Ways to Help in Our Community
For those seeking volunteer opportunities we ask that you are a resident of Merida at least 3 months a year or related to a Volunteer who is here that amount, particularly if you want to assist the children’s homes. These places need consistent assistance and support. There is a association here in Merida that assist in “Volunteer experiences” which include housing and food. I would suggest you contact them for shorter stays if you would like to be involved.
Yucatan Giving Outreach acts as an intermediary for many of the below organizations – gathering supply donations as well as donations in cash.
Ways to Contact Directly
La Divina ProvidenciaA refuge for 92 elderly whose residents suffer with dementia, Alzheimer’s and missing limbs. A majority of these elderly were dumped at the shelter with no place to go. The daily food cost are 1800 pesos a day to feed the 90 plus elderly. They take all types of household donations for a bazaar they hold weekly to raise money for food and medicine. Donations first fill the need for the residents and secondly for the bazaar. Donations received daily from 9-5pm. The gate is always shut but if you reach your hand in and open it the offices are to the right hand side.
Donations needed: Used or new: household goods, clothes, shoes, appliances working, towels, bedding, Additional items: Adult diapers, lotion, bars of soap, shampoo, toothpaste, underarm deodorant, cleaning supplies, medicine (opened is ok) Food donations: Oil, sugar, oatmeal, cereal, vegetables, fruit, meat, canned goods, broth, bread, tortillas, coffee, cookies, hotdogs, eggs, salsa, pastas, tomato sauce
Volunteer opportunities: assist in kitchen, repairs to facilities, provide classes of art or exercise Director: Sister Alicia Telephone 9999433751 Calle 26 # 552 x 11a y 13 Col Maya Cash donations by transfers to Scotiabank Clabe 044910170023062205
AC Renacer Mayab AC – The Kids Soup KitchenThis is an impressive one woman show. The director Laura feeds and tutors 30-50 impoverished children. At the moment she can only afford to feed them three to four times a week. For many children this is the only meal they get a day She also has a tutor program that helps them study. She has seen a huge increase in her little charges grades. Donations needed: Oil, sugar, cookies, meat, consome, cleaning products, fruits, vegetables, cash donations to fill the cooking gas tanks, rice, beans, cheese, pasta Volunteer opportunities: assist in homework, cook, clean, help serve children, offer extra classes, play sports or activities with children Director: Laura Lopez Telephone: 9991730835 Bank information: Banamex account 44130141142 Clabe interbancaria: 002910441301411427
Crias IAP home for teenage boysCrias boys home is a home for troubled and runaway boys. They are located on a large ranch where they are taught to raise goats and chickens. The home usually has between 6-15 boys at any given time. It is ran by a husband and wife team who are lovely people and honestly care about these boys. Director: Luis Escalante Telephone: 9999437842 Address: Periferico by Alta Brisa Banamex account number 4766840171991792
Donation needs: Canned goods, vegetables, cheese, cereal, tortilla, bread, cleaning supplies, granola bars, pastas, meat, oatmeal, consome, rice, beans, oil, cookies, cleaning supplies, underarm deodorant, shampoo, body soap, new and used mens size clothes and shoes, blankets, pillows Vounteers needed is a option. Contact the director for further details.