Serving Our Community
An important aspect of the International Women’s Club of Cancun is our on-going commitment to community service projects. Our fundraiser activities provide a way to combine the social and charitable aspects of the Club.
IWC is a legally constituted Civil Association in Mexico under the name Club Internacional de Damas de Cancún, A.C. The membership club dues cover all club expenses and we give 100% of the money we raise directly to charity!
In 2011 we have facilitated and contributed to a major donation of protective wear and equipment from a donor in the US to the Fire Brigade of Cancun.
We are a long time supporter of the Hogar de los Ancianos (a home for the elderly) of Ciudad de la Alegría and of childrens’ organizations such as la Casita with donations of milk and eggs.
In 2010 the beneficiary of our main event was the organization “Save the Children Mexico” in support of its work in Quintana Roo.
In 2009 the IWC’s primary charities were La Casa de la Esperanza A.C. and Respeta, Ayuda y Protege A.C. La Casa de la Esperanza A.C. is located in Bonfil, on the south side of Cancun, and provides shelter and services to children in need. Respeta, Ayuda y Protege A.C. is an animal rescue organization that provides aid to unwanted animals through its low-cost animal clinic and its rescue efforts.
Our primary charities for 2008 included PAIPID A.C. and Pro Niños Excepcionales A.C. PAIPID provides residential hospice services at the Ciudad de la Alegría, many of their patients suffer from AIDS. Pro Niños Excepcionales A.C. provides support for children with autism, Down’s syndrome and other disabilities.
In 2007 we continued work started in 2006 for the Hogar de los Ancianos, the home for the elderly at la Ciudad de la Alegría, and for the second year made them our primary charity. Our support this year included the purchase of a washing machine, a freezer, ceiling fans, beds and other much needed items. Dedicated IWC members also visited the elderly residents twice monthly.
How We Give
For security and tax record purposes, IWC does not provide funds directly to beneficiaries. Rather, we directly purchase requested items or contract repairs for our beneficiaries. Community Services Officers and the Treasurer provide monthly activity reports at IWC member meetings.
Past Fundraising Efforts
Over the years our fundraisers have supported the efforts of several groups and organizations working to better the community: Años Dorados, APAFDEM, Arcoiris, ASTRA, Banco de Alimentos de Cancún, Cancerlogica de Q. Roo, Caritas, Casa Hogar, DIF, Educación Especial Luis Pasteur, Fundación Pro-Sindrome de Down de Cancún, FUNDAGEN, Hospital General, Instituto de Mujeres de Q. Roo, La Casita, M.E.S.E., Niños Especiales, PaiPid, Red Cross, Ruta de Mil Amores, Vivienda con SIDA, Voz y Fuerza. Community Service also works throughout the year on several smaller projects, making bike donations to DIF for Children’s Day, sack lunches for Children’s Day at the CAM schools, or sponsoring a student by donating funds from our annual scholarship program and distributing food staples to those in need.