a great time to celebrate living in Mexico. Here at PEACE we have plenty of ways for you to show your appreciation for our adopted country by giving back to the community that we so proudly call home. Volunteer for a PEACE community project today!

Help Prevent Animal Suffering – Volunteers Needed
Becci Burchett

From Sept. 8 through Nov. 6, PEACE, a local non-profit that works to reduce the number of poisoned, starving, and abandoned dogs and cats in Puerto Vallarta and its surrounding communities, will be holding free mobile spay and neuter clinics at various locations around the bay. Volunteer today!

PEACE Announces New Microfinance Organization
Mar Moller

For 2 years, PEACE has been building a microfinance organization to provide capital and business development skills to Banderas Bay area microenterprises. Two weeks ago, ¡Sé Más! was officially launched, offering quality financial services that respond to the needs of low income families.

Microfinance Launch Experiences Huge Demand
Becci Burchett

Local entrepreneurs have quickly seized a bright opportunity to improve their businesses and better their lives. Over 200 individuals from around the Bahia de Banderas applied for loans through ¡Sé Más! a newly-launched microfinance organization.

Katherine Fisher: Running for PEACE
Becci Burchett

Katherine Fisher in on a quest to complete the Chicago marathon. On October 10th she will be participating in her second annual 'Run for PEACE' in Chicago, with all proceeds directly benefiting PEACE's community action programs in Punta de Mita and other communities throughout Mexico.

Local Children Create Memories at PEACE's Fifth Annual Summer Camp
Becci Burchett

Do you remember your summer camp experience? Arts and crafts, nature walks, team building, or just simply having fun with your friends. PEACE is now providing a similar experience for the local kids in the Punta de Mita area, creating memories they can carry with them for the rest of their lives.

Businesses and Individuals Unite to Keep Bay Clean
Becci Burchett

On July 31st, three of Puerto Vallarta’s most well-known companies; Vallarta Botanical Gardens, Canopy Los Veranos and Vallarta Adventures, are teaming up to remove garbage from a well-traveled highway to beautify the area, improve environmental conditions and boost tourism.

Pet Heaven and PEACE Work to Find Homes for Felines
Nicole Martin

Pet Heaven, a local and very unique no-kill cat shelter, is holding an adoption with P.E.A.C.E. on July 17th from 9 am to 1 pm at the Mega Comercial Mexicana supermarket in Bucerías. Come out to see the great selection of both kittens and very lovable adult cats available for adoption.

Top-Students Rewarded with a Day to Remember

Twenty outstanding grade-school students from the villages of Punta de Mita were rewarded for their hard work in a big way on June 30th, when over 40 vacationing employees from luxury-brand Bulgari treated the students to an afternoon full of games and surprises at the St. Regis beach.

PEACE River and Beach Clean-Ups Continue
Becci Burchett

This summer, PEACE, a local non-profit association, is continuing their clean-up projects along the Rio Cuale and on the beaches of Puerto Vallarta. Future clean-ups are scheduled for July 12, 17, 24 and August 1, 7, 16, 21 and 29. Join us - it only takes ONE person to make a difference!

Help Prevent Animal Suffering – Volunteers Needed
Becci Burchett

From July 3-August 14th, PEACE, a local non-profit that works to reduce the number of poisoned, starving, and abandoned dogs and cats in Puerto Vallarta and its surrounding communities, will be holding free mobile spay and neuter clinics at various locations around the bay. Volunteer today!

Make a Difference While Relaxing in Luxurious Old Vallarta Charm

Destination:PEACE is teaming-up with Puerto Vallarta’s Villa Leonarda, former gathering place of Old Hollywood, for its Volunteer Vacations. Travelers can experience the Old Mexico charm of days gone by in an unforgettable vacation experience.

American School Promotes One-of-a Kind Recycle Parks and a Unique Approach to Learning
Becci Burchett

Over forty first and second graders from the American School of Puerto Vallarta (ASPV) put their big imaginations to use while doing something good for the earth, creating dozens of brightly colored flowers out of forgotten plastic bottles they collected.

Discover Thai Yoga Massage on a Volunteer Vacation in Mexico’s Riviera Nayarit

Thai Yoga Massage, it’s In – and Destination:Peace is bringing it to Mexico as part of the newest trend in travel, Voluntourism. They are now taking reservations for a Thai Yoga Massage Volunteer Vacation from December 11–16 in Punta de Mita, one of Mexico’s most popular travel destinations.

Puerto Vallarta Animal Rights March

An international animal rights march took place in Puerto Vallarta, along with many other cities in Mexico and the world.

PEACE Announces 2010 Wish List
Becci Burchett

Local non-profit, PEACE, has found new use for the 10-year-old Trouble game in the corner closet. By donating an item from the 2010 PEACE wish list, Puerto Vallarta visitors can make a big difference, with little effort, in the lives of the animals and community members throughout the Bay of Banderas.

