Charities in Boquete, Chiriqui, Panama

Boquete Charities and Philathropic Organizations – Volunteer Opportunities

It’s astonishing and uplifting. For such a small community, Boquete has so many people involved in helping others.

There are an amazing number of sweet and sincere local Panamanians who do good work in Boquete. Charitable organizations were always very active before expats arrived.

The thousand plus new expat arrivals have brought tremendous additional energy, resources, drive and know-how to the scene. Most of the expats who locate here get involved in at least one of these organizations found below and many were founded by expats who partnered with Panamanians. Most of these organizations work effectively with Panamanians working hand-in-hand with expats.

Those who participate find it a source of camaraderie, fellowship and fulfillment. There is something about Boquete that attracts people who want to help others. It is partly because a high percentage of the expat residents live in Boquete full time rather than as a second home. Maybe it’s something in the air, but nearly everyone seems to join in. This help make Boquete a special place. Enrich your life. Use your much earned skills and talents to help the community and have fun!

Here are some of the many organizations that make a genuine difference in the lives of thousands of people in the region. This is just a partial list. The descriptions below are from the organizations’ websites.

Alto al Crimen – Crime Stoppers, www.altoalcrimen.org

We protect the community by letting the bad guys know that every crime will be investigated and that there are consequences for criminal activity. Much of this work is out of the public eye.Alto al Crimen-Boquete works with the local police to augment their capabilities and provide them with eyes and ears in the expat community.

Amigos de Animales – Spay and Neuter Dogs and Cats, www.fadab.org

We’re a group of volunteers with a big task…… to spay and neuter the street animal and local pet populations in Boquete, Panama to eliminate the hunger and suffering of unwanted dogs and cats. In only seven years, we have sterilized more than 5,000 dogs and cats through our monthly financially-subsidized clinics. We not only serve animals in the town of Boquete but reach into remote, mountainous, and indigenous areas to take our services to as many animal populations as possible.”

Amigos de Boquete – help for school children, www.amigosdeboquete.org

Amigos de Boquete is a charitable foundation formed by a group of Panamanians and non-Panamanians to assist the school children of Chriqui Province.

ARF – Adopt, Rescue, Foster de Boquete, www.arf-boquete.com

Our Mission is to provide for the well being of all companion animals, rescued, abused, and injured. Providing medical treatment as needed and finding lifelong loving homes through adoptions. To promote the animal/human bond though community outreach and educational programs. ARF is dedicated to ensuring animal abuse, neglect and suffering is reduced and or eradicated through raising the public awareness through action, education and advocacy.

Bid 4 Boquete – Fund Raising for Multiple Charities, www.bid4boquete.com

We are a volunteer fund raising organization committed to supporting charitable and civic activities that benefit the Boquete District in Chiriqui, Republic of Panama. Proceeds from our annual events provide funding for literacy, the handicapped, the elderly, the hungry and the infirm, as well as community security and spay and neuter efforts to control the animal population.

Boquete Artworks – Arts Education and Artist Support, www.boqueteartworks.com

The purpose of Boquete Artworks is to bring together individuals who are interested in fostering the understanding and appreciation of art in the community; provide a forum for educational opportunities; to support local artists.

Boquete Community Players – Community Event Center, Market and Theatre, www.bcpboquete.org

The BCP Foundation Mission is to “…sponsor, produce and promote artistic events to enhance appreciation and understanding of the arts and promote a cohesive sense of community.

Boquete Hospice and Health, boquetehospice.com

We are dedicated to providing care-giving services to the dying, those suffering temporary disability or illness and support to their families. While we hope to extend our services to all members of the community, in our inception phase we must limit services to those in our community who speak English.”

Boquete Knitters and Quilters, www.facebook.com/BoqueteKnitters

We are an all volunteer group who invest our time and skills for the betterment of our community by making knitted and crocheted blankets, sweaters, caps and booties for Ngöbe-Buglé infants and children.”

Boquete Public Library – Fundacion Biblioteca de Boquete – Privately Funded Public Library

Incredible three story public library that was privately funded with additional support from The Lions Club.

Buenos Vecinos de Boquete – Feeding the Hungry, www.buenosvecinosdeboquete.com

Buenos Vecinos de Boquete is a small, all volunteer committee that provides basic non-perishable food supplies on a monthly basis to over 120 individuals and their families in the greater Boquete community.”

Casa Hogar (from Selma and Herbert Trisker) – For Orphans and Abused Children

This home helps some of the children most in need.

Casa Esperanza – Organization against Child Labor, www.casaesperanza.org.pa/

Casa Esperanza is a nationwide organization that provides development opportunities for children in poverty especially in child labor cases. Casa Esperanza provides a school in downtown Boquete where children who otherwise would likely be subject to child labor can attend each day.

Chiriquí United – Funding, Promotion and Assistance for a variety of Charities, www.chiriquiunited.org

“Chiriquí United is the spirit of collegial cooperation among the leading Humanitarian Organizations in Chiriquí…”

This charity has provided a organizing force for the extensive charitable organizations operating in the Chiriquí province. It provides a way to make donations and receive tax deductions in the U.S. for U.S. citizens. The organization also brings in container loads of vehicles, materials, health supplies and humanitarian items to assist the people doing good work in the province.

