International Friendship Club
Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico
The IFC organizes and funds many community initiatives. Our English Outreach Program offers basic English language skills to local residents who need it for work or school, and our Dental Outreach Program helps children who lack dental care in the Boca de Tomatlán and south shore area.
Our Education Committee offers grants to support educational initiatives underway in some of Vallarta’s most economically challenged areas, partnering with a diverse group of established and respected educational and charitable organizations including the American School and British American School, Los Mangos Library and The Vallarta Youth Orchestra, The Volcanas Community Education Project and SETAC Community Center, and The Vallarta Botanical Gardens.
Our Patrocinio Program (“Each One Helps One”) encourages all of IFC members to step forward to sponsor, with IFC financial support, a local resident who has a specific medical problem requiring one-time financial assistance. Applications and guidance are available at the office.
The IFC has supports a monthly Rice and Beans program aiding various community centers that provide daycare, meals, and remedial instruction in impoverished areas, as well as providing some emergency funds to families in extreme need. We also distribute school supplies each summer to a wide variety of organizations.
The IFC serves as a “United Way” of Puerto Vallarta, offering monthly financial support to a growing list of local charities, including: orphanages Corazon de Nina and Casa Hogar Maximo Cornejo, humanitarian and service organizations Vida Reavivida (Womens Shelter), Dives in Miseracordia, Arroyos de Esperanza, CANICA, SETAC, Biblioteca Los Mangos, Clinical Santa Barbara de Rehabilitacion, Pasitos de Luz, and The Salvation Army food kitchen.
In addition to funding charities the IFC continues to offer numerous social, recreational, and community-building activities to its membership and the general public. We also host fundraising events and offer classes and lectures throughout the season. Are all-volunteer membership makes this possible.
Our Home Tours program, a staple since the mid-1980s, and our other Tours, raise funds that not only help support all the activities mentioned above, they also are the main source of fundraising for our flagship program, the IFC Cleft Palate Surgery program, which also dates back the mid-1980s. Our thanks go out to the fantastic volunteer medical team and IFC members who organize and carry them out, as well as local businesses and restaurants and the CMQ Hospital and staff and the Villanueva family for their vital assistance in making this program an ongoing success.
Deja New Consignment on Jacarandas between Cardenas and Carranza donates funds raised from the sale of clothing friends and members of the IFC bring by the shop for sale. We encourage you to bring your gently used clothes, belts, shoes, hats, accessories and costume jewelry to Deja New and ask that they be placed on the IFC account. Remember that Deja New has a men’s section as well! So clean out your closets and help a good cause! And if you have an idea for a fundraiser and willingness to help make it happen, by all means let us know!
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