At this time of year it is hard not to reflect on how lucky we are, taking stock of the blessings we have and turning our thoughts to the less fortunate. As Club Caribe members, you have a unique opportunity to make a difference to the lives of underprivileged children and adults living in the areas that you enjoy when you use your membership in Mexico. The Eagle’s Wings Foundation was set up by the late Jim McCarthy in 1999 with the help of the Villa Group’s partners in order to make a difference to the lives of the most deprived by facilitating the process for members to make donations and volunteer their services.
The Eagles Wings Foundation
The Eagle’s Wings Foundation is a non-profit organization based in California that aims to assist the poorest and most disadvantaged residents of the communities where the Eagle’s Wings Foundation is involved within Mexico, including Cancun, Puerto Vallarta and Los Cabos. Cash and in-kind donations (which happen to be tax deductible in the U.S.) help support the foundation as it runs a variety of charitable programs.
How can you help?
Club Caribe members are encouraged to support the Eagle’s Wings Foundation as they wish either by visiting the official Eagle’s Wings Foundation website, where you can make donations directly through PayPal with the option of a recurring donation or one-time donation. You can also mail a check to: Eagle’s Wings Foundation, c/o 6850 Bermuda Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89119. You will also find an option on your maintenance fees that includes donating money to the foundation.
Volunteering your time is another great way to give back (even on vacation!), and the Eagle’s Wings Foundation will be happy to connect you with the local charities it supports so that you can contribute at your convenience. Bringing supplies with you on vacation to donate is another terrific way to help. Children’s clothing, shoes, school or medical supplies, soap, toiletries and other essential goods are appreciated very much.
Where you money goes
Thanks to a dedicated network of volunteers and low overhead expenses, the foundation is able to direct the monetary donations that are collected to a range of local programs and charities chosen by the Eagle’s Wings Foundation Board of Directors. EWF offers aid to organizations that are able to provide administrative and financial transparency while benefiting the local community. Grant Committees that are familiar with the local charities in each region recommend how the funds are distributed in their areas. The board members and/or Executive Committee review and approve these recommendations by voting on how the donations are allocated to the various charities and programs that the foundation supports.
Listed below are some examples of the types of programs that the Eagle’s Wings Foundation contributes to:
- Special Education Programs
- Public Libraries
- Medical and Dental Clinics and Facilities
- Training for Autistic Children
- The Mentally and Physically Challenged
- Programs for the Elderly
- Educational Facilities and Scholarships
- School Bus Maintenance
- Humane Society
- Rehabilitation Center
- Food Banks and Food Services
- DIF Government sponsored assistance
- Day Care Centers for Underprivileged Children
- Homeless Shelters
To find out more about how you can help or to suggest a fundraiser idea, click here.