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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!


June News from Puerto Vallarta’s PuRR Project Shelter

The latest news from PuRR Project, a non-profit, no-kill feline shelter just north of Puerto Vallarta 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 Abuelos Kicks Off Annual School Bag Project

The 'Vallarta Abuelos,' a group of Mexican and expat volunteers that focus on giving back to the community by helping underprivileged children, have announced the launch of their annual School Bag Project, which supports local kids who dream of continuing their studies in public schools.

Everyone Loves a Parade – and Puerto Vallarta Does it Right!

Nothing but great energy, good vibes and love filled the streets of Puerto Vallarta on Thursday, May 25, 2023 for the 10th Annual Pride Parade. With around 50 participants - from decorated motorcycles to extravagant floats and even double decker buses - it was colorful, flamboyant and a great deal of fun.

Literary Week at Entreamigos San Pancho May 29-June 2

Literary Week at Entreamigos, an active community center whose primary focus is to increase educational opportunities for the children of San Pancho, is set to take place from May 29 to June 2. Join them for storytelling, reading, illustrating, crafting, literary scavenger hunt, and stories around the campfire.

Entreamigos: Literary Week, Recycling and Painted Faces

Spring has sprung and with it comes a lot of activity at Entreamigos, a community center whose primary focus is to increase educational opportunities for the children of San Pancho. Learn about Literary Week, recycling and painted faces in May's newsletter.

PV Expects to Welcome 20,000+ Visitors for Vallarta Pride

The 10th edition of Vallarta Pride, Puerto Vallarta’s annual gay pride festival, is set to take place from May 17 to 28, 2023 with a variety of events designed to celebrate the vibrant LGBTQ+ community that lives in and visits this popular tourist destination.

May News from Puerto Vallarta’s PuRR Project Shelter

Get all the latest news from PuRR Project, Puerto Vallarta's no-kill feline shelter, and read about some of their cats' journeys from Mexico to British Columbia, Washington and Minnesota. Everything you need or want to know is in the PuRR Project May Newsletter.

Vallarta Pride Pet Parade Dog Walk to Benefit Puppy Paradise

Dog paw-rents and their pets are invited to the first annual 'Paws Cause' benefiting Puerto Vallarta’s Puppy Paradise dog shelter. This paw-some event, part of the 2023 Vallarta Pride celebrations, is set to take place on May 23 at Lazaro Cardenas Park.

2023 Fiestas Patronales at La Parroquia de La Santa Cruz

If you would like to experience a true Mexican tradition in Old Town Puerto Vallarta, then come join in all the festivities during the 2023 Fiestas Patronales being held on the street in front of the Parroquia de la Santa Cruz, on the corner of Calles Aguacate and Lazaro Cardenas, every evening through May 3.

Amapas Neighborhood Association’s Abedul Stairs Project

The Amapas Neighborhood Association, one of the most active associations in Puerto Vallarta, has taken on the challenge of reconstructing the Abedul Stairs, the primary route for pedestrians traveling from upper Amapas, Conchas Chinas and the highway down to the Zona Romántica. Learn how you can help.