Join Local Non-Profit PEACE in City Beautification Projects
Becci Burchett

This summer, the local non-profit association, PEACE, will be sponsoring river and beach clean-up projects along the Rio Cuale and on the beaches of Puerto Vallarta. If you'd like to participate, join us in front of Oscar's Restaurant at 9 am on May 30th, June 5th, 13th, 19th, 27th and July 3rd.

Animal Rights Gathering at Los Arcos
Nicole Majewski

On Saturday May 29th, PV Animal, Help Paws, SPCA de PV and PEACE along with other Banderas Bay area civil associations and community members are coming together at 10 am at Los Arcos on the Malecón for a peaceful gathering in the name of animal rights. If you'd like to join in, please wear white.

Hacienda Palo Maria Hosts Glamorous Fund Raiser
Laura Gelezunas

Last week's 'Reach For The Stars' dinner at Hacienda Palo Maria in Puerto Vallarta was a huge success for everyone involved. ll monies raised for PEACE and the SPCA, both local non-profits focused on companion animals. Over $500,000 pesos was raised.

Community Unites to Transform Schools
Becci Burchett

Over 250 volunteers participated in the Corral de Risco elementary school Recycle Park project on April 24th. Three more parks are scheduled to be built on May 8th requiring at least 500 volunteers where the Emiliano Zapata kinder, primaria and secundaria schools will receive complete makeovers.

Recicla Parque Projects in Nayarit
Nicole Majewski

During the upcoming weekends, the PEACE team, in collaboration with Entreamigos, hundreds of volunteers and the local community, will build four recycled parks for four different schools in the Punta Mita area. We will build the first park on April 24th and three parks in one day on May 8th.

PEACE and SPCA de PV Reach for the Stars
Gretchen DeWitt

A fundraiser benefitting PEACE free spay/neuter clinics in Puerto Vallarta and the SPCA de PV will be held at Hacienda Palo Maria on May 8th. The evening begins at 6:30 pm and includes cocktails, live music, a four course gourmet dinner, entertainment, a live auction and dancing under the stars.

Luxury Boutiques Introduce PEACE Products
Emily L'Hoist

PEACE, a Banderas Bay area nonprofit organization established in 2005, has recently partnered with high-end Puerto Vallarta boutiques Cielito Lindo Collections and El Baño de Maria, exposing their handmade, 100% recyclable products along side iconic luxury items.

Celebrating Earth Week in Vallarta

This year, PEACE, a local non-profit, has decided to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day in a big way, with Earth Week. Starting on April 18 and continuing all week long, they will be hosting and participating in a variety of community eco events in Puerto Vallarta and around the bay.

Banderas Bay Area Spay and Neuter Clinics
Nicole Majewski

Part of the PEACE non-profit organization, Ayuda a los Animales responds to the challenges of the unwanted pet population in Mexico through aggressive spay/neuter programs, education and adoption. From April 7-July 24, their mobile spay and neuter clinics will be held in locations around the bay.

PEACE Charity Gala Unites Community
Becci Burchett

Over 65 enthusiastic supporters joined PEACE, a local non-profit, to raise over $5,000 to support educational, environmental, animal and business programs in Punta de Mita in the second annual Art and Philanthropy Gala at the Four Seasons Resort last month.

School Mural Instigates Community Pride
Becci Burchett

Over one hundred volunteers and students recently transformed a wall encircling the Escuela Telesecundaria Niños Heroes de Chapultepec secondary school in Punta de Mita into a powerful mural, illustrating the dependence and interaction humans and nature have on each other.

Destination:PEACE Announces Luxury Accommodations at Ayia, in Punta Mita, Mexico
Katherine Fisher

The newest trend in travel includes volunteer vacations, and Destination:PEACE Volunteer Vacations has joined forces with the luxury condo community, Ayia Punta Mita - an amazing resting place for the volunteer participants after a life changing day working with PEACE Mexico.

Charity Gala Showcases Local Artists
Becci Burchett

Local women and children will exhibit their one-of-a-kind, hand-made artwork in the Second Annual Art and Philanthropy Gala, benefiting PEACE, a local non-profit organization, on Friday, March 12 at the Four Seasons Resort in Punta de Mita, Nayarit.

Experience the Evolution of the Bahía de Banderas
Becci Burchett

Every Friday through April 2nd, PEACE Real World Home Tours visit four exclusive homes, from spectacular luxury estates to modest pueblos, capturing the essence of the diverse lifestyles around the bay while allowing appreciative visitors to give back to the local communities they love.

2nd Annual PEACE Jam - February 5th
Molly Fisher

Don't miss the 2nd Annual PEACE Jam hosted at The Bluewater Grill in El Anclote on Friday, February 5th from 6 pm to 12 am. You'll enjoy live music, good people and delicious food for just $60 pesos, while supporting the PEACE nonprofit organization.

