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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!


Why You Should Continue to Support Vallarta Food Bank

The Vallarta Food Bank continues to expand as volunteers work to try to make a positive change in the community that goes above and beyond feeding Puerto Vallarta families struggling to survive the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Co-founder Francie Nguyen gives us the latest news.

SPCA Puerto Vallarta in Ruins: How You Can Help

Though the shelter was destroyed by the flood caused by Hurricane Nora, the Puerto Vallarta SPCA is continuing its efforts to save dogs. While they are back on site, utilizing the little usable space that remains, the dogs in their care require food and medical care.

Sept is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month – Support AFCC

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, set aside to bring awareness to pediatric cancer, which remains the leading cause of death by disease for children under 19. Here in Puerto Vallarta, Aid to Families of Children With Cancer is now assisting 22 local families. Learn how you can help.

The Vallarta Food Bank Needs Your Support

After 18 challenging months supporting the Puerto Vallarta community from the beginning of the pandemic and through the waves that followed, Hurricane Nora swept across our city and created an even greater need for the Vallarta Food Bank. Learn how you can help.

September 2021 News from PuRR Project Puerto Vallarta

September is Virtual Adoption Month at Purr Project, a non-profit, no-kill, feline shelter located 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.

‘Travaltruism’ and The Art of Making a Difference

The people of Puerto Vallarta who are in need have come to rely upon the Vallarta Food Bank and, in these troubling times, the food bank relies upon the community to help answer the growing need. Regular donations that can be counted on, and regular volunteers who also can be counted on, are like gold to the core team at Vallarta Food Bank.

Local Charity Continues to Give Hope to Vulnerable Kids

Last year, the much-loved Puerto Vallarta kids' charity, Pasitos de Luz turned 20. It's official 20th anniversary as a registered Mexican charity was on November 22nd, but sadly due to COVID restrictions, there was little or no fanfare to mark this impressive accomplishment.

International Friendship Club Improving Kid’s Lives

Since 1986, the IFC has funded a Cleft Palate program that provides free medical consultation and treatment to underprivileged children born with a cleft palate or harelip. Your donations are instrumental in creating new faces for the children. Volunteer opportunities available.

SETAC GLBT Community Center, Puerto Vallarta

In August 2009, the SETAC Community Center officially opened in a quiet area of Old Town Puerto Vallarta to provide essential services to the...

PuRR Project August 2021 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.