Handicapped Foundation – Fundacion Pro-Integracion (founded by 20-30 club), www.facebook.com/FundacionProIntegracionCapituloDeBoquete

Fundación Pro-Integración Capítulo de Boquete is the local chapter of the Handicap Foundation of Panama. We strive to support handicapped members of our community, especially those with minimal economic resources. We provide an open, welcoming social environment; wheelchairs, walkers, crutches, canes, and hearing aids; funds to transport individuals to special education classes, physical therapy, doctor appointments; medications and treatments not covered by social security or public health. We also assist those families with handicapped members to become more economically self-sufficient and to become aware of the laws beneficial to the handicapped community.”

Lions Club – A variety of charitable programs, www.lionsclubs.org/EN/index.php

Our 46,000 clubs and 1.35 million members make us the world’s largest service club organization. We’re also one of the most effective. Our members do whatever is needed to help their local communities. Everywhere we work, we make friends. With children who need eyeglasses, with seniors who don’t have enough to eat and with people we may never meet.

Panama Christian Evangelism – Medical, Dental and Religious Programs, www.panamaforchrist.org/medical-dental.html

Panama Christian Evangelism is dedicated to spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ to the Guaymi Tribe of Indigenous Peoples of Panama. As part of their ministry, Panama Christian Evangelism runs a fully functional dental clinic, a medical clinic, and a mobile medical clinic. Other ministries include: Medical Missions, the Clothing Ministry, the School and Schooling Ministry, the Food Ministry, and the Coffee Ministry. In addition to fulfilling its ministry, Panama Christian Evangelism has provided much-needed support to the Panama Ministry of Health and the Boquete Bomberos.” (this description is from the Chiriqui United site)

ReAL Boquete – Recycling and Environmental Education, www.realboquete.com/

Summary – Ecological organization that brings educational programs about protecting the environment into schools of Boquete. “ReAL Boquete es una asociación ecológica sin fines de lucro cuyas siglas significan: Reciclaje, Ambiente y Limpieza de Boquete. Nuestro objetivo es educar sobre la importancia de proteger el ambiente. Ahora mismo trabajamos con 9 escuelas del Distrito de Boquete.

Rotary Club – A variety of programs especially education, www.rotary.org/en/about-rotary

“We are 1.2 million neighbors, friends, and community leaders who come together to create positive, lasting change in our communities and around the world.

Sea Turtle Conservancy, www.conserveturtles.org/panama.php

Sea Turtle Conservancy is working to protect and restore the once globally significant hawksbill sea turtle nesting population at Chiriquí and Soropta Beaches in Panama. The programs consist of intensive monitoring of hawksbill and leatherback sea turtle nesting activity, protection of nesting females and their nests, and public education in the region and will build upon an ongoing research project carried out since 1989 by Drs. Anne and Peter Meylan.”

20-30 Club of Panama, www.activo20-30.org

Summary: Nationwide service organization for young adults “ACTIVO 20-30 INTERNACIONAL tuvo realmente su inicio en 1922 cuando los jóvenes de dos ciudades norteamericanas muy distantes entre sí, puntualizaron la necesidad de crear un Club de Servicio destinado a la juventud adulta. Los socios de las organizaciones de servicio ya establecidas en aquellos días, eran por lo general, personas de edad más avanzada, notándose la ausencia de elementos jóvenes.”

Unexpected Moments of Magic, ummf.squarespace.com/about-us

Unexpected Moments of Magic Panama is dedicated to empowering individuals worldwide through the encouragement of self-exploration through social entrepreneurship, volunteerism, philanthropy and education as powerful forces for worldwide change. Be the change!”

 

Here’s the list without descriptions:

Alto al Crimen – Crime Stoppers

Amigos de Animales – Spay and Neuter Dogs and Cats

ARF – Adopt, Rescue, Foster de Boquete

Bid 4 Boquete – Fund Raising for Multiple Charities

Boquete Community Players – Community Event Center, Market and Theatre

Boquete Hospice and Health – Serving those in the end of life

Boquete Knitters and Quilters

Boquete Public Library – Fundacion Biblioteca de Boquete – Privately Funded Public Library

Buenos Vecinos de Boquete – Feeding the Hungry

Casa Esperanza – School and Organization against Child Labor

Casa Hogar (from Selma and Herbert Trisker) – For Orphans and Abused Children

Chiriqui United – Funding for a variety of Charities

Handicapped Foundation – Fundacion Pro-Integracion (founded by 20-30 club)

Lions Club – A variety of programs

Panama Christian Evangelism – Medical, Dental and Religious Programs for the Indigenous of Panama

ReAL Boquete – Recycling and Environmental Education

Rotary Club – A variety of programs especially education

Santa Lucia Kid’s Camp

Sea Turtle Conservancy

The GEM project

Unexpected Moments of Magic