North Bay Home Tours for PEACE - Update
Yavette Holts-O'Shea

Every Friday through April 2nd, PEACE Real World Home Tours give everyone the opportunity to visit exclusive homes of all types, where you will see from the inside out the differences and similarities in the lifestyles of the locals and the expats who make up this community.

Let PEACE Take You on a Real World Home Tour
Yavette Holts-O'Shea

Every Friday from January 22 - April 2nd, PEACE Real World Home Tours give everyone the opportunity to visit 4 exclusive homes, from luxury to modest, where you will see from the inside out both the differences and similarities in the lifestyles of the locals and expats in the Banderas Bay area.

PEACE Real Home Tours
Harold Sokolove

The first ever Real World Home Tour, subtitled Be More Than A Tourist, took place last week. The 4-hour tour of homes in the resort area of Bahía de Banderas was sponsored by PEACE, a local non-profit organization. The next Real Home tour is set for Tuesday, December 22nd.

PEACE Launches Volunteer Vacation Calendar for 2010 Punta de Mita, Mexico

The newest trend in travel includes volunteer vacations. Destination: PEACE Volunteer Vacations, in the Bay of Banderas, can provide an exciting experience for travelers who want to take their vacation, one step further with a Vacation for the Soul.

Two Paws Up for the 4th Annual Pet Picnic
Laura Gelezunas

Over 50 dogs along with about 40 pet owners had a howling good time at the 4th Annual Pet Picnic. The patio at Daiquiri Dick's restaurant continues to host this animal lover's annual event, which took place this year on December 5th, and raised over $16,000 pesos for Ayuda a los Animales.

Upcoming PEACE Events and FUNdraisers
Gretchen DeWitt

As we transition from a humid summer to a temperate fall, the PEACE team continues with a number of awesome projects in various communities throughout the Bahia de Banderas and beyond. To raise money for these projects, we have several exciting FUNdraisers planned, and the first is on November 24th.

PEACE & INEA Opening Doors to the Future
Molly Fisher

PEACE has been woking with INEA, a program that gives adults the opportunity to finish their education, since April 2008. On September 28th, 2009 25 INEA students received their elementary and secondary education certifications at a ceremony held at the plaza in Punta de Mita.

PEACE Offers Daily Yoga Classes to Locals
Molly Fisher

Relax, play and assist as you take part in one of the PEACE Volunteer Retreats. Daily yoga classes are going to be offered for Banderas Bay area locals at PEACE's Volunteer Retreat from October 18th to the 22nd, 2009.

PEACE Volunteer Vacation Yoga Retreat
Katherine Fisher

From October 17-22, 2009, the Banderas Bay area non-profit organization PEACE is holding a Volunteer Vacation Retreat in Punta de Mita, Mexico, giving everyone the opportunity to experience another culture while making a difference in the lives of others.

August 2009 PEACE News & Clinic Updates
Gretchen DeWitt

There's lots going on at PEACE this summer. Here's what happened at the PEACE/Ayuda a los Animales mobile spay and neuter clinic that took place in Las Palmas Nayarit from August 18-21, plus PEACE news and upcoming clinics.

PEACE Summer Camp Opens in Nayarit
Harold Sokolove

PEACE Mexico opened its first annual summer camp for middle and high school students last week. The camp is being held in Punta de Mita, Sayulita and La Cruz and focuses on teaching youth about entrepreneurship. Students also enjoy a variety of activities, including English and art classes.

PEACE Plea Gets Results
Harold Sokolove

Just about a week ago, a plea sent out by PEACE volunteer Carol Davenport appeared on BanderasNews, asking for help to overcome the funding shortage of the organization's activities, especially the PEACE children's summer camp. Well, there is some good news to report.

PEACE Needs Your Help
Carol Davenport

If there was ever a time in history that PEACE needs your help and support, it is now. Founded in 2005 by Molly Fisher, this Banderas Bay area non-profit organization will be forced to start closing some of their community programs unless donations are received over the next few weeks.

Get Ready to Raffle for PEACE
Emily L'Hoist

The next fund raising event for the Banderas Bay area non-profit organization, PEACE (Protection, Education, Animals, Culture & Environment) will be held at Los Afortunados Restaurant Bar in Sayulita on July 18th at 8 pm (Nayarit time.) Join us for a good time - for a great cause!

Get on Your Bike and Pedal for PEACE
Vivian Hemphill

Get on your bike and ride! The Bay of Banderas non-profit association, P.E.A.C.E., wants you to hop in the saddle and pedal away on Sunday, April 26th. This is not a race, but a fun bike ride through the country to raise money for the many community programs supported by PEACE.

The Arts for Self-Esteem
Laura Gelezunas

Kids really dig music, but for many Mexican school children this is not a subject they can explore at school. However, one Banderas Bay area non-profit is giving young people the chance to dance, show off and get into an artistic program.

Ayuda a los Animales Lending a Paw
Laura Gelezunas

Between volunteer training and education and high-volume spay and neuter clinics, Ayuda al los Animales offers a lot of assistance and opportunities to help Banderas Bay area animals and people.

3rd Annual Picnic - A Howling Good Time
Laura Gelezunas

A postcard setting, great food and time spent with your best four-legged friend... There's no better way to spend a Saturday afternoon, and the third annual Pet Picnic, held at Daiquiri Dick's Restaurant on December 6th was a dog gone good time.

Silver Stars at Sun Silver
Laura Gelezunas

On December 5, Sun Silver in Old Town is making it easy to shop for the perfect Christmas gift at a special event that spotlights top jewelry designers and the ladies of Manos Unidas por la Mujer, part of the PEACE non-profit association.

A Stroke of Good Luck for PEACE
Laura Gelezunas

Thanks to the efforts of the Banderas Bay area non-profit organization PEACE, and a team of students, teachers and volunteers, an abandoned Ejido building in the Punta de Mita region is being turned into a place for everyone in the community.

After School Fun for Students & Teachers
Laura Gelezunas

Banderas Bay area teachers are switching places with their students by using their free time to take Casa Comunidad's teacher training courses, which give them the tools they need to offer students fun and educational after school programs.

Riviera Nayarit Begins Recycling Program
Laura Gelezunas

The Riviera Regional Recycling program does more than keep the streets clean. This cooperative, formed by local non-profits, works in recycling and organic composting projects in Punta de Mita, Higuera Blanca, Sayulita, San Pancho and Bucerias.

Vallarta Kids are Digging Up Some Fun
Laura Gelezunas

Just because school is out for the summer doesn't mean that local kids are not going to stay busy. One group is making some extra money with worms, and it has nothing to do with fish bait. The non-profit association, PEACE, is digging up some fun.

Lace Up Your Running Shoes for PEACE
Laura Gelezunas

It's time to hit the links, so to speak, for the children in Nayarit. The Third Annual Casa Comunidad 5K Run and Family Walk takes place on April 27, 2008 at El Tigre Golf Course in Nuevo Vallarta.

Vivian Hemphill Discusses Poverty and Philanthropy with Wise Wo-Men
Twila Crawford

Educator Vivian Hemphill of Manos Unidas por la Mujer explained the work of the social enterprise that blends women's empowerment, ecological conscience and artistic creation to participants at a recent meeting of Vallarta Wise Wo-Men.

2nd Annual Pet Picnic was Dog Gone Wild!

Over 70 people and their pets had a dog gone good time at Daiquiri Dick's 2nd Annual Pet Picnic, and BanderasNews videographer Laura Gelezunas was there to catch all of the tail-wagging action.

Doggie Day at Daiquiri Dick's
Laura Gelezunas

On Saturday, December 8th, Daiquiri Dick's Restaurant in Puerto Vallarta will once again be "going to the dogs" as they host the second annual Pet Picnic to benefit Ayuda a los Animales, part of the PEACE charity association.

Vallarta Volunteer Vacation Memories

A sixteen-year-old visitor tells how volunteering for the Ayuda Los Animales free animal spay and neuter clinic run by Molly Fisher's non-profit organization, PEACE, was one of the greatest, most rewarding experiences of her life.

Gifts That Give
Laura Gelezunas

Get a jump on your holiday shopping by stopping by Epoca Restaurant on November 23 and 24 for the Gifts That Give sale, which will exhibit and sell folk art produced by local women. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to an emergency aid fund.

Ayuda a Los Animals Caring Crate Program
Laura Gelezunas

Ayuda a Los Animals, part of the PEACE non-profit organization, is gearing up for another season of spay and neuter clinics, and there's an easy way for you to lend a paw if you are planning a trip to the Bay of Banderas.

A Dog-Gone Good Place to Volunteer
Laura Gelezunas

The dogs are barking, the cats are howling and the volunteer behind the registration table at the PEACE/Ayuda a los Animales mobile spay and neuter clinic in Puerto Vallarta is checking in a long line of animals with patience and a smile.

Pet Clinic Supplies Needed for M*A*S*H

For over five years, Ayuda Los Animales, part of the PEACE non-profit organization, has been holding free spay and neuter clinics from their Mobile ANIMAL Surgical Hospital in Nayarit. They are now setting up shop in Jalisco - but they need your help!

Snip and Clip Clinic 2
Laura Gelezunas

The Jalisco Department of Health (Salud de Jalisco) recently joined hands with PEACE to hold a high-volume spay and neuter clinic in Colonia Mojoneras. From July 9th- 13th, sixty-five animals were either spayed or neutered at no cost to the pet owner